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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

Meditation In Everyday Life - Evening

with Bob Gillespie

September 26th—October 24th

For those interested in beginning a meditation practice or just curious about meditation and how it can enrich our lives. Continue »

Basic Goodness I - Who Am I?

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

October 18th—November 22nd

How do we work with the struggle and challenge of finding ourselves in a seemingly ever-present cocoon of habitual reactions, emotions, opinions and concepts? By gently exploring these emotions we loosen things up, see more space and possibility, and redi Continue »

Ziji Young Meditators

October 20th

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

Shambhala Training Level 2: Birth of the Warrior

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

October 27th—October 29th

This second weekend program in the Way of Shambhala series deepens our practice of meditation and teaches us to recognize our habitual patterns and begin to discover fearlessness. Continue »

Ziji Young Meditators

October 27th

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

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

The Hinayana Teachings of Chogyam Trungpa: The Path of Individual Liberation

with Judy Lief & Mary Sehlinger

August 31st—October 26th

Mary Sehlinger will be moderating this series of introductory programs by Judy Lief. After registering, Mary will contact you about the class location. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Shambhala Sadhana

September 6th—August 26th (2018)

All are welcome: A monthly community practice of the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Deborah Zarate & Frank Fischer

September 20th—October 18th

Still time to join us. Three classes remain. Pro-rated at $66. Register at class. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Janet Hasz & Micah Krohn

September 21st—October 19th

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 »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Meditation In Everyday Life - Evening

with Bob Gillespie

September 26th—October 24th

For those interested in beginning a meditation practice or just curious about meditation and how it can enrich our lives. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Melissa Van & Ann Palomo

October 5th—November 2nd

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

The Bodhisattva Vow and the Mahayana Path

with Napa Chayaworakul

October 8th—November 5th

“The Bodhisattva Vow is the commitment to put others before oneself. It is a statement of willingness to give up one’s own well-being, even one’s own enlightenment, for the sake of others. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Waking Up White - book group

with Susan Engel

October 17th—November 7th

Exploring white privilege as a step toward creating Enlightened Society. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Basic Goodness I - Who Am I?

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

October 18th—November 22nd

How do we work with the struggle and challenge of finding ourselves in a seemingly ever-present cocoon of habitual reactions, emotions, opinions and concepts? By gently exploring these emotions we loosen things up, see more space and possibility, and redi Continue »

Akron-Canton Shambhala

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Fred Schwieg

October 19th—November 16th

Introductory teachings and tools for working with meditation in everyday life Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Practice

October 19th

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

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

You Are Not You: Exploring Selflessness Part 1

with Acharya Adam Lobel

October 19th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Barbara Wolkowitz

October 20th—October 22nd

With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

October 20th

New Moon Sadhana of Mahamudra Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Ziji Young Meditators

October 20th

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

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Acharya Adam Lobel

October 21st

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

Level 1: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Ellen Rook

October 21st - Date postponed or cancelled

Day Retreat A full day of meditation and instruction DATE: Saturday,October 21, 2017 PLACE: Shambhala Meditation Group of Buffalo, 737 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY MORE INFORMATION: Go to the Buffalo or Southtowns Web page for details Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Creating Peace with Sunzi's Art of War

with Eva Wong & Shastri David Stone

October 21st

Open to all. In this program, Chinese scholar Eva Wong will present a new and radical way of using The Art of War. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

The Tao of Living a Balanced Life

with Eva Wong

October 22nd

Join Eva Wong for a one-day program on how to balance the four aspects of living using Eva’s recently published book Being Taoist and a specially-designed workbook that helps us to plan a balanced lifestyle. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Ecstatic Dance - Experiencing the Wisdom of Our Body

October 24th

Ecstatic Dance is an all ages evening of free-form dance and mindful movement that invites us to let go of our minds and expectations so that we can tap into the wisdom residing in our bodies. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Refuge Vows and The Three Jewels

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

October 26th—November 9th

This class is open to anyone who is curious and interested in exploring the topic. Taking refuge marks the student’s formal decision to become a Buddhist. This course is an opportunity to explore what it means to take that step. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Thursday Evening Dharma Talks

October 26th

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 Chicago

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

October 27th

Looking to connect with other meditators? Join us for New Meditators Group on Friday evening, October 27. We will explore issues related to meditation practice, especially for people of all ages who are newer to meditation. Continue »