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.


Mini-Mindfulness for Children & Families: 3 Week Course

with Rob Ley

April 8th—April 22nd

This class will provide a child-friendly introduction to mindfulness and include short meditation sessions, movement, and creative projects. Continue »

Happier at Work: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

April 26th

Join us for a reading and discussion led by Shastri Gayle Van Gils from her book on how to be happy at work! Continue »

Spring Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement) Public Talk

with Brooke Pohl

April 27th

Join us for a public talk and demonstration of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, with Brooke Pohl, a teacher with over 25 years of experience. If you enjoy the demonstration, you can join the day-long workshop on Saturday! Continue »

Spring Ikebana Workshop

with Brooke Pohl

April 28th

A day-long workshop of contemplative flower arrangement with Brooke Pohl, an experienced Sogetsu Ikebana teacher. All are welcome Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Joy in Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Janet Hasz

May 2nd—May 30th

This is the 3rd class in the Everyday Life series; all are welcome. This class emphasizes awareness of the environment and expanding the heart. It introduces the contemplation of the Four Immeasurables for arousing and strengthening compassion for self. Continue »