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,


Featured Programs

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

August 5th—August 26th

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: Reinventing the Wheel - Understanding Karma, Interdepence and Auspicious Coincidence

with Shastri David Stone & Shastri Marita McLaughlin

August 24th

Are we trapped in our “karma”? Is there “free will”? What is “good karma”, what is “bad karma”? Can I change my karma? How does meditation fit in? What does karma really mean anyway? Continue »

Shambhala Art Part 4: The Power of Display

with Rebekah Younger & Miriam Hall

August 31st—September 1st

Styles of creative and personal expression are explored in this program using the mandala of the five elements, earth, water, fire, wind and space. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

August 31st

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

Shambhala Training Level I: Feel Human Again

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

September 7th

Level I opens the Heart of Warriorship Series, a path of developing courage and compassion. Focusing on the profound technique of mindfulness meditation is a gateway to discovering intrinsic human potential and goodness. Open to all. Continue »

"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 »

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

September 20th

Looking to connect with other meditators? Join us for New Meditators Group on Friday evening. We will explore issues related to meditation practice, especially for people of all ages who are newer to meditation. Continue »

“Radical Responsibility” Book Talk & Signing

with Acharya Fleet Maull

September 20th

Please join us for a book talk and signing, celebrating the publication of Fleet Maull's "Radical Responsibility: How to Move Beyond Blame, Fearlessly Live Your Highest Purpose, and Become an Unstoppable Force for Good." Continue »

What are You Harvesting this Fall? - A Harvest of Peace Community Gathering

September 21st

All are invited to join the Chicago community in a Harvest of Peace gathering for open conversation and good food to mark the changing of the seasons, at a time of challenge and uncertainty. Continue »

Nyinthun / Daylong Meditation Retreat

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 »