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.

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

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga - Class Series

with Clare Norelle

October 8th—November 5th

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a gentle, respectful approach to healing from trauma. Even if you’ve never done yoga before and don’t own any yoga clothes, you can do this. Continue »

Refuge Vow Class

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

October 9th—October 23rd

Class to prepare for taking the Refuge Vow to become a Buddhist Continue »

Rigden Weekend Preparatory Class

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

October 16th—October 23rd

Study Class for Rigden Weekend Continue »

Level II - Birth of the Warrior

with Miriam Hall

October 19th—October 21st - Date postponed or cancelled

Level II in the Way of Shambhala training courses. Birth of the Warrior. Continue »

Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

with Acharya Richard John

October 26th—October 28th

The Way of Shambhala Training culminates in the 'Rigden Weekend. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Art of Meditation Instruction

September 13th—October 18th

This is the fourth of the online courses required to update/renew our skills as Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Akiba Barberousse & Stephen Burns

September 27th—October 25th

Learn about peaceful abiding meditation, basic goodness, and how meditation practice can improve the quality of our daily life. By deepening our experience and understanding of ourselves through meditation, we can more fully become who we are. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga - Class Series

with Clare Norelle

October 8th—November 5th

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a gentle, respectful approach to healing from trauma. Even if you’ve never done yoga before and don’t own any yoga clothes, you can do this. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Refuge Vow Class

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

October 9th—October 23rd

Class to prepare for taking the Refuge Vow to become a Buddhist Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Book Club: Awakening Together

October 10th—November 7th

Open to All. We will contemplate the book "Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community" by Larry Yang. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Wisdom in Everyday Life--Bloomington

October 16th—November 13th

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell teaches this five-session course. Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. When we touch the world directly, we discover ordinary magic. No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everythin Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Patrick Dallas

October 16th—November 7th - Date postponed or cancelled

Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Beginners are welcome to this introduction to the Shambhala path. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Rigden Weekend Preparatory Class

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

October 16th—October 23rd

Study Class for Rigden Weekend Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Dr. Timothy Pedigo & Elaine Martin

October 17th—November 14th

Meditation in Everyday Life with Elaine Martin & Tim Pedigo Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV

with Shastri Trinley Busby

October 19th—October 21st

Opening to increased awareness and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Film Screening - "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste"

October 19th

An informative and entertaining documentary produced by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, "Wasted!" takes you around the world, showing the 1.3 billion tons of food that gets thrown out each year and the people fighting hardest to prevent it. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Level II - Birth of the Warrior

with Miriam Hall

October 19th—October 21st - Date postponed or cancelled

Level II in the Way of Shambhala training courses. Birth of the Warrior. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Taoist Qigong Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri David Stone

October 20th—October 21st

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of QiGong. Take this rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique lineages, the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate and Yiquan schools, rarely transmitted in the west. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

At Home in the World: The Four Dignities

with Acharya Richard John

October 20th—October 21st

We're pleased to welcome Acharya John back to Milwaukee for a weekend program open to anyone who has had meditation instruction at the Shambhala center. The Four Dignities are the defining characteristics of the path of the Shambhala Warrior. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Introduction to Shambhala Art: Outing to the Art Institute

with Rebekah Younger & Paul Romejko

October 20th

Join us for an introduction to Shambhala Art as a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago! Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Werma Group Practice Day (Online Option)

October 21st

One of many community-driven retreats focusing solely on Werma practice. All who have received authorization to practice Werma Sadhana are welcome! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Ashe Mahamudra Vajrayana Retreat

with Acharya Richard John

October 22nd

A day of intensive practice for tantrikas who have attended Sacred World Assembly or Vajrayana Seminary. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

October 24th

The Shambhala Sadhana practice is the centerpiece of monthly community gatherings on, or near, each full moon. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Entering the Desung Path: Compassionate Care

with Jan Jercinovic & Dan Peterson

October 26th—October 28th

For members of the community who are interested in learning to work with difficult situations. Desung training is particularly relevant in these uncertain times. Our ability to move forward as a global society working toward enlightenment rests on how we Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Art of Being Human (Shambhala Training Level I)

with James Drescher & Shastri Janice Glowski

October 26th—October 28th

Weekend retreat: The Art of Being Human is a secular meditation program that develops fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness towards oneself and our world. All are welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

with Acharya Richard John

October 26th—October 28th

The Way of Shambhala Training culminates in the 'Rigden Weekend. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Fall Social Activity

October 28th

Fall walk at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland Heights Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows with Acharya Richard John

with Acharya Richard John

October 30th

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows with Acharya Richard John Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Contentment in Everyday Life - Video and Discussion Class

with Ron Wilcox, Ron Wilcox, Connie Anderson

October 31st—December 5th

Contentment In Everyday Life - Video and Discussion Class with Acharya Eve Rosenthal Continue »