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

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 »

Sacred Path: Meek and Perky

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Alice Dan

April 20th—April 22nd

This is the 4th class in the Sacred Path Series. Prerequisites apply. Meek is a study of the grounded, humble and gentle beginning stages of a warrior's journey. Perky focuses on cultivating sharp, vibrant and uplifted energy through natural discipline. Continue »

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 »