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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

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Kathy Faas

April 21st—May 19th

Mondays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: As the path continues, we learn to work with anxiety, so that we are not blocked by fear. Each class allows for open discussion of the challenges that meditators face in their practice. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana

April 24th

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm: As a group practice, the Shambhala Sadhana is open to everyone who has received the reading transmission (lung), and taken the Enlightened Society Vow. Continue »

Chariot of Mahamudra with Acharya Richard John

with Acharya Richard John

April 25th—April 27th

Friday 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm: The practice of Mahamudra is a powerful way to explore basic goodness and non-conceptual mind both on the meditation cushion and in everyday life. Continue »

The Shambhala Principle

with Acharya Richard John

April 28th

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: In this complex age, positive change depends upon the wisdom to see the basic goodness in oneself, in others, and an awake society. This is not a naïve attempt to have it all, but a profoundly practical understanding of our path Continue »

Shambhala Art Part III: The Creative Process

with Miriam Hall

May 3rd—May 4th

Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm: The creative process often seems mysterious and magical. Shambhala Art’s purpose is to explore the creative process and the product we call art, from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

March 26th—February 3rd (2015)

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 Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Ashe Society

September 14th—June 8th

Open to students who have attended Warriors' Assembly. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

MI/SG meeting

September 29th—May 3rd

These meetings are restricted to Meditation Instructors and Shambhala Guides for ongoing training. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

BOOK DISCUSSION OF THE SHAMBHALA PRINCIPLE

February 19th—June 18th

We will be reading and discussing Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's book The Shambhala Principle, Discovering Humanity's Hidden Treasure. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Sogetsu Ikebana Lessons with Sensei, Mrs. Yoshie Babcock

March 1st—June 7th

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 »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Council Meeting

March 4th—May 6th

Council Meetings are held every 2 months and are open to center members. See full program description for more details. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

CONTENTMENT IN EVERYDAY LIFE (CIEL)

with Acharya Eve Rosenthal

March 10th—April 27th

Our meditation experience is deepened through cultivation of contentment and simplicity. By understanding the conditions and emotions that keep us trapped in habitual patterns, we can begin to express the qualities of gentleness, appreciation, steadiness Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Way of Shambhala: Meditation in Everyday Life

March 27th—April 24th - Date cancelled

Deepen your practice and understanding of meditation with this five-week evening course that focuses on integrating meditation into day-to-day life. Continue »

Akron Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy in Everyday Life

with Fred Schwieg

April 3rd—May 1st

This is the third Thursday evening course in the Way of Shambhala curriculum. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Doreen Bartoni

April 3rd—May 1st

This class explores the benefits of mindfulness meditation in working with the ups and downs of everyday life. Starting with the foundation of basic goodness, we can approach both positive and negative emotions with gentleness and fearlessness. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Sacred World Assembly Preparatory Class

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

April 6th—May 25th

Sundays 10:00 am to Noon: Preparatory class for those planning to attend Sacred World Assembly Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

with Acharya Adam Lobel

April 9th—May 21st

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 Center of Lexington

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

April 9th—May 14th

This class is the first of three new courses and focuses on the sense of self. The class includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego, the 5 skandhas, cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Solitary Retreat

April 20th—April 26th

The Windhorse Retreat Center has been reserved for solitary RETREAT, no visitors to Windhorse at this time please. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Kathy Faas

April 21st—May 19th

Mondays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: As the path continues, we learn to work with anxiety, so that we are not blocked by fear. Each class allows for open discussion of the challenges that meditators face in their practice. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Shambhala Sadhana

April 24th

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm: As a group practice, the Shambhala Sadhana is open to everyone who has received the reading transmission (lung), and taken the Enlightened Society Vow. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

April 24th—May 22nd

Fearlessness in Everyday Life: The fourth course in the Way ofShambhala series. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Essential Heart of Kasungship, Level I

April 25th—May 9th

Essential Heart of Kasungship, Level I is an introduction to the Dorje Kasung training path. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Chariot of Mahamudra with Acharya Richard John

with Acharya Richard John

April 25th—April 27th

Friday 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm: The practice of Mahamudra is a powerful way to explore basic goodness and non-conceptual mind both on the meditation cushion and in everyday life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Patrick Dallas

April 25th—April 27th

This weekend program emphasizes developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies which allows us to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We engage the world directly, extending the attitude of fearlessness to our activites. Continue »

Akron Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

April 25th—April 27th

Prerequisite: Level II. 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 »

Southwest Michigan Shambhala Meditation Group

Windhorse

with Barbara Smith

April 26th—April 27th

Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

Ikebana : Japanese Flower Arranging for Beginners and Non-Beginners

with Brooke Pohl

April 26th—April 27th

Kalapa Ikebana, founded by Chögyam Trungpa in 1982, joins the two practices of mindfulness and ikebana. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

(private) Group Rental

April 26th—April 27th

The Windhorse Retreat Center bioshelter has been reserved for a private group rental. The space is well-suited for meditation retreats, contemplative arts, and study. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

Timekeeper & Gatekeeper Training

with Jon Feller

April 27th

Learn how to be timekeeper and gatekeeper for open houses and help provide an environment where everyone can meditate. Continue »