The Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center is pleased to offer a wide range of support for people interested in meditation, from teaching meditation to beginners, to assisting new meditators in establishing a meaningful practice, to helping experienced practitioners maintain and expand their practices.

Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. The practice of meditation has been taught for over 2,500 years as a vehicle for realizing the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation.

The teachings of Shambhala Buddhism emphasize the potential for enlightenment inherent in every situation or state of mind. Through discipline, gentleness and a sense of humor, the practitioner is invited to let go of conflicting emotions and wake up on the spot.

Mindfulness/awareness meditation is the foundation of all that we do at the Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center. This ancient practice of self-discovery is rooted in the simple but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake and to develop the compassion and insight necessary to care for oneself and the world genuinely.

Weekly Opportunities for Public Meditation


Each week we offer group meditation sessions that are free and open to the public and do not require advance registration. Many of these sessions offer brief meditation instruction provided by trained guides at the beginning of the program, as well as an informal, guided discussion about meditation at the end. These open houses are also opportunities to be part of a community that is supportive of your meditation practice.

Classes & Programs

We offer an active schedule of classes and programs that often require advance registration. Many of these programs explore meditation; other areas of focus include Buddhist study, art & creativity, qigong, to name a few.

For New Meditators

Programs that are specifically geared toward new meditators include: New Meditators, Learn to Meditate, and Shambhala Training Level I.

Meditation Instructors (MI)

As a benefit of membership, Shambhala Chicago also facilitates the formation of ongoing personal relationships between members and meditation instructors.

Nyinthuns (Daylong meditation retreats) 

These monthly retreats which coincide with seasonal transitions are opportunities to practice extended periods of meditation. For new and seasoned practitioners, these are ideal opportunities to deepen the meditation experience of calmly abiding with one’s own body-mind. Partial attendance is welcome for these days of meditation, which run from 9:00 AM-8:30 PM.

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