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 »

Meditation in Everyday Life - Online Wednesday night classes and optional in-person Sunday morning practice sessions

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Margaret Turnbull

September 29th—October 27th

Learn how to meditate or deepen the meditation practice that you already have. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Madison

Sadhana of Mahamudra - ONLINE

with Lora Wiggins

January 30th—February 26th (2022)

Please join us for this online practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra. The text will be displayed on screen during practice. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

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 »

Shambhala Chicago

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Discussions on Death & Dying

with Prof Sue Stephens

September 15th—October 20th

Explore a Buddhist view of death and dying and how we can work with that in our life and preparation for death and dying. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training, Level 3: Warrior in the World

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

September 17th—September 19th

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Ikebana Sogetsu

September 18th—October 9th

The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement - Ikebana Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

GRAND REOPENING: A Taste of Awakening!

September 18th—September 19th

You're Invited! Join us for our Grand Reopening Celebration on the weekend of September 18 and 19! Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

September 19th—October 24th

Weekly group meditation (sitting and walking) with guided instruction, Dharma reading and discussion. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Heart of Recovery®

September 19th—October 24th

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 »

Shambhala Chicago

Queer Dharma

September 19th—October 24th

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 »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

September 20th—December 19th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

September 21st—October 26th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Open House Tuesdays: Of Course You're Stressed

with Alan Anderson

September 21st

Of course you're stressed: Living in the WTF world. Why are we surprised at the stream of upset and chaos that arises in our lives? Has the world gone crazy? Are we unprepared, over-reacting...or did we just get confused when the Universe refused to co Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate (HYBRID)

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Peter McLaughlin

September 25th

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 »

Shambhala Chicago

Be, Awake, Create: An Introduction to Shambhala Art

with Rebekah Younger

September 27th

Enhance your awareness using the creative process and meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Meditation in Everyday Life - Online Wednesday night classes and optional in-person Sunday morning practice sessions

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Margaret Turnbull

September 29th—October 27th

Learn how to meditate or deepen the meditation practice that you already have. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shinrin-Yoku - Forest Bathing Walk

with Alison Paul

October 2nd

Join us for a short Forest Bathing walk at nearby Burnham Wildlife Corridor. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

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

with Dr. Tobias Kaemmerer

October 5th

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 »

Shambhala Chicago

Stroke of Ashe Group Practice

with Shastri David Stone

October 6th—November 4th

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

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

The Shambhala Dignities: Meek and Perky (Online)

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin & Fred Schwieg

October 8th—October 10th

Explore the sacred qualities, Meek and Perky, of the awakened warrior... Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Coming to Your Senses - One-Day Workshop in Mindful Creativity

with Rebekah Younger

October 9th

Coming to Our Senses explores the fertile ground of connecting to our sense perceptions and meditative mind for creative expression. In person only. Continue »