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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

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga - Class Series

with Clare Norelle

April 1st—April 29th

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

Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

April 24th—May 14th

This is the second class in the Introduction to the Mahayana Series Continue »

Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography Level I

with Miriam Hall

April 27th—April 28th

Madison Shambhala invites you to this warm program in which you can use any device with a camera, so long as its digital, to perceive, photograph, and share in a community setting. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Nyinthun - Practice Day

May 19th

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

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice

February 18th—December 12th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part I: The Four Limitless Ones

February 24th—April 28th

A Year of Deepening in Compassion: A four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Tai Chi Class

with M. Jared Blakesmith

March 18th—April 22nd

Join us in learning an practicing Tai Chi!!! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Meditation in Everyday Life (MIEL)

with Linda Wolf & Phong Nguyen

March 25th—April 29th - Date postponed or cancelled

This introductory course teaches mindfulness meditation and shows us how this practice can improve our daily lives in the most practical sense. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga - Class Series

with Clare Norelle

April 1st—April 29th

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

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

April 15th—May 20th

This six-session recorded course explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may be. Is society som Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Roadmap to Awakenment

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

April 16th—May 15th

Do you experience confusion regarding how your life and practice fit into the big picture of the Buddhist path? Join us in Roadmap to Awakenment, the first in a series of Buddhist classes where we will dig into the details of the three vehicles while mai Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Aging in Enlightened Society: Session 4—Aging for Beginners

April 16th—May 28th

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 Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Meditation and Performance: A Collaboration with Next Act Theater.

April 17th—April 27th

Please join Center member and MSO musician Kirk Ferguson for a conversation and Q&A session with Next Act Theater Director David Cecsarini. Program package includes a ticket to the April 27 afternoon performance of How to Write a New Book for the Bible at Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Joy in Everyday Life

with Susan Engel

April 23rd—May 21st

In this course, we explore the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion toward others, and through these, we begin to discover the joy of discipline, health and bravery. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

April 24th—May 14th

This is the second class in the Introduction to the Mahayana Series Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Movie Night: Happy

April 26th

HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories and powerful interviews with leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets beh Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Art Part 3 - The Creative Process

with Rebekah Younger & Paul Romejko

April 27th—April 28th

Shambhala Art Part Three explores the creative process through the lens of the ancient Chinese principles of Heaven, Earth and Human, using calligraphy and object arranging. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography Level I

with Miriam Hall

April 27th—April 28th

Madison Shambhala invites you to this warm program in which you can use any device with a camera, so long as its digital, to perceive, photograph, and share in a community setting. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Book Talk: Gesar of Ling: A Bardic Tale

with Dr. David Shapiro & Dr. Jane Hawes

April 29th

Drs. David Shapiro and Jane Hawes began a study group in their living room 40 years ago, which today is the Milwaukee Shambhala Center. Join us in welcoming them as they return to introduce their new collaboration: Gesar of Ling: A Bardic Tale. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

May 4th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part II: The Joyful Snow Lion and The Paramitas

May 5th—July 14th

A Year of Deepening in Compassion: A four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Deepening Compassion Part Two: the Paramitas

May 5th—July 14th

Register on our calendar page for this event to join in with the group continuing studies in compassion and mindfulness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Queer Dharma

May 7th

Centered on LGBTQIA+ persons and the queer community, Queer Dharma is a monthly open discussion of mindfulness practice and Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Four Stages of Investigating Whiteness & Racism

with Gabe Dayley & Jonathan Kirkendall

May 10th—May 12th

Explore our own social conditioning and cultivate tools to support confronting systemic racism and oppression in our society. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Birth of the Warrior (Shambhala Training Level II)

with James Drescher & Shastri Janice Glowski

May 10th—May 12th

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 Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Cultivating Embodied Living

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

May 11th

Wisdom traditions of guided exercises, contemplations, movement, trauma-informed neuroscience and Shambhala Buddhist teachings will support our journey toward experiencing the body-mind as whole rather than separate. By exploring the natural intelligence Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Greener Home-Made Cleaners Workshop

with Dani Wrobel

May 11th

Join the Shambhala Green Team at our "Greener Home-Made Cleaners" workshop to learn how to clean your home more safely using non-toxic, home-made cleaning products. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Radical Responsibility by Fleet Maul

May 11th

Radical Responsibility - the May online book club choice of Shambhala Online Continue »