Open Public Sitting & Open Houses

Shambhala Open Houses offer sitting and walking meditation, a book reading or talk given by an certified meditation instructor and a group discussion.  Free meditation instruction is available at all our open houses; however, we ask that you please arrive at least five minutes early in order to receive instruction at the beginning of the open house and to have an opportunity to practice with the group.  Unless specified, no reservations nor prior experience is necessary to attend.  You do not need to bring anything with you.  There is no dress code, but you should be comfortable sitting for a period of time.

West Loop (Main Center)

37 N Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60607
info@chicagoshambhala.org
Directions

Join us for any of our FREE open houses or public meditations at our main location in the West Loop. For those new to meditation, free meditation instruction is available during our open houses.

Tuesday Evenings 6:30pm – 7pm, Tea &  Conversation
7pm – 8pm, Meditation
8pm – 9pm, talk & group discussion.
Sunday Mornings 9am – 11am, Opening chants & meditation;  11am – 12pm, Public talk & closing chants;  12pm – 1pm, Community gathering & tea.
Sunday Evenings sponsored by
Queer Dharma
Open to all; we nurture an awareness of Diverse Identities
6pm – 6:20pm, Tea & Conversation
6:20pm – 7:20pm, Meditation
7:20pm – 8pm, Discussion
Open House sponsored by
Heart of Recovery
Sunday Mornings, Open to all; caters to those in recovery
10:30am – 11am, Meditation
11am – 12pm, Discussion
Lunchtime in the Loop
Weekdays M-F
12pm – 12:30pm.  No instruction is given.  Please call us 48 hours in advance and set up an appointment at 773-743-8147 if you’d like free 1-on-1 instruction, or attend any of our open houses or introductory programs to receive FREE meditation instruction.
*New* Evenings at Shambhala
Weekdays M-F
6pm – 6:30pm.  No instruction is given.

Edgewater (North) 

The entrance of the Edgewater location is on Broadway, just south of the southeast corner of the Broadway/Devon/Sheridan Road intersection.  There is an entrance with a dark green awning.  When you step through this, you will be in a long hallway.  Walk down the hallway past the Planned Parenthood office, and you’ll see the entrance to our space on your right.

6363 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
edgewater@chicagoshambhala.org
Directions

Tuesday Evenings 7pm – 8pm, Meditation;  8pm – 8:15pm, Tea;  8:15pm – 9pm, talk & group discussion
Saturday Mornings 9:30am – 12:00pm.  Meditation instructions given at 9:30am.  Come as go as you please.

Oak Park (West)

Oak Park String Academy
350 Harrison St
Oak Park, IL 60304

Directions

Sunday Evenings 6pm – 7pm, Meditation
7pm – 8pm, Book Reading, Group Discussion, and Tea

Hyde Park (South)

Montgomery Place
5550 So. Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Directions

Tuesday Mornings 11am – 12pm, Meditation and Discussion

Des Plaines (Northwest)

We are located in the Church office to the left of the main building.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
1095 East Thacker Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
desplaines@chicagoshambhala.org
Directions

Monday Evenings 6:30pm – 7:30pm Meditation;  7:30 – 7:45 pm Tea & Snacks;  7:45pm – 8:30pm Book Reading & Discussion

Matteson (Southwest)

Located in the south suburbs of Chicago in a small white house that is otherwise used as a private therapy practice, we have a beautiful meditation room on the first floor at the back of the house that looks out onto a garden. Please join us.

3624-216th Street,
Matteson, IL 60443
mattesonshambhala@gmail.com
Directions

Open House Tuesday Evenings 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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 »