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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.

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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

Learn to Meditate

June 7th

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

Heart of Recovery

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

June 11th

This introductory talk will examine the relationship with self in the context of recovery and a path that can offer gentleness and bravery in moving forward. Heart of Recovery welcomes everyone who has an interest in meditation and addiction recovery. I Continue »

Heart of Recovery - One-day Retreat

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

June 12th

This full-day retreat will introduce tools and meditation practices to integrate into your everyday life. The retreat is hands-on and experiential, exploring contemplative practices on your own path of recovery. A personal 1-on-1 interview with a meditati Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Open Sky (Level 5)

with Shastri Deborah Zarate & Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

June 17th—June 19th

During Level 5: Open Sky one begins to sharpen one's awareness with gentleness and precision. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

January 9th—July 4th

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 »

Shambhala Chicago

Introduction to Agile Alchemy

with Stephen Starkey & Larry Wolf

April 14th—May 26th

Agile Alchemy combines heart and mind: The innovation of the Agile Manifesto. Ancient Eastern wisdom traditions. Modern psychology and neuroscience. The latest management theory. Be more present, more creative, and better aligned in your work and life. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Council Meeting

April 18th—November 21st

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

Creativity Lab

April 24th—June 26th

Every fourth Sunday of the month. No registration required. Children are welcomed! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Contentment in Everyday Life

April 30th—June 8th

Contentment in Everyday Life video program. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Yoga at Shambhala

May 8th—June 19th

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 »

Shambhala Chicago

Joy in Everyday Life

May 11th—June 8th

This is the 3rd class in the Everyday Life series; all are welcome. This class emphasizes awareness of the environment and expanding the heart. It introduces the contemplation of the Four Immeasurables for arousing and strengthening compassion for self Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Lojong (SSBS)

with Barbara Wolkowitz & David Schreier

May 16th—June 13th

Lojong, a main contemplative practice in the Mahayana path, means mind training. Articulated in 59 pithy slogans, Lojong focuses on the detailed methods one can use to awaken and cultivate compassion and loving-kindness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Six Ways of Ruling

with Connie Brock

May 24th—June 28th

A unique stream of the Shambhala teachings on Enlightened Society, offering an experimental approach for surviving, transforming and working with the challenges we face at home, at work and in ourselves. Continue »

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

Learn to Meditate - May 2016

with Jenny Bruce & Jose Rodriguez

May 29th

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 Chicago

Quarterly Community Meeting

May 29th

Open to all community members. Join us at this interactive gathering as we delve deep into the inner workings of Shambhala Chicago and discover how we can unite to grow and flourish. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

June 1st

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 Center of Lexington

Artist's Talk: Tianlan Deng on "Rote Shadows"

June 2nd

Tianlan Deng will delve into the Chinese cultural background and statements of his works, and will also transform one of the Rote Shadows installations uniquely for this evening. Video presentation included Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Embodiment Weekthun

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

June 4th—June 10th

Please join us at Windhorse Retreat in Plymouth, Wisconsin for a weeklong meditation practice with Shastri Brett Ferrigan. People can arrive on June 3rd (program starts on the 4th) departure day is the morning of June 11th. Here is a brief description : Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

June 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

June 4th

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

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Awaken Chicago, Awaken World -- Recorded talks with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

June 5th

Video talks with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and others from the Awaken World conference held April 29-May 1, 2016, in Chicago. Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Meditation & Book Discussion Group

June 5th

Come join us for a weekly group in which we will meditate some together and discuss the book, The Road Home by Ethan Nichtern . How Much?: Free How Often?: From June through September. Come whenever you can make it. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra

June 5th

All are welcome to this monthly Vajrayana practice. Please join us! Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Being Queer and Basic Goodness

with Acharya Orhun Cercel

June 5th

Open to All. It can be difficult being LGBT+. We can get married, but we can't always use the bathroom or keep our jobs. No matter how well-adjusted we are, we may doubt that we are good just as we are. Acharya Orhun Cercel will lead a talk and discussio Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Learn to Meditate

June 7th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

June 8th

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 »