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 classes for beginners:


Refuge and The Three Jewels

with Barbara Wolkowitz

September 22nd

This program explores what it means to take refuge and become a Buddhist. It is open to anyone who is curious and interested in exploring the topic of refuge. Continue »

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Akiba Barberousse & Stephen Burns

September 27th—October 25th

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 »

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

October 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 »

Taoist Qigong Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri David Stone

October 20th—October 21st

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of QiGong. Take this rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique lineages, the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate and Yiquan schools, rarely transmitted in the west. Continue »

Introduction to Shambhala Art: Outing to the Art Institute

with Rebekah Younger & Paul Romejko

October 20th

Join us for an introduction to Shambhala Art as a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago! Continue »