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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

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

August 27th

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

Umdze Training

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 30th

Please join us for training in the role of the umdze at our Center. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

September 5th

An introduction to a simple meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. For beginners. Continue »

Meditation In Everyday Life - Daytime

with Miriam Hall

September 19th—October 17th

For those who want to learn more about meditation and how it can enrich our daily lives. Continue »

Meditation In Everyday Life - Evening

with Bob Gillespie

September 19th—October 17th

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

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Council Meeting

March 27th—September 18th

Our bimonthly Council meeting wlll be held on this night. All are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. If you would like to suggest an item for the agenda, please email it to director@lexingtonshambhala.org Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

June 24th—August 20th

New Moon Sadhana of Mahamudra Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Awakened One: A Life of the Buddha - A Book Study

with Paul Libersher

July 12th—September 13th - Date postponed or cancelled

The story of the founder of Buddhism is one of the world's great tales of spiritual awakening. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Basic Goodness: Who Am I?

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

July 27th—August 24th

This is the first of the 3 courses in the Basic Goodness Series. All are welcomed. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Wisdom In Every Day Life

with Fred Schwieg & Dr. Marianne Reeves

July 27th—August 24th

Wisdom In Everyday Life with Fred Schwieg and Marianne Reeves Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Dr. Rebecca McAllister

August 12th—September 16th - Date postponed or cancelled

Meditation in Everyday Life provides an opportunity to deepen the experience and understanding of meditation for new students, with special attention on practical suggestions for establishing a sitting practice in the midst of our speedy society. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

An Introduction to Ikebana

with Jay Wohlen

August 15th—August 19th

Ikebana is the contemplative practice of expressing gentleness and elegance through the art of simple flower arrangement. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Barbara Wolkowitz

August 19th—August 20th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

SANGHA POTLUCK - Everyone is welcome!

August 19th

Sangha Potluck The potlucks are an ideal opportunity for Shambhalians to develop community by enjoying each other's company in a relaxed setting with no program. Please register your intent to attend. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Embodiment Weekthun

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

August 19th—August 27th

Please join us at Windhorse Retreat in Plymouth, Wisconsin for a week long meditation practice with Shastri Brett Ferrigan. People can arrive on August 19th anytime after 5pm (program starts on the 20th) departure day is the morning of August 27th. Here Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Practice

August 20th

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

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

JOY IN EVERYDAY LIFE in Indianapolis

August 24th—September 21st

As our meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. This leads to a sense of joy and bravery. The teachings on compassion become the inspiration Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Level IV AWAKENED HEART

with Shastri Deborah Zarate & Steven Shippee

August 25th—August 27th

LEVEL IV -the fourth weekend retreat on the Shambhala Path Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

August 27th

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

Shambhala Center of Madison

Umdze Training

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 30th

Please join us for training in the role of the umdze at our Center. Continue »

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 Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

September 2nd

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

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Alice Dan

September 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

Meditation in Everyday Life (MIEL)

with Celia Kahle & Phong Nguyen

September 4th—October 2nd

This introductory course teaches mindfulness meditation and shows us how this practice can improve our daily lives in the most practical sense. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Learn to Meditate

September 5th

An introduction to a simple meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. For beginners. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Patrick Dallas

September 5th—October 3rd

This five-week evening course mixes meditation with the vastness of space beyond concept. 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 »

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

September 6th

Shambhala Sadhana Practice Wed Sept 6th 7:00PM - 9:00PM Buffalo Shambhala 737 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY Continue »