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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

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

July 29th—August 26th

Thursdays from 12noon-1pm. This is the first course in our core program, the Way of Shambhala. Perfect for beginners. Continue »

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 3rd—August 31st

This is the fourth course in the Way of Shambhala series. As the path continues, we learn to work with anxiety, so that we are not blocked by fear. An exploration of the traditional Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

August 4th

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 II (Sacred Path): Meek and Perky

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 7th—August 9th

The Dignity of Meek is studies the grounded, humble and gentle beginning stages of a warrior's journey. The Dignity of Perky, focuses on cultivating sharp, vibrant and uplifted energy through natural discipline. Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Awakened Heart (Level 4)

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 14th—August 16th

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

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Yoga at Shambhala

June 7th—August 9th

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 »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Summertime Book Discussion Group

July 11th—August 22nd

Just the thing for summer - a book discussion group! Join us for 4 Saturday morning sessions in July and August to talk about an assigned book. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Learn to Meditate

with Mary Whetsell

July 25th—October 31st

In this introductory class you will receive the technique, guidance and experience necessary to start a mindfulness-awareness or “peaceful abiding” meditation practice. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

July 29th—August 26th

Thursdays from 12noon-1pm. This is the first course in our core program, the Way of Shambhala. Perfect for beginners. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

July 29th

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 $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

Introduction to Meditation

August 1st

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Ikebana Lessons

August 1st—November 7th

For experienced and new students, all are welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Weekthun: A Week Long Practice Intensive

with Viki Adducci

August 1st—August 8th

Only when you can be extremely soft and pliable can you be extremely hard and strong. (Zen proverb) Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Joy in Everyday Life - Sundays

with Blessie Selvig

August 2nd—August 16th

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 »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Council meeting

August 2nd

Regular meeting of the Cleveland Shambhala Council Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 3rd—August 31st

This is the fourth course in the Way of Shambhala series. As the path continues, we learn to work with anxiety, so that we are not blocked by fear. An exploration of the traditional Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Learn to Meditate

August 4th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

August 5th

We will be offering an on-going Qi Gong series at the Center, on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 6:45pm. 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 Chicago

Meditation Retreat (Weekthun) at Windhorse sponsored by Queer Dharma

with Larry Wolf & Jon Feller

August 7th—August 14th

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, inclusion and acceptance. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Meditation Retreat sponsored by Queer Dharma

with Jon Feller & Larry Wolf

August 7th—August 14th

You are invited to connect body and mind in a warm, supportive environment that welcomes all people just as they are, whatever their gender, race, gender identity, socio-economic class, age or personal quirks. The retreat includes daily meditation and lig Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Way of Shambhala II (Sacred Path): Meek and Perky

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 7th—August 9th

The Dignity of Meek is studies the grounded, humble and gentle beginning stages of a warrior's journey. The Dignity of Perky, focuses on cultivating sharp, vibrant and uplifted energy through natural discipline. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Wisdom in Everyday Life (WIEL)

with Dr. Janice Glowski

August 10th—September 14th

The Wisdom in Everyday Life series looks at the qualities of a master warrior whose vastness of mind and skills in enriching the world are fully manifested. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

August 12th

We will be offering an on-going Qi Gong series at the Center, on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 6:45pm. 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 Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra

August 13th

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

Madison Shambhala Center

Way of Shambhala: Awakened Heart (Level 4)

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 14th—August 16th

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

Southwest Michigan Shambhala Meditation Group

Weekthun (long)

with Robert Walker

August 15th—August 23rd

Urban weekthun, spanning 2 weekends and the weekdays in between. $20/day, $140 for whole program. not including meals description: .https://db.tt/SLsAuMbw Theme: Mindfulness-In-Action,new book of Trungpa Rinpoche on his mindfulness-awareness teachings Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn To Meditate

with David Schreier

August 15th

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

Shambhala Guide Training - Follow Up Day

with Patrick Dallas & Viki Adducci

August 15th

Follow up day for participants in June 2015 training. Continue »