For New Meditators

In addition to the meditation instruction available at many public group meditation sessions, we also offer classes and programs that are specifically geared toward new meditators. Please visit our list of programs to see when these programs are scheduled to take place.

Learn to Meditate

If you are new to meditation and would like to try it, this is a class for you! In this 3-hour workshop, our instructor will walk you through the techniques of meditation and offer practical ways to incorporate it into your life. This program is also recommended as a “refresher” for current meditators as part of their ongoing practice. We offer this program almost every month.

Shambhala Training Level I

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. There are no prerequisites for this course – it is open to everyone.

New Meditators Group

Looking to connect with other meditators? We will explore issues related to meditation practice, especially for people of all ages who are newer to meditation. Meditation can sometimes seem more solitary than we might like – we invite you to join up with others for social time and to share your experiences. This group meets monthly.


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The following is a list of all Introductory programs that are coming up within the next month. Visit Classes & Programs for a complete list of upcoming scheduled programs.




Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

October 12th—May 3rd

Looking for a virtual meditation group where you can drop in when you like or attend regularly and get to know other meditators? Instruction in meditation and mindfulness skills. Continue »

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

October 17th—May 1st

Weekly group meditation (sitting and walking) with guided instruction, Dharma reading and discussion. Continue »

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion In Person

October 17th—April 17th

Weekly group meditation (sitting and walking) with guided instruction, Dharma reading and discussion offered in person on first and third Sundays. Please come at 10 am to receive meditation instruction. NOT OPEN JAN 2 DUE TO WEATHER. Continue »

In Person Tuesday Evening Meditation at the West Loop Shambhala Center

with Barbara Wolkowitz, Stephen Burns, Peter McLaughlin, Ted Ballou

November 16th—May 3rd

Join us for meditation in person at the Chicago Shambhala Center. Newcomers welcome and instruction given. Free. (Closed on Dec. 21 and Dec 28) Continue »

Meditation: The Way of the Buddha (Six-Week Online Course)

January 2nd—February 6th

Learn or refresh your connection to the practice of meditation as taught by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, based on archival talks in the summer of 1974 to an audience of new students. Continue »