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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

Joy in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

May 11th—June 8th

Monday evening class series Continue »

Battle of Ego

with Olivia Parry

May 26th—June 23rd

Five Tuesday nights class series on the "Battle of Ego" Continue »

Way of Shambhala: The Art of Being Human (Level I)

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

May 29th—May 30th

"The Art of Being Human" (Level I) is a meditation workshop that focuses on discovering basic goodness in the world and in ourselves. It is the first contemplative workshop in the Shambhala Training series. Perfect for beginners. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

June 2nd

An introduction to meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. Taught by Shambhala Guides. First Tuesday of the Month, 7-8pm. Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Open Sky (Level 5)

with Shastri Jerry Webster

June 5th—June 7th

During Level 5: Open Sky one begins to sharpen one’s awareness with gentleness and precision. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

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

Werma Feast

April 12th—June 13th

Closed practice open to advanced practitioners only. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

May 4th—January 22nd (2016)

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

Council Meeting

May 5th—November 3rd

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

Joy in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

May 11th—June 8th

Monday evening class series Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

JOY IN EVERYDAY LIFE (via SHAMBHALA ONLINE)

with Shastri Holly Gayley

May 15th—July 14th

As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy. The mahayana teachings on compassi Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

BASIC GOODNESS 3 - WHAT IS REAL? (via SHAMBHALA ONLINE)

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

May 15th—July 14th

This course explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may be. Is society something that is ultimate Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Joy In Everyday Life

May 20th—June 17th - Date cancelled

Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion towards others, we begin to discover the joy of discipline, health and bravery. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Joy In Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz

May 21st—June 18th

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 and others Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

QiGong Level 3

with Eva Wong

May 23rd—May 24th

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. Take this rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique lineages, the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School, neith Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

EVERYDAY MAGIC: THE FOUR DIGNITIES

with Acharya Richard John

May 23rd—May 24th

This weekend program is suitable for new practitioners, and it will be challenging and useful for the most senior practitioners. Continue »

Southwest Michigan Shambhala Meditation Group

Working with Obstacles on the Spiritual Path

with Ken Friedman

May 23rd—May 24th

Mr. Friedman will give instruction on how even the most intense obstacles can be overcome by working with others and relating directly to the hot spots in our world. The program will include a comprehensive introduction to the sitting practice of meditat Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

May 24th

Attendance at this ceremony is limited to the participants and those who have already taken the vow. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Refuge Vow Ceremony

May 24th

The time for this ceremony includes a reception afterward. All are welcome to attend this ceremony and the reception. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

THE PATH OF DZOKRIM: Mahamudra, Dzokchen and the Four Dignities

with Acharya Richard John

May 25th

This program is limited to Shamahala tantrikas. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Battle of Ego

with Olivia Parry

May 26th—June 23rd

Five Tuesday nights class series on the "Battle of Ego" Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

May 27th

We will be offering an on-going Qi Gong series at the Center, on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The fee for this is $20 for a single class, or $100 for a package of six classes (any six - these don't necessarily have to be six in a row). Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Swallowing the Sun and Moon Without Leaving the World in Darkness: An Introduction to the Esoteric Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism

with Acharya Adam Lobel

May 29th

Acharya Lobel will give historical and philosophical context to the Vajrayana but will emphasize the outrageous freedom of this unique approach to meditation training. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of a Warrior

with Viki Adducci

May 29th—May 31st

In the Level II weekend program, we focus on deepening the meditation practice through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Way of Shambhala: The Art of Being Human (Level I)

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

May 29th—May 30th

"The Art of Being Human" (Level I) is a meditation workshop that focuses on discovering basic goodness in the world and in ourselves. It is the first contemplative workshop in the Shambhala Training series. Perfect for beginners. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

LEVEL II : BIRTH OF THE WARRIOR

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

May 30th—May 31st

Having experienced in Level 1 a taste of basic 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 fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic Continue »

Southwest Michigan Shambhala Meditation Group

Golden Key

May 30th—May 31st

In this weekend program, the "enriching presence" practice is introduced, based on relating to space-like mind and raising windhorse. We could discover the richness of the phenomenal world along with our own innate wealth. This program includes oral instr Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Learn to Meditate

June 2nd

An introduction to meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. Taught by Shambhala Guides. First Tuesday of the Month, 7-8pm. Continue »