As a result of precautions taken to avoid the spread of COVID-19, our Center is temporarily closed. However, many of our public meditation sessions and courses have moved online. 

For over 40 years, the Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center has offered Chicagoans the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through mindfulness meditation. Our mission is to inspire and awaken 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. In addition to our Featured Programs below, we offer weekly opportunities for free public meditation.

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These last weeks and months have witnessed an unveiling of the impact of racism and systematic disadvantage on the lives and health of communities of color in this country. We were just becoming aware of the disparate rates of death from COVID19 among people of color, when instances of police brutality against unarmed Black Americans took center stage, and it became necessary to express our horror and rage with protests and memorials to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others.

To recognize, grieve, and express our support and wishes for a new era in which we will overcome the racist and materialistic culture of our society, we held Sukhavati, Maitri Bhavana, and Shambhala Sadhana practices the weekend of June 13–14. Shambhala Chicago supports the protests against systemic racism taking place in our city and country, and we are committed to examining own internal workings in the effort toward making the Center and its programming more inclusive.

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As we witness yet another instance of violence against Black Americans—a moment which stems from hundreds of years of systemic oppression—we Shambhala leaders wish to speak out not only to express our sorrow, outrage and emotion over this moment in time but to demonstrate a tangible commitment to action… MORE >

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*Read about our COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Featured Programs

What the Buddha Taught: Lojong - Training the Mind & Cultivating Loving Kindness Study Group + Meditation (Tues) ONLINE

with Stephen Burns, Larry Wolf, Barbara Wolkowitz, Alice Dan

March 17th—December 29th

This study group will read, study, and contemplate the 52 slogans that are part of the Mahayana teachings of Lojong, or Training the Mind. There will also be a period for meditation. See schedule in full description. Continue »

What the Buddha Taught Study Group ONLINE (Alternate Sundays)

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 22nd—December 27th

This study group will read, study, and contemplate the 52 slogans that are part of the Mahayana teachings of Lojong, or Training the Mind. By training the mind, we mean that we reflect on our thoughts and behavior as a means of reversing our habitual tend Continue »

Heart of Recovery ONLINE

May 3rd—December 27th

The Heart of Recovery is a group meeting at the Shambhala Center focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to sobriety. Continue »

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

July 5th—December 27th

Sitting Meditation Practice will begin with a brief opening chant, a short guided introduction to meditation, and 2 sessions with a break for movement. Discussion follows, questions welcome. Please register to receive the zoom link for participation. Continue »

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

October 7th—December 2nd

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is an eight-week course designed to teach participants how to improve the quality of their lives as they work with various types of stress. Continue »

Understanding the Sadhana of Mahamudra (Online)

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

October 27th—November 24th

Introduction, overview and examination of the Sadhana of Mahamudra, mixed with weekend practice opportunities. Continue »

The Mindful Artist with Uché Elueze - ONLINE

October 31st—November 14th

This series of workshops will explore high performance psychology/states and what it means to perform and embody "flow state". In other words, what it means to be "in the zone" or "consciously unconscious”. Continue »

Learn to Meditate ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz

November 7th

Ideal for beginners as well as students who want to work on stabilizing their meditation, this program gives you the essential techniques and reasons for meditation practice in everyday life. Continue »

Chicago Shambhala Governing Council Meeting ONLINE

November 13th

Shambhala Chicago Governing Council meetings are open to members of the Chicago Shambhala Center. We welcome your presence! Continue »

Motivation and the Path of Meditation (Online)

with Acharya Richard John

November 14th

Acharya Richard John returns! A favorite teacher of the sangha will be leading a meditation session, talk and discussion from 9AM-noon on Saturday November 14. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human (Online)

with Shastri David Stone & Margaret James

November 20th—November 21st

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

November 22nd

All are welcome to this new moon Vajrayana practice. Please join us! Continue »