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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

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

May 28th

Open to All. The monthly Shambhala Sadhana is a time to gather as a community throughout Shambhala. Continue »

Joy in Every Day Life

with Lisa Cappelli

May 31st—June 28th

This class provides an introduction to the Buddhist concept of bodhicitta and the path of the bodhisattva. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

June 6th

An introduction to a simple meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. For beginners. Continue »

Way of Shambhala II (Sacred Path): Outrageous & Inscrutable

with Patrick Dallas

June 23rd—June 25th

No longer afraid of making mistakes, the unconventional and visionary perspective of the outrageous warrior combines with the skill of spontaneous inscrutability to create benefit for others. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

June 25th

Open to All. The monthly Shambhala Sadhana is a time to gather as a community throughout Shambhala. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Council Meeting

March 27th—September 18th

Our bimonthly Council meeting wlll be held on this night. All are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. If you would like to suggest an item for the agenda, please email it to [email protected] Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Way of Shambhala: Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Shastri David Stone

May 10th—June 7th

The final class of the Way of Shambhala 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 Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Patrick Dallas & Scott Kamilar

May 10th—June 7th

This five-week evening course looks at how contentment is often hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

CONTENTMENT IN EVERYDAY LIFE in Bloomington

with Sarah Flint

May 16th—June 13th

This course is an exploration of mindfulness meditation and meditation in action in our daily lives. We can learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness, Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Meditation, Music and Mahler

May 16th—May 26th

May 16-Music and the Mind of Meditation: the View of a Musician and Educator, with Alan Anderson. May 23-From Where I Sit: Life in the Symphony and on the Cushion" with Kirk Ferguson. May 26-Shambhala Center Night at the Milwaukee Symphony. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Establishing the Ground

May 16th—June 6th

Continuing Education for Current Shambhala Guides, MI's, and AD's Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

CONTENTMENT IN EVERYDAY LIFE in Indianapolis

May 25th—June 22nd

This course is an exploration of mindfulness meditation and meditation in action in our daily lives. We can learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness, Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Practice

May 26th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Ecstatic Dance

May 27th

Ecstatic Dance is for the celebration of self expression, connection with supportive and cooperative community, and being just how and who you are. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

May 28th

Open to All. The monthly Shambhala Sadhana is a time to gather as a community throughout Shambhala. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Ashe Society meeting (closed group)

May 28th

Prerequisites: This event is only open to graduates of Warrior Assembly and those who have permission to do this practice. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Joy in Every Day Life

with Lisa Cappelli

May 31st—June 28th

This class provides an introduction to the Buddhist concept of bodhicitta and the path of the bodhisattva. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

The Courage of Kindness (Shaker Heights)

with Ann Palomo

May 31st

Finding and generating kindness in our lives Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Golden Key

with Shastri David Stone

June 1st—June 4th

This program is based on a Shambhala text that works with our relationship to the “material world” and our sense perceptions. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Young Sangha Summer Retreat

June 2nd—June 4th

The Midwest Young Sangha welcomes meditators ages 20-40, from all backgrounds and lineages, to the Young Sangha summer get-together at Windhorse Retreat Center. The purpose of this retreat is to gather people interested in meditation, to spend time with t Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Barbara Wolkowitz

June 3rd

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 »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

The Courage of Kindness (Lakewood)

with Ann Palomo

June 4th

Finding and generating kindness in our lives Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Community Meeting

June 4th

We will be moving our center to a new location, creating a beautiful, uplifted space and increasing our financial stability! Everyone is invited to come to a community gathering on Sunday, June 4th at 4pm to learn more details and to provide input regardi Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Group of WNY Southtowns

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice

with Jean Marie Gunner

June 5th

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Learn to Meditate

June 6th

An introduction to a simple meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. For beginners. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook & Social Transformation

with Acharya Fleet Maull

June 8th

Join renowned social activist and Dharma teacher Acharya Fleet Maull for an evening of exploration and dialogue addressing how we can meet our toughest challenges. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Shambhala Sadhana

June 9th

All are welcome: A monthly community practice of the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »