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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

Basic Goodness II: How Can I Help?

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

January 10th—February 14th

This second course in the Basic Goodness Series explores our relationship with others, our aspirations to help our world and specific aspects of social transformation. The course focuses on four aspects of society: relations with family, our professional Continue »

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Bob Gillespie

January 16th—February 13th

Shastri Mark Blumenfeld and Bob Gillespie lead this class on working with fear and cultivating a fearless approach to life. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III - Warrior in the World

with Lisa Cappelli & Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

January 19th—January 21st - Date postponed or cancelled

In this weekend retreat, we learn techniques to help us develop the fearlessness needed to experience our life without relying on the cocoon of past habits. Beginning to engage the world directly, we extend this attitude to all of our actions. Continue »

Ziji Young Meditators

January 19th

A meditation and discussion group for people in their 20s and 30s. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Cincinnati Meditation

November 14th—February 27th

Live in the Cincinnati area? Come practice with the Cincinnati group. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Free Yoga for Every Body and Level!

December 23rd—February 3rd

Sangha member Stephanie Romero is finishing her teaching hours for a 200 hour Yoga Teaching Certification. Come and enjoy FREE YOGA at our center on 3 Saturdays. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy in Everyday Life

January 9th—February 6th

We need more than mindfulness and relaxation to go forward. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion, we begin to discover the joy of discipline, health and bravery. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Basic Goodness II: How Can I Help?

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

January 10th—February 14th

This second course in the Basic Goodness Series explores our relationship with others, our aspirations to help our world and specific aspects of social transformation. The course focuses on four aspects of society: relations with family, our professional Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Patrick Dallas

January 10th—February 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 »

Shambhala Chicago

Illuminating Basic Goodness II: Transforming Self and Society

with Shastri David Stone

January 13th—January 31st

How can we bring wakefulness into every part of our lives? How can we draw out the goodness of others? This course explores the Shambhala teachings on working with the various domains of our life—family, work, entertainment, and wealth. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Werma practice

January 14th—December 16th

For Werma practitioners only Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Bob Gillespie

January 16th—February 13th

Shastri Mark Blumenfeld and Bob Gillespie lead this class on working with fear and cultivating a fearless approach to life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Aging in Enlightened Society - Session One - The Landscape of Aging

January 16th—February 13th

These salons encourage discussions about aging to help participants open up to their own wisdom and find their own views of aging, dying, and death. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

January 18th

New Moon Sadhana of Mahamudra Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation & Society: Healing, Letting Go, Inviting

with Acharya Adam Lobel

January 18th

Join us for a Dharma talk by Acharya Adam Lobel. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Birth of the Warrior (Shambhala Training Level II)

with Shastri Janice Glowski

January 19th—January 21st

Weekend Retreat: Having experienced meditation practice and our own inherent goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Shambhala Training Level III - Warrior in the World

with Lisa Cappelli & Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

January 19th—January 21st - Date postponed or cancelled

In this weekend retreat, we learn techniques to help us develop the fearlessness needed to experience our life without relying on the cocoon of past habits. Beginning to engage the world directly, we extend this attitude to all of our actions. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Janet Solyntjes

January 19th—January 21st

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

Ziji Young Meditators

January 19th

A meditation and discussion group for people in their 20s and 30s. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Daoist Qigong Level 3

with Shastri David Stone

January 20th—January 21st

Open to current students of Daoist Qigong who have completed Level 2. Continue »

Akron-Canton Shambhala

Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

January 20th—January 21st

Practice sitting and walking meditation and learn the basic principles of the Shambhala path. Rediscover the basic goodness present in all of our experience. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Werma Group Practice Day (Online Option)

January 20th

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

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

Basic Concepts of Buddhism

with Shastri Debbie McCubbin

January 20th

Learn about basic concepts of Buddhism in plain English: The Four Noble Truths, Emptiness, Karma and others. What do they actually mean, and how do they relate to our everyday aspirations to be present and open our hearts? Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Jude Robison

January 21st

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 Meditation Center of Columbus

Community Meeting

January 21st

Our community strength and big heart are fueled by each member. All interested are warmly invited to attend. On these Sundays, open sitting occurs from 10-11am, promptly followed by our community meeting from 11am-12:30 pm. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Essential Heart of Kasungship 1

January 21st—May 20th

An introductory course to the profound teachings and practice of the Dorje Kasung, open to all. Continue »