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 Marita McLaughlin

July 28th—August 16th

The final class of the Way of Shambhala I 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 »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

July 28th

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

Governing Council Meeting

July 28th

Open to all Shambhala Chicago community members. Learn about center operations, governance, and the leadership path. Continue »

KonMari 101: Tidy your home. Change your life

August 4th

Chicago’s first certified KonMari Tidying Consultant Kristyn Ivey will share home organization tips. Learn to focus on what you keep (does it “spark joy?”), rather than what or how much you discard Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Thomas Adducci

August 4th

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 »