For over 40 years, the Shambhala Meditation Center has offered Chicagoans the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through meditation. Our mission is to inspire an awake and compassionate society through personal and collective transformation.

We offer public meditation classes, mindfulness training workshops, and a wide range of teachings from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.


Featured Programs

Way of Shambhala: Joy in Everyday Life

with Alice Dan & Peter McLaughlin

February 2nd—March 2nd

This is the 3rd class in the Everyday Life series. All are welcome; there are no prerequisites. This class emphasizes awareness of the environment and expanding the heart. It introduces the contemplation of the Four Immeasurables for arousing and streng Continue »

Shambhala Day: Welcome the Fire Rooster

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin & Shastri David Stone

February 27th

Shambhala Day is a clan celebration focused on our members and their families, where we share our lineage practices, culture and forms together to start the new year with guidance from our Sakyong. Continue »

Young Sangha Night (ages 18-40)

February 27th

Come to our Young Sangha kick off event on Monday February 27. Ages 18-40 welcome! Doors open at 6:30, and meditation practice begins at 7pm. No meditation experience necessary; all are welcome! Continue »


with Mark Brouwer

March 1st

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 »

Basic Goodness III - What is Real?

with Shastri David Stone & Larry Wolf

March 1st—April 5th

The third course asks the question, �??What is Real?�?� and focuses on a study of the phenomenal world. It emphasizes some of the core Buddhist teachings, such as impermanence, the process of perception, the "mind," and emptiness. Continue »