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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

Shambhala Sadhana

July 31st

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 »

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 11th—September 15th

Monday evenings 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. Participants will receive practical instructions for transforming confused emotions and situations into effective actions as they arise. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana

August 28th

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 »

Way of Shambhala: Birth of the Warrior (Level 2)

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

September 12th—September 14th

Friday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday from 9:00am to 6:00pm: This second weekend program in the Way of Shambhala Year One series deepens our practice of meditation and teaches us to recognize our habitual patterns and begin to discover fearless Continue »

Harvest of Peace

September 20th

9:00 am to 7:00 pm: Harvest of Peace, held around the time of the autumn equinox, is an opportunity for local communities to gather, hear teachings by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and celebrate the riches of our local cultures and heritage. 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 Milwaukee

Lojong: Training the Mind of Compassion

with Deborah Zarate & Sarah Osborne

July 2nd—July 30th

Lojong is training in the mind of compassion. As our relationships often trigger deep emotion, lojong practice helps us transform our deep-seated reactive patterns into compassion, intelligence and peace into our relationships. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Yoga at Shambhala

July 6th—August 10th

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 »

Madison Shambhala Center

Shambhala Sadhana

July 31st

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 »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Summer Meditation Retreat sponsored by Queer Dharma

with Alice Dan & Jon Feller

August 1st—August 8th

Enjoy two to seven days of a meditation retreat with light yoga in rural Wisconsin that will help you relax, connect with yourself and others.  All are welcome - talks will be on meditation and will also address experiences of exclusion and inclusion. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Meditation Retreat sponsored by Queer Dharma at Windhorse

with Alice Dan & Jon Feller

August 1st

through 8th, 2014. Enjoy 2 to 7 days of a meditation retreat with light yoga in rural Wisconsin that will help you relax, connect with yourself and others. All are welcome - talks will address meditation and experiences of exclusion and inclusion. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

Meditation Retreat sponsored by Queer Dharma at Windhorse

with Alice Dan & Jon Feller

August 1st—August 8th

Enjoy two to seven days of a meditation retreat with light yoga in rural Wisconsin that will help you relax, connect with yourself and others. All are welcome - talks will address meditation and experiences of exclusion and inclusion. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

Learn to Meditate

August 2nd

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

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 »

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

Learn to Meditate - Summer 2014 (POSTPONED)

with Steven Clookey & Jose Rodriguez

August 3rd

(POSTPONED) Learn to Meditate is taught by a pair of our highly trained and qualified instructors, this half-day (3 hour) program suitable for beginners, as well as anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of the technique. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Ziji Collective presents Movie Night - Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul

August 3rd

This is the story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes thathappens just once every 30 years. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 11th—September 15th

Monday evenings 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. Participants will receive practical instructions for transforming confused emotions and situations into effective actions as they arise. Continue »

Akron Shambhala Meditation Center

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I Retreat

with Jonathan Kirkendall

August 16th—August 17th

Open to the public, this weekend retreat offers a full introduction to mindfulness-awareness meditation practice. Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness an Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

Shambhala Meditation Instruction for Caregivers

with Acharya Mitchell Levy

August 16th

Acharya Mitchell Levy will conduct a training in giving meditation instruction to caregivers. This program is open to all authorized Shambhala Meditation Instructors. 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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

August 18th—September 22nd

This is the 4th class in the Way of Shambhala Weeknight Series. Prerequisites Apply. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Joy In Everyday Life

August 23rd—August 24th

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 »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

SANGHA POTLUCK

August 24th

Sangha Potluck Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2-5pm 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. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Shambhala Sadhana

August 28th

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 »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Shambhala Family Camp weekend

with Deborah Zarate

August 29th—August 31st

Second annual Family Camp weekend at the Windhorse Retreat Center. A great weekend to learn, play, and relax! Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Lance Brunner & Zoe Drake

August 30th—August 31st

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 »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Nyinthun

August 31st

An extended meditation practice day Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Solitary Retreat

September 1st—September 5th

The Windhorse Retreat Center has been reserved for solitary RETREAT, no visitors to Windhorse at this time please. Continue »