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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 Every Day Life

with Lisa Cappelli

May 31st—June 28th

This class provides an introduction to the Buddhist concept of bodhicitta and the path of the bodhisattva. Continue »

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Bob Gillespie & Ron Wilcox

June 14th—July 19th

Way of Shambhala II (Sacred Path): Outrageous & Inscrutable

with Patrick Dallas

June 23rd—June 25th

No longer afraid of making mistakes, the unconventional and visionary perspective of the outrageous warrior combines with the skill of spontaneous inscrutability to create benefit for others. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

June 25th

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

Way of Shambhala: Open Sky (Level 5)

July 7th—July 9th

During Level 5: Open Sky one begins to sharpen one's awareness with gentleness and precision. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Council Meeting

March 27th—September 18th

Our bimonthly Council meeting wlll be held on this night. All are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. If you would like to suggest an item for the agenda, please email it to [email protected] Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Joy in Every Day Life

with Lisa Cappelli

May 31st—June 28th

This class provides an introduction to the Buddhist concept of bodhicitta and the path of the bodhisattva. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Bob Gillespie & Ron Wilcox

June 14th—July 19th

Shambhala Center of Madison

Way of Shambhala II (Sacred Path): Outrageous & Inscrutable

with Patrick Dallas

June 23rd—June 25th

No longer afraid of making mistakes, the unconventional and visionary perspective of the outrageous warrior combines with the skill of spontaneous inscrutability to create benefit for others. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Qi Gong levels 1 and 2

with Shastri David Stone

June 24th—June 25th

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong (Chi Gong). Qigong I & II Taught by David Stone (authorized student of Dr. Eva Wong) Starts promptly at 8:30 am on Saturday June 24th (per Dr. Wong you may no Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

June 24th—August 21st

New Moon Sadhana of Mahamudra Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Mindful Hike at McConnell Springs Park

June 25th

Join us for a two-hour walk in a quiet urban oasis. Mindful hiking opens the senses to the full experience of the beauty of the outdoors. Continue »

Akron-Canton Shambhala

Midsummer Day Picnic

June 25th

Annual celebration of Midsummer Day with a picnic, hikes, and a lhasang ceremony. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

June 25th

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

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief

June 25th

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore will be on tour promoting her new book: Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Shambhala Training, Level III: Warrior in the World

with Shastri Deborah Zarate & Sarah Osborne

June 30th—July 2nd

Developing the bravery to step outside our cocoons. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

July 1st

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

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

July 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 Chicago

Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Alice Dan & Jill Spielfogel

July 1st—July 15th

Open to all. This 3 week course provides a further exploration of mindfulness meditation, along with foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Way of Shambhala: Open Sky (Level 5)

July 7th—July 9th

During Level 5: Open Sky one begins to sharpen one's awareness with gentleness and precision. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

SHAMBHALA TRAINING WEEKEND II: BIRTH OF THE WARRIOR

with Fred Schwieg

July 7th—July 9th

Having experienced in Weekend 1 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 basi Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

July 9th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Shambhala Sadhana

July 9th

All are welcome: A monthly community practice of the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

MEDITATION IN INDY - changes for Tuesdays, July 11 & July 18

July 11th—July 18th

Change of dates and times for Meditation in Indy for Tuesdays, July 11 & 18. The potlucks are an ideal opportunity for Shambhalians to develop community by enjoying each other's company in a relaxed setting with no program. Please register your intent Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Joy in Everyday Life

July 11th—August 8th

Explore genuine, joyful energy in this five week course. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Awakened One: A Life of the Buddha - A Book Study

with Paul Libersher

July 12th—September 13th

The story of the founder of Buddhism is one of the world's great tales of spiritual awakening. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Welcome to Shambhala

July 16th

This class is an introduction to all things Shambhala: history, traditions, and more. Continue »