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