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 over 40 years, the Chicago Shambhala 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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(6.8.2020) A STATEMENT FROM SHAMBHALA CHICAGO ON RACISM AND POLICE BRUTALITY:
These last weeks and months have witnessed an unveiling of the impact of racism and systematic disadvantage on the lives and health of communities of color in this country. We were just becoming aware of the disparate rates of death from COVID19 among people of color, when instances of police brutality against unarmed Black Americans took center stage, and it became necessary to express our horror and rage with protests and memorials to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others.

To recognize, grieve, and express our support and wishes for a new era in which we will overcome the racist and materialistic culture of our society, we held Sukhavati, Maitri Bhavana, and Shambhala Sadhana practices the weekend of June 13–14. Shambhala Chicago supports the protests against systemic racism taking place in our city and country, and we are committed to examining own internal workings in the effort toward making the Center and its programming more inclusive.

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A STATEMENT FROM SHAMBHALA
As we witness yet another instance of violence against Black Americans—a moment which stems from hundreds of years of systemic oppression—we Shambhala leaders wish to speak out not only to express our sorrow, outrage and emotion over this moment in time but to demonstrate a tangible commitment to action… MORE >

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Featured Programs

What the Buddha Taught: Lojong - Training the Mind & Cultivating Loving Kindness Study Group + Meditation (Tues) ONLINE

with Stephen Burns, Larry Wolf, Barbara Wolkowitz, Alice Dan

March 17th—July 14th

This study group will read, study, and contemplate the 52 slogans that are part of the Mahayana teachings of Lojong, or Training the Mind. There will also be a period for meditation. See schedule in full description. Continue »

What the Buddha Taught Study Group ONLINE (Alternate Sundays)

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 22nd—December 27th

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 »

The Power of an Open Question (ONLINE RECORDING)

with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

April 22nd—September 22nd

When we ask an open question, the mind becomes naturally curious and engaged, creating a fertile environment for learning, creativity, and clear discernment. In this chaotic time, can we stay open? Video Recording of retreat with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. Continue »

Heart of Recovery ONLINE

May 3rd—July 12th

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 »

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

July 5th—August 30th

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 »

Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

July 8th

Please join us for this free class, Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Continue »

Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human (Online)

with Shastri David Stone

July 11th—July 12th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

July 15th—September 2nd

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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

July 19th

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