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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

Learn to Meditate

July 5th

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

How Can I Help?

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

July 13th—August 10th

Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 9pm Continue »

Learn to Meditate

August 2nd

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

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 2nd—August 30th

The fourth class in the In Everyday Life series Continue »

Nalanda Miksang Intensive

with Miriam Hall

August 15th—August 19th

5-day Contemplative Photography Intensive Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

January 9th—July 4th

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 Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Six Ways of Ruling

with Connie Brock

May 24th—June 28th

A unique stream of the Shambhala teachings on Enlightened Society, offering an experimental approach for surviving, transforming and working with the challenges we face at home, at work and in ourselves. Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Meditation & Book Discussion Group

June 5th—August 28th

Come join us for a weekly group in which we will meditate some together and discuss the book, The Road Home by Ethan Nichtern . How Much?: Free How Often?: From June through September. Come whenever you can make it. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Heart of the Matter

June 8th—July 13th

Please join us at the time of Pema Chödrön’s 80th birthday—and just before she embarks on a yearlong retreat—to experience her generous heart and deep wisdom in a very special online course Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

The Heart of the Matter: A Pema Chodron Video Course

June 19th—August 7th

Open to all. Join us in sharing Pema Chodron's generous heart and deep wisdom in a very special online course. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

June 29th

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 »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

June 30th—July 28th

Meditation in Everyday Life presents peaceful abiding meditation, basic goodness, and ways that meditation practice can improve the quality of our daily life. Continue »

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Independence Day BBQ and Celebration with Sadhana of Mahamudra

July 4th

Join us for a day in the sun (hopefully) as we celebrate our country's independence! BBQ at the center or bring a wonderful side dish to share. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Learn to Meditate

July 5th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Joy in Everyday Life

with Brenda Sussna

July 5th—August 2nd

In this course, we explore the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion toward others, and through these, we begin to discover the joy of discipline, health and bravery. Please note that class meets five Tuesday evenings. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

July 6th

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 Chicago

The Art of Being Human (Level 1)

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

July 8th—July 9th

Open to All. The weekend program includes meditation practice, discussion, and individual meetings with meditation instructors. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Shambhala Meditation with the Sakyong, for Educators

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

July 9th

This program is for the Shambhala Educators in our community, our Shambhala Guides, Assistant Directors, and Meditation Instructors. We will gather to train together with the Sakyong and Acharyas in the practice of Shambhala Meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

July 9th

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

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Summer Ikebana Workshop

with Brooke Pohl

July 9th

Join us for the second seasonal Ikebana flower-arranging workshop of 2016. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

July 13th

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 »

Madison Shambhala Center

How Can I Help?

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

July 13th—August 10th

Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 9pm Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

July 15th—July 17th

Examining our habitual tendencies, we begin to look at our willingness to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

July 19th

Composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the Shambhala Sadhana aims to uncover basic goodness, our innate longing for enlightened society and the possibility of collective awakening. All community members invited! Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

July 20th

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 Chicago

Solo Student Violin Recital

with Jon Feller

July 24th

Enjoy carefully prepared solos and students from age 4 - 30 with pianist Paul Lewis of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Book group: Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

July 25th

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 »