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 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.

Featured Programs

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

May 6th—May 27th

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

Taoist Qigong Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri David Stone

June 1st—June 2nd

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of QiGong. Take this rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique lineages, the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate and Yiquan schools, rarely transmitted in the west. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Alice Dan

June 1st

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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

June 1st

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

Be, Awake, Create Book Launch Party

with Rebekah Younger

June 1st

Book signing and reading by the author, Rebekah Younger. Her book is an interactive exploration of dharma art and creating. Open to all. Continue »

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

June 3rd—June 24th

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

Governing Council Meeting

June 10th

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

Square One Saturdays Art Salon

June 15th

An informal gathering to share our creations in any media, discuss contemplative art practices and learn more about the Shambhala Art teachings. A video of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche demonstrating object and flower arranging will be shown. Continue »

A Cross-Zen Dialogue

June 28th

Three prominent teachers from different Chan/Zen Buddhist traditions will share their lineages' teachings and have a dialogue with all. Bring your questions and meet new Dharma friends from other sanghas! Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Barbara Wolkowitz

June 29th

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 »

Film Screening: "The Human Element"

July 19th

Join us for a screening of THE HUMAN ELEMENT, which follows environmental photographer James Balog on his quest to highlight Americans on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Larry Wolf

August 3rd

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 »