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.

Here are some suggestions for taking care of yourself during the COVID-19 crisis from Shastri and Psychotherapist Marita McLaughlin.

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—June 9th

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 »

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

March 22nd—June 28th

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 »

The Power of an Open Question (Video Recording of Live Program)

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 »

Tuesday Morning Meditation with Hyde Park Group ONLINE

with Alice Dan

May 5th—June 30th

One hour of sitting meditation with time for a short reading and discussion. All are welcome from beginners to experienced meditators. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life ONLINE

with Shastri David Stone & Gretchen Neve

May 13th—June 10th

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 »

Sukhavati for Those Who Have Died

with Shastri David Stone

June 13th

In the past weeks, we have passed the milestone of 100,000 deaths in the US from COVID19, and we have witnessed deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police, including those of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. deaths, we gather to grieve and offer su Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

June 20th

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

Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training

with Shastri Janet Solyntjes

August 14th—August 20th

An opportunity to deepen your understanding of the Way of Shambhala Path and train in working with students on that path. Continue »