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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

Learn to Meditate

August 2nd

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

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 2nd—August 30th

The fourth class in the In Everyday Life series Continue »

Nalanda Miksang Intensive

with Miriam Hall

August 15th—August 19th

5-day Contemplative Photography Intensive Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

August 18th

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

Nalanda Miksang Level I Teacher Training

with Miriam Hall

August 20th—August 21st

2-day Level 1 training Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

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 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 [email protected] Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Meditation & Book Discussion Group

June 5th—August 28th

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

The Heart of the Matter: A Pema Chodron Video Course

June 19th—August 7th

Open to all. Join us in sharing Pema Chodron's generous heart and deep wisdom in a very special online course. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

June 30th—July 28th

Meditation in Everyday Life presents peaceful abiding meditation, basic goodness, and ways that meditation practice can improve the quality of our daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Joy in Everyday Life

with Brenda Sussna

July 5th—August 16th

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 »

Madison Shambhala Center

How Can I Help?

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

July 13th—August 10th - Date postponed or cancelled

Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 9pm Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Summer Times of Mindfulness

July 23rd—August 12th

Our Center is pleased to offer summer Times of Mindfulness in which a Shambhala Guide will offer meditation instruction, lead the meditation including chants, and a discussion or mindfulness exploration. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Solo Student Violin Recital

with Jon Feller

July 24th

Enjoy carefully prepared solos and students from age 4 - 30 with pianist Paul Lewis of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Book group: Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

July 25th

This book group, facilitated by Mary Sehlinger and Neil Griggs, will read and discuss The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

July 27th

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 Chicago

Fundraiser Concert - Robbie Fulks, Steve Dawson & Diane Christiansen

July 29th

Come support the Chicago Shambhala West Loop center by celebrating with an evening of the music of popular singer-songwriters Robbie Fulks, Steve Dawson & Diane Christiansen. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Relax, Renew, Rejuvenate (Program is full registration is closed at this time)

with Frank Fischer

July 29th—July 31st

Please Join us for a weekend of meditation, walks, reading, star gazing and relaxation with Frank Fischer. Frank structures these weekends with the intention of helping people learn to slow down and relax in a healthy way-he offers a number of skillful t Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Joy in Everyday Life - Saturdays

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

July 30th—August 6th

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

Sadhana of Mahamudra

August 2nd

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

Madison Shambhala Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 2nd—August 30th

The fourth class in the In Everyday Life series Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Learn to Meditate

August 2nd

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

August 3rd

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 »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Meditation Retreat Sponsored by Queer Dharma

with Alice Dan & Jon Feller

August 5th—August 12th

You are invited to connect body and mind in a warm, supportive environment that welcomes all people just as they are, whatever their gender, race, gender identity, socio-economic class, age or personal quirks. The retreat includes daily meditation and lig Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meditation Retreat (Weekthun) Sponsored by Queer Dharma

with Alice Dan & Jon Feller

August 5th—August 12th

Open to All. Enjoy two to seven days of a meditation retreat with light yoga in rural Wisconsin that will help you relax, connect with yourself and others. Talks will address meditation and experiences of exclusion, inclusion and acceptance. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sharing the Mind of the Guru

with Mary Sehlinger

August 5th—August 7th

The program will enrich what participants may have already learned in Way of Shambhala classes and provide an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. It is appropriate for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the Sadhana of Mahamudra as well as those Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

August 6th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

August 6th

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

Weekthun: A Week Long Practice Intensive

with Patrick Dallas

August 6th—August 13th

Only when you can be extremely soft and pliable can you be extremely hard and strong. (Zen proverb) Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

August 10th

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 »