Welcome!

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

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga - Class Series

with Clare Norelle

July 29th—August 26th

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a gentle, respectful approach to healing from trauma. Continue »

The Wisdom of Emotions

with Lisa Cappelli & Tuyet Cullen

August 28th—September 25th

New five-week course where we will explore our relationship to our emotions and how they impact our lives and our interactions with others. Continue »

The Dakini: Feminine Principle, Wisdom Principle, Sky Dancer

September 8th—September 22nd

Interested in the feminine principle in Buddhism? Curious about the dakini? Join Linda James and Lora Wiggins for a short, introductory study group to examine and discuss these powerful concepts. Continue »

Shambhala Community Picnic

September 14th

Members, friends, families, children, furbabies, meditation lovers, HOR, WDGers, out of town family and guests…. All welcome! Come and go as you wish Continue »

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga - Class Series

with Clare Norelle

September 16th—October 14th

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a gentle, respectful approach to healing from trauma. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part III - Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhichitta

July 28th—October 6th

A Year of Deepening in Compassion: A four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga - Class Series

with Clare Norelle

July 29th—August 26th

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a gentle, respectful approach to healing from trauma. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

The Art of Connection: Skills for Creating a Vibrant Community

with Vincent Dummer & Marian Judith Broadus

July 29th—September 2nd

In this 6-week course, participants will learn the basic building blocks of creating healthy groups/communities in a gentle and open learning environment. Open to all; please register online. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Art of Being Human (Shambhala Training Level I)

with Shastri Janice Glowski

August 24th

The Art of Being Human is a secular meditation program that develops fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness towards oneself and our world. All are welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

What the Buddha Taught: Reinventing the Wheel - Understanding Karma, Interdepence and Auspicious Coincidence

with Shastri David Stone & Shastri Marita McLaughlin

August 24th

Are we trapped in our “karma”? Is there “free will”? What is “good karma”, what is “bad karma”? Can I change my karma? How does meditation fit in? What does karma really mean anyway? Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

The Science of Meditation: An Open House Video Presentation

August 27th

Can meditation really make you smarter, happier and healthier? New research shows that it can affect the body as well as the mind, slow down the aging process, and even alter the structure of the brain. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

The Wisdom of Emotions

with Lisa Cappelli & Tuyet Cullen

August 28th—September 25th

New five-week course where we will explore our relationship to our emotions and how they impact our lives and our interactions with others. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Art Part 4: The Power of Display

with Rebekah Younger & Miriam Hall

August 31st—September 1st

Styles of creative and personal expression are explored in this program using the mandala of the five elements, earth, water, fire, wind and space. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra

August 31st

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Meditation Meets Mindfulness: Is There a Difference? - An Open House Talk with Anna Silberg

September 3rd

Mindfulness vs. Meditation? It’s not a contest. There’s just so much good stuff to explore including the rich discoveries that brain science has revealed. Come join one of Milwaukee’s foremost mindfulness educators for a talk and discussion. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training Level I: Feel Human Again

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

September 7th

Level I opens the Heart of Warriorship Series, a path of developing courage and compassion. Focusing on the profound technique of mindfulness meditation is a gateway to discovering intrinsic human potential and goodness. Open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

September 7th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Performance & Mindfulness Retreat

with Kirk Ferguson

September 7th—September 8th

Performance is challenging, be it on stage, in a boardroom or simply having a conversation. Join us for a weekend retreat lead by Milwaukee Symphony Trombonist and Meditation Guide, Kirk Ferguson, where we'll explore how mindfulness can lead to freedom in Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

The Dakini: Feminine Principle, Wisdom Principle, Sky Dancer

September 8th—September 22nd

Interested in the feminine principle in Buddhism? Curious about the dakini? Join Linda James and Lora Wiggins for a short, introductory study group to examine and discuss these powerful concepts. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Patrick Dallas & Scott Kamilar

September 10th—October 8th

This course meets every Tuesday night for 5 weeks. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Janet Solyntjes & Susan Engel

September 13th—September 15th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Beginners are welcome to this introduction to the Shambhala path. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Learn to Work with Strong Emotions

with Grace Jessen

September 14th

There's no need to struggle with our strong emotions or judge ourselves for feeling them. Learn to relate to your emotions without acting out or suppressing them. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Shambhala Community Picnic

September 14th

Members, friends, families, children, furbabies, meditation lovers, HOR, WDGers, out of town family and guests…. All welcome! Come and go as you wish Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

"What the Buddha Taught" Study Group -- Matteson

September 14th

Join your neighbors for an in-depth exploration of the early teachings of the Buddha, focusing on the central Buddhist concept of interdependence - how karma works. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga - Class Series

with Clare Norelle

September 16th—October 14th

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a gentle, respectful approach to healing from trauma. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL)

with Phong Nguyen, Linda Wolf, Betsy Loeb

September 16th—October 14th

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

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana practice

September 17th

The monthly full-moon Shambhala Sadhana practice Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

What are You Harvesting this Fall? - A Harvest of Peace Community Gathering

September 21st

All are invited to join the Chicago community in a Harvest of Peace gathering for open conversation and good food to mark the changing of the seasons, at a time of challenge and uncertainty. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Community Gathering

September 22nd

We will gather on Sunday, September 22nd as a community to set our intentions for the season and announce our upcoming programs. Continue »