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

Happier at Work: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

April 26th

Join us for a reading and discussion led by Shastri Gayle Van Gils from her book on how to be happy at work! Continue »

Spring Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement) Public Talk

with Brooke Pohl

April 27th

Join us for a public talk and demonstration of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, with Brooke Pohl, a teacher with over 25 years of experience. If you enjoy the demonstration, you can join the day-long workshop on Saturday! Continue »

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils & Ira Abrams

April 28th—April 29th

Awakened Heart takes a further step toward precision and openness. Everything that occurs in meditation practice is used as a catalyst to bring you back. Appreciating this you can have an awakened heart, and live without resentment or expectation. Continue »

Spring Ikebana Workshop

with Brooke Pohl

April 28th

A day-long workshop of contemplative flower arrangement with Brooke Pohl, an experienced Sogetsu Ikebana teacher. All are welcome Continue »

Werma Group Practice Day (Online Option)

April 28th

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