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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

Joy In Everyday Life

with Bob Gillespie

October 31st—November 28th

Joy in Everyday Life will explore the Shambhala teachings on cheerfulness and compassion. Continue »

Nyinthün

November 24th

A day of practice. Continue »

Ziji Young Meditators

November 24th

A meditation and discussion group for people in their 20s and 30s. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

November 26th

Open to All. The monthly Shambhala Sadhana is a time to gather as a community throughout Shambhala. Continue »

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Ron Wilcox

November 29th—December 27th

A look at what it means to experience "contentment" in our lives. Perfect for beginning students. No prerequisites. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Shambhala Sadhana

September 6th—August 26th (2018)

Upcoming dates: Sat November 4th, Sun December 3rd will be held at 4495 Indianola Ave. with a potluck dinner from 6 to 6:30pm and Shambhala Sadhana beginning at 7pm. All are welcome to this monthly community event. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL)

with Shastri Janice Glowski

October 30th—November 27th

Location has changed to 4495 Indianola Avenue. This introductory class offers an exploration of mindfulness meditation, focused on incorporating gentleness and fearlessness into our lives. Open to the public. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Joy In Everyday Life

with Bob Gillespie

October 31st—November 28th

Joy in Everyday Life will explore the Shambhala teachings on cheerfulness and compassion. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

The Heart Sutra: Unconditional Wisdom

with Mary Sehlinger

November 5th—December 3rd

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

November 7th—December 5th

Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. In meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experience. Difficult emotions and life challenges can be met with gentleness and mindfulness Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Cincinnati Group Meeting

November 14th—February 27th (2018)

Live in the Cincinnati area? Come practice with the Cincinnati group. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Nyinthün

November 24th

A day of practice. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Werma group practice

November 24th

For those who have received Werma Sadhana transmission Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Ziji Young Meditators

November 24th

A meditation and discussion group for people in their 20s and 30s. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

November 26th

Open to All. The monthly Shambhala Sadhana is a time to gather as a community throughout Shambhala. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Ron Wilcox

November 29th—December 27th

A look at what it means to experience "contentment" in our lives. Perfect for beginning students. No prerequisites. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Thursday Evening Dharma Talks

November 30th

Most Thursdays, Acharya Adam Lobel will present dharma talks on themes such as meditation, social-ecological engagement, Buddhist philosophy, and the Shambhala teachings. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Shambhala Meditation: Radical Simplicity for Troubled Times

with Acharya Richard John

December 1st—December 3rd

There are many paths available to seekers: secular or spiritual, activist or contemplative, academic or pragmatic. Learn the simplicity and accessibility of the Shambhala tradition in this public program by a senior teacher. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Ziji Young Meditators

December 1st

A meditation and discussion group for people in their 20s and 30s. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Werma Intensive

with Shastri David Stone

December 2nd

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

Shambhala Chicago

Sacred Path: Great Eastern Sun

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

December 2nd—December 3rd

This weekend program teaches how to see the Great Eastern Sun, the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists. This level of training cultivates one's dignity and natural gifts, which helps us work with all situations. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

The Art of Being Human - weekend retreat

with Henry Chapin

December 2nd—December 3rd

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 Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

December 2nd

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

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Thomas Adducci

December 2nd

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 Columbus

Community Meeting

December 3rd

Our community strength and big heart are fueled by each member. All interested are warmly invited to attend. On these Sundays, open sitting occurs from 10-11am, promptly followed by our community meeting from 11am-12:30 pm. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

December 3rd

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Sadhana Members Gathering

with Scott Kamilar

December 3rd

Community practice and social service project. Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

December 3rd

The monthly Shambhala Sadhana is a time to gather as a community throughout Shambhala. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Richard John

December 3rd

The Bodhisattva Vow is open to anyone who took the Refuge Vows at least 6 months ago and has a supportive recommendation from one’s meditation instructor. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Refuge Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Richard John

December 3rd

The Refuge Vow is open to anyone who has the sincere aspiration to take the vow and has practiced meditation for a while. It is recommended that individuals discuss their intention with a meditation instructor and complete this class. Continue »