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

Heart of Recovery®

September 19th—October 24th

The Heart of Recovery® is a group meeting at the Shambhala Center focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to sobriety. Continue »

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—October 26th

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 »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri David Stone

October 22nd—October 23rd

This program captures the heart of Shambhala—the view that human beings are fundamentally good and awake and that this capacity can be cultivated and strengthened through meditation, reflection and personal conduct. Free Fri eve talk. In person & zoom. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

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 and Zoom. 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 »