How Do I Begin?


“It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our mind?”

-Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago offers several entrances to the path of meditation:

Weekly Dharma Gathering (Open House)

Our weekly Tuesday night open house is the perfect introduction to mindfulness meditation.  Meditation instruction is provided.   Open House Info.

Learn To Meditate

This basic meditation class is taught by one of our certified mindfulness meditation instructors and recommended for beginners, meditators new to this technique, or practitioners looking to refresh their practice.

Meditation in Everyday Life Course

This 5-week course is considered the meditator’s instruction manual. By the end, you’ll be equipped with tools to establish your own meditation practice.

Shambhala Training Level I

A beginning 1 and half day weekend program that offers meditation instruction, group discussions, and talks given by a teacher on the Shambhala teachings of basic goodness.


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 »

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 »

Learn to Meditate

March 4th

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 »

Welcome to Shambhala

March 19th

This class is an introduction to all things Shambhala: history, traditions, and more. Continue »

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 »