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.

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 Day Community Practice and Potluck

March 1st

The metal mouse year is known for auspicious new beginnings. Please join the community in practice, food and good conversation in welcoming the new year. Continue »

Nyinthun Practice Day - Open to All

March 8th

A Nyinthun is a full-day group meditation practice, a chance to deepen one's own practice. Continue »

Tales of the Great Masters

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 10th—April 7th

Stories from the buddhist wisdom tradition and how they apply to our meditation practice and daily life. Continue »

Four Day Practice Intensive

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 28th—March 31st

Four days of group practice and talks on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

January 4th—December 5th

Free introductory course, open to all. Offered the first Saturday of every month. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sexual Harm, Trauma and the Healing Journey

January 11th—February 29th

A series of talks to promote understanding of sexual trauma and healing in our community. Open to all; Shambhala Educators are especially encouraged to attend. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Deepening Compassion Part 1: The Four Limitless Ones

January 19th—February 16th

If you are interested in deepening your sense of compassion, both for yourself as well as for others, this course is for you. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Lojong: Training the Mind on the Path of Enlightenment

with Steven Shippee

January 22nd—February 19th

The teachings on Lojong ("mind training") are pith instructions that contain all the essential points of Buddhist practice -- from working with karma to experiencing emptiness, and from cultivating compassion to transforming all of our troubles into occas Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Joy In Everyday Life (JIEL)

with Betsy Loeb, Phong Nguyen, Linda Wolf

February 3rd—March 2nd

Monday evening course: Joy in Everyday Life delves into the Shambhala teachings on cheerfulness and health. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Mamo Chants

February 13th—February 21st

Join us during this traditional chanting practice to pacify and clear obstacles. This practice connects us with our own mindfulness and awareness which is invoked through the protector principle. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Level V: Open Sky

with Patrick Dallas

February 14th—February 16th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open, clear sky of mind. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Nyinthun / Daylong Meditation Retreat

with Shastri David Stone

February 16th

All are welcome to join this day of meditation practice; morning, afternoon, and evening sessions; partial attendance is fine. Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Buddhist Study Group

February 16th

~ The Mahayana ~ Maha means “great”, or powerful, and Yana means “vehicle" "The Great Vehicle" Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Ann Tyndall

February 21st—February 23rd - Date postponed or cancelled

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Beginners are welcome to this introduction to the Shambhala path. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Day 2020

February 24th

Please join us as we celebrate Shambhala Day and begin The Year of the Iron Mouse! All are warmly welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

The Path Of Shambhala I: Being Human: It's Basically Good!

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

February 29th

Special low price of just $20! This one-day intensive introduces the view that, at our core, we are fundamentally awake and good. By training in meditation, we learn to remember our natural wakefulness and relax into the freshness of the moment. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sexual Harm, Trauma and Healing

February 29th

The third in a series of talks to promote understanding of sexual trauma and healing in our community. Open to all; Shambhala Educators are especially encouraged to attend. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Day -- Year of the Iron Mouse

February 29th

Community potluck and celebration of the lunar new year. 2020 is the year of the Iron Mouse. Details on event location will be announce soon. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Concert: Music for Violin and Cello

February 29th

An evening of music for violin and cello with Ella Chang and Yoonie Choi, with pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Handel, and others... Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Day: Year of the Iron Mouse

March 1st

Shambhala Day is our annual celebration of the traditional Tibetan New Year. Shambhala Day is a time for us to express the wealth and richness or our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, and elegance. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Day 2020 Recorded Address

March 1st

The recorded worldwide Shambhala roll call and broadcast from Shambhala Day (February 24, 2020) will be replayed during the discussion period this Sunday. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Alice Dan

March 7th

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 »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Nyinthun Practice Day - Open to All

March 8th

A Nyinthun is a full-day group meditation practice, a chance to deepen one's own practice. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Tales of the Great Masters

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 10th—April 7th

Stories from the buddhist wisdom tradition and how they apply to our meditation practice and daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Performative Arts: Meditation in Acting

March 14th

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 »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

The Art of Being Human- Level 1

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

March 15th

The Art of Being Human Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

When Bad Lands: How Not to Numb Out, Freak Out, or Bottom Out—Buddhist Style

with Alan Anderson

March 15th

In this half-day program, Alan Anderson will guide us in rewiring our approach to meditation practice in order to develop the strength and creativity we need to become fearless, self-aware individuals who embrace the hard joy of overcoming self-delusion. Continue »