For over 40 years, the Chicago Shambhala 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 training workshops, and a wide range of teachings from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. In addition to our Featured Programs below, we offer weekly opportunities for free public meditation.

 

Featured Programs

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

December 2nd—December 30th

Based on ancient Qigong exercises and Japanese Shiatsu exercises, Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong is a restorative series of movements that anyone can do. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Barbara Wolkowitz

December 8th

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 »

New Meditators Group

December 13th

Looking to connect with other meditators? Join us for New Meditators Group on Friday evening. We will explore issues related to meditation practice, especially for people of all ages who are newer to meditation. Continue »

Nyinthun / Daylong Meditation Retreat

with Shastri David Stone

December 22nd

All are welcome to join this day of meditation practice; morning, afternoon, and evening sessions; partial attendance is fine. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Alice Dan

December 28th

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

Ecstatic Dance

December 28th

Ecstatic Dance is for the celebration of self expression, connection with supportive and cooperative community, and being just how and who you are. Continue »

What the Buddha Taught: Debrief & Review

with Shastri David Stone & Shastri Marita McLaughlin

January 5th (2020)

How have our Buddhist Study Groups been going? We’ll review the early teachings of the Buddha, and gather input for further planning. Continue »

Nyinthun / Daylong Meditation Retreat

January 12th (2020)

All are welcome to join this day of meditation practice; morning, afternoon, and evening sessions; partial attendance is fine. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: Waking up to Who We are

with Acharya Eric Spiegel & Shastri Marita McLaughlin

January 17th—January 18th (2020)

In this workshop, students are introduced to the idea of basic goodness and the practice of meditation in a supportive, social environment. The weekend includes meditation practice, discussion, and individual meetings with meditation instructors. Continue »

The Wish Fulfilling Jewel: Developing a Dharmic Approach to Money, Wealth and Generosity

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

January 19th (2020)

A Community Practice Day with Acharya Eric Spiegel. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Alice Dan

January 22nd (2020)

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

Shambhala Art Part 5 - Art in Everyday Life

with Rebekah Younger & Miriam Hall

January 25th—January 26th (2020)

This class explores using the four actions, Pacifying, Enriching, Magnetizing and Destroying to work with obstacles in the creative process and life. The program will end with a Feast of the Four Actions, graduation and offerings from participants that is Continue »