Shambhala Chicago Membership

The Shambhala Chicago Meditation Center is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the generosity of its members to sustain its day-to-day operations. We are an inclusive community cultivating wakefulness and compassion through meditation and awareness practices to uncover inner wisdom in ourselves and in the world. The experience of being a member is enormously rewarding and allows you the opportunity to make a greater connection with your local Center, the teachings, and the larger Shambhala community.

What does Membership Mean?

Members help to create the vitality of life at the Center.
Members engage in volunteering, studying and taking classes in the Shambhala Dharma and other contemplative arts, and formal meditation practice. There are a variety of ways that these three elements manifest in any individuals path, but work, study and practice have always been a good way to connect with and support our Shambhala community, our world, and ourselves. Members are also encouraged to volunteer when possible.

Practicing meditation
Making a connection to mindfulness/awareness meditation or related contemplative practice, and integrating practice into daily life, is considered the best way for members to support the Center and to benefit the world and ourselves.

Nearly all of the work of our Center is done by volunteers. Giving our time and talents to the work of the community is a vital form of support and viewed as part of a member’s practice.

Providing financial support
Our Center is a non-profit organization and is sustained through recurring dues and donations. These dues and donations make it possible for us to meet our operating expenses and the numerous other expenses associated with maintaining a strong supportive community.

Our members support the Center financially with a regular contribution that best fits their personal financial situation. Your regular contribution can be adjusted as your circumstances require. Every contribution is helpful and greatly appreciated. All donations are tax deductible.

Why does membership matter
Although membership is not required, without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we would not be able to offer all the wonderful programs, practice sessions, and events that we do. Members also allow us to maintain a Generosity Policy, which ensures that programs are financially accessible to all. It is because of our members that the profound tradition of meditation is able to survive and flourish. Payment of membership dues is the financial backbone of our Center.

Benefits of  Membership:

  •         Ongoing meditation instruction with a personal meditation instructor, facilitated by the Center
  •         Members attend community events, programs, and classes, and are eligible for discounts.
  •         10% Discounts on books.
  •         Membership in Shambhala’s world-wide network, which includes over 200 city centers and land centers for retreat 
  •         Access to member resources at
  •         Special communications for members as well as monthly program emails
  •         Financial assistance for programs
  •         Shambhala membership pins are offered to members on Shambhala Day and Harvest of Peace celebrations
  •         Members are invited to attend and participate in Governing Council meetings

Click here to fill out our New Member Registration Form!

Membership dues are offered as recurring donations. A suggested amount is $20 per month, to start. Members often increase their donations over time as they become more involved with the community.

By making a monthly offering of $300 or more, you are a valued patron member of the Shambhala Chicago Center. You are not only contributing to the financial security of the community, but you are investing in the future of the Center for the hundreds of practitioners who come through our doors every year. 

Become a member today!

You are warmly invited to become one of the many members who make the Shambhala Chicago Meditation Center a precious jewel in the heart of Chicago!

If you’d like to start Membership right now, simply visit our New Member Registration Form.  If you would prefer to first discuss Membership with us, please email us.