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 an awake and 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.


Featured Programs

Introduction to Mindfulness for Children & Families: 6 week Course

with Rob Ley

November 4th—December 9th

This class will provide a child-friendly introduction to mindfulness and include short meditation sessions, movement, and creative projects. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Keith Spielfogel

November 7th—December 12th

Open to all. This 5-week course provides a further exploration of mindfulness meditation, along with foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Community Gathering - Online

November 13th

An online gathering to continue the conversation concerning initiatives to address misconduct and harm in the Shambhala community. Continue »

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

November 16th

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 »

Werma Group Practice Day (Online Option)

November 24th

One of many community-driven retreats focusing solely on Werma practice. All who have received authorization to practice Werma Sadhana are welcome! Continue »