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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

Heart of Recovery

February 8th—April 26th

The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and discussion group with the purpose of bringing together the practice of meditation, the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, and the Twelve Steps of recovery. Continue »

Meditation in Everday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Kathy Faas

March 2nd—March 30th

Mondays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: This is the first course in our core program, the Way of Shambhala. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

March 3rd

An introduction to meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. Taught by Shambhala Guides. First Tuesday of the Month, 7-8pm. Continue »

Lojong: Training the Mind

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Dr. Lora Wiggins

March 3rd—March 31st

Tuesday evenings, 7pm - 9pm for five weeks Continue »

Qi Gong Levels 1 and 2

with Shastri David Stone

March 7th—March 8th

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Yoga at Shambhala

December 28th—March 8th

Yoga At Shambhala is an opportunity to experience the interconnection of body, breath and sitting. This series of yoga classes, taught by professional yoga instructors, is open to all experience levels - novice to veteran. Chair yoga is available. Continue »

Akron Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Melissa Van & Robert Carterette

January 29th—March 5th

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences. This course builds on the discovery of basic g Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Community Gathering and Celebration

January 31st—May 23rd

Please join the Columbus Shambhala Community for an evening of fine food and conversation on Saturday, January 31. The gathering will take place at 6 pm at 636 Chase Road. Please bring a dish to share, if you are able. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Contentment In Everyday Life (CIEL)

with Deborah Zarate

February 4th—March 4th

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Sogetsu Ikebana Lessons with Sensei, Mrs. Yoshie Babcock

February 7th—May 2nd

Sogetsu Ikebana Lessons with Sensei, Mrs. Yoshie Babcock are being offered at the Center. New and continuing students are invited. Classes are offered only as a series, not as one time only / drop in. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Heart of Recovery

February 8th—April 26th

The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and discussion group with the purpose of bringing together the practice of meditation, the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, and the Twelve Steps of recovery. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Way of Shambhala: Joy in Everyday Life

with Viki Adducci

February 24th—March 24th

In this course, we explore the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion toward others, and through these, we begin to discover the joy of discipline, health and bravery. Please note that class meets five Tuesday evenings. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Guide Training

with Shastri David Stone & Shastri Marita McLaughlin

February 26th—March 1st

A Shambhala Guide is a resource, friend and host to newcomers within a Shambhala Center. The Guide gives initial meditation instruction, and information on our Shambhala lineage and educational programs and events. Must have completed Rigden Weekend. Continue »

Akron Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Day: Year of the Wood Sheep

March 1st

Please join us for our annual Shambhala Day (Tibetan New Year) celebration. This is our most important holiday, and an opportunity to meet all of the local Shambhala Community. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sunday Talk: The Shambhala Principle, Chapter 12

with Janet Hasz

March 1st

Come for meditation and stay for this engaging talk and discussion over the book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

MI/SG Gathering

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

March 1st—May 16th

This periodic meeting is restricted to Meditation Instructors and Shambhala Guides. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Meditation in Everday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Kathy Faas

March 2nd—March 30th

Mondays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: This is the first course in our core program, the Way of Shambhala. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Lojong: Training the Mind

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Dr. Lora Wiggins

March 3rd—March 31st

Tuesday evenings, 7pm - 9pm for five weeks Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Council Meeting

March 3rd—November 3rd

Our bimonthly Council meeting wlll be held on this night. All are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. If you would like to suggest an item for the agenda, please email it to director@lexingtonshambhala.org Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Learn to Meditate

March 3rd

An introduction to meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. Taught by Shambhala Guides. First Tuesday of the Month, 7-8pm. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

March 4th

We will be offering an on-going Qi Gong series at the Center, on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The fee for this is $20 for a single class, or $100 for a package of six classes (any six - these don't necessarily have to be six in a row). Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

March 4th—April 1st

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 »

Madison Shambhala Center

Qi Gong Levels 1 and 2

with Shastri David Stone

March 7th—March 8th

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Advanced Circle Keeper Training with Kay Pranis

March 7th—March 8th

Advanced Circle Keeper Training is an opportunity for those currently leading circle work to deepen their knowledge and develop skills in areas such as the use of values in the circle process. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level 1 - The Art of Being Human / Heart of Recovery Retreat

with Scott Perkins

March 7th—March 8th

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

March 7th

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 7th

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

Southwest Michigan Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Training Level 5: Open Sky

March 7th—March 8th

Trusting further in the space of basic goodness, "open sky," we discover that there is always a dot, a soft spot of openness which we cannot grasp, and which breaks our hearts. Taking joy in the path that comes out of that open, quivering, energetic space Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Ikebana Workshop

with Brooke Pohl

March 7th

Sangha member Brooke Pohl, Sogetsu Ikebana practiioner and teacher, is offering a 1-day workshop for Ikebana flower arranging. Continue »