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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

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 1st—March 29th

Mindful appreciation and gentleness to oneself. Foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Way of Shambhala II (Sacred Path): Drala

with Lance Brunner

March 24th—March 26th

This Sacred Path program continues to deal with bringing the principles of warriorship and the practice of mindfulness-awareness into daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

March 26th

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

Maitri Five Wisdoms Weekend

with Acharya Richard John

March 31st—April 2nd

Maitri Five Wisdoms practice is based on the buddaha families, each of which emphasizes a particular aspect of enlightened energy or wisdom. These energies also have their confused emotional and environmental aspects, which the practitioner learns how to Continue »

Learn to Meditate

April 4th

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

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Mindfulness Connections for Educators

February 21st—April 18th

Mindful Connections is an 8-week program that introduces mindfulness practices for social and emotional regulation and well-being for educators. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 1st—March 29th

Mindful appreciation and gentleness to oneself. Foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Acharya Adam Lobel

March 1st—March 29th

We can work with our anxiety so that we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the spacious nature of reality, we see life and death as they are. The meditator goes beyond hope and fear. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Fred Schwieg

March 2nd—March 30th

Way of Shambhala, class 4 Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Refuge Vow Preparatory Class

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 6th—March 27th

These classes offer an opportunity to learn what it means to take the Buddhist Refuge vow. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Bodhisattva Vow Preparatory Class

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 6th—March 27th

These classes offer an opportunity to learn what it means to take the Buddhist Boddhisattva vow. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

MEDITATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE in Bloomington

March 7th—April 11th

Meditation in Everyday Life, the first class in The Way of Shambhala series, is open to everyone and introduces students to peaceful abiding meditation while offering practical suggestions for developing a meditation practice at home. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Group of WNY Southtowns

Joy in Everyday Life 5-Week Course

with Craig Zink & Jean Marie Gunner

March 8th—April 5th

Joy in Everyday Life course teaches practical methods to develop ongoing kindness toward ourselves and others. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Who am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

March 8th—April 12th

This course asks the question “Who am I?” and focuses on the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Mind Beyond Death - a book study

with Susan Engel

March 14th—May 2nd

"With profound understanding of the Western mind and warm informality, Dzogchen Ponlop makes the mysterious Tibetan teachings on the bardos - the intervals of life, death, and beyond - completely available to the modern reader." Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

The Way of Shambhala: Meditation in Everyday Life

March 15th—April 12th

Deepen your practice and understanding of meditation with this five-week evening course that focuses on integrating meditation into day-to-day life. Continue »

Buffalo Shambhala Meditation Group

Contentment in Everyday Life Early Spring 2017

with Jenny Bruce & Steven Clookey

March 15th—April 12th - Date postponed or cancelled

The Contentment in Everyday Life course has two main areas of focus: * how meditation can help to introduce some contentment and space into our minds and our lives; learning/reviewing meditation technique * exploring how we relate with strugg Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

MEDITATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE in Indianapolis

March 16th—April 13th

Meditation in Everyday Life, the first class in The Way of Shambhala series, is open to everyone and introduces students to peaceful abiding meditation while offering practical suggestions for developing a meditation practice at home. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Ngondro Intensive

with Shastri David Stone

March 17th—March 25th

Please join Shastri David Stone and your fellow Ngondro practitioners for a week of Ngondro and teachings. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Council Meeting

March 20th—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 Chicago

Social Meditation

March 22nd

Social Meditation is a meditation program that emphasizes the context of meditation practice in order to deepen practice, increase motivation, and develop ... Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Yoga

with Mark Brouwer

March 22nd

Mark W. Brouwer’s Yoga is a historically influenced fusion of Iyengar traditions and ashtanga vinyasa alignment science. Poses are cued for safety and benefit the circulatory system. All ages and levels are welcome to join every Wednesday. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn to Love Without Hope and Fear

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

March 23rd

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Training Weekend 1: Feel Human Again

with Acharya Mitchell Levy & Larry Wolf

March 24th—March 25th

Open to all. In this 1 evening + 1 day workshop, participants are introduced to the idea of basic goodness and the practice of meditation in a supportive, social environment. The weekend includes meditation practice, talks and discussion. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Meek & Perky

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

March 24th—March 26th

“The four dignities” are introduced as a path and a process, which describe a warrior’s maturing and widening sphere of benevolent engagement in the world. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Way of Shambhala II (Sacred Path): Drala

with Lance Brunner

March 24th—March 26th

This Sacred Path program continues to deal with bringing the principles of warriorship and the practice of mindfulness-awareness into daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Madison

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

March 26th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Breathe, Open, & Transform: Cultural Humility and Enlightened Society

with Jean Marie Robbins & Gretchen Neve

March 26th

With our shared humanity as basis, we resume our on-going conversation by reflecting on who we are now and from where we each have come. Join us for body-centered contemplation, small groups and discussion of our individual and shared cultural heritage. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Ashe Society meeting (closed group)

March 26th

Prerequisites: This event is only open to graduates of Warrior Assembly and those who have permission to do this practice. Continue »