Uplifted Grand Reopening

The Grand Reopening on Sept 18 and 19 was a wonderful weekend of meeting new people and connecting with old friends. There were 67 people who attended the events, including talks by our senior teachers, workshops on flower arranging and haiku writing, and artistic exercises. We were excited to meet many people interested in meditation and perhaps becoming part of our community.

Please note that we are not yet open in-person for all programs. Check listings on the web site for per-program details.

See our upcoming programs below, or browse by category using the menu.

Welcome to the Shambhala Chicago Meditation Center!

For almost 50 years, the Shambhala Chicago 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 workshops, and a wide range of teachings from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. There is something for everyone, whether you are completely new to meditation or an experienced practitioner.


Featured Programs

Queer Dharma

September 19th—November 28th

Queer Dharma is a weekly meditation group where LGBTQIA+ people can form a non-judgmental community while deepening our meditation practices based on openness, curiosity, and gentleness. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

September 20th—December 19th

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

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

October 12th—January 31st (2022)

Looking for a virtual meditation group where you can drop in when you like or attend regularly and get to know other meditators? Instruction in meditation and mindfulness skills. Continue »

Contemplative Photography: Picture of Mind - Online

with Larry Wolf

October 14th—November 18th

This six-week workshop explores the making and viewing of photographs as an expression of inner vision. On Zoom. Continue »

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

October 17th—December 19th

Weekly group meditation (sitting and walking) with guided instruction, Dharma reading and discussion. Continue »

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion In Person

October 17th—December 19th

Weekly group meditation (sitting and walking) with guided instruction, Dharma reading and discussion offered in person on first and third Sundays. Continue »

Igniting the Heart: Awakening Compassion to Transform Your World

October 17th—November 21st

An angry mind sees an angry world. Using the Buddhist teachings on the six realms of existence, these video talks given by Pema Chödrön teach us how to work skillfully with strong emotions. In person. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life - In Person Only

October 30th

Are you finding it difficult to begin a meditation program or maintain a regular practice? This one-day workshop may help you develop friendship with your mind, skill in how to work with speed and difficulty, and a sense of humor. In person.. Continue »

Who Am I? - Online program

with Shastri David Stone

November 1st—November 22nd

Join us throughout November as we explore together the fundamental questions of what it means to be human and to be an individual self – Who Am I? On Zoom. Continue »

Collective Liberation Online Discussion Group

November 6th—December 5th

It's time for a genuine quest for Collective Liberation. This is not a class but a participatory exploration of our own identities and how we veer away from what really is - our own and others' Basic Goodness. Continue »

One-Day Meditation Retreat - In person

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Alice Dan

November 7th

Spend all or part of the day exploring the depths of silent meditation. Instruction provided. Continue »

Meditation for Psychotherapists and the Therapeutic Relationship

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin & Dr. Timothy Pedigo

November 13th

This program is specifically designed for psychotherapists to develop, maintain and integrate a healthy relationship with meditation in the professional setting. Continue »