As a result of precautions taken to avoid the spread of COVID-19, our Center is temporarily closed. However, many of our public meditation sessions and courses have moved online. 

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 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.

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Featured Programs

What the Buddha Taught Study Group ONLINE (Alternate Sundays)

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 22nd—January 31st

This study group will read, study, and contemplate the 52 slogans that are part of the Mahayana teachings of Lojong, or Training the Mind. By training the mind, we mean that we reflect on our thoughts and behavior as a means of reversing our habitual tend Continue »

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz, Ann Shillinglaw, Alice Dan

November 10th—March 2nd

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 »

Beyond Tribalism: How Mindfulness Can Save the World (ONLINE)

December 16th—January 20th

Robert Wright shines a light on our tribalistic tendencies using the explanatory lens of evolutionary psychology. The result offers a clear, fresh perspective on Buddhist philosophy and practice and shows how mindfulness just might save the world. Continue »

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

January 3rd—January 31st

Sitting Meditation Practice will begin with a brief opening chant, a short guided introduction to meditation, and 2 sessions with a break for movement. Discussion follows, questions welcome. Please register to receive the zoom link for participation. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life (Online)

with Alice Dan & Barbara Wolkowitz

January 14th—February 11th

Is it possible to find contentment amidst the conflict and chaos of our times? This 5-week course on Thursday evenings teaches us that, through gentle and mindful attention to the ups and downs of our lives, genuine contentment is possible. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

January 16th

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

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

January 20th—March 10th

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is an eight-week course designed to teach participants how to improve the quality of their lives as they work with various types of stress. Continue »

Chicago Shambhala Governing Council Meeting ONLINE

January 25th

Shambhala Chicago Governing Council meetings are open to members of the Chicago Shambhala Center. We welcome your presence! Continue »

Learn to Meditate ONLINE

January 30th

Ideal for beginners as well as students who want to work on stabilizing their meditation, this program gives you the essential techniques and reasons for meditation practice in everyday life. Continue »

Shambhala Day 2021 ONLINE

February 12th

Please join us as we celebrate Shambhala Day and begin The Year of the Iron Ox! All are warmly welcome. Continue »