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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

Conversations that Matter

June 19th—August 28th

Come to Shambhala Center on Tuesday evenings to practice, share and converse. Continue »

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

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 8th—September 5th

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

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Treasury of Meditation Instruction in Shambhala

June 19th—August 14th

This is the third of the online courses required to update/renew our skills as Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Conversations that Matter

June 19th—August 28th

Come to Shambhala Center on Tuesday evenings to practice, share and converse. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Joy in Everyday Life - BLOOMINGTON

July 3rd—July 31st

Shastri Holly Gayley guides us through teachings on awakening the heart. Through talks, guided contemplations, and discussion, we gain a bigger perspective on our lives, nourish our natural connection to others, and discover the personal energy to go forw Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Book Salon: Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself

July 7th—September 8th

Come and explore the intersection of Buddhism and psychotherapy. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Emotions: Your Path to Sanity.

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

July 11th—August 1st

Learn how meditation and the Shambhala Buddhist teachings can help you deal with emotions directly, without suppressing them or acting out, turning emotional turmoil into sanity and wisdom. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Movie Night at the Shambhala Center

July 27th

Featuring testimonies from Deepak Chopra, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Stone, Oliver Stone, and more, this documentary shows you how to embrace mindfulness in your own life. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Cancelled; will be rescheduled in Fall: Relax, Renew, Rejuvenate

with Frank Fischer

July 27th—July 29th

Please join us for a weekend of meditation, walks, reading, star gazing and relaxation with Frank Fischer. Frank structures these weekends with the intention of helping people learn to slow down and relax in a healthy way. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Way of Shambhala: Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

July 28th—August 16th

The final class of the Way of Shambhala I is Wisdom in Everyday Life, where we study the unwavering warrior whose confidence is unconditional and playful. Here the practitioner is introduced to the Vajrayana teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

July 28th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

August 4th

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

Shambhala Chicago

KonMari 101: Tidy your home. Change your life

August 4th

Chicago’s first certified KonMari Tidying Consultant Kristyn Ivey will share home organization tips. Learn to focus on what you keep (does it “spark joy?”), rather than what or how much you discard Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Thomas Adducci

August 4th

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 Minneapolis

Weekthun: A Week-Long Practice Intensive in Minneapolis

with Patrick Dallas

August 4th—August 11th

Only when you can be extremely soft and pliable can you be extremely hard and strong. (Zen proverb) Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

August 8th—August 29th

This course provides introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in daily life. These classes are perfect for beginners and those relatively new to meditation. Please note that this program is scheduled on Wednesday mornings (as opposed Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

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

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 8th—September 5th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Meditation Training Level II - Birth of a Warrior

with Dr. Rebecca McAllister

August 10th—August 12th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in the first meditation training (Level I), we want to go forward. The next level of meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Profound and Vast Buddhist Studies Series

with Gordon Burgess

August 12th

“Thus Have I Heard”: Shakyamuni Buddha and the Early Sangha Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Tender Space: A Queer Shambhala Retreat

August 16th—August 19th

We offer this weekend as an opportunity to be vulnerable and kind with each other so that we may leave the retreat better equipped to engage fearlessly in our sanghas and in the world. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

August 17th

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 Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Janet Solyntjes

August 17th—August 19th

Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Beginners are welcome to this introduction to the Shambhala path. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Level I - The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 18th

The art of being human. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Werma Group Practice Day (Online Option)

August 18th

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