How Do I Begin?

Meditation

“It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our mind?”

-Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago offers several entrances to the path of meditation:

Weekly Dharma Gathering (Open House)

Our weekly Tuesday night open house is the perfect introduction to mindfulness meditation.  Meditation instruction is provided.   Open House Info.

Learn To Meditate

This basic meditation class is taught by one of our certified mindfulness meditation instructors and recommended for beginners, meditators new to this technique, or practitioners looking to refresh their practice.

Meditation in Everyday Life Course

This 5-week course is considered the meditator’s instruction manual. By the end, you’ll be equipped with tools to establish your own meditation practice.

Shambhala Training Level I

A beginning 1 and half day weekend program that offers meditation instruction, group discussions, and talks given by a teacher on the Shambhala teachings of basic goodness.

Introductory

Shambhala Training Weekend 1: Feel Human Again

with Acharya Mitchell Levy & Larry Wolf

March 24th—March 25th

Open to all. In this 1 evening + 1 day workshop, participants are introduced to the idea of basic goodness and the practice of meditation in a supportive, social environment. The weekend includes meditation practice, talks and discussion. Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Janet Hasz & Ira Abrams

March 27th—April 24th

This class explores the benefits of mindfulness meditation in working with the ups and downs of everyday life. Starting with the foundation of basic goodness, we can approach both positive and negative emotions with gentleness and fearlessness. Continue »

Yoga

with Mark Brouwer

March 29th

Mark W. Brouwer’s Yoga is a historically influenced fusion of Iyengar traditions and ashtanga vinyasa alignment science. Poses are cued for safety and benefit the circulatory system. All ages and levels are welcome to join every Wednesday. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Thomas Adducci

April 1st

Ideal for beginners as well as students who want to work on stabilizing their meditation, this half day program gives you the essential techniques and reasons for meditation practice in everyday life. Continue »

Yoga

with Mark Brouwer

April 5th

Mark W. Brouwer’s Yoga is a historically influenced fusion of Iyengar traditions and ashtanga vinyasa alignment science. Poses are cued for safety and benefit the circulatory system. All ages and levels are welcome to join every Wednesday. Continue »