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.


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

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 »