Welcome to the Shambhala Chicago Meditation Center!

For almost 50 years, the Shambhala Chicago Meditation Center has offered Chicagoans the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through mindfulness meditation. Our mission is to inspire and awaken compassionate society through personal and collective transformation.

We offer public meditation classes, mindfulness workshops, and a wide range of teachings from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. There is something for everyone, whether you are completely new to meditation or an experienced practitioner.


See our upcoming programs below, or browse by category using the menu.



Featured Programs

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

July 25th—August 29th

Weekly group meditation session with guided instruction and discussions and breaks for movement Continue »

Heart of Recovery®

July 25th—August 29th

The Heart of Recovery® is a group meeting at the Shambhala Center focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to sobriety. Continue »

Queer Dharma

July 25th—August 29th

Queer Dharma is a weekly meditation group where LGBTQIA+ people can form a non-judgmental community while deepening our meditation practices based on openness, curiosity, and gentleness. Continue »

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

July 27th—August 31st

Looking for a virtual meditation group where you can drop in when you like or attend regularly and get to know other meditators? Instruction in meditation and mindfulness skills. Continue »

Day of Mindfulness

August 7th

Please join us for Day of Mindfulness at the Shambhala Chicago Meditation Center. Yes, we will be open at the Center! Continue »

Community Meeting: Shambhala Chicago Business Plan 2021

August 8th

We are delighted to present the Shambhala Chicago Business Plan 2021! Join us at the Center for an open Community Review session. All are invited. Continue »

Intro to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

August 21st

Please join us for this free info session, Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Continue »

Learn to Meditate (IN PERSON)

with Alice Dan & Stephen Burns

August 21st

Have you been trying to start a meditation practice on your own or with an app? This program helps beginners overcome common obstacles and establish a consistent practice. Continue »

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

August 25th—October 13th

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program is an 8-week course designed to help participants improve the quality of their lives as they work with various types of stress. Continue »

Community Conversation: Belonging in Shambhala Chicago

with Jude Robison & Frederick Meyer

August 27th

An open space for experiencing and sharing our own connections and disconnections within Shambhala Chicago, led by two members of the Process Team. Continue »