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

Sitting, the Physical Art of Meditation

with Erika Berland

March 23rd

Presents the principles of alignment, breathing and experiential anatomy, including guided imagery exercises to release tension and stress when they arise. Continue »

What The Buddha Taught ... and how it applies today

with Shastri David Stone

April 6th

In this single day retreat, we will begin the exploration of the four marks, practice meditation and contemplation (instruction provided), dialogue, cultivate insight and engage in discussion on the topics. Continue »

Path of Mindful Parenting and Family Life

with Rob Ley, Shastri Marita Mc Laughlin, Donna Mandel, Jill Spielfogel

April 7th—May 5th

This new series offers programming for parents that is separate from children’s mindfulness classes. Children’s classes are also included. Continue »

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

April 12th

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 »

Shambhala Training Level I: Feel Human Again

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

April 20th

Open to all. This mindfulness meditation retreat weekend presents the view that human beings, at their core, are fundamentally awake. Continue »