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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 online 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.  The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81673358590  Learn more.

Upcoming Madison Programs

Sadhana of Mahamudra - ONLINE

with Dr. Lora Wiggins

June 6th—August 29th

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

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Chicago

What the Buddha Taught Study Group ONLINE (Alternate Sundays)

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 22nd—December 27th

This study group will read, study, and contemplate the 52 slogans that are part of the Mahayana teachings of Lojong, or Training the Mind. By training the mind, we mean that we reflect on our thoughts and behavior as a means of reversing our habitual tend Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

The Power of an Open Question (ONLINE RECORDING)

with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

April 22nd—September 22nd

When we ask an open question, the mind becomes naturally curious and engaged, creating a fertile environment for learning, creativity, and clear discernment. In this chaotic time, can we stay open? Video Recording of retreat with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

The Wisdom of Aging- Online Discussion Group

April 23rd—September 24th

The Wisdom of Aging- Online Discussion Group Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

COURSE 2 of Foundations for Freedom-The Hinayana. The Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Suffering. Part I – The Five Skandhas. (in Zoom)

June 30th—August 11th

COURSE 2 of Foundations for Freedom-The Hinayana. The Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Suffering. Part I – The Five Skandhas. This Shambhala Online class will be offered in Zoom for 7 consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7-9 pm, starting on June 30. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

July 5th—August 30th

Sitting Meditation Practice will begin with a brief opening chant, a short guided introduction to meditation, and 2 sessions with a break for movement. Discussion follows, questions welcome. Please register to receive the zoom link for participation. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Heart of Recovery - online

July 28th—September 29th

This weekly meditation and discussion group brings together Buddhist meditation practices with our individual paths of recovery from compulsive and addictive behaviors. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Hinayana:The Second Noble Truth *via Zoom*

with Ann Tyndall

July 28th—September 8th

Via Zoom. An exploration of the Hinayana Buddhist teachings through the lens of Shambhala teachings. 7 week class will meet Tuesdays 7-9 starting July 28. Generosity policy applies. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Settling into the work: Examining whiteness from an embodied place

with K. T. Tierney

August 15th

In this afternoon session we will begin to settle into what it means to do racial justice work as white people and meditators. We will describe and explore some key concepts, have time for stillness, do contemplative practice, and have discussion. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

August 16th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Performative Arts: Meditation in Acting

August 23rd

In this workshop, taught by Uchè Elueze, we'll explore meditation in action.Through acting exercises and organic dialogue, this workshop will focus on the body and the use of physical language to tell a story on stage. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Chicago Shambhala Sangha Gathering (online)

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 28th

Chicago Shambhala Center: Gathering Old and New Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human (Online)

with Shastri David Stone & Margaret James

August 29th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate ONLINE

September 5th

Ideal for beginners as well as students who want to work on stabilizing their meditation, this program gives you the essential techniques and reasons for meditation practice in everyday life. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

The Art of Politics with Jon Barbieri

September 5th

Join us for a discussion on how the Buddhist and Shambhala Path can be the basis for our engaging in the Art of Politics as we head towards the 2020 Presidential election-where it is time to simply and energetically, show up. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Great Eastern Sun : Part 1 in Sacred Path Series

with Shastri David Stone & Fred Schwieg

September 11th—September 13th

The first of the Sacred Path series of retreats Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Viki Adducci & Connie Brock

September 12th—September 13th

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

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Harvest of Peace Potluck

September 19th

A potluck gathering to celebrate our bounty. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Small Group Sunday Sitting at the Center

September 20th

"You are sitting on the earth and you realize that this earth deserves you and you deserve this earth. You are there - fully, personally, genuinely." - Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Development of Peace -- Basic Teachings of the Buddha - online

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi & Winnie Edgerton

September 21st—October 12th

The Buddha first taught the path of individual liberation. In the Four Noble Truths he taught the truth of suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the path to contentment and freedom. He taught the meditation practice of mindful Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

“The Art of Being Human” - Level I Meditation Training

with Lance Brunner

October 2nd—October 4th - Date postponed or cancelled

This path is open to anyone seeking to develop gentleness and strength through meditation. Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

A Special Introduction to Shambhala w/ Shastri Janet Bronstein

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

October 3rd

An Introduction to the Shambhala Global Community and Practices Continue »