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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

Joy In Everyday Life

with Lisa Cappelli

February 21st—March 21st

This course explores ways we can free ourselves from confusion and develop our compassion. Continue »

Level II

with Miriam Hall

March 2nd—March 4th

Level II in the Way of Shambhala training courses. Birth of the Warrior. Continue »

Community Day of Practice

March 17th

An opportunity to deepen your practice by sitting for a longer period of time with other practitioners. Continue »

Discovering Meditation

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 17th

What is meditation? How can it help me? Is meditation only for Buddhists? Isn't mediation difficult to learn? Join us for answers to your questions about this practice. Continue »

Wisdom In Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 27th—April 24th

Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. The challenges and richness of daily life become opportunities for both contemplative practice and social and ecological action.actions as they arise. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Werma practice

January 14th—December 16th

For Werma practitioners only Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Essential Heart of Kasungship 1

January 21st—May 20th

An introductory course to the profound teachings and practice of the Dorje Kasung, open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Patrick Dallas

January 30th—February 27th - Date postponed or cancelled

A five week introductory course. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Ikebana Workshop

with Brooke Pohl

February 3rd—March 4th

Shambhala Chicago

Introduction to Mindfulness for Children and Families

with Rob Ley

February 4th—March 11th

This class will provide a child-friendly introduction to mindfulness and include short meditation sessions, movement, and creative projects. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Reading Group

February 4th—June 3rd

Join your fellow practitioners once a month to discuss various texts of the Shambhala lineage. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Joy In Everyday Life (JIEL)

with Shastri Janice Glowski & Phong Nguyen

February 5th—March 5th

Monday evening course: Joy in Everyday Life delves into the Shambhala teachings on cheerfulness and health. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

People of Color Meditation

February 20th—February 27th

All who identify as a People of Color (PoC) are invited - from beginners to experienced, whether you are a non-Buddhist, undecided, or Buddhist. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Joy In Everyday Life

with Lisa Cappelli

February 21st—March 21st

This course explores ways we can free ourselves from confusion and develop our compassion. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Blessie Hornilla & Paul Geall

February 21st—March 21st

Open to all. This 5-week course provides a further exploration of mindfulness meditation, along with foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Practical Buddhism, with Douglas Cheolsoeng Gentile, Phd. and Peter Komendowski: Commuters may still sign up but we are full for on-site housing

with Douglas Gentile & Peter Komendowski

February 23rd—February 25th

Meditation Intensive Weekend: Practical Buddhism The Dharma can help us to live more fully and with ease. Karma and nirvana truly have transformative power. This weekend retreat will explore the world of relationships, including happiness and sadness, Continue »

Akron-Canton Shambhala

Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Jonathan Kirkendall

February 23rd—February 25th

Focus on deepening the meditative practice through cultivation of contentment and simplicity. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Larry Wolf & Janet Hasz

February 24th—February 25th

This is the 2nd course in the Shambhala Training series. 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. Continue »

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training, Level I

with Chris Montone

February 24th

Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse that goodness—rather than confusion—is the unconditional ground of our existence. This one day retreat is open to all. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Kathryn Pepper & Shastri Debbie McCubbin

February 24th—February 25th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Milwaukee Shambhala Hosts present: A MIAD Gallery Tour

February 24th

Discover how Shambhala Buddhism relates to suffering: by those who need empathy and those who offer it. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Green Team - Info Session

February 25th

Shambhala Chicago is starting a Green Team! A Green Team meets regularly to connect our community’s spiritual practices and traditions with concerns for our shared land, water, and air, and justice for our neighbors. Continue »

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Sadhana Practice (MAR. 2018)

March 1st

In 2011, The Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche composed the Shambhala Sadhana for the international Shambhala sangha. This sadhana provides an opportunity to refresh our faith in our own basic goodness and the basic goodness of humanity. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Community Listening Evening

March 1st

Please join our Center Director Kate Curlis-West and Jim Drescher in an evening that explores new possibilities. All friends and members of Shambhala Columbus are warmly invited to offer their wisdom. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Midday Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Akiba Barberousse & Micah Krohn

March 2nd—March 30th

Open to all. This 5-week course provides a further exploration of mindfulness meditation, along with foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Showing Appreciation for Fitzhugh!

March 2nd

Please join us for a heart-felt get together to show our appreciation for all of the work that Fitzhugh Shaw has done as our director of Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center. Continue »