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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

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Lisa Cappelli & Kathy Faas

January 11th—February 15th

An introduction to basic meditation and how to develop a personal practice. Continue »

The Art of Being Human (Shambhala Training Level 1)

with Blessie Hornilla

January 27th—January 28th

Friday evening and Saturday introductory workshop Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

January 29th

Open to All. The monthly Shambhala Sadhana is a time to gather as a community throughout Shambhala. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

February 7th

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

Way of Shambhala II (Sacred Path): Windhorse

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

February 10th—February 12th

In Windhorse, we will cultivate our ability to open our heart and drop into the inherent confidence of the warrior's way. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

Meditation in Everyday Life (Winter 2017)

with Jenny Bruce & Steven Clookey

January 4th—February 1st

Meditation in Everyday Life is the first of five weeknight courses to be offered in the Way of Shambhala series of weekend and weekday courses. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy in Everyday Life

January 4th—February 1st

We need more than mindfulness and relaxation to go forward. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion, we begin to discover the joy of discipline, health and bravery. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Bodhisattva Warrior: Six Paramitas

with Steve Tibbetts

January 10th—February 21st

Buddhism's six transcendent actions and how to put them into practice in our everyday life. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Lisa Cappelli & Kathy Faas

January 11th—February 15th

An introduction to basic meditation and how to develop a personal practice. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Shambhala Principle - a book study

with Patrick Dallas

January 18th—February 22nd

The Shambhala Principle - a book study Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Steven Shippee

January 18th—February 15th

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Gallery Hop: My Friends, with Zoe Ruth Felice

January 20th

This Friday! - Enjoy food and drink and meet the Artist during the Gallery Hop Reception of "My Friends," a sculptural and drawing exhibit by Lexington, Kentucky's Zoe Ruth Felice. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Warrior in the World (Level III)

with Shastri Andrew Sacamano

January 20th—January 22nd

Weekend Program: Having examined our habitual tendencies with gentleness and precision, we cultivate fearlessness and can experience our life directly, without relying on cocoon. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level 1 - The Art of Being Human

with Joseph Fiala

January 21st—January 22nd

This introductory level of the Path of Warriorship is open to beginners and those new to meditation! Discovering basic goodness in the world and ourselves is the seed of developing confidence, gentleness, and healing from difficult situations. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate in Edgewater

with Barbara Wolkowitz

January 21st

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

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Alice Dan

January 21st

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 »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

NO open meditation Sunday January 22, 2017

January 22nd

Weekend retreat is taking place. Join us next week! Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Ambient Pema

January 22nd

Conceptual Artist Jason Brammer will creating an atmospheric soundscape with the use of the synthesizer and vocal arrangements to accompany the spoken word teachings of Pema Chodron. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Breathe, Open, & Transform: Cultural Humility and Enlightened Society

with Jean Marie Robbins & Gretchen Neve

January 22nd - Date postponed or cancelled

With our shared humanity as basis, we resume our on-going conversation by reflecting on who we are now and from where we each have come. Join us for body-centered contemplation, small groups and discussion of our individual and shared cultural heritage. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Heart of Recovery

January 22nd

We welcome all individuals who are committed to working with their addictive and compulsive behaviors. This group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring how the path of meditation and the path of recovery intersect. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Social Meditation: A Contemplative Exploration of Society and Community

with Ben Durchslag

January 25th

Social Meditation provides a vivid, experiential answer to the question "Why meditate?" This is what it means to "bring meditation into daily life." Integrating meditation with conversation about important topics in our lives, Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

January 27th

New Moon Sadhana of Mahamudra Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Ecstatic Dance Shambhala

January 27th

Open to all. Born from the Sunday Morning Ecstatic Dance in Oakland, California, we focus on nurturing a space where you can play and interact authentically. Saturday, November 19, 7-10PM. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

The Art of Being Human (Shambhala Training Level 1)

with Blessie Hornilla

January 27th—January 28th

Friday evening and Saturday introductory workshop Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

January 28th—January 29th - Date postponed or cancelled

Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Proclaiming Basic Goodness - an Introduction to Shambhala Meditation

with Shastri Janet Solyntjes

January 28th—January 29th

As we tune into our open hearts through meditation, we discover a pathway to proclaiming basic goodness as an antidote to the stress, suffering, and aggression of our times. Open to people with all levels of experience. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Shambhala Training, Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

January 28th

Discovering basic goodness in the world and in ourselves. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

QiGong Review Session for Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri David Stone

January 28th

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of QiGong. This review class is suited for anyone who has taken at least levels 1 and 2. Continue »