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:


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

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin & Shastri David Stone

January 19th—January 20th

How has Buddhism remained a living tradition passed from teacher to student, from one culture to another, over the past 2500 years? How does Shambhala Buddhism provide a path of personal transformation that speaks to the concerns and conflicts of our time Continue »

Buddhist Studies Group -- ONLINE

January 22nd—March 5th

Join this online community for an in-depth salon on The Four Noble Truths. All are welcome. Continue »

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Jeff Glatstein

January 23rd—February 20th

Learn about peaceful abiding meditation, basic goodness, and how meditation practice can improve the quality of our daily life. By deepening our experience and understanding of ourselves through meditation, we can more fully become who we are. Continue »

Buddhist Studies Group -- EVANSTON

January 23rd—March 13th

Join your neighbors for an in-depth salon on The Four Noble Truths. All are welcome. Continue »

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

January 25th

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 »