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

Path of Mindful Parenting and Family Life

with Rob Ley, Shastri Marita McLaughlin, Donna Mandel, Jill Spielfogel

February 10th—March 10th

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

Film Screening - A Plastic Ocean

February 22nd

A PLASTIC OCEAN follows journalist Craig Leeson, who discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. He uncovers the alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveals immediate solutions. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II: The Warrior Awakes

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 2nd—March 3rd

This is the 2nd course in the Shambhala Training series. Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Thomas Adducci

March 2nd

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 »

Governing Council Meeting

March 2nd

Open to all Shambhala Chicago community members. Learn about center operations, governance, and the leadership path. Continue »