Open Public Sitting & Open Houses

Shambhala Open Houses offer sitting and walking meditation, a book reading or talk given by a 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 wear something comfortable for 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 Evenings6:30pm – 7pm, Tea &  Conversation
7pm – 8pm, Meditation
8pm – 8:30pm, talk & group discussion.
Sunday Mornings9am – 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
12:15pm – 12:45pm. No instruction is given.  Please call us at 773-743-8147, at least 48 hours in advance, to set up an appointment if you’d like free instruction.

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 Evenings6:30pm – 7:30pm Meditation;  7:30 – 7:45 pm Tea & Snacks;  7:45pm – 8:30pm Book Reading & Discussion

 


Evanston

Evanston Friends Meeting
1010 Greenleaf Street
Evanston, IL 60202

Evanston@ChicagoShambhala.org

Directions

Wednesday Evenings7:00-7:40pm Meditation; 7:40-8:00pm Snacks and conversation; 8:00-9:00pm Reading, discussing

Hyde Park (South)

Montgomery Place
5550 So. Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Directions

Tuesday Mornings11am – 12pm, Meditation and 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 Evenings6:00pm to 8:00pm

 


Oak Park (Near West)

Oak Park String Academy
350 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304
oakpark@chicagoshambhala.org

Directions

Sunday Evenings6pm – 7pm, Meditation
7pm – 8pm, Book Reading, Group Discussion, and Tea

Rogers Park (North) 

The entrance of the Rogers Park location is on Greenview, just north of Greenleaf at Rogers Park Presbyterian Church.  Ring bell for entry on Tuesday evenings.

Rogers Park Presbyterian Church
7059 N. Greenview
Chicago, IL 60626
edgewater@chicagoshambhala.org
Directions

Tuesday Evenings7pm – 8pm, Meditation;  8pm – 8:15pm, Tea;  8:15pm – 9pm, talk & group discussion
Saturday Mornings9:30am – 12:00pm.  Meditation instructions given at 9:30am.  Come as go as you please.