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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

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Kathy Faas & Lisa Cappelli

April 26th—May 24th

Five Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm. This introductory class is open to beginners, while at the same time offers an opportunity for long-time practitioners to deepen their practice. Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Awakened Heart (Level 4)

with Patrick Dallas

May 13th—May 15th

In Shambhala Training Level IV, we learn how to awaken and open our hearts so that we can communicate fully with the world. Continue »

Groundwork

May 21st—June 11th

Groundwork Continue »

Learn to Meditate

June 7th

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

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

with Acharya Adam Lobel

April 6th—May 11th

What is real? Simply asking this question opens up a world of other questions. This course will provide the space and community to explore our relationship with our world and our assumptions about what is real. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Introduction to Agile Alchemy

with Stephen Starkey & Larry Wolf

April 14th—May 12th

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 Meditation Center of Columbus

Fearlessness In Everyday Life (FIEL)

with Morgan Root

April 18th—May 16th

In this course, we work with anxiety and the spaciousness of mind, so that our lives are not blocked by fear. We dare to face life and death as they are. The meditator, open to uncertainty, goes beyond hope and fear. 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 Center of Lexington

Joy in Everyday Life

with Shastri Gary Heinz

April 25th—May 23rd

Joy in Everyday Life will illuminate the Shambhala teachings on cheerfulness and health. These teachings help us to cultivate the noble heart of compassion and provide a strong introduction to the Buddhist concept of bodhicitta. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Kathy Faas & Lisa Cappelli

April 26th—May 24th

Five Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm. This introductory class is open to beginners, while at the same time offers an opportunity for long-time practitioners to deepen their practice. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Contentment in Everyday Life

April 30th—June 8th

Contentment in Everyday Life video program. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

May 4th

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 Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

May 7th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Barbara Wolkowitz

May 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 »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Nyinthun - Day of Mindfulness

May 7th

There’s nothing like spending a few hours sitting and walking to experience one’s mind and “make friends with yourself. Come for the whole day or part of the day. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra

May 7th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

May 11th

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

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

The Art of Being Human (Level 1)

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

May 13th—May 14th

Open to All. The weekend program includes meditation practice, discussion, and individual meetings with meditation instructors. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Joseph Fiala

May 13th—May 15th - Date postponed or cancelled

With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. We can extend ourselves to others fully and with kindness. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Way of Shambhala: Awakened Heart (Level 4)

with Patrick Dallas

May 13th—May 15th

In Shambhala Training Level IV, we learn how to awaken and open our hearts so that we can communicate fully with the world. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Chris Montone

May 14th—May 15th

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we are willing to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Shastri Shelley Heinz & Shastri Gary Heinz

May 14th—May 15th

We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Windhorse Retreat Center Open House

May 14th

Please join us! Come to the Open House at Windhorse Retreat Center, Saturday May 14, 10:00 - 2:30 pm Come visit Windhorse and experience for yourself the beautiful landscape in this wonderful retreat setting! Let the hustle and bustle of daily life sl Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

NO open meditation Sunday May 15

May 15th

Weekend retreat is taking place. Join us next week! Continue »