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.

Heart of Recovery

In-person Heart of Recovery meetings are resuming at the Shambhala Center of Madison every Sunday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm.  Learn more.

Weekly Open House

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NOTE:  Our weekly open house gatherings are on summer hiatus.  They will resume in September, in person.

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

Sunday Sitting - Summer Series

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

July 11th—September 26th

Please join us for meditation and dharma talk. All are welcome! We will follow Dane County Health guidelines - masks are voluntary for those who are fully vaccinated, and are required for those who are not. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

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Shambhala Sadhana practice

with Leslie Shippee

February 3rd—December 1st

Join us for the chanting and contemplation of The Shambhala Sadhana, one of the central practices of the Shambhala community.  It is focused upon the teachings of basic goodness, or indestructible sanity, of oneself, other, and human society Continue »

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Open House Tuesdays: Dharma Art

with Kirk Ferguson

June 22nd—August 24th

Dharma Art series on the 4th Tuesdays. Please join us for this series on Dharma Art as part of our Tuesday Open House program. Each session we will practice shamatha meditation, watch a talk by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and have a discussion. Continue »

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Sunday Sitting - Summer Series

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

July 11th—September 26th

Please join us for meditation and dharma talk. All are welcome! We will follow Dane County Health guidelines - masks are voluntary for those who are fully vaccinated, and are required for those who are not. Continue »

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Heart of Recovery®

August 1st—September 5th

The Heart of Recovery® is a group meeting at the Shambhala Center focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to sobriety. Continue »

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Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

August 3rd—September 7th

Looking for a virtual meditation group where you can drop in when you like or attend regularly and get to know other meditators? Instruction in meditation and mindfulness skills. Continue »

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Day of Mindfulness

August 7th

Please join us for Day of Mindfulness at the Shambhala Chicago Meditation Center. Yes, we will be open at the Center! Continue »

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Stroke of Ashe Group Practice

with Shastri David Stone

August 8th

A gathering of warriors who have received stroke practice transmission--will include guided practice and commentary. Please register to receive zoom link. Continue »

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Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

August 8th—September 12th

Weekly group meditation session with guided instruction and discussions and breaks for movement Continue »

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Community Meeting: Shambhala Chicago Business Plan 2021

August 8th

We are delighted to present the Shambhala Chicago Business Plan 2021! Join us at the Center for an open Community Review session. All are invited. Continue »

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Queer Dharma

August 8th—September 12th

Queer Dharma is a weekly meditation group where LGBTQIA+ people can form a non-judgmental community while deepening our meditation practices based on openness, curiosity, and gentleness. Continue »

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Open House Tuesday: The Blessing in the Bummer--How Disappointment Can Help Wake Us Up

with Dr. Tobias Kaemmerer

August 10th

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche once described disappointment as “the chariot to enlightenment” – high praise for a generally unwanted, frequently avoided feeling! Let’s examine this provocative statement through the lens of core Buddhist teachings and explore Continue »

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Open House Tuesday: Magic and Your Six Monkeys

with Alan Anderson

August 17th

From meditation’s understanding of our minds, we get the analogy of the six monkeys — six ways that the mind perceives. It’s fun, though formulaic. Beyond that and deep inside that is magic of our world. It’s worth getting into. Continue »

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Intro to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

August 21st

Please join us for this free info session, Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Continue »

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Learn to Meditate (IN PERSON)

with Alice Dan & Stephen Burns

August 21st

Have you been trying to start a meditation practice on your own or with an app? This program helps beginners overcome common obstacles and establish a consistent practice. Continue »

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Nyinthun

with Wanda Davies

August 22nd

Join us for a day of sitting and walking meditation. Continue »

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Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

August 22nd

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

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

August 25th—October 13th

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program is an 8-week course designed to help participants improve the quality of their lives as they work with various types of stress. Continue »

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Community Conversation: Belonging in Shambhala Chicago

with Jude Robison & Frederick Meyer

August 27th

An open space for experiencing and sharing our own connections and disconnections within Shambhala Chicago, led by two members of the Process Team. Continue »

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Why I Bother to Meditate

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

August 29th

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Open House Tuesday: What is Meditation?

August 31st

Join an experienced meditator for instruction and discussion of the profound and simple practice of meditation. Continue »

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Introduction to Meditation

with Steven Anderson

September 11th

Introductory course, open to all. Continue »