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The Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and 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. We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help the local community of all traditions discover their inherent clarity, gentleness and humor.

WDG

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. Learn more…

Upcoming Madison Programs

Essential Heart of Kasungship

with Marian Slaughter

October 14th—November 11th

Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Kasung are members of the Shambhala community devoted to extending their meditation practice to benefit others through action. This class introduces the "Protector Principle" and may be taken by the curious without com Continue »

Community Nyinthun (Day of Meditation Practice)

November 1st

An entire day devoted to meditation practice. Come and relax into peaceful abiding for the day, be there for yourself. Continue »

Nalanda Miksang Level One Teacher Training

with Miriam Hall

November 15th—November 16th

This weekend program is training and authorization to permit students of Nalanda Miksang (www.miksang.org) to become Level One assistant teachers. Continue »

Lineage and Devotion

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

November 17th—December 22nd

Monday evenings 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: This class explores the transmission of the dharma and the relationship between students and teachers; a central component of the study and practice of Shambhala Buddhism. Continue »

Umdze (Timekeeper) Training and Chant Refresher

November 19th

6:00 pm to 8:00pm: The Umdze, or timekeeper, leads the open group meditations and maintains the practice environment. Learn more about the role at this free event. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Sadhana Feast

November 8th—March 14th (2015)

Closed practice open to advanced practitioners only Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Werma Feast

December 14th—February 15th (2015)

Closed practice open to advanced practitioners only. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

MI/SG Gathering

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

September 28th—May 16th (2015)

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

Shambhala Chicago

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Alice Dan & Gretchen Neve

October 6th—November 3rd

Learn about peaceful abiding meditation, basic goodness, and how meditation practice can improve the quality of our daily life. By deepening our experience and understanding of ourselves through meditation, we can more fully become who we are. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin & John Harding

October 9th—November 6th

The final class of the Way of Shambhala I is Wisdom in Everyday Life, where we study the unwavering warrior whose confidence is unconditional and playful. Here the practitioner is introduced to the Vajrayana teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Essential Heart of Kasungship

with Marian Slaughter

October 14th—November 11th

Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Kasung are members of the Shambhala community devoted to extending their meditation practice to benefit others through action. This class introduces the "Protector Principle" and may be taken by the curious without com Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Basic Goodness II: How Can I Help?

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

October 20th—November 24th

This program focuses on relationship and society. It is an exploration of the nature of society and what it might mean to help our world with teachings in bodhichitta, communication, virtue and how society arises as an expression of interconnectedness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL)

with Dr. Janice Glowski & Chaplain Hellen Newland

October 20th—December 1st

Monday evening course: 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 Group of WNY Southtowns

Meditation in Everyday Life Course

with Craig Zink & Jean Marie Gunner

October 22nd—November 19th - Date cancelled

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

October 22nd—November 19th

Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. In meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and life challenges can be met with gentleness and mindfulnes Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Fall Retreat - a Shambhala Buddhist Week-long meditation

October 24th—October 31st

Cultivate peace for the coming year; take a week of silent retreat in the fall landscape of Wisconsin to nurture your mind and spirit. Everyone welcome! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Yoga at Shambhala

October 26th—December 14th

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 »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

FEARLESSNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE (FIEL)

November 1st—December 30th

Learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. Through the Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. The meditator, open to uncertainty, goes beyond the emotions of hope and fear to experience equanim Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Birth of the Warrior (Shambhala Training - Level II)

with James Drescher

November 1st—November 2nd

[NOTE a schedule change.] Having experienced meditation practice and our own inherent goodness, we want to go forward. 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 fund Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn To Meditate

November 1st

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

with Patrick Dallas

November 1st

Free learn to meditate program, open to all. Continue »

Southwest Michigan Shambhala Meditation Group

Meek-Perky

with Robert Walker

November 1st—November 2nd

Meek-Perky. Being tamed, a "well-ploughed ground," is necessary to abide with the vision of the Great Eastern Sun, overcoming arrogance and frivolity. The meek tiger manifests confidence, integrity, vast vision and exertion. The warrior of perky develops Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

LEARN TO MEDITATE

November 1st

Ideal for anyone wanting an introduction to meditation as well as those wanting to refresh their practice, this 3-hour workshop presents how peaceful abiding meditation enables us to cultivate our mind’s inherent stability, strength and clarity. The inst Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Community Nyinthun (Day of Meditation Practice)

November 1st

An entire day devoted to meditation practice. Come and relax into peaceful abiding for the day, be there for yourself. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Viki Adducci

November 4th—December 2nd

This five-week evening course looks at how contentment is often 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. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Council Meeting

November 4th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Disruptive Leadership

with James Drescher

November 5th

There is no fundamental problem with us as individuals, organizations or communities. However, not recognizing this truth, we get caught thinking we don’t have what it takes to get where we think we want to go. As a result of this lack of confidence, w Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Dr. Joseph Fiala & Gary Heinz

November 5th—November 22nd

Wisdom is always present. Wisdom can be applied in everyday life to transform confused situations and emotions into effective actions. No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everything in life as part of the path. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Mahamudra

November 6th

Chögyam Trungpa, founder of the Shambhala centers, wrote a practice called the Sadhana of Mahamudra, which is chanted aloud in a group session on the full moon of each month. The Sadhana of Mahamudra is both a practice and a teaching. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

The Sacred World of Kyerim

with Acharya Christie Cashman

November 7th—November 12th

In 2010, after the Sacred World Assembly, the Sakyong wrote an extraordinarily beautiful text on vajrayana kyerim (generation stage practices). Its purpose is to help students master the ability to draw the dralas into their lives and society. Continue »