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.

Heart of Recovery

In-person Heart of Recovery meetings are resuming at the Shambhala Center of Madison every Sunday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm.  Learn more.

Sunday Morning Sitting (in person)

10am – 12noon

Group meditation practice that includes sitting and walking meditation.  All are warmly invited.  Meditation instruction is available on request, during the session.  Please contact us to arrange this.

In keeping with Dane County Health guidelines, masks are required during sitting.

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Upcoming Madison Programs

Meditation in Everyday Life - Online Wednesday night classes and optional in-person Sunday morning practice sessions

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Margaret Turnbull

September 29th—October 27th

Learn how to meditate or deepen the meditation practice that you already have. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Madison

Sadhana of Mahamudra - ONLINE

with Lora Wiggins

January 30th—February 26th (2022)

Please join us for this online practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra. The text will be displayed on screen during practice. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Queer Dharma

September 19th—November 28th

Queer Dharma is a weekly meditation group where LGBTQIA+ people can form a non-judgmental community while deepening our meditation practices based on openness, curiosity, and gentleness. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

September 20th—December 19th

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

Shambhala Center of Madison

Meditation in Everyday Life - Online Wednesday night classes and optional in-person Sunday morning practice sessions

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Margaret Turnbull

September 29th—October 27th

Learn how to meditate or deepen the meditation practice that you already have. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Stroke of Ashe Group Practice

with Shastri David Stone

October 6th—November 4th

A gathering of warriors who have received stroke practice transmission--will include guided practice and commentary. Please register to receive zoom link. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

October 12th—January 31st (2022)

Looking for a virtual meditation group where you can drop in when you like or attend regularly and get to know other meditators? Instruction in meditation and mindfulness skills. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Continuing to Train the Mind: Practicing with Obstacles (and Everything!) in Your Life

with Steven Shippee

October 13th—November 17th

This class is a further investigation of the mahayana path of training the mind, using the Seven Point Mind Training of Atisha. It is especially for those who have already had some experience with mind training. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

The Future is Open: Beyond Karma

with Judy Vreeland & Travis DeTour

October 14th—November 11th

Beyond a catch-phrase or an excuse, how do buddhists understand and relate with karma in everyday experience? Explore these teachings from a newly published book by Chogyam Trungpa. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Contemplative Photography: Picture of Mind - Online

with Larry Wolf

October 14th—November 18th

This six-week workshop explores the making and viewing of photographs as an expression of inner vision. On Zoom. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

October 17th—December 19th

Weekly group meditation (sitting and walking) with guided instruction, Dharma reading and discussion. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion In Person

October 17th—December 19th

Weekly group meditation (sitting and walking) with guided instruction, Dharma reading and discussion offered in person on first and third Sundays. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Foundations for Freedom - The Hinayana: Freedom from Suffering (Hybrid)

with Acharya Suzann Duquette & Acharya Dan Hessey

October 17th—December 12th

Course four in the series will provide an in-depth exploration of the fundamental teachings. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Igniting the Heart: Awakening Compassion to Transform Your World

October 17th—November 21st

An angry mind sees an angry world. Using the Buddhist teachings on the six realms of existence, these video talks given by Pema Chödrön teach us how to work skillfully with strong emotions. In person. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Dharma for Lunch book study

October 19th—December 28th

We will start with "The Places That Scare You" by Pema Chodron. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Open House Tuesdays: Discovering Elegance—Art in Everyday Life

with Kirk Ferguson

October 26th

How do we skillfully work with our lives and the world around us? In our society, we sometimes think of the arts as special and sacred; something that doesn't have a place in our mundane daily life. We may conjure up images of lofty ideals. Maybe a lone Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meditation in Everyday Life

October 30th

Are you finding it difficult to begin a meditation program or maintain a regular practice? This one-day workshop may help you develop friendship with your mind, skill in how to work with speed and difficulty, and a sense of humor. In person and Zoom. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Who Am I? - Online program

with Shastri David Stone

November 1st—November 22nd

Join us throughout November as we explore together the fundamental questions of what it means to be human and to be an individual self – Who Am I? On Zoom. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

with Paul Libersher

November 6th

Introductory course, open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Collective Liberation Online Discussion Group

November 6th—December 5th

It's time for a genuine quest for Collective Liberation. This is not a class but a participatory exploration of our own identities and how we veer away from what really is - our own and others' Basic Goodness. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

One-Day Meditation Retreat - In person

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Alice Dan

November 7th

Spend all or part of the day exploring the depths of silent meditation. Instruction provided. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Joy in Everyday Life-hybrid, in person & online

with Steven Anderson

November 9th—December 14th

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. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meditation for Psychotherapists and the Therapeutic Relationship

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin & Dr. Timothy Pedigo

November 13th

This program is specifically designed for psychotherapists to develop, maintain and integrate a healthy relationship with meditation in the professional setting. Continue »