How Do I Begin?

Meditation

“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.

Introductory

Learn to Meditate

July 1st

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 »

Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Alice Dan & Jill Spielfogel

July 1st—July 15th

Open to all. This 3 week course provides a further exploration of mindfulness meditation, along with foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Welcome to Shambhala

July 16th

This class is an introduction to all things Shambhala: history, traditions, and more. Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Joy in Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz

July 29th—August 12th

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 »

Basic Goodness: Who Am I?

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

August 3rd—August 31st

This is the first of the 3 courses in the Basic Goodness Series. All are welcomed. Continue »