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

with Thomas Adducci

December 2nd

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 »

New Meditators Group

with Barbara Wolkowitz

December 8th

Looking to connect with other meditators? Join us for New Meditators Group on Friday evening, December 8. We will explore issues related to meditation practice, especially for people of all ages who are newer to meditation. Continue »

Winter Weekthun Retreat 2017 - Resting Body, Speech, Mind and Phone

with Thomas Adducci & Ira Abrams

December 26th—January 1st (2018)

Give yourself the gift of mindfulness. Spend a day or the whole week in our annual non-residential urban retreat. Be gentle to your body, talk and tweet less, and make friends with your mind. This program is open to all. Continue »

(DAILY RATE) Winter Weekthun Retreat 2017 - Resting Body, Speech, Mind and Phone

with Thomas Adducci & Ira Abrams

December 26th—January 1st (2018)

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

January 6th—January 7th (2018)

In this workshop, students are introduced to the idea of basic goodness and the practice of meditation in a supportive, social environment. The weekend includes meditation practice, discussion, and individual meetings with meditation instructors. Continue »