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

Refuge and The Three Jewels

with Barbara Wolkowitz

September 22nd

This program explores what it means to take refuge and become a Buddhist. It is open to anyone who is curious and interested in exploring the topic of refuge. Continue »

Governing Council Meeting

September 22nd

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

Harvest of Peace

September 23rd

Our community equinox celebration, open to all. We'll practice, and honor the accomplishments of our Sangha. Continue »

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Akiba Barberousse & Stephen Burns

September 27th—October 25th

Learn about peaceful abiding meditation, basic goodness, and how meditation practice can improve the quality of our daily life. By deepening our experience and understanding of ourselves through meditation, we can more fully become who we are. Continue »

Healing Harm For Vibrant and Just Community: Exploring Social and Personal Power

with Acharya Charlene Leung & Miriam Hall

September 28th—September 30th

This weekend program aims to create a brave and caring space to explore our blind spots, fears, and other emotionally charged topics that arise when we look more closely at socially constructed hierarchy, personal and social power and how they affect us Continue »