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Please celebrate with us at our Grand Reopening,
September 18-19!

Subject to changes in city and state rules, Shambhala Chicago Center will be reopening for in-person events, classes, and gatherings beginning with our Grand Reopening, Sept. 18-19. Drop into the Center anytime between 10am – 4 pm for two full days of activities. We will offer meditation sessions, Shambhala arts demonstrations, tours, and talks and discussions on appreciating life sanely. Explore our mindfulness bookstore and enjoy connecting with other practitioners. For more details and registration, go to this site.

We have deployed an upgraded ventilation system, with UV virus-zapping filters, and will be requiring masks and social distancing per local directives.

Check out the schedule of events here.

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

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

September 19th—October 24th

Weekly group meditation (sitting and walking) with guided instruction, Dharma reading and discussion. Continue »

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—October 24th

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

September 21st—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 »

Be, Awake, Create: An Introduction to Shambhala Art

with Rebekah Younger

September 27th

Enhance your awareness using the creative process and meditation. Continue »

Shinrin-Yoku - Forest Bathing Walk

with Alison Paul

October 2nd

Join us for a short Forest Bathing walk at nearby Burnham Wildlife Corridor. Continue »

Coming to Your Senses - One-Day Workshop in Mindful Creativity

with Rebekah Younger & Paul Romejko

October 9th

Coming to Our Senses explores the fertile ground of connecting to our sense perceptions and meditative mind for creative expression. In person only. Continue »

Contemplative Photography: Picture of Mind

with Larry Wolf

October 14th

This six-week workshop explores the making and viewing of photographs as an expression of inner vision. On Zoom. Continue »

When Bad Lands: The Hard & Brilliant Path of Waking Up to the World As-It-Is

with Alan Anderson

October 16th

Spiritual practice doesn't mean improving ourselves, it means facing ourselves. This class is presented by Alan Anderson based on his book, "When Bad Lands: How Not to Numb Out, Freak Out, or Bottom Out--Buddhist Style“ In person & zoom. 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 »