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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

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

July 30th

Open to All. The monthly Shambhala Sadhana is a time to gather as a community throughout Shambhala. Continue »

Nalanda Miksang Level I-II Intensive: The Inner Heart of Photography

with Miriam Hall & John McQuade

July 31st—August 4th

Join us for this second annual intensive, which will cover Levels I-II over the course of five days. The intensive is an opportunity to either take both of these levels for the first time, or cover them again together as a group. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

August 1st

An introduction to a simple meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. For beginners. Continue »

Way of Shambhala II (Sacred Path): Golden Key

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

August 4th—August 6th

This program is based on a Shambhala text that works with our relationship to the material world and our sense perceptions. Continue »

Nalanda Miksang Photography Teacher Training for Level I

with John McQuade & Miriam Hall

August 5th—August 6th

Teacher training authorizing participants to become Level I Nalanda Miksang Photography instructors. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Council Meeting

March 27th—September 18th

Our bimonthly Council meeting wlll be held on this night. All are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. If you would like to suggest an item for the agenda, please email it to [email protected] Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

June 24th—August 21st

New Moon Sadhana of Mahamudra Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Joy in Everyday Life

July 11th—August 8th

Explore genuine, joyful energy in this five week course. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Awakened One: A Life of the Buddha - A Book Study

with Paul Libersher

July 12th—September 13th - Date postponed or cancelled

The story of the founder of Buddhism is one of the world's great tales of spiritual awakening. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

JOY IN EVERYDAY LIFE in Bloomington

with Acharya Holly Gayley

July 18th—August 15th

As our meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. This leads to a sense of joy and bravery. The teachings on compassion become the inspiration Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Emptiness

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

July 19th—August 16th

This course is the study and practice of the fanmous Heart Sutra. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Painting the main shrine room

July 21st—July 24th

We are painting the main shrine room 7/21 - 7/24. Practice events and classes will be held in the downstairs shrine room. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Learn to Meditate

with Alan Anderson

July 22nd

This class is ideal for beginners and is taught by an instructor with 30 plus years of experience. All necessary materials are provided. Dress in comfortable clothing is recommended. A tea break will be provided. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Mudra Space Awareness - Group Practice

July 22nd

Open to those who have taken a Mudra Space Awareness weekend program Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Mindful Hike

July 23rd

Join us for a two-hour walk in a quiet urban oasis. Mindful hiking opens the senses to the full experience of the beauty of the outdoors. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Practice

with Alice Dan

July 23rd

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

Shambhala Chicago

Basic Goodness: Who Am I?

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

July 27th—August 24th

This is the first of the 3 courses in the Basic Goodness Series. All are welcomed. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Wisdom In Every Day Life

with Fred Schwieg & Dr. Marianne Reeves

July 27th—August 24th

Wisdom In Everyday Life with Fred Schwieg and Marianne Reeves Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

July 30th

Open to All. The monthly Shambhala Sadhana is a time to gather as a community throughout Shambhala. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Skillful Means and Wisdom - City Weekthun

July 31st—August 6th

You are invited to deepen your meditation practice by participating in our Skillful Means and Wisdom City Weekthun July 31-August 6. This full week of meditation, study and reflection offers an opportunity to connect more fully with your meditation pra Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Nalanda Miksang Level I-II Intensive: The Inner Heart of Photography

with Miriam Hall & John McQuade

July 31st—August 4th

Join us for this second annual intensive, which will cover Levels I-II over the course of five days. The intensive is an opportunity to either take both of these levels for the first time, or cover them again together as a group. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Learn to Meditate

August 1st

An introduction to a simple meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. For beginners. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Award Ceremony, Introduction to Kasungship, and Squad Meeting

with Fred Schwieg

August 2nd

Kasung Squad Meeting and Introduction for those interested in learning more about Kasung Practice Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Way of Shambhala II (Sacred Path): Golden Key

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

August 4th—August 6th

This program is based on a Shambhala text that works with our relationship to the material world and our sense perceptions. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level One

with Mary Sehlinger & Joseph Fiala

August 5th—August 6th

This weekend program is the introductory workshop in the Shambhala Training series. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

August 5th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Meditate

with Barbara Wolkowitz

August 5th

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

Nalanda Miksang Photography Teacher Training for Level I

with John McQuade & Miriam Hall

August 5th—August 6th

Teacher training authorizing participants to become Level I Nalanda Miksang Photography instructors. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

August 6th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Shambhala Sadhana

August 7th

All are welcome: A monthly community practice of the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »