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

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

with Jean Marie Robbins & Gretchen Neve

January 22nd - Date postponed or cancelled

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 »

Ambient Pema

January 22nd

Conceptual Artist Jason Brammer will creating an atmospheric soundscape with the use of the synthesizer and vocal arrangements to accompany the spoken word teachings of Pema Chodron. Continue »

Social Meditation: A Contemplative Exploration of Society and Community

with Ben Durchslag

January 25th

Social Meditation provides a vivid, experiential answer to the question "Why meditate?" This is what it means to "bring meditation into daily life." Integrating meditation with conversation about important topics in our lives, Continue »

Ecstatic Dance Shambhala

January 27th

Open to all. Born from the Sunday Morning Ecstatic Dance in Oakland, California, we focus on nurturing a space where you can play and interact authentically. Saturday, November 19, 7-10PM. Continue »

QiGong Review Session for Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri David Stone

January 28th

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of QiGong. This review class is suited for anyone who has taken at least levels 1 and 2. Continue »