Welcome!

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

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 »

Learn to Meditate

October 4th

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

Shambhala Meditation II: Going Deeper in Practice and View for Shambhala Educators

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharya Dale Asrael

October 13th—October 16th

This program with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is part two for Shambhala Educators to deepen our view and practice of Shambhala Meditation. Open to authorized Shambhala Guides, Meditation Instructors and Assistant Directors. Continue »

Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence at MKE

with Acharya Richard John

October 14th—October 16th

The Way of Shambhala culminates in Rigden Weekend in Milwaukee. The Rigden embodies the principle of unconditional bravery. 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 »

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 »

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Shambhala Sadhana

August 18th—December 13th

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

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 »

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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 Center of Madison

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 »

Shambhala Chicago

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Peter McLaughlin & Gretchen Neve

September 12th—October 3rd

The meditator’s instruction manual. Learn how to overcome obstacles to strengthening your mind in this 4-week course. By the end you’ll be equipped with tools to establish your own meditation practice. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

September 13th—October 11th

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

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

September 14th—October 12th

This five-week course provides students with the introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Lineage Supplication - a short course

with Walker Blaine & Patrick Dallas

September 27th—October 11th - Date postponed or cancelled

Explore the structure and meaning of this chant. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

September 28th

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

Be Grateful To Everyone: An In Depth Guide to the Practice of Lojong

with Scott Kamilar

September 28th—November 9th

Awakened Wednesdays returns with a new format September 28! Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Course Leader Training

with Shastri Debbie McCubbin

September 29th—October 2nd

This program is designed as an entry point for qualified individuals who wish to pursue a teaching path in Shambhala. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Level 1: The Art of Being Human

with Bill Hebbert & Sarah Osborne

September 30th—October 1st

Discovering basic goodness in the world and in ourselves. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Ecstatic Dance Shambhala

September 30th

Born from the Sunday Morning Ecstatic Dance in Oakland, California, we focus on nurturing a space where you can play and interact authentically. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

October 1st

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

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Alice Dan

October 1st

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 Chicago

Essential Heart of Kasungship: Part 1

October 1st—November 5th

Open to all. We will explore the basic practices of the Dorje Kasung, a path of service within the Shambhala community charged with maintaining a container of wakefulness in which the teaching and practice of meditation can occur. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra

October 1st

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

Shambhala Chicago

ACCEPTS for Palliative Care Providers

October 2nd—November 13th

Building Resilience and Communication Skills for Palliative Care, Hospice, Oncology, and ICU Providers: An ACCEPTS* Workshop Series Incorporating Mindfulness. Fully funded through the generosity of the Prince Foundation. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

The Protector Principle

October 2nd

The Dorje Kasung practice is, at its core, an embodiment of the Protector Principle. This talk is open to all practitioners as an introduction to the Protector Principle and the practice of the Dorje Kasung. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Group Fencing Class

with Elle Hill

October 3rd

New! Open to All. Adults and youth can experience synchronization of mind and body through the practice of fencing. $30 for drop-in or $250 for a 10-class package. Continue »