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

Shambhala Training Weekend 1: Feel Human Again

with Acharya Mitchell Levy & Larry Wolf

March 24th—March 25th

Open to all. In this 1 evening + 1 day workshop, participants are introduced to the idea of basic goodness and the practice of meditation in a supportive, social environment. The weekend includes meditation practice, talks and discussion. Continue »

Breathe, Open, & Transform: Cultural Humility and Enlightened Society

with Jean Marie Robbins & Gretchen Neve

March 26th - Date postponed or cancelled

With our shared humanity as basis, we resume our on-going conversation by reflecting on who we are now and from where we each have come. Join us for body-centered contemplation, small groups and discussion of our individual and shared cultural heritage. Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Janet Hasz & Ira Abrams

March 27th—April 24th

This class explores the benefits of mindfulness meditation in working with the ups and downs of everyday life. Starting with the foundation of basic goodness, we can approach both positive and negative emotions with gentleness and fearlessness. Continue »


with Mark Brouwer

March 29th

Mark W. Brouwer’s Yoga is a historically influenced fusion of Iyengar traditions and ashtanga vinyasa alignment science. Poses are cued for safety and benefit the circulatory system. All ages and levels are welcome to join every Wednesday. Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Blessie Hornilla & John Harding

March 30th—April 27th

This is the 4th class in the Way of Shambhala weeknight series. Prerequisites apply. 5 Thursdays, 7-9PM. Continue »