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 an awake and 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

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Akiba Barberousse & Stephen Burns

September 27th—October 25th

Learn about peaceful abiding meditation, basic goodness, and how meditation practice can improve the quality of our daily life. By deepening our experience and understanding of ourselves through meditation, we can more fully become who we are. Continue »

Healing Harm For Vibrant and Just Community: Exploring Social and Personal Power

with Acharya Charlene Leung & Miriam Hall

September 28th—September 30th

This weekend program aims to create a brave and caring space to explore our blind spots, fears, and other emotionally charged topics that arise when we look more closely at socially constructed hierarchy, personal and social power and how they affect us Continue »

WHAT CAN WE RELY ON? Advice from The Buddha and Atisha

with Acharya Richard John

October 6th—October 7th

Where can we find stability? Can we find some sense of ground in our groundless situation? The Buddha and Atisha provide heart advice. Continue »

Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Richard John

October 9th

Bodhisattva Vows will be given by Acharya Richard John. Candidates are required to have taken the Refuge Vow on a previous occasion. Continue »

Refuge Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Richard John

October 9th

This is traditionally open to anyone who understands the nature of the vow and sincerely wants to become a Buddhist. Candidates need to take preparatory class offered by the Center. Everyone must meet with an MI and study the Refuge Sourcebook. Continue »