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 and awaken 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. In addition to our Featured Programs below, we offer weekly opportunities for free public meditation.

 

Featured Programs

"What the Buddha Taught" Study Group -- WEST LOOP (Sun)

September 8th—November 3rd

Join your neighbors for an in-depth exploration of the early teachings of the Buddha, focusing on the central Buddhist concept of interdependence - how karma works. Continue »

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

September 9th—September 30th

Based on ancient Qigong exercises and Japanese Shiatsu exercises, Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong is a restorative series of movements that anyone can do. Continue »

"What the Buddha Taught" Study Group (ZOOM/Tues)

September 10th—November 5th

Join your neighbors for an in-depth exploration via Zoom (online platform) of the early teachings of the Buddha, focusing on the central Buddhist concept of interdependence - how karma works. Continue »

The Joy of Letting Go with Ani Pema Chodron

September 16th—November 18th

A new online video course from Shambhala Publications, “The Joy of Letting Go,” is led by Acharya Pema Chodron, beloved Shambhala teacher, author, and Buddhist nun. Release fear, dissolve expectations, and embrace an open-hearted life. Continue »

Nyinthun / Daylong Meditation Retreat

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

September 22nd

All are welcome to join this day of meditation practice; morning, afternoon, and evening sessions; partial attendance is fine. Continue »

Shambhala Art Part 5 - Art in Everyday Life

with Rebekah Younger & Miriam Hall

September 28th—September 29th

This class explores using the four actions, Pacifying, Enriching, Magnetizing and Destroying to work with obstacles in the creative process and life. The program will end with a Feast of the Four Actions, graduation and offerings from participants that is Continue »

Feast of the Four Actions

with Rebekah Younger & Miriam Hall

September 29th

An evening celebration for the entire community to honor the graduates of the Shambhala Art Program and experience their final project an environmental installation of the Four Actions (Karmas) Pacifying, Enriching, Magnetizing and Destroying Continue »

"What the Buddha Taught" Study Group -- WEST LOOP (Thur)

October 3rd—December 5th

Join your neighbors for an in-depth exploration of the early teachings of the Buddha, focusing on the central Buddhist concept of interdependence - how karma works. Continue »

Taoist Qigong Level 4

with Shastri David Stone

October 5th—October 6th

Open to current students of Taoist Qigong who have completed Level 3. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

October 5th

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 »

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

October 7th—October 28th

Based on ancient Qigong exercises and Japanese Shiatsu exercises, Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong is a restorative series of movements that anyone can do. Continue »

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

October 12th

Join us for a White Tara practice day. This day-long retreat introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Continue »