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 online 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.  The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81673358590  Learn more.

Upcoming Madison Programs

Sadhana of Mahamudra - ONLINE

with Lora Wiggins

January 30th—June 26th

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

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Compassion practices for Caregivers - first Sundays

with Rebecca McAllister

January 3rd—May 2nd

Gather online for engaging in compassion practices for those in caregiver roles Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Shambhala Sadhana practice

with Leslie Shippee

February 3rd—December 1st

Join us for the chanting and contemplation of The Shambhala Sadhana, one of the central practices of the Shambhala community.  It is focused upon the teachings of basic goodness, or indestructible sanity, of oneself, other, and human society Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

February 16th—May 11th

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 Chicago

EVAM: Six Talks by Chöygam Trungpa Rinpoche

with Barbara Wolkowitz

February 21st—May 2nd

Six Video Talks by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on EVAM, What the Buddha Taught Study Group, Alternate Sundays, starting Feb 21, 2021, 1-3pm, This is an exciting opportunity to view and discuss Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s 1976 talks on EVAM. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Stillness to Sanity: A Weekly Gathering to Meditate Together

February 22nd—May 10th

Please join us Monday evenings via Zoom for meditation and conversation in community. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Heart of Recovery

February 28th—June 13th

The Heart of Recovery is a group meeting at the Shambhala Center focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to sobriety. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

March 7th—April 25th

Sitting Meditation Practice will begin with a brief opening chant, a short guided introduction to meditation, and 2 sessions with a break for movement. Discussion follows, questions welcome. Please register to receive the zoom link for participation. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

March 14th—June 11th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

March 24th—May 12th

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is an eight-week course designed to teach participants how to improve the quality of their lives as they work with various types of stress. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Way of Shambhala: Joy in Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Margaret James

March 25th—April 22nd

This is the 3rd class in the Everyday Life series; all are welcome. 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. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Stroke of Ashe Group Practice

with Shastri David Stone

April 11th—May 11th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Open House Tuesdays: The Hidden Genius of Meditation

with Alan Anderson

April 20th—June 15th

From the outside, meditation seems to be about being detached and trying to focus on the breath; but the training is far more brilliant and engaged than that. Join us on Zoom for this 3-part series. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Finding Contentment in Difficult Times

with Kirk Ferguson

April 21st—May 26th

This course will explore how we can use contemplative practices in our everyday, stressful life. Through meditation, contemplation, listening and discussion, we will develop confidence in our own basic goodness and a sense that we can be content, even in Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Countdown to the Oscars

April 21st

Five nights and one afternoon of movies at the Center leading up to the Academy Awards! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Countdown to the Oscars

April 22nd

Five nights and one afternoon of movies at the Center leading up to the Academy Awards! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Countdown to the Oscars

April 23rd

Five nights and one afternoon of movies at the Center leading up to the Academy Awards! Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

April Nyinthun - a full day meditation retreat

April 24th

This is a full day of meditation, giving participants a chance to work with their practices over the course of a full day. Meditation instruction will be available for those who would like it. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Countdown to the Oscars

April 24th

Five nights and one afternoon of movies at the Center leading up to the Academy Awards! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Open House Tuesdays: Drawing from the Well—Tapping into your Inner Well of Wisdom and Creativity

with Jennifer Parde

April 27th

Drawing from the Well: Tapping Into Your Inner Source of Wisdom and This is part of Tuesday Arts series.) There is a force that guides you, and that is not separate from you. It is the seat of your own inner wisdom, and you can find it inside, through m Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Practices for Dark Times: Tonglen and Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

April 30th

One way to respond when our hearts are broken is to send compassion to those who are suffering, and to call on our ancestors for inspiration. This session of practicing Tonglen and the Sadhana of Mahamudra is open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

with Paul Libersher

May 1st

Introductory course, open to all. Continue »