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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

Heart of Recovery

February 8th—April 26th

The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and discussion group with the purpose of bringing together the practice of meditation, the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, and the Twelve Steps of recovery. Continue »

Yoga Offering

March 1st—May 10th

A twenty-minute yoga practice focusing on simple and gentle breath based practice during Sunday morning meditation. Continue »

The Heart of Bravery - with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Pema Chodron

April 14th—May 12th

A video class with discussion facilitated by local Shambhala teachers. Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Awakened Heart (Level 4)

with Patrick Dallas

April 24th—April 26th

In this program, we learn how to awaken and open our hearts so that we can communicate fully with the world. Continue »

Way of Shambhala II (Sacred Path): Drala

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

May 1st—May 3rd

This Sacred Path program continues to deal with bringing the principles of warriorship and the practice of mindfulness-awareness into daily life. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Sogetsu Ikebana Lessons with Sensei, Mrs. Yoshie Babcock

February 7th—May 2nd

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 »

Madison Shambhala Center

Heart of Recovery

February 8th—April 26th

The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and discussion group with the purpose of bringing together the practice of meditation, the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, and the Twelve Steps of recovery. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Yoga Offering

March 1st—May 10th

A twenty-minute yoga practice focusing on simple and gentle breath based practice during Sunday morning meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Yoga at Shambhala

March 15th—May 24th

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 »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Basic Goodness III: What is real?

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

March 23rd—April 27th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

March 25th—April 29th

This course asks the question, “What is real?” and focuses on a study of the phenomenal world. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Fearlessness In Everyday Life (FIEL)

with Dr. Janice Glowski

April 6th—May 4th

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

Joy In Everyday Life

with Marian Judith Broadus & Joseph Fiala

April 8th—May 6th

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 »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Werma Feast

April 12th—June 13th

Closed practice open to advanced practitioners only. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

The Heart of Bravery - with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Pema Chodron

April 14th—May 12th

A video class with discussion facilitated by local Shambhala teachers. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Wisdom in Everyday Life

April 15th—May 13th

Meditation uncovers our wisdom. Students receive practical instructions for transforming confused emotions and situations into effective actions as they arise. No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everything as part of the path. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy in Everyday Life (Lakewood)

April 16th—May 14th

As meditation expands, we develop trust in Basic Goodness Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Brenda Sussna

April 21st—May 19th

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 »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Level III: Warrior in the World

with Dr. Rebecca McAllister

April 24th—April 26th

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 »

Shambhala Chicago

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Shastri David Stone

April 24th—April 26th

This is the first of the 3 courses in the Basic Goodness Series. All are welcomed. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Way of Shambhala: Awakened Heart (Level 4)

with Patrick Dallas

April 24th—April 26th

In this program, we learn how to awaken and open our hearts so that we can communicate fully with the world. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Art, Part III - Awakening The Creative Process

with Judy Bond

April 24th—April 26th

In this weekend workshop. part 3 of the 5-part Shambhala Art series, we will look out where creativity comes from and how it can be applied in our lives and in our work. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Renew, Revive, Rejuvenate

with Frank Fischer

April 24th—April 26th

Frequently, people come to the path of meditation to deal with stress. In our culture, producing more and at a faster rate is the order of the day. This can create excessive demands on us. Meditation is a tool that can be used to deal with this. Even Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Parenting as Path

with Marcelle Gilkerson & Dr. Janice Glowski

April 25th—May 23rd

Parenting is a rich, and sometimes challenging, endeavor. When taken as a path and blended with meditation, it can connect us to the fresh, living quality of each moment. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Refuge Vows: The Three Jewels

with Marian Judith Broadus

April 25th

This class will introduce students to taking refuge as a Buddhist. To take refuge is to commit oneself to the path of awakening: We take our innate awareness as a step toward more sanity in our lives. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Mahayana & Bodhisattva Vow

with Zoe Drake

April 25th

The Bodhisattva Vow is further commitment to put others before oneself and to work wholeheartedly for their benefit. With the Bodhisattva Vow, we dedicate ourselves and all that we do to the benefit of all sentient beings. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

SANGHA POTLUCK

April 25th

Sangha Potluck Saturday, April 25, 2015, 4-7pm The potlucks are an ideal opportunity for Shambhalians to develop community by enjoying each other’s company in a relaxed setting with no program. Please register your intent to attend. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Community Gathering and Celebration

April 25th—May 23rd

Please join the Columbus Shambhala Community for an evening of fine food and conversation on Saturday, January 31. The gathering will take place at 6 pm at 636 Chase Road. Please bring a dish to share, if you are able. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sunday Talk: The Shambhala Principle, Chapter 20

with Larry Wolf

April 26th

Come for meditation and stay for this engaging talk and discussion over the book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »