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

Way of Shambhala: Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Shastri David Stone

May 10th—June 7th

The final class of the Way of Shambhala is Wisdom in Everyday Life, where we study the unwavering warrior whose confidence is unconditional and playful. Here the practitioner is introduced to the Vajrayana teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Practice

May 26th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra practice is the centerpiece of monthly community gatherings on, or near, each new moon. Continue »

Ecstatic Dance

May 27th

Ecstatic Dance is for the celebration of self expression, connection with supportive and cooperative community, and being just how and who you are. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Barbara Wolkowitz

June 3rd

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 »

Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook & Social Transformation

with Acharya Fleet Maull

June 8th

Join renowned social activist and Dharma teacher Acharya Fleet Maull for an evening of exploration and dialogue addressing how we can meet our toughest challenges. Continue »