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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.  The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81673358590  Learn more.

Upcoming Madison Programs

Sadhana of Mahamudra - ONLINE

with Lora Wiggins

January 30th—June 26th

Please join us for this online practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra. The text will be displayed on screen during practice. Continue »

Foundations for Freedom: Introduction to Buddhist Teachings on Working with Suffering

with Lora Wiggins & Ron Wilcox

March 23rd—April 20th

Second in a series of the Foundations for Freedom courses exploring the foundational Hinayana teachings of the Buddha. Open to all, no previous course work is required. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

The Wisdom of Aging- Online Discussion Group

March 25th—May 20th

The Wisdom of Aging- Online Discussion Group Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Compassion practices for Caregivers - first Sundays

with Rebecca McAllister

January 3rd—May 2nd

Gather online for engaging in compassion practices for those in caregiver roles Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Distance Dharma

with Prof Sue Stephens

January 7th—April 15th

Online group meets 1st & 3rd Thursday of each months at 6 pm Central time, 7 pm Eastern time. Currently studying the paramitas. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Open House Tuesday: Why are we so Mad?

with Toni Martinez & Alan Anderson

January 19th—March 16th

Why is the world burning up with such aggression? Have we entered a new Dark Age? The Shambhala teachings were built precisely for these times so that we don’t get swept away in the speed and degradation that is ramping up all around us. Let’s take a lo Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Online Foundations for Freedom -The Hinayana - Part 3

January 24th—March 14th

Course three in the series will provide an in-depth exploration of the fundamental teachings. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Open House Tuesday: Performing Beyond Fear

with Kirk Ferguson

January 26th—March 23rd

A Special Series on Performance, Meditation and the Arts, with Kirk Ferguson of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on the 4th Tuesdays January to March Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

February 16th—May 11th

Looking for a virtual meditation group where you can drop in when you like or attend regularly and get to know other meditators? Instruction in meditation and mindfulness skills. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Shambhala Sadhana practice

with Leslie Shippee

February 17th—December 1st

Join us for the chanting and contemplation of The Shambhala Sadhana, one of the central practices of the Shambhala community.  It is focused upon the teachings of basic goodness, or indestructible sanity, of oneself, other, and human society Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

EVAM: Six Talks by Chöygam Trungpa Rinpoche

with Barbara Wolkowitz

February 21st—May 30th

Six Video Talks by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on EVAM, What the Buddha Taught Study Group, Alternate Sundays, starting Feb 21, 2021, 1-3pm, This is an exciting opportunity to view and discuss Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s 1976 talks on EVAM. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Stillness to Sanity: A Weekly Gathering to Meditate Together

February 22nd—May 10th

Please join us Monday evenings via Zoom for meditation and conversation in community. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Hinayana:The Fourth Noble Truth *via Zoom*

with Ann Tyndall

February 24th—March 31st

This is the 5th in a series of five courses exploring the profundity of the Hinayana teachings of the Buddha. All are welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Heart of Recovery

February 28th—June 13th

The Heart of Recovery is a group meeting at the Shambhala Center focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to sobriety. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Contemplative Photography Project

March 7th—March 31st

Take mindfulness to your camera! Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

March 7th—April 25th

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 Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Open House Tuesday: Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels

with Napa Chayaworakul

March 9th

In the Buddhist tradition, taking refuge is the foundation of all dharma. In particular, one becomes a Buddhist by taking refuge in the Three Jewels which are the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha. This talk introduces the meaning of the Three Jewels and Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Stroke of Ashe Group Practice

with Shastri David Stone

March 13th

A gathering of warriors who have received stroke practice transmission--will include guided practice and commentary. Please register to receive zoom link. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 13th

Have you been trying to start a meditation practice on your own or with an app? This program helps beginners overcome common obstacles and establish a consistent practice. It is also appropriate for struggling meditators looking for a refresher. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

March 14th—June 11th

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

Shambhala Center of Madison

Foundations for Freedom: Introduction to Buddhist Teachings on Working with Suffering

with Lora Wiggins & Ron Wilcox

March 23rd—April 20th

Second in a series of the Foundations for Freedom courses exploring the foundational Hinayana teachings of the Buddha. Open to all, no previous course work is required. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

March 24th—May 12th

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 Chicago

Way of Shambhala: Joy in Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Margaret James

March 25th—April 22nd

This is the 3rd class in the Everyday Life series; all are welcome. This class emphasizes awareness of the environment and expanding the heart. It introduces the contemplation of the Four Immeasurables for arousing and strengthening compassion for self. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Gender Dynamics in Buddhism

with Holly Gayley

March 26th—May 28th

In order to create a community that strives to foster safety for all its members, we learn what Buddhism says about gender and sexuality and what contemporary conversations can contribute. This will allow us to have more informed discussions about gender Continue »