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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.

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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 online 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.  The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81673358590  Learn more.

Upcoming Madison Programs

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Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Chicago

What the Buddha Taught Study Group ONLINE (Alternate Sundays)

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 22nd—December 27th

This study group will read, study, and contemplate the 52 slogans that are part of the Mahayana teachings of Lojong, or Training the Mind. By training the mind, we mean that we reflect on our thoughts and behavior as a means of reversing our habitual tend Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

The Power of an Open Question (ONLINE RECORDING)

with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

April 22nd—September 22nd

When we ask an open question, the mind becomes naturally curious and engaged, creating a fertile environment for learning, creativity, and clear discernment. In this chaotic time, can we stay open? Video Recording of retreat with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

The Wisdom of Aging- Online Discussion Group

April 23rd—July 30th

The Wisdom of Aging- Online Discussion Group Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Meditation in Everyday Life via Zoom

with Scott Kamilar & Steven Anderson

June 16th—July 14th

Introductory course to meditation. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

White Tara - A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

with Acharya Judith Simmer-brown

June 29th—July 27th

This five-week recorded course introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Emanated from the tears of the compassionate Avalokiteshvara, peaceful White Tara is said to witness t Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

COURSE 2 of Foundations for Freedom-The Hinayana. The Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Suffering. Part I – The Five Skandhas. (in Zoom)

June 30th—August 11th

COURSE 2 of Foundations for Freedom-The Hinayana. The Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Suffering. Part I – The Five Skandhas. This Shambhala Online class will be offered in Zoom for 7 consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7-9 pm, starting on June 30. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

July 5th—August 30th

Sitting Meditation Practice will begin with a brief opening chant, a short guided introduction to meditation, and 2 sessions with a break for movement. Discussion follows, questions welcome. Please register to receive the zoom link for participation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

ONLINE: Be, Awake, Create: Mindfulness Practices to Spark Creativity Part 2

with Betsy Loeb

July 7th—August 4th

We will explore our unique reflections of our outer and inner worlds using the book Be, Awake, Create: Mindfulness Practices to Spark Creativity by Rebekah Younger, MFA. Open to all with or without a background in the arts or meditation experiences. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

July 15th—September 2nd

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is an eight-week course designed to teach participants how to improve the quality of their lives as they work with various types of stress. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Exploring Racism from the Inside Out

July 15th—August 5th

A Shambhala book and study circle Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Pandemic Practices

July 17th—August 28th

A chanting practice to dispel the obstacles of our time Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

July 19th

All are welcome to this new moon Vajrayana practice. Please join us! Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Development of Peace -- Basic Teachings of the Buddha

with Winnie Edgerton & Sarah Flint

July 20th—August 10th - Date postponed or cancelled

The Buddha first taught the path of individual liberation. In the Four Noble Truths he taught the truth of suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the path to contentment and freedom. He taught the meditation practice of mindful Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

The Art of Being Human - Level I Meditation Training

with Shastri Janice Glowski & Jim Drescher

July 25th—July 26th

This online retreat will introduce and deepen instruction on basic mindfulness meditation practice, and help new and experienced meditators alike integrate practice into their daily lives. We will not stay online for the entire time, but the program will Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Hinayana:The Second Noble Truth *via Zoom*

with Ann Tyndall

July 28th—September 8th

Via Zoom. An exploration of the Hinayana Buddhist teachings through the lens of Shambhala teachings. 7 week class will meet Tuesdays 7-9 starting July 28. Generosity policy applies. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate ONLINE

with Alice Dan

August 1st

Ideal for beginners as well as students who want to work on stabilizing their meditation, this program gives you the essential techniques and reasons for meditation practice in everyday life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Contentment in Everyday Life Via Zoom

with Steven Anderson & Steven Anderson

August 5th—September 2nd

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

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Online)

with Barbara Wolkowitz

August 8th

The Buddhist teachings offer detailed, practical guidance to understanding our own minds and our experience of the world. With a clearer understanding, we are able to live in the world with more discernment and compassion. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training

with Shastri Janet Solyntjes & Jeffrey Scott

August 14th—August 20th - Date postponed or cancelled

An opportunity to deepen your understanding of the Way of Shambhala Path and train in working with students on that path. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Great Eastern Sun : Part 1 in Sacred Path Series

with Shastri Trinley Busby & Fred Schwieg

August 28th—August 30th

The first of the Sacred Path series of retreats Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Ann Tyndall & Connie Brock

September 12th—September 13th

Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Beginners are welcome. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Harvest of Peace Potluck

September 19th

A potluck gathering to celebrate our bounty. Continue »