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

February 4th—March 4th

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a gentle, respectful approach to healing from trauma. Continue »

Awakening Together Bookclub

February 10th—April 14th

Join us for this new bookclub! Continue »

Seven Day Urban Retreat - Shambhala Weekthun

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

February 15th—February 22nd

Seven Day Urban Retreat - Shambhala Weekthun. Please join us for all seven days or just one hour! Email us if you need housing in Madison. Continue »

Introduction to the Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Ronald Wilcox

February 19th—March 26th

Open to all, this program explores the philosophy and practices of awakened mind, empathy, and compassion. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Buddhist Studies

with Shastri Janice Glowski & Prof Matthew Kahle

January 21st—February 25th

This second course will cover classic topics of Buddhist history and philosophy. We will mix the study of these topics with meditative and contemplative practices. We will discuss each week, in circle, how this living Dharma can be relevant to our daily Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

"Contentment In Everyday Life" - A weekday class!

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

January 23rd—February 20th

This is the second of the four sequential courses in the Way of Shambhala. It is an experiential training in contentment as well as an exploration of the obstacles or challenges to experiencing simplicity, gentleness, and mindfulness in everyday life. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Jeff Glatstein

January 23rd—February 20th

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 »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Buddhist Studies- Matteson

February 2nd—March 30th

Buddhist Studies- The Four Noble Truths Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga - Class Series

with Clare Norelle

February 4th—March 4th

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a gentle, respectful approach to healing from trauma. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Yoga: Moving into Stillness

with Lance Brunner

February 7th—February 28th

Shambhala Chicago

Path of Mindful Parenting and Family Life

with Rob Ley, Shastri Marita McLaughlin, Donna Mandel, Jill Spielfogel

February 10th—March 10th

This new series offers programming for parents that is separate from children’s mindfulness classes. Children’s classes are also included. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Awakening Together Bookclub

February 10th—April 14th

Join us for this new bookclub! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Aging in Enlightened Society: Session 4—Aging for Beginners

February 12th—March 26th - Date postponed or cancelled

Aging doesn't begin at 65 years old, but is based on our perspective. What makes getting older so potentially difficult? How can we see old age as a new stage in life, a stage of renewal? Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Seven Day Urban Retreat - Shambhala Weekthun

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

February 15th—February 22nd

Seven Day Urban Retreat - Shambhala Weekthun. Please join us for all seven days or just one hour! Email us if you need housing in Madison. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Profound Kindness Retreat - Weeklong

with Acharya Susan Chapman & Mary Sehlinger

February 16th—February 22nd

What the World Needs Now: Profound Kindness Weekthun Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice

February 18th—December 12th

These Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practices are open to our entire sangha community, Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Introduction to the Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Ronald Wilcox

February 19th—March 26th

Open to all, this program explores the philosophy and practices of awakened mind, empathy, and compassion. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

The Four Dignities of Investigating Whiteness and Racism

with Jonathan Kirkendall & Gabe Dayley

February 22nd—February 24th

This course will offer an introductory investigation of race, whiteness, and systemic racism for Shambhala practitioners who identify as white. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Film Screening - A Plastic Ocean

February 22nd

A PLASTIC OCEAN follows journalist Craig Leeson, who discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. He uncovers the alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveals immediate solutions. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Ann Tyndall

February 22nd—February 24th

In the Level II weekend program, we focus on deepening the meditation practice through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Janice Glowski

February 23rd—February 24th

This introductory level of the Path of Warriorship is open to beginners and those new to meditation! Discovering basic goodness in the world and ourselves is the seed of developing confidence, gentleness, and healing from difficult situations. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Shambhala Meditation Training Level I: The Art of Being Human: It's Basically Good!

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

February 23rd

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Poetry as Contemplative Practice

with Lance Brunner

February 23rd

Calling all poetry lovers!!! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part I: The Four Limitless Ones

February 24th—April 21st

A Year of Deepening in Compassion: A four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

February 25th—April 1st

Buddhist teachings on how our sense of self arises moment by moment to provide a reference point. Meditation practice is used as a way to contact and express the mind of basic goodness. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training Level II: The Warrior Awakes

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 2nd—March 3rd

This is the 2nd course in the Shambhala Training series. Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

March 2nd

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

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Intro to Ikebana

with Brooke Pohl

March 2nd

Introduction to Ikebana Continue »