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

Joy In Everyday Life

with Bob Gillespie

January 9th—February 6th

Join us as we explore what it means to be joyful, how we can work to achieve it, and how it can enrich our practice and our lives. Continue »

Brush Calligraphy: The Way of the Brush

with Susan O'Leary

January 26th

In this day-long workshop, we will follow the traditional way of learning brush calligraphy: copying the work of masters. Continue »

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga - Class Series

with Clare Norelle

January 28th—February 25th

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a gentle, respectful approach to healing from trauma. Continue »

Community Supper

February 15th

Come meet other community members, relax, enjoy good food and conversation. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice

March 31st—December 12th

These Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practices are open to our entire sangha community, Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Patrick Dallas & Steven Anderson

January 8th—February 12th

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 Center of Madison

Joy In Everyday Life

with Bob Gillespie

January 9th—February 6th

Join us as we explore what it means to be joyful, how we can work to achieve it, and how it can enrich our practice and our lives. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

What The Buddha Taught ... and how it applies today

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin & Shastri David Stone

January 19th—January 20th

How has Buddhism remained a living tradition passed from teacher to student, from one culture to another, over the past 2500 years? How does Shambhala Buddhism provide a path of personal transformation that speaks to the concerns and conflicts of our time Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Melissa Van & Barbara Cromer

January 19th—January 20th

Fearlessness in Everyday Life: The fourth course in the Way ofShambhala series. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

January 20th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Buddhist Studies

with Shastri Janice Glowski & Prof Matthew Kahle

January 21st—February 25th

This second course will cover classic topics of Buddhist history and philosophy. We will mix the study of these topics with meditative and contemplative practices. We will discuss each week, in circle, how this living Dharma can be relevant to our daily Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

"Contentment In Everyday Life" - A weekday class!

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

January 23rd—February 20th

This is the second of the four sequential courses in the Way of Shambhala. It is an experiential training in contentment as well as an exploration of the obstacles or challenges to experiencing simplicity, gentleness, and mindfulness in everyday life. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Jeff Glatstein

January 23rd—February 20th

Learn about peaceful abiding meditation, basic goodness, and how meditation practice can improve the quality of our daily life. By deepening our experience and understanding of ourselves through meditation, we can more fully become who we are. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

January 25th

Looking to connect with other meditators? Join us for New Meditators Group on Friday evening. We will explore issues related to meditation practice, especially for people of all ages who are newer to meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Sacred Path: Drala

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

January 25th—January 27th

Through exploring the depth of perception, one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Blessie Hornilla & Larry Wolf

January 25th—January 26th

In this workshop, students are introduced to the idea of basic goodness and the practice of meditation in a supportive, social environment. The weekend includes meditation practice, discussion, and individual meetings with meditation instructors. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Brush Calligraphy: The Way of the Brush

with Susan O'Leary

January 26th

In this day-long workshop, we will follow the traditional way of learning brush calligraphy: copying the work of masters. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Green Team Field Trip to

January 26th

Join us for a field trip to The Plant - a collaborative community of food businesses in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood that works to cultivate local circular economies. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Art Part 1: Coming to Your Senses

with Rebekah Younger & Paul Romejko

January 27th

Shambhala Art Part 1: Coming to Your Senses explores the fertile ground of connecting to our sense perceptions and meditative mind for creative expression. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga - Class Series

with Clare Norelle

January 28th—February 25th

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a gentle, respectful approach to healing from trauma. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

February 2nd

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

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Bodhisattva Vow Class

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

February 3rd

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Day 2019

February 5th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Path of Mindful Parenting and Family Life

with Rob Ley, Shastri Marita McLaughlin, Donna Mandel, Jill Spielfogel

February 10th—March 10th

This new series offers programming for parents that is separate from children’s mindfulness classes. Children’s classes are also included. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Aging in Enlightened Society: Session 4—Aging for Beginners

February 12th—March 26th

Aging doesn't begin at 65 years old, but is based on our perspective. What makes getting older so potentially difficult? How can we see old age as a new stage in life, a stage of renewal? Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Community Supper

February 15th

Come meet other community members, relax, enjoy good food and conversation. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Seven Day Urban Retreat - Shambhala Weekthun

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

February 15th—February 22nd

Seven Day Urban Retreat - Shambhala Weekthun. Please join us for all seven days or just one hour! Email us if you need housing in Madison. Continue »