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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

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Kathy Faas & Olivia Parry

September 22nd—October 20th

Monday evenings 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: This is the first course in our core program, the Way of Shambhala, which provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana

September 25th

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 »

Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

with Acharya Eve Rosenthal

October 3rd—October 5th

Friday 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm: A regional final Way of Shambhala I retreat to complete the Heart of Warriorship and Everyday Life series. Open to everyone who has taken Open Sky and Wisdom in Everyday Life. Continue »

Essential Heart of Kasungship

with Marian Slaughter

October 14th—November 11th

Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Kasung are members of the Shambhala community devoted to extending their meditation practice to benefit others through action. This class introduces the "Protector Principle" and may be taken by the curious without com Continue »

Heart of Recovery

October 19th

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 12 Steps of recovery. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

March 26th—October 9th

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

Sogetsu Ikebana Lessons with Sensei, Mrs. Yoshie Babcock

August 2nd—November 1st

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 Meditation Center of Columbus

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Acharya Adam Lobel

August 18th—September 29th

Monday evening course: The Basic Goodness series offers a sustained reflection on the meaning of basic goodness as it relates with our sense of self, others, and reality. Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Compassionate Abiding

with Alice Dan

September 2nd—September 30th

Alice Dan will be visiting from the Chicago Shambhala Center! Please join us, after open public sitting, while Alice leads us in discussion and related practices on Compassionate Abiding! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Deborah Zarate

September 3rd—October 1st

This course provides introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. With simple instructions and support, mindfulness meditation practice can become part of one’s life, revealing our innate stability, strength and clarity. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Dr. Marian Judith Broadus & Lance Brunner

September 3rd—October 1st

The Meditation in Everyday Life course is designed to provide participants with the introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in daily life. With simple instructions and support, mindfulness meditation practice can become part of our li Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

September 4th—September 25th

Qigong is a restorative series of movements that anyone can do. Using deep belly breaths and gentle relaxation, meridians are opened allowing ki to flow, promoting body-mind synchronization and awareness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Yoga at Shambhala

September 7th—October 12th

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

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Shelley Heinz & Dr. Marian Judith Broadus

September 8th—October 6th

Learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. The meditator, open to uncertainty, goes beyond the emotions of hope and fear to experience equanimity. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Way of Shambhala: Meditation in Everyday Life

September 9th—October 7th - 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 »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

September 10th—October 8th

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

Madison Shambhala Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Kathy Faas & Olivia Parry

September 22nd—October 20th

Monday evenings 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: This is the first course in our core program, the Way of Shambhala, which provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Shambhala Sadhana

September 25th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

The Art of Being Human (Level 1)

with Thomas Adducci

September 26th—September 27th

The Friday evening talk, the first Shambhala Training talk on how we can fully manifest as human, is open to all with a suggested $10 donation. The Saturday program continues with meditation instruction and practice, discussion, talks and interviews. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Basic Goodness: A Webcast with Pema Chödrön

September 26th—September 28th

We are each fundamentally open-minded, open-hearted, worthy, and good. However, uncertainty, fear, doubt and aggression can make it difficult for us to access our basic goodness. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Contemplative Knitting Retreat

September 27th—September 28th

Join us in mixing the meditation mind with the contemplative practice of knitting in this weekend retreat Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

Fall Ikebana Workshop: Contemplative Flower Arrangement

with Brooke Pohl

September 27th

Ikebana is a contemplative art of flower arrangement that can teach mindfulness, discipline, confidence, and self awareness. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

MI/SG Gathering

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

September 28th—May 16th (2015)

This periodic meeting is restricted to Meditation Instructors and Shambhala Guides. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Awake & Aware

with Acharya Adam Lobel

September 29th

This fall, from September 8 through December 15*, Acharya Adam Lobel will give talks on Monday evenings following meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

Sacred Path: Golden Key

with Shastri David Stone

October 2nd—October 5th

This program is based on a Shambhala text that works with our relationship to the material world and our sense perceptions. It teaches the practice of enriching presence the ability to instantly sense the inner wealth within oneself and the natural world. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

with Acharya Eve Rosenthal

October 3rd—October 5th

Friday 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm: A regional final Way of Shambhala I retreat to complete the Heart of Warriorship and Everyday Life series. Open to everyone who has taken Open Sky and Wisdom in Everyday Life. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Dr. Joseph Fiala & Bob Crabtree

October 4th—October 5th

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 Chicago

Learn To Meditate

October 4th

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 »