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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

The Trekchö Instructions of Yeshe Tsögyal

with Acharya Richard John

December 12th

Pre-requisites: This intensive is for all Shambhala Tantrikas, who have attended SWA or Vajrayana Seminary, regardless of their current practice or teachers. Continue »

What can we rely on? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha

with Acharya Richard John

December 13th—December 15th

Weekend program on the Four Reliances and some Lojong slogans Continue »

Nyinthun Practice Day - Open to All

January 5th (2020)

A Nyinthun is a full-day group meditation practice, a chance to deepen one's own practice. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Sexual Harm, Trauma, and The Healing Journey

November 16th—December 10th

This course is offered free of charge through a grant by the Shambhala Board of Directors. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Radical Responsibility for the Holidays

with Alan Anderson

November 30th—January 11th (2020)

Food, drink, ice, snow, family, gifts, disappointments, drunk uncle...What an amazing recipe for holiday chaos to do battle with sanity! What a perfect time to join our wonderful weekend discussions regarding the power and passion of taking Fleet Maull’s Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Chariot of Mahamudra

with Acharya Richard John

December 6th—December 8th

This weekend retreat is open to practitioners at all levels who wish to deepen their meditation practice. We will use shamatha and vipashyana meditation to look at the mind and sense perceptions, with emphasis on direct personal experience. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

December 7th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Art Part 1: Coming to Your Senses

with Rebekah Younger & Paul Romejko

December 7th

Shambhala Art Part 1: Coming to Your Senses explores the fertile ground of connecting to our sense perceptions and meditative mind for creative expression. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Barbara Wolkowitz

December 8th

Ideal for beginners as well as students who want to work on stabilizing their meditation, this half day program gives you the essential techniques and reasons for meditation practice in everyday life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

The Trekcho Instructions of Yeshe Tsogyal

with Acharya Richard John

December 9th

This one-day retreat is open to all tantrikas who attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly, regardless of your current practice. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana practice

December 10th

The monthly full-moon Shambhala Sadhana practice Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

A Fall Forum for Performers

with Kirk Ferguson

December 10th - Date postponed or cancelled

I’m a symphony musician and I get nervous. I'm also a meditator. Praise and blame, gain and loss…these are powerful forces we all work with. Join us in exploring how we can use meditation to work with these pitfalls. This group is for performers of all ki Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

The Trekchö Instructions of Yeshe Tsögyal

with Acharya Richard John

December 12th

Pre-requisites: This intensive is for all Shambhala Tantrikas, who have attended SWA or Vajrayana Seminary, regardless of their current practice or teachers. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

What can we rely on? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha

with Acharya Richard John

December 13th—December 15th

Weekend program on the Four Reliances and some Lojong slogans Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Nyinthun / Daylong Meditation Retreat

with Shastri David Stone

December 22nd

All are welcome to join this day of meditation practice; morning, afternoon, and evening sessions; partial attendance is fine. Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Winter Solstice Day of Silent Meditation

December 22nd

Winter Solstice Day of Silent Meditation and Community Potluck to Follow Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Children's Day

December 22nd

Children’s Day in Shambhala is a winter solstice celebration for all. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Alice Dan

December 28th

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

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Winter Retreat

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

January 5th—January 11th (2020)

Start the New Year with a weeklong Winter Retreat Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Nyinthun Practice Day - Open to All

January 5th (2020)

A Nyinthun is a full-day group meditation practice, a chance to deepen one's own practice. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Sacred Path: Golden Key

with Shastri David Stone

January 9th—January 12th (2020)

This program teaches the practice of enriching presence-- the ability to instantly sense the inner wealth within oneself, phenomena, and the natural world. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training Level I: Waking up to Who We are

with Acharya Eric Spiegel & Shastri Marita McLaughlin

January 17th—January 18th (2020)

In this workshop, students are introduced to the idea of basic goodness and the practice of meditation in a supportive, social environment. The weekend includes meditation practice, discussion, and individual meetings with meditation instructors. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

The Wish Fulfilling Jewel: Developing a Dharmic Approach to Money, Wealth and Generosity

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

January 19th (2020)

A Community Practice Day with Acharya Eric Spiegel. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Deepening Compassion Part 1: The Four Limitless Ones

January 19th—February 16th (2020)

If you are interested in deepening your sense of compassion, both for yourself as well as for others, this course is for you. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Vajrayana Practice Day

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

January 20th (2020)

Acharya Spiegel will spend the morning in practice and conversation with Vajrayana Students. In the afternoon we will practice with Kurukulla for those who have received this practice. Continue »