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

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Alice Dan & Stephen Burns

June 9th—June 27th

This is the 4th class of the In Everyday Life series, part of the Way of Shambhala. The prerequisite is Joy in Everyday Life. Continue »

Healthy Seasons -- Summer

with Shastri David Stone

June 20th

Please join me as we head into the summer season for an introduction to, and discussion of, the classical Chinese approach to the 5 elements and the 5 seasons. Continue »

Werma Group Practice Day (Online Option)

June 23rd

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

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

June 28th

The Shambhala Sadhana practice is the centerpiece of monthly community gatherings on, or near, each full moon. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Barbara Wolkowitz

June 30th

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 »