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.


Featured Programs

Sexual Harm, Trauma and the Healing Journey

January 11th—February 29th

A series of talks to promote understanding of sexual trauma and healing in our community. Open to all; Shambhala Educators are especially encouraged to attend. Continue »

The Joy of Letting Go with Ani Pema Chodron

February 2nd—March 8th

A repeat viewing of a pre-recorded online video course from Shambhala Publications, “The Joy of Letting Go,” is led by Acharya Pema Chodron, beloved Shambhala teacher, author, and Buddhist nun. Release fear, dissolve expectations, and embrace an open-hea Continue »

Sexual Harm, Trauma and Healing

February 29th

The third in a series of talks to promote understanding of sexual trauma and healing in our community. Open to all; Shambhala Educators are especially encouraged to attend. Continue »

Shambhala Day 2020 Recorded Address

March 1st

The recorded worldwide Shambhala roll call and broadcast from Shambhala Day (February 24, 2020) will be replayed during the discussion period this Sunday. Continue »

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer Ohara

March 2nd—March 30th

Based on ancient Qigong exercises and Japanese Shiatsu exercises, Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong is a restorative series of movements that anyone can do. Continue »

Governing Council Meeting

March 5th

Open to all Shambhala Chicago community members. Learn about center operations, governance, and the leadership path. At this meeting we will focus on the Center's Statement Addressing Harm. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Alice Dan

March 7th

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 »

Milarepa Day

March 7th

This day celebrates the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa. The celebration is a guru yoga practice, which includes chanting the Milarepa sadhana and reading songs of the lineage fathers in "The Rain of Wisdom." Continue »

Mahayana Retreat Day: The Mind is Workable

with Shastri David Stone & Shastri Marita McLaughlin

March 8th

Continuing our study of classic Buddhist teachings, we enter the Mahayana path, using the Mind Training slogans to awaken compassion and wisdom. Continue »

Performative Arts: Mudra Space Awareness

with Shastri David Stone

March 14th

The workshop provides an introduction to Mudra Space Awareness, which is an intensive, physical method for synchronizing body and mind. When body and mind are synchronized, we are present and each mudra, i.e. gesture, we make is real and thorough. Continue »

Performative Arts: Meditation in Acting

March 14th

In this workshop, taught by Uchè Elueze, we'll explore meditation in action.Through acting exercises and organic dialogue, this workshop will focus on the body and the use of physical language to tell a story on stage. Continue »

When Bad Lands: How Not to Numb Out, Freak Out, or Bottom Out—Buddhist Style

with Alan Anderson

March 15th

In this half-day program, Alan Anderson will guide us in rewiring our approach to meditation practice in order to develop the strength and creativity we need to become fearless, self-aware individuals who embrace the hard joy of overcoming self-delusion. Continue »