Shambhala Chicago Membership

Members help to create the vitality of life at the Center.

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 members to have a closer connection with our Center, the teachings, and the larger Shambhala community.


What does Membership Look Like?

Practicing meditation

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


Members find friendships and support for their practice and life’s work in a community of fellow practitioners. Members may participate in decisions affecting the health and well-being of the community.


Almost 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.



Through the Center’s programs and classes, members can expand their knowledge of the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings and become familiar with disciplines that train the body and mind, such as Japanese-style flower arranging, qigong, and the visual arts.

Providing financial support

Our members support the Center financially with a regular contribution that best fits their personal financial situation and can be adjusted as necessary. Members’ dues and donations make it possible for us to meet our operating expenses and maintaining a strong supportive community. All dues and 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, provided by request
  •         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 at [email protected]