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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 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. Learn more.

Upcoming Madison Programs

Sadhana of Mahamudra - ONLINE

with Dr. Lora Wiggins

June 6th

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 Chicago

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

March 22nd—June 28th

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

The Power of an Open Question (Video Recording of Live Program)

with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

April 22nd—September 22nd

When we ask an open question, the mind becomes naturally curious and engaged, creating a fertile environment for learning, creativity, and clear discernment. In this chaotic time, can we stay open? Video Recording of retreat with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

The Wisdom of Aging- Online Discussion Group

April 23rd—July 2nd

The Wisdom of Aging- Online Discussion Group Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Ikebana Sogetsu POSTPONED

April 25th—July 18th

The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement - Ikebana Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Tuesday Morning Meditation with Hyde Park Group ONLINE

with Alice Dan

May 5th—June 30th

One hour of sitting meditation with time for a short reading and discussion. All are welcome from beginners to experienced meditators. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Karma & the Six Realms:  A Buddhist Path to Sanity and Liberation ONLINE

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

May 13th—June 10th

This five-week class explores the Buddhist teachings on selflessness and co-dependent origination including the Five Skandhas, the Twelve Nidanas and the 6 Realms of existence. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meditation in Everyday Life ONLINE

with Shastri David Stone & Gretchen Neve

May 13th—June 10th

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 »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Online Foundations For Freedom: The Hinayana

May 17th—June 28th

In the spirit of “returning to square one” a group of Acharyas were inspired to offer to the community an in-depth study of the foundational Buddhist teachings of the Hinayana. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

A YEAR of HINAYANA, COURSE I - offered on Zoom

May 19th—June 23rd

This is the first of a 5-part year-long course on the Hinayana taught online by acharyas. This first 7-week course is an exploration of the First Noble Truth, the nature of suffering, and how we can meet suffering with maitri (unconditional friendliness). Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

ONLINE: Be, Awake, Create: Mindfulness Practices to Spark Creativity Part 1

with Betsy Loeb

May 19th—June 23rd

We will explore our unique reflections of our outer and inner worlds using the book Be, Awake, Create: Mindfulness Practices to Spark Creativity by Rebekah Younger, MFA. Open to all with or without a background in the arts or meditation experiences. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Mindful Eating: Joining Heaven and Earth at the Meal Table

with Sandy Doubek

June 3rd—July 8th

Marcella Friel brings together spiritual teachings and practical tools to experientially transform food. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Online Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

June 5th

The Sadhana can be a powerful way to touch in with basic goodness in ourselves, others, and all of society. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Sukhavati Ceremony for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and David McAtee

June 7th

The Shambala Meditation Center Columbus is hosting a Sukhavati Ceremony for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and David McAtee Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

June 10th—July 29th

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 Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Meditation in Everyday Life via Zoom

with Scott Kamilar & Steven Anderson

June 16th—July 14th

Introductory course to meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

June 20th

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

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

A Special Introduction to Buddhism with Barbara Wolkowitz

with Barbara Wolkowitz

June 20th

The Buddhist teachings offer detailed and practical guidance to understanding our own minds and our experience of the world. With a clearer understanding of the progression of hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana (which of course are also present together at Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Summer Solstice Happy Hour

June 20th

Joyful MidSummer's Day! Our "happy hour" will be an informal zoom gathering to warmly connect as sangha with your favorite beverage. Please join us for a few minutes to say "hi" or stay the whole hour! Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

White Tara - A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

June 29th—July 27th

This five-week recorded course introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Emanated from the tears of the compassionate Avalokiteshvara, peaceful White Tara is said to witness t Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

“Open Sky” - Level V Meditation Training

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

July 10th—July 12th

Sharpening one’s awareness, one finds the open clear sky of mind—a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. Trusting our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Development of Peace -- Basic Teachings of the Buddha

with Winnie Edgerton & Sarah Flint

July 20th—August 10th

The Buddha first taught the path of individual liberation. In the Four Noble Truths he taught the truth of suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the path to contentment and freedom. He taught the meditation practice of mindful Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training ONLINE

with Shastri Janet Solyntjes

August 14th—August 20th

An intensive training to deepen your understanding of the Way of Shambhala Path and develop skills to work with students on that path. Continue »