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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

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 2nd—August 30th

The fourth class in the In Everyday Life series Continue »

Learn to Meditate

September 6th

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

Radical Dharma Book Club

September 11th—October 9th

Open to all. Madison Shambhala Center will be hosting a book discussion group starting on Sunday, September 11th from 11:15-1:00 (right after our Sunday morning sit). Continue »

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

September 13th—October 11th

Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Continue »

The Art of Being Human (Shambhala Training Level 1)

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

September 16th—September 17th

Friday evening and Saturday introductory workshop Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

January 9th—December 29th

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 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—September 25th

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 Center of Lexington

Book group: Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

July 25th—October 3rd

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 »

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 »

Shambhala Chicago

How Can I Help? - Basic Goodness II

with Shastri David Stone

August 17th—September 21st

Open to all. This course asks the question “How can I help?” and explores our relationships with others, what it might mean to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. Continue »

Akron-Canton Shambhala

Shambhala Sadhana

August 18th—December 13th

Shambhala Sadhana practice, every full moon date at 6:00 PM Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Wisdom In Everyday Life

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

August 24th—September 21st

Wisdom in Everyday Life looks at the qualities of a master warrior whose vastness of mind and kindness are fully manifested in the world. The master warrior is no longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, but with tremendous forward vision and strengt Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Shastri David Stone

August 26th—August 28th

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 »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Great Eastern Sun/Windhorse

with Lance Brunner

August 26th—August 28th - Date postponed or cancelled

This program will combine the first and second weekends of the Way of Shambhala year two, the Sacred Path Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

August 31st

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 »

Akron-Canton Shambhala

Sadhana of Mahamudra

September 1st—December 29th

Sadhana of Mahamudra practice is done every new moon at 6:00 PM Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra

September 1st

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

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Larry Wolf

September 3rd

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

September 3rd

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

Madison Shambhala Center

Learn to Meditate

September 6th

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

September 7th

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 »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Melissa Van

September 8th—October 6th

This 5-week course is the second in the Everyday Life series of the Way of Shambhala path of training. The course includes guided meditation, talks, and open discussion of the challenges that meditators face in their practice. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Alice Dan & Shastri Marita McLaughlin

September 8th—October 6th

This is the 4th class in the Way of Shambhala weeknight series. Prerequisites apply. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Leadership On The Spot: Social Meditation

with Shastri Nick Kranz

September 9th—September 11th

Open to all. This program is designed for anyone who would like to bring the view of meditation further into their daily life, as well those wishing to develop leadership skills and learn practices to foster enlightened culture in their communities. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Gary Heinz

September 10th—September 11th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. We begin to see the magic of the world beyond our habitual filters and experience basic goodness, which can neither be created nor destroyed. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Sogetsu Ikebana Lessons

September 10th—December 3rd

A wonderful contemplative art. New and continuing students are invited. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Radical Dharma Book Club

September 11th—October 9th

Open to all. Madison Shambhala Center will be hosting a book discussion group starting on Sunday, September 11th from 11:15-1:00 (right after our Sunday morning sit). Continue »