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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

Sacred Path: Great Eastern Sun

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

December 9th—December 11th

Prerequisites apply. Friday 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm: This weekend program teaches how to see the Great Eastern Sun, the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

January 3rd (2017)

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

Heart of Recovery

January 8th (2017)

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 »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Lisa Cappelli & Kathy Faas

January 11th—February 15th (2017)

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 (2017)

Friday evening and Saturday introductory workshop Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

January 9th—December 29th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a practice written by Chögyam Trungpa, founder of Shambhala, which addresses overcoming obstacles and materialism in life. This practice is open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice

January 21st—December 13th

These Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practices are open to our entire sangha community, Continue »

Akron-Canton Shambhala

Sadhana of Mahamudra

September 1st—December 29th

Sadhana of Mahamudra practice is done every new moon at 6:00 PM Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL)

with Shastri Janice Glowski

November 7th—December 12th

LOCATION CHANGE: This introductory class offers an exploration of mindfulness meditation, focused on incorporating gentleness and fearlessness into our lives. Open to the public. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Road Home - book group

with Steven Anderson

November 16th—December 21st

Group exploration of this extraordinary new book. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Silent Shamatha Meditation Retreat

December 4th—December 10th

Come for the weekend, 3 days, 4 days or do the whole week. Shamatha (peaceful abiding) meditation will be taught to those who have never done it as well as for those who may need a refresher. This retreat is open to everyone whether you've been practici Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Sacred Path: Great Eastern Sun

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

December 9th—December 11th

Prerequisites apply. Friday 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm: This weekend program teaches how to see the Great Eastern Sun, the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists. Continue »

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

Learn to Meditate - December 2016

with Jose Rodriguez & Jenny Bruce

December 10th

Learn to Meditate is taught by a pair of our highly trained and qualified instructors, this half-day (3 hour) program suitable for beginners, as well as anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of the technique. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Mindful Hike at McConnell Springs

December 11th

Join us for a two-hour walk in a quiet urban oasis. Mindful hiking opens the senses to the full experience of the beauty of the outdoors. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Full Moon Gatherings and Shambhala Sadhana Practice: A monthly event for members

with Acharya Adam Lobel

December 11th

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has requested that on or near the full moon, we gather as a community throughout Shambhala. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

December 11th

Composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the Shambhala Sadhana aims to uncover basic goodness, our innate longing for enlightened society and the possibility of collective awakening. All community members invited! Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Heart of Recovery

December 11th

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

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

December 14th

Open to all; drop-in or buy a series. The fee for this is $17 for a single class, or $85 for a package of six classes (any six - these don't necessarily have to be six in a row). Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

December Shambhala Sadhana Gathering

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

December 14th

Our monthly Shambhala Sadhana Gathering and potluck will be held Wednesday, December 14, from 6 to 8 pm. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Transforming the Inner Critic

with Acharya Adam Lobel

December 14th

Acharya Adam Lobel will talk about how to work with self-aggression and self-compassion from the perspective of the teachings. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Social Meditation: Leadership on the Spot

December 15th

Social Meditation provides a vivid, experiential answer to the questionof how meditation can help us to engage more fully with our lives. In each evening program we create a meditative container for conversations about challenging or beckoning issues that Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Silent Transformations of Engaged Spirituality, Ecology, and Politics

December 16th - Date postponed or cancelled

How can we turn to ecological truths fearlessly, without becoming overwhelmed? Join us at the Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center for the first event in a series focused on engagement with ecology. Continue »

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Sadhana Feast Practice (DEC. 2016)

December 16th

Shambhala Sadhana Feast. This sadhana provides an opportunity to refresh our faith in our own basic goodness and the basic goodness of humanity. On this evening we will do the full sadhana including the feast portion and evening/closing chants. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Children's Day

December 17th

Join us on Saturday, December 17th at 5 pm- something for people of all ages - young and old! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Children's Day - a Solstice Celebration

December 18th

A celebration for kids and the child in all of us. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Winter Solstice Celebration

December 18th

Community welcome of both the light and darkness of the season. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Children's Day/Winter Solstice Celebration

December 18th

Children's Day will be in the morning of the 18th from 10-12pm. We will open in the shrine room, teach the children how to meditate and talk about changes to both programs and the emphasis on families. Then people will be welcome to move downstair Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Welcome to Shambhala

December 18th

This class is an introduction to all things Shambhala: history, traditions, and more. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Ashe Society meeting (closed group)

December 18th

Prerequisites: This event is only open to graduates of Warrior Assembly and those who have permission to do this practice. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Children's Day

December 18th

Please join our as we celebrate this Shambhala holiday by creating a special lighted children’s shrine, listening to stories, and receiving a blessing by our Children's Day King and Queen. Continue »