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

Ashe Mahamudra Practice Session

January 18th

Pre-requisites apply - this session is only for those who have received this practice. Continue »

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Ron Wilcox

January 21st—February 15th

Introductory class - open to all Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

January 24th

Sadhana of Mahamudra (Introductory talk at 5:30) Continue »

Nyinthun Practice Day - Open to All

February 9th

A Nyinthun is a full-day group meditation practice, a chance to deepen one's own practice. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

January 4th—December 5th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Sexual Harm, Trauma and the Healing Journey

January 11th—May 9th

A series of talks to promote understanding of sexual trauma and healing in our community. Open to all; Shambhala Educators are especially encouraged to attend. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training Level I: Waking up to Who We are

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

January 17th—January 18th

In this 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

Ashe Mahamudra Practice Session

January 18th

Pre-requisites apply - this session is only for those who have received this practice. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

The Wish Fulfilling Jewel: Developing a Dharmic Approach to Money, Wealth and Generosity

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

January 19th

Open to all. Acharya Spiegel will consider our relationship to wealth and money, as well as generosity. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

The Foundation of Buddhism: The Four Noble Truths

with Harrison Miller

January 19th

Examine the existence and nature of our dissatisfaction, where it comes from, and how we can work to free ourselves from it. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Deepening Compassion Part 1: The Four Limitless Ones

January 19th—February 16th

If you are interested in deepening your sense of compassion, both for yourself as well as for others, this course is for you. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Vajrayana Practice Day

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

January 20th

Acharya Spiegel will spend the morning in practice and conversation with Vajrayana Students. In the afternoon we will practice with Kurukulla for those who have received this practice. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Ron Wilcox

January 21st—February 15th

Introductory class - open to all Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Lojong: Training the Mind on the Path of Enlightenment

with Steven Shippee

January 22nd—February 19th

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 cultivating compassion to transforming all of our troubles into occas Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Alice Dan

January 22nd

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

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Art Part 5 - Art in Everyday Life

with Rebekah Younger & Miriam Hall

January 25th—January 26th

This class explores using the four actions, Pacifying, Enriching, Magnetizing and Destroying to work with obstacles in the creative process and life. The program will end with a Feast of the Four Actions, open to the community at large. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

The Foundation of Buddhism: The Four Noble Truths

with Harrison Miller

January 28th

Examine the existence and nature of our dissatisfaction, where it comes from, and how we can work to free ourselves from it. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sexual Harm, Trauma and Healing

February 1st

The second in a series of talks to promote understanding of sexual trauma and healing in our community. Open to all; Shambhala Educators are especially encouraged to attend. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Barbara Wolkowitz

February 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 Meditation Center of Columbus

Joy In Everyday Life (JIEL)

with Betsy Loeb, Phong Nguyen, Linda Wolf

February 3rd—March 2nd

Monday evening course: Joy in Everyday Life delves into the Shambhala teachings on cheerfulness and health. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Qigong Levels 1 + 2

with Shastri David Stone

February 8th—February 9th

In the Chinese arts of health and longevity, qigong simultaneously cultivates a peaceful body and a peaceful mind. Physical health and mental well-being are closely aligned. Begin your journey of health and well-being in Qigong Levels 1+2. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Nyinthun Practice Day - Open to All

February 9th

A Nyinthun is a full-day group meditation practice, a chance to deepen one's own practice. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Level V: Open Sky

with Patrick Dallas

February 14th—February 16th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open, clear sky of mind. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Coming to Your Senses: An Introduction to Shambhala Art

with Rebekah Younger & Paul Romejko

February 15th

Coming to Your Senses: An Introduction to Shambhala Art explores the fertile ground of connecting to our sense perceptions and meditative mind for creative expression. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Nyinthun / Daylong Meditation Retreat

with Shastri David Stone

February 16th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Ann Tyndall

February 21st—February 23rd

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Beginners are welcome to this introduction to the Shambhala path. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Day 2020

February 24th

Please join us as we celebrate Shambhala Day and begin The Year of the Iron Mouse! All are warmly welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sexual Harm, Trauma and Healing

February 29th

The third in a series of talks to promote understanding of sexual trauma and healing in our community. Open to all; Shambhala Educators are especially encouraged to attend. Continue »