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The Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our center, located in Madison’s Willy Street neigborhood, offers public meditation several times a week, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices.

New to Shambhala?

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Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. Learn more.

Weekly Open House

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This weekly dharma gathering is a perfect introduction to the Shambhala Buddhist teachings and an opportunity to connect with other practitioners. It begins with a group meditation practice, a talk by one of our senior teachers, discussion, and a reception. Meditation instruction is also offered to beginners. Learn more.

Upcoming Madison Programs

Shambhala Day: Year of the Fire Bird

February 27th

Annual celebration - everyone is welcome Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 1st—March 29th

Mindful appreciation and gentleness to oneself. Foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level 2

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 3rd—March 5th

This second weekend program in the Way of Shambhala Year I series deepens our practice of meditation and teaches us to recognize our habitual patterns and begin to discover fearlessness. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

March 7th

An introduction to a simple meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. For beginners. Continue »

Way of Shambhala II (Sacred Path): Drala

with Lance Brunner

March 24th—March 26th

This Sacred Path program continues to deal with bringing the principles of warriorship and the practice of mindfulness-awareness into daily life. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Chicago

Way of Shambhala: Joy in Everyday Life

with Alice Dan & Peter McLaughlin

February 2nd—March 2nd

This is the 3rd class in the Everyday Life series. All are welcome; there are no prerequisites. This class emphasizes awareness of the environment and expanding the heart. It introduces the contemplation of the Four Immeasurables for arousing and streng Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Meditation and Activism Circle

February 6th—March 6th

"We humans have come to a crossroads in our history. We can either destroy the world or create a good future." Sakong Mipham, The Shambhala Principle. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Mindfulness Connections for Educators

February 21st—April 18th

Mindful Connections is an 8-week program that introduces mindfulness practices for social and emotional regulation and well-being for educators. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Day: Welcome the Fire Rooster

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin & Shastri David Stone

February 27th

Shambhala Day is a clan celebration focused on our members and their families, where we share our lineage practices, culture and forms together to start the new year with guidance from our Sakyong. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Shambhala Day 2017: A Cheerful Year of the Firebird

February 27th

Monday, February 27 beginning at 7:30am through early afternoon (and beyond?) Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Shambhala Day: Year of the Fire Bird

February 27th

Annual celebration - everyone is welcome Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Young Sangha Night (ages 18-40)

February 27th

Come to our Young Sangha kick off event on Monday February 27. Ages 18-40 welcome! Doors open at 6:30, and meditation practice begins at 7pm. No meditation experience necessary; all are welcome! Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Day 2017: Welcome the Fire Rooster

February 28th

Please join us On Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00 P.M. to Shambhala Day 2017: Welcome the Fire Rooster. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Yoga

with Mark Brouwer

March 1st

Mark W. Brouwer’s Yoga is a historically influenced fusion of Iyengar traditions and ashtanga vinyasa alignment science. Poses are cued for safety and benefit the circulatory system. All ages and levels are welcome to join every Wednesday. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Basic Goodness III - What is Real?

with Shastri David Stone & Larry Wolf

March 1st—April 5th

The third course asks the question, �??What is Real?�?� and focuses on a study of the phenomenal world. It emphasizes some of the core Buddhist teachings, such as impermanence, the process of perception, the "mind," and emptiness. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Acharya Adam Lobel

March 1st—March 29th

We can work with our anxiety so that we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the spacious nature of reality, we see life and death as they are. The meditator goes beyond hope and fear. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 1st—March 29th

Mindful appreciation and gentleness to oneself. Foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Fred Schwieg

March 2nd—March 30th

Way of Shambhala, class 4 Continue »

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Day 2017: Year of the Firebird

March 2nd

Everyone is warmly invited to celebrate this occasion with us on March 2nd at 7pm during our weekly Thursday evening meeting. We will sit, watch a brief video and socialize with refreshments. If you wish, bring a food item or drink to share. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Relax, Renew, Rejuvenate

with Frank Fischer

March 3rd—March 5th

Shambhala Center of Madison

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level 2

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 3rd—March 5th

This second weekend program in the Way of Shambhala Year I series deepens our practice of meditation and teaches us to recognize our habitual patterns and begin to discover fearlessness. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Qigong Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri David Stone

March 4th—March 5th

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of QiGong. Take this rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique lineages, the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate and Yiquan schools, rarely transmitted in the west. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Alice Dan

March 4th

Ideal for beginners as well as students who want to work on stabilizing their meditation, this half day program gives you the essential techniques and reasons for meditation practice in everyday life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

March 4th

Free introductory course, open to all. Offered the first Saturday of every month. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

SHAMBHALA DAY CELEBRATION & POTLUCK

March 4th

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year (Losar), and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhist calendar. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Rogue Shambhala Ball

March 4th

The Shambhala Ball: food, music, conversation. We welcome the year of the Fire Bird together, delighting in each others company. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Shambhala Day 2017 - Year of the Firebird

March 5th

All are Welcome. A celebration of the lunar New Year, we gather to celebrate the wealth and richness of our human heritage and the dignity and worthiness of all beings. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Day!

March 5th

Celebrating the Year of the Fire Bird Continue »

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

The Art of Being Human - Shambhala Training Level 1

with Shastri Jil Amadio

March 5th

This introductory weekend intensive explores and deepens the basic technique of mindfulness meditation. By settling our minds we begin to see the magic of the world beyond our habitual filters. Continue »