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

Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz & William O'Brien

September 14th—October 12th

Open to all. This 5-week course provides a further exploration of mindfulness meditation, along with foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Janet Hasz & Micah Krohn

September 21st—October 19th

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 »

New Meditators Group

September 22nd

Looking to connect with other meditators? Join us for New Meditators Group on Friday evening, September 22. We will explore issues related to meditation practice, especially for people of all ages who are newer to meditation. Continue »

Harvest of Peace

September 24th

Our community equinox celebration, open to all. We'll practice, hear an address from the Sakyong, and honor the accomplishments of our Sangha. Continue »

Ministry of Health for the Kingdom of Shambhala: Creating Enlightened Healthcare

with Acharya Mitchell Levy

September 29th—October 1st

Calling all healthcare professionals and others interested in health systems and health care delivery, who are studying the Shambhala teachings! Be part of this conversation about how a healthcare system might develop out of a sense of our Basic Goodness. Continue »