How Do I Begin?


“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.

Upcoming introductory programs:


Sitting, the Physical Art of Meditation

with Erika Berland

March 23rd

Presents the principles of alignment, breathing and experiential anatomy, including guided imagery exercises to release tension and stress when they arise. Continue »

What The Buddha Taught ... and how it applies today

with Shastri David Stone

April 6th

In this single day retreat, we will begin the exploration of the four marks, practice meditation and contemplation (instruction provided), dialogue, cultivate insight and engage in discussion on the topics. Continue »

Path of Mindful Parenting and Family Life

with Rob Ley, Shastri Marita Mc Laughlin, Donna Mandel, Jill Spielfogel

April 7th—May 5th

This new series offers programming for parents that is separate from children’s mindfulness classes. Children’s classes are also included. Continue »

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

April 12th

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

Shambhala Training Level I: Feel Human Again

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

April 20th

Open to all. This mindfulness meditation retreat weekend presents the view that human beings, at their core, are fundamentally awake. Continue »