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

Midday Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Akiba Barberousse & Micah Krohn

March 16th—April 13th

Open to all. This 5-week course provides a further exploration of mindfulness meditation, along with foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Thomas Adducci & Margaret James

March 24th—March 25th

This is the 3rd class in the Shambhala Training Series. As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Continue »

Parinirvana of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

April 4th

The parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche is a day for the Shambhala sangha to gather together to celebrate his life and teachings. We will practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra feast. Bring a potluck dish. Continue »

Mini-Mindfulness for Children & Families: 3 Week Course

with Rob Ley

April 8th—April 22nd

This class will provide a child-friendly introduction to mindfulness and include short meditation sessions, movement, and creative projects. Continue »

Future of Windhorse Retreat Center

with Susan Firer

April 8th

A Community Gathering with Sue Firer to discuss the future of the midwest retreat center, Windhorse, in Plymouth, WI. Continue »