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

Basic Goodness: Who Am I?

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

July 27th—August 24th

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

Learn to Meditate

with Alice Dan

September 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 »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Blessie Hornilla

September 8th—September 9th

In this 2 day 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 »

Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz

September 14th—October 12th

Open to all. This 5-week course provides a further exploration of mindfulness meditation, along with foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Refuge and The Three Jewels

with Alice Dan & Jill Spielfogel

September 16th—September 17th

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 »