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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

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Ron Wilcox

November 29th—December 27th

A look at what it means to experience "contentment" in our lives. Perfect for beginning students. No prerequisites. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

December 31st

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

Basic Goodness II: How Can I Help?

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

January 10th—February 14th (2018)

This second course in the Basic Goodness Series explores our relationship with others, our aspirations to help our world and specific aspects of social transformation. The course focuses on four aspects of society: relations with family, our professional Continue »

Level I - The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

January 12th—January 13th (2018)

The Art of Being Human Continue »

Ziji Young Meditators

January 12th (2018)

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

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Cincinnati Group Meeting

November 14th—February 27th (2018)

Live in the Cincinnati area? Come practice with the Cincinnati group. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Ron Wilcox

November 29th—December 27th

A look at what it means to experience "contentment" in our lives. Perfect for beginning students. No prerequisites. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Course Leader Training

with Shastri Debbie McCubbin

December 15th—December 17th

By Invitation Only This program is designed as an entry point for qualified individuals who wish to pursue a teaching path. Additionally, it is an opportunity for further training for those already working on the qualifications required to be a teacher Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Children's Day

December 17th

Please join us for our annual holiday celebration. For the young and young at heart. Continue »

Akron-Canton Shambhala

Children's Day 2017

December 17th

Please join us for our annual Children’s day - A Winter Solstice Celebration of children, family, joy, and creativity. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Desk and Staff Training

with Sarah Osborne

December 17th

An introduction to staffing community spaces Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

December 17th

New Moon Sadhana of Mahamudra Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Children's Day Celebration

December 21st

Welcome the joys of Winter and children! Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Thursday Evening Dharma Talks

with Acharya Adam Lobel

December 21st

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

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Free Yoga for Every Body and Level!

December 23rd—February 3rd (2018)

Sangha member Stephanie Romero is finishing her teaching hours for a 200 hour Yoga Teaching Certification. Come and enjoy FREE YOGA at our center on 3 Saturdays. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Winter Solstice Celebration

with Shastri David Stone

December 23rd

As darkness gathers, join us to celebrate the Great Eastern Sun! Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Winter Solstice Celebration

December 23rd

Join us for Winter Solstice, a celebration of Children's Day Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Winter Weekthun

with Shastri Janice Glowski & Prof Matthew Kahle

December 26th—January 1st (2018)

One week of deep practice open to everyone.at 636 Chase Rd.. This retreat is open to everyone, but we ask that everyone who participates commits to the entire week. This weekthun will satisfy a prerequisite for those who wish to attend Enlightened Societ Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Winter Weekthun - Practicing Group Care: Vulnerability, Protection, Trust

with Dr. Shante Smalls

December 26th—January 1st (2018)

Settle into stillness in the final week of 2017 during our winter Weekthün. Join us for all or part of this full week of sitting practice, where we will be cultivating "peaceful abiding" through the simple shamatha practice, and receiving teachings. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Winter Weekthun Retreat 2017 - Resting Body, Speech, Mind and Phone

with Thomas Adducci & Ira Abrams

December 26th—January 1st (2018) - Date postponed or cancelled

Give yourself the gift of mindfulness. Spend a day or the whole week in our annual non-residential urban retreat. Be gentle to your body, talk and tweet less, and make friends with your mind. This program is open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

(DAILY RATE) Winter Weekthun Retreat 2017 - Resting Body, Speech, Mind and Phone

with Thomas Adducci & Ira Abrams

December 26th—January 1st (2018) - Date postponed or cancelled

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Annual Winter Meditation Retreat: as of 12.15 on site sleeping is full call or email if you want to register

December 26th—January 1st (2018)

This retreat is open to anyone who would like to take some time away from their everyday habits and surroundings. We will provide a daily schedule of meditation practice and meals but you decide how much of the schedule you wish to participate in. So Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Public Dharma Talk

with Dr. Shante Smalls

December 28th

Please join us for a public dharma talk given by Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls on the evening of December 28th. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

December 30th

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

Shambhala Center of Madison

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

December 31st

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

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

New Year’s Eve and Children’s Day Celebration

December 31st

Please join our New Year’s Eve and Children’s Day Celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on December 31, 2017. At this time of year, we turn to our friends and family to bring light and cheerfulness into our lives. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Shambhala Sadhana

January 1st—August 26th (2018)

All are welcome to this monthly community event. There will be a potluck dinner from 6 to 6:30pm with the Shambhala Sadhana practice beginning at 7pm. Continue »