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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

Wisdom In Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

May 16th—June 13th

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 »

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

June 8th—June 10th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind -- a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We learn to trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. This is t Continue »

Community Day of Practice - Nyinthün

June 16th

Join other mediators for a day of practice as you deepen your practice. Continue »

Discover Meditation

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

June 16th

Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 1st—August 29th

The third course in the Basic Goodness series explores the question, "What is real?" Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Essential Heart of Kasungship 1

January 21st—June 10th

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

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Contentment in Everyday Life - BLOOMINGTON

May 1st—May 29th

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation and contemplation practice, we can relax with ourselves as we are and appreciate simple human experience. Difficult emoti Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Way of Shambhala: Joy in Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Janet Hasz

May 2nd—May 30th

This is the 3rd class in the Everyday Life series; all are welcome. This class emphasizes awareness of the environment and expanding the heart. It introduces the contemplation of the Four Immeasurables for arousing and strengthening compassion for self. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Introduction to Mindfulness for Children & Families: 6 week Course

with Rob Ley

May 6th—June 10th

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

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

MEDITATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE (MIEL) in Indianapolis

May 6th—June 3rd

Meditation in Everyday Life, the first class in The Way of Shambhala series, is open to everyone and introduces students to peaceful abiding meditation while offering practical suggestions for developing a meditation practice at home. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Wisdom In Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

May 16th—June 13th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Refuge Vow Preparatory Class

with Patrick Dallas

May 17th—May 31st

Preparatory Class for taking the Refuge Vow Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

May Social - Community Gardening (with optional lunch)

May 19th—May 26th

Help tend to the Cleveland Shambhala garden plot, for the third year,at Madison Park. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Qigong Level 4

with Eva Wong

May 26th—May 27th

Prerequisites apply. This weekend will include talks, detailed instruction, Q & A, and lots of Qigong practice. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Werma Group Practice Day (Online Option)

May 26th

One of many community-driven retreats focusing solely on Werma practice. All who have received authorization to practice Werma Sadhana are welcome! Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

May 29th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training: Level V Open Sky

with Shastri David Stone & Ira Abrams

June 1st—June 3rd

This is the final retreat in Way of Shambhala. Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Fred Schwieg

June 1st—June 3rd

Having learned not to turn away from fear, we can extend that practice into everyday life situations. We learn that we can work with whatever situation arises, developing more confidence in all aspects of our daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

June 2nd

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Learn to Develop Confidence

with Alan Anderson

June 2nd

Confidence comes from self respect. It starts with contentment and ends with a humble curiosity about life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Wisdom in Everyday Life (WIEL)

with Shastri Janice Glowski

June 4th—July 2nd

The Wisdom in Everyday Life series looks at the qualities of a master warrior whose vastness of mind and skills in enriching the world are fully manifested. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Rigden Weekend

with Acharya Emily Bower

June 8th—June 10th

The Rigden weekend retreat is the culmination of the path laid out in the Shambhala Training Levels I-V, and the Everyday Life and Basic Goodness series. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Blessie Hornilla & Margaret James

June 8th—June 9th

In this 2 day workshop, students are introduced to the idea of basic goodness and the practice of meditation in a supportive, social environment. The weekend includes meditation practice, discussion, and individual meetings with meditation instructors. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

June 8th—June 10th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind -- a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We learn to trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. This is t Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Alice Dan & Stephen Burns

June 9th—June 27th

This is the 4th class of the In Everyday Life series, part of the Way of Shambhala. The prerequisite is Joy in Everyday Life. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

The Lost Art of Good Conversation - a Facilitated Book Club with Meditation and Good Conversation

June 12th—September 11th

Explore Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's practical advice to help us become better communicators and appreciate the people we share our world with. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sacred Path: Golden Key

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

June 15th—June 17th

This program is based on a Shambhala text that works with our relationship to the material world and our sense perceptions. It teaches the practice of enriching presence the ability to instantly sense the inner wealth within oneself and the natural world. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

June 15th

Looking to connect with other meditators? Join us for New Meditators Group on Friday evening. We will explore issues related to meditation practice, especially for people of all ages who are newer to meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Shambhala Training 1: Being Human: It's Basically Good!

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

June 15th—June 16th

Learn how to integrate meditation practice into every aspect of your daily life. Continue »