Welcome!

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

Tales of the Great Masters

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 10th—April 7th

This class is now offered ONLINE only Stories from the buddhist wisdom tradition and how they apply to our meditation practice and daily life. Continue »

Four Day Practice Intensive

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 28th—March 31st

Four days of group practice and talks on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Continue »

Awakened Heart - Wednesday evening class series

with Tuyet Cullen

April 15th—May 13th

All are welcome to attend this class. Meditation instruction will be offered along with different practices in feeling our emotions and radiating out warmth to our community. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Madison

Tales of the Great Masters

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 10th—April 7th

This class is now offered ONLINE only Stories from the buddhist wisdom tradition and how they apply to our meditation practice and daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Patrick Dallas & Steven Anderson

March 18th—April 15th - Date postponed or cancelled

A five week introductory course. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

March 22nd—April 26th

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 Chicago

What the Buddha Taught Study Group ONLINE (Alternate Sundays)

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 22nd—May 31st

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 »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training Level I: Waking Up to Who We Are ONLINE

with Shastri David Stone

March 28th

Level I opens the Heart of Warriorship Series, a path of developing courage and compassion. Focusing on the profound technique of mindfulness meditation is a gateway to discovering intrinsic human potential and goodness. Open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Cafe Shambhala - Online

March 28th

Now Online! For beginners, as well as continuing students, we invite you to join us Saturday mornings for Café Shambhala. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Sunday Morning Meditation - Online

March 29th

Now online! This Sunday meditation session will feature sitting, chants and a special compassion practice. Sundays - 9-9:45am. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Lojong Group - Online

March 29th

Please join us online for our Lojong Group, Sundays noon-1pm. The teachings on Lojong ("mind training") are pith instructions that contain all the essential points of Buddhist practice -- from working with karma to experiencing emptiness, and from cultiv Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Open House Talk - Online

March 31st

Now Online! In our Open House program we offer free meditation instruction, followed by a talk from one of our experienced teachers on a range of topics. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Heart of Recovery - Online

April 2nd

Now Online! Meditation for People in Recovery. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Demonstration & Talk - Kado: Rigden School of Ikebana

with Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

April 3rd - Date postponed or cancelled

Join us for a public demonstration and talk by Marcia Wang Shibata, master Kado/Ikebana instructor from the Shambhala Rigden School of Ikebana, who will share how to discover and cultivate the source of creativity and how to express that in flower arrangi Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Kado: Rigden School of Ikebana

with Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

April 3rd—April 5th - Date postponed or cancelled

This will be a very special and unique weekend program on the ancient art of Kado. Discover and cultivate the source of creativity, and learn how to express that in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Cafe Shambhala - Online

April 4th

Now Online! For beginners, as well as continuing students, we invite you to join us Saturday mornings for Café Shambhala. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Nyinthun -- full day meditation retreat

April 4th

A full day of practice experienced with a group of like minded people. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Parinirvana of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche: Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast Practice

April 4th - Date postponed or cancelled

The parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche is a day for the Shambhala sangha to gather together to celebrate his life and teachings. We will practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra feast. Bring a potluck dish. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Sunday Morning Meditation - Online

April 5th

Now online! This Sunday meditation session will feature sitting, chants and a special compassion practice. Sundays - 9-9:45am. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Lojong Group - Online

April 5th

Please join us online for our Lojong Group, Sundays noon-1pm. The teachings on Lojong ("mind training") are pith instructions that contain all the essential points of Buddhist practice -- from working with karma to experiencing emptiness, and from cultiv Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

White Tara - A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

with Winnie Edgerton & Sarah Flint

April 6th—May 4th

This five-week recorded course introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Emanated from the tears of the compassionate Avalokiteshvara, peaceful White Tara is said to witness t Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Nyinthun / Daylong Meditation Retreat

April 12th

All are welcome to join this day of meditation practice; morning and afternoon sessions; partial attendance is fine. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Awakened Heart - Wednesday evening class series

with Tuyet Cullen

April 15th—May 13th

All are welcome to attend this class. Meditation instruction will be offered along with different practices in feeling our emotions and radiating out warmth to our community. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Mudra Space Awareness: Synchronizing Body and Mind

with Shastri David Stone

April 25th

The full-day workshop provides an introduction to Mudra Space Awareness, which is an intensive, physical method for synchronizing body and mind. When body and mind are synchronized, we are present and each mudra, i.e. gesture, we make is real and thorough Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Ikebana Sogetsu

April 25th—July 18th

The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement - Ikebana Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

The Creative Process: Shambhala Art Part Three

with Rebekah Younger & Paul Romejko

May 2nd—May 3rd

Shambhala Art Part Three explores the creative process through the lens of the ancient Chinese principles of Heaven, Earth and Human, using calligraphy and object arranging. Continue »