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

July 1st—July 29th

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

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Barbara Wolkowitz

July 31st

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

Taoist Qigong Level 3

with Shastri David Stone

August 10th—August 11th

Open to current students of Taoist Qigong who have completed Level 2. Continue »

Square One Saturdays Art Salon

with Rebekah Younger

August 17th

This bi-monthly gathering is open to anyone interested in mindful creativity, no art or meditation experience necessary. The session includes some sitting practice, sharing personal creations in any media and discussion of the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Continue »

What The Buddha Taught ... and how it applies today: The Karmic Chain of Causality

with Shastri David Stone & Shastri Marita McLaughlin

August 24th

In this single day retreat, we will begin the exploration of Karma and the 12 Nidanas Continue »

Shambhala Art Part 4: The Power of Display

with Rebekah Younger & Miriam Hall

August 31st—September 1st

Styles of creative and personal expression are explored in this program using the mandala of the five elements, earth, water, fire, wind and space. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

August 31st

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

Shambhala Training Level I: Feel Human Again

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

September 7th

Level I marks the starting point of the Shambhala path of weekend city retreats. This first level focuses on the profound technique of mindfulness meditation as a gateway to discovering intrinsic human potential and goodness. Open to the public Continue »

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

September 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

September 22nd

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

Shambhala Art Part 5 - Art in Everyday Life

with Rebekah Younger & Miriam Hall

September 28th—September 29th

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 »