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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 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

June 6th—January 30th (2021)

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 - Meeting Suffering with Maitri. Guided meditation, dharma talks and discussion.

with Lora Wiggins & Margaret Turnbull

December 8th—January 19th (2021)

Foundations of Freedom is a series of courses on the basic teachings of Buddhism. The Madison Shambhala center will be hosting this five part course through the coming year. Each class will include pre-recorded talks and discussions. Continue »

Community Walk and Meetup (COVID-19 Safe)

December 12th—February 13th (2021)

COVID Safe Community Walk in a Local Park Continue »

Online Community Meeting

December 13th

Please join us for our December community meeting after Sunday morning sitting practice. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

White Tara Practice with Shastri Shelley Heinz (in Zoom)

March 20th—December 31st

White Tara Practice with Shastri Shelley Heinz Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

What the Buddha Taught Study Group ONLINE (Alternate Sundays)

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 22nd—January 31st (2021)

This study group will read, study, and contemplate the 52 slogans that are part of the Mahayana teachings of Lojong, or Training the Mind. By training the mind, we mean that we reflect on our thoughts and behavior as a means of reversing our habitual tend Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

The Wisdom of Aging- Online Discussion Group

April 23rd—December 31st

The Wisdom of Aging- Online Discussion Group Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

July 5th—December 27th

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 Center of Lexington

Community Gathering: Opening the Circle

August 28th—December 18th

Lexington Shambhala Community Gathering: Opening the Circle Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Distance Dharma

with Prof Sue Stephens

October 15th—January 2nd (2021)

Online group meets 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month for wide ranging conversations. Time is Central Time. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz, Ann Shillinglaw, Alice Dan

November 10th—January 5th (2021)

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 Center of Lexington

Unhacking Our Mind

with Craig Sargent, Vincent Dummer, Susan Smith

November 17th—December 29th

Based on the PBS series, Hacking Your Mind, we explore why we run go through much of our lives running on autopilot, and what we can do about it. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Open House: Ask a Meditation Instructor

November 24th—December 22nd

Questions about meditation practice? Does your mind feel like a circus of monkeys? Ask a meditation instructor for tips and tricks to get your practice back on track Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Chicago Shambhala Governing Council Meeting ONLINE

December 4th

Shambhala Chicago Governing Council meetings are open to members of the Chicago Shambhala Center. We welcome your presence! Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

The Mindful Artist with Uché Elueze - ONLINE - New dates!

December 5th—December 19th

This series of workshops will explore high performance psychology/states and what it means to perform and embody "flow state". In other words, what it means to be "in the zone" or "consciously unconscious”. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate ONLINE

with Alice Dan

December 5th

Ideal for beginners as well as students who want to work on stabilizing their meditation, this program gives you the essential techniques and reasons for meditation practice in everyday life. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Music As Sacred Path

with Lance Brunner

December 5th

Join us for an evening of Classical Guitar selections performed by UK Guitar students, Geraldo Neto and Collin Holloway, and Pop Vocals performed by Anna Katori . Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Open House: Turning Arrows into Flowers

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

December 8th

Each Tuesday of the month, at 6:30 PM, we offer a 30-minute meditation session along with optional instruction. Immediately following that, at 7 o’clock, your instructor will offer a short introductory talk followed by a discussion period Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Foundations for Freedom - Meeting Suffering with Maitri. Guided meditation, dharma talks and discussion.

with Lora Wiggins & Margaret Turnbull

December 8th—January 19th (2021)

Foundations of Freedom is a series of courses on the basic teachings of Buddhism. The Madison Shambhala center will be hosting this five part course through the coming year. Each class will include pre-recorded talks and discussions. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Windhorse: Part II of the Sacred Path Series

with Shastri Marita Mclaughlin

December 11th—December 13th

The Sacred Path series of weekend meditation and study programs are designed to further deepen your experience of meditation and contemplation practice. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Working with Emotions (Online)

with Alice Dan & Barbara Wolkowitz

December 12th

Holidays are often filled with emotions, and this year we face the upheavals and uncertainty of the pandemic on top of that. Through the practice of Compassionate Abiding, we can learn to work with difficult emotions. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra (Online)

with Alice Dan

December 13th

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

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Beyond Tribalism: How Mindfulness Can Save the World (ONLINE)

December 16th—January 20th (2021)

Beyond Tribalism: How Mindfulness Can Save the World (ONLINE with Robert Wright) Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Beyond Tribalism: How Mindfulness Can Save the World (ONLINE)

December 16th—January 20th (2021)

Robert Wright shines a light on our tribalistic tendencies using the explanatory lens of evolutionary psychology. The result offers a clear, fresh perspective on Buddhist philosophy and practice and shows how mindfulness just might save the world. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Celebrate Children's Day with Shambhala Online!

with Irene Woodard

December 20th

Join us for a fun-filled celebration of Children's Day and the Winter Solstice as a way to connect with the cycles of the seasons and the importance of family and children. This is a family-friendly Sunday Gathering hosted by the Touching the Earth Collec Continue »