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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

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society.

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

April 12th—May 17th

This course asks the question, "How can I help?" and explores our aspiration to help our world, how we relate with others, and how real social transformation could occur. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Bob Gillespie

April 18th—May 16th

Mindful appreciation and gentleness to oneself. Foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

April 30th

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

Learn to Meditate

May 2nd

An introduction to a simple meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. For beginners. Continue »

Way of Shambhala II (Sacred Path): Meek and Perky

May 5th—May 7th

The Dignity of Meek is studies the grounded, humble and gentle beginning stages of a warrior's journey. The Dignity of Perky, focuses on cultivating sharp, vibrant and uplifted energy through natural discipline. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Mind Beyond Death - a book study

with Susan Engel

March 14th—May 2nd

"With profound understanding of the Western mind and warm informality, Dzogchen Ponlop makes the mysterious Tibetan teachings on the bardos - the intervals of life, death, and beyond - completely available to the modern reader." Continue »

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 Chicago

Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Janet Hasz & Ira Abrams

March 27th—April 24th

This class explores the benefits of mindfulness meditation in working with the ups and downs of everyday life. Starting with the foundation of basic goodness, we can approach both positive and negative emotions with gentleness and fearlessness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Meditation in Everyday Life

March 29th—April 26th - Date postponed or cancelled

A Five Week Interactive Course Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Way of Shambhala: Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Blessie Hornilla & John Harding

March 30th—April 27th

This is the 4th class in the Way of Shambhala weeknight series. Prerequisites apply. 5 Thursdays, 7-9PM. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Awakening the Warrior Within: A Youth Leadership Mindfulness Workshop

with Aarti Tejuja & Ben Durchslag

April 11th—May 16th

Based on the renowned Shambhala Warriorship Training program, this youth workshop series teaches essential skills for the TRUE self to survive in a world that seems to want us to hide our true experience of ourselves, to cover-up when we feel, and to meet Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Wisdom in Everyday Life

April 12th—May 10th

Meditation uncovers our wisdom. Students receive practical instructions for transforming confused emotions and situations into effective actions as they arise. No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everything as part of the path. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society.

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

April 12th—May 17th

This course asks the question, "How can I help?" and explores our aspiration to help our world, how we relate with others, and how real social transformation could occur. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Bob Gillespie

April 18th—May 16th

Mindful appreciation and gentleness to oneself. Foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Finding Your Way in a Troubled World

with Acharya Richard John

April 22nd—April 23rd

The Radical Simplicity of Shambhala Meditation Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training Level II : Birth of the Warrior

with Larry Wolf

April 22nd—April 23rd

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 »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Qigong Level III

with Shastri David Stone

April 22nd—April 23rd - Date postponed or cancelled

Qigong is an ancient practice that utilizes movement and breathing to strengthen joints, muscles, tendons, and bones. It stimulates circulation of energy in our body and cultivates deep relaxation and enhanced mental clarity. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Chaos is Good News (Lakewood)

with Dr. Marianne Reeves

April 23rd

Seeing the wisdom of our emotions Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Ashe Society meeting (closed group)

April 23rd

Prerequisites: This event is only open to graduates of Warrior Assembly and those who have permission to do this practice. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Bodhisattva vow ceremony

with Acharya Richard John

April 23rd

Restricted ceremony Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Refuge vow ceremony

with Acharya Richard John

April 23rd

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Vajrayana Practice Day: Ashe Mahamudra

with Acharya Richard John

April 24th

This practice is open to those who have received the transmission previously. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Yoga

with Mark Brouwer

April 26th

Mark W. Brouwer’s Yoga is a historically influenced fusion of Iyengar traditions and ashtanga vinyasa alignment science. Poses are cued for safety and benefit the circulatory system. All ages and levels are welcome to join every Wednesday. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

April 26th

New Moon Sadhana of Mahamudra Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Practice

April 26th

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

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Chaos is Good News (Shaker Heights)

with Dr. Marianne Reeves

April 26th

Seeing the wisdom of our emotions Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Course Leader Training

with Shastri Debbie McCubbin, Shastri Mark Blumenfeld, Shastri David Stone

April 27th—April 30th

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 in Shambhala. By in Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Silent Transformations of Engaged Spirituality, Ecology, and Politics

April 27th

How can we turn to ecological truths fearlessly, without becoming overwhelmed? Join us at the Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center for the first event in a series focused on engagement with ecology. Continue »