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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.

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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

Conversations that Matter

June 19th—August 28th

Come to Shambhala Center on Tuesday evenings to practice, share and converse. Continue »

Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 8th—September 5th

The third course in the Basic Goodness series explores the question, "What is real?" Continue »

Level I - The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 18th

An introductory meditation program open to all. This program is the first step on the Shambhala training path. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Lisa Cappelli

September 12th—October 10th

Meditation in Everyday Life Continue »

Level I . The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

September 15th

Shambhala Training Level One: The Art of Being Human Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Madison

Conversations that Matter

June 19th—August 28th

Come to Shambhala Center on Tuesday evenings to practice, share and converse. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Book Salon: Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself

July 7th—September 8th

Come and explore the intersection of Buddhism and psychotherapy. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

August 8th—August 29th

This course provides introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in daily life. These classes are perfect for beginners and those relatively new to meditation. Please note that this program is scheduled on Wednesday mornings (as opposed Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 8th—September 5th

The third course in the Basic Goodness series explores the question, "What is real?" Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Fearlessness in Everyday Life - BLOOMINGTON

August 14th—September 11th

Fear is rampant in our world. On a societal level, we experience uncertainty about the future of our planet and our civilization. On a personal level, fear can manifest as anything from a nagging sense of self-doubt to a static background of anxiety. N Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Tender Space: A Queer Shambhala Retreat

August 16th—August 19th

We offer this weekend as an opportunity to be vulnerable and kind with each other so that we may leave the retreat better equipped to engage fearlessly in our sanghas and in the world. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Janet Solyntjes

August 17th—August 19th

Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Beginners are welcome to this introduction to the Shambhala path. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Trauma Circle of Care

August 17th—August 31st

A series of care circles for those affected by trauma or abuse. These meetings will include trauma sensitive meditation with instruction, readings, and discussion in a sensitive and supportive environment. Meetings are confidential and anonymous and will Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Werma Group Practice Day (Online Option)

August 18th - Date postponed or cancelled

One of many community-driven retreats focusing solely on Werma practice. All who have received authorization to practice Werma Sadhana are welcome! Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Level I - The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 18th

An introductory meditation program open to all. This program is the first step on the Shambhala training path. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Contentment in Everyday Life - INDIANAPOLIS

August 19th—September 23rd

Contentment in Everyday Life” invites us to explore the intersection of meditation practice and the way we experience our lives: Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With m Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Embodiment Weekthun

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

August 24th—September 1st

Join us for this week-long exploration of embodiment, using the tools of meditation, gentle body exercises, stillness and connecting with drala allowing and helping us be more fully present and connected to ourselves and others. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

August 26th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Patrick Dallas

August 28th—September 25th

A five week introductory course. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Movie Night: The Cup. Friday, August 31, 7-9 pm.

August 31st

The Ancient and modern clash in a Tibetan monastery over...wait for it...soccer on TV. Please join us in viewing this engaging movie; with discussion to follow. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

September 1st

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

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Alice Dan

September 1st

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 Milwaukee

Learn to Meditate

with Frank Fischer

September 1st

If you are new to meditation and would like to try it, this is a class for you! The instructor will walk you through the techniques of meditation and offer practical ways to incorporate it into your life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V

with James Drescher & Shastri Janice Glowski

September 7th—September 9th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind which is a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Mahayana and the Bodhisattva Path: A Community Practice Weekend

with Alice Dan

September 8th—September 9th

Having taken the Refuge Vow and entered onto the path of the dharma, we can expand and deepen our commitment by taking the Bodhisattva Vow. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy in Everyday Life

with Barbara Cromer & Ann Palomo

September 8th—September 9th

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Fearlessness In Everyday Life

with Shastri Deborah Zarate & Steven Shippee

September 12th—October 10th

Learn to working with, and relating to your fear. We don't need to let fear grip us, we can sit with fear and other strong emotions so we relate with them without suppressing or acting out. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Lisa Cappelli

September 12th—October 10th

Meditation in Everyday Life Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Art of Meditation Instruction

September 13th—October 18th

This is the fourth of the online courses required to update/renew our skills as Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors. Continue »