Membership at Shambhala Chicago

The Shambhala Chicago Meditation Center is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the generosity of our members to sustain our day-to-day operations.  The experience of being a member is enormously rewarding and allows you the opportunity to make a greater connection with our local Center, the teachings, and the larger Shambhala community.


What Does Membership Mean?

Members help to create the vitality of life at the Center.

Members engage in volunteering, studying and taking classes in the Shambhala Dharma and other contemplative arts, and formal mediation practice. There are a variety of ways that these three elements manifest in any individuals path, but work, study, and practice have always been a good way to connect with and support our Shambhala community, our world, and ourselves. Members are also encouraged to volunteer when possible.

By paying monthly dues, members help to pay basic operating expenses such as rent, utilities, and staff.  The financial support of our members is also key to our being able to offer a Generosity Policy, which ensures that programs are financially accessible to all.  In addition to their monthly dues, many members often offer additional donations to various fundraising efforts throughout the year.

Click here to fill out our New Member Registration Form!

Benefits of  Membership:

  • 20% discount on programs
  • 10% everyday discount on bookstore items
  • Opportunity to establish and maintain an ongoing personal relationship with a Meditation Instructor
  • Invitations to Member and Community events and special Members-Only Programs
  • Member newsletter, with information and updates from the community
  • All donations are tax deductible less the value of any program discounts used
  • Membership Pin (presented at Shambhala Day or Harvest of Peace)
  • Financial Assistance for Programs
  • Membership in Shambhala’s world-wide network that gives access to our Global Community
  • Access to member resources at

Membership dues are offered as recurring donations. A suggested amount is $20 per month. Members often increase their donations over time as they become more involved with the community.

By making a monthly offering of $300 or more, you are a valued patron member of the Chicago Shambhala Center. You are not only contributing to the financial security of the community, but you are investing in the future of the Center for the hundreds of practitioners who come through our doors every year. 

Become a member today!

You are warmly invited to become one of the many members who make the Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center a precious jewel in the heart of Chicago!

If you’d like to start Membership right now, simply visit our New Member Registration Form.  If you would prefer to first discuss Membership with us, please email us.