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:


Learn to Meditate

with Larry Wolf

August 3rd

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 »

Square One Saturdays Art Salon

with Rebekah Younger

August 17th

This bi-monthly gathering is open to anyone interested in mindful creativity, no art or meditation experience necessary. The session includes some sitting practice, sharing personal creations in any media and discussion of the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Continue »

What The Buddha Taught ... and how it applies today: The Karmic Chain of Causality

with Shastri David Stone & Shastri Marita McLaughlin

August 24th

In this single day retreat, we will begin the exploration of Karma and the 12 Nidanas Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: Feel Human Again

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

September 7th

Level I marks the starting point of the Shambhala path of weekend city retreats. This first level focuses on the profound technique of mindfulness meditation as a gateway to discovering intrinsic human potential and goodness. Open to the public Continue »

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

September 13th

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 »