As a result of precautions taken to avoid the spread of COVID-19, our Center is temporarily closed. However, many of our public meditation sessions and courses have moved online. 

For over 40 years, the Chicago Shambhala 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 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.

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These last weeks and months have witnessed an unveiling of the impact of racism and systematic disadvantage on the lives and health of communities of color in this country. We were just becoming aware of the disparate rates of death from COVID19 among people of color, when instances of police brutality against unarmed Black Americans took center stage, and it became necessary to express our horror and rage with protests and memorials to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others.

To recognize, grieve, and express our support and wishes for a new era in which we will overcome the racist and materialistic culture of our society, we held Sukhavati, Maitri Bhavana, and Shambhala Sadhana practices the weekend of June 13–14. Shambhala Chicago supports the protests against systemic racism taking place in our city and country, and we are committed to examining own internal workings in the effort toward making the Center and its programming more inclusive.

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As we witness yet another instance of violence against Black Americans—a moment which stems from hundreds of years of systemic oppression—we Shambhala leaders wish to speak out not only to express our sorrow, outrage and emotion over this moment in time but to demonstrate a tangible commitment to action… MORE >

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*Read about our COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Featured Programs

What the Buddha Taught Study Group ONLINE (Alternate Sundays)

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 22nd—January 31st (2021)

This study group will read, study, and contemplate the 52 slogans that are part of the Mahayana teachings of Lojong, or Training the Mind. By training the mind, we mean that we reflect on our thoughts and behavior as a means of reversing our habitual tend Continue »

Heart of Recovery ONLINE

May 3rd—December 27th

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 »

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

July 5th—December 27th

Sitting Meditation Practice will begin with a brief opening chant, a short guided introduction to meditation, and 2 sessions with a break for movement. Discussion follows, questions welcome. Please register to receive the zoom link for participation. Continue »

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz, Ann Shillinglaw, Alice Dan

November 10th—January 5th (2021)

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 »

The Mindful Artist with Uché Elueze - ONLINE - New dates!

December 5th—December 19th

This series of workshops will explore high performance psychology/states and what it means to perform and embody "flow state". In other words, what it means to be "in the zone" or "consciously unconscious”. Continue »

Learn to Meditate ONLINE

with Alice Dan

December 5th

Ideal for beginners as well as students who want to work on stabilizing their meditation, this program gives you the essential techniques and reasons for meditation practice in everyday life. Continue »

Working with Emotions (Online)

with Alice Dan & Barbara Wolkowitz

December 12th

Holidays are often filled with emotions, and this year we face the upheavals and uncertainty of the pandemic on top of that. Through the practice of Compassionate Abiding, we can learn to work with difficult emotions. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra (Online)

with Alice Dan

December 13th

All are welcome to this monthly Vajrayana practice. Please join us! Continue »

Beyond Tribalism: How Mindfulness Can Save the World (ONLINE)

December 16th—January 20th (2021)

Robert Wright shines a light on our tribalistic tendencies using the explanatory lens of evolutionary psychology. The result offers a clear, fresh perspective on Buddhist philosophy and practice and shows how mindfulness just might save the world. Continue »

Celebrate Children's Day with Shambhala Online!

with Irene Woodard

December 20th

Join us for a fun-filled celebration of Children's Day and the Winter Solstice as a way to connect with the cycles of the seasons and the importance of family and children. This is a family-friendly Sunday Gathering hosted by the Touching the Earth Collec Continue »

Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human (Online)

with Shastri Marita Mclaughlin & Margaret James

January 9th (2021)

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

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

with Ann Shillinglaw

January 13th (2021)

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