All Programs

Programs and classes in meditation, Buddhist teachings, and other contemplative disciplines are offered as well as individual meditation instruction. The Shambhala Buddhist path, unique in the world of Western Buddhism, combines the teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala principles of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.

We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help Chicagoans of all traditions discover their inherent sanity, gentleness, and humor.



Collective Liberation Online Discussion Group

May 4th—July 6th

It's time for a genuine quest for Collective Liberation. This is not a class but a participatory exploration of our own identities and how we veer away from what really is - our own and others' Basic Goodness. Continue »

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion In Person

May 5th—July 7th

We welcome all to join us for Sunday meditation practice and dharma discussion! Come when you can, stay for the whole morning, or leave when you need to. Doors open at 9:30 am. Continue »

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

May 5th—July 7th

Weekly group meditation (sitting and walking) with guided instruction; Dharma reading and discussion. Continue »

Heart of Recovery®

May 5th—July 7th

The Heart of Recovery® is a group meeting at the Shambhala Center focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to sobriety. Continue »

Queer Dharma

May 5th—July 7th

Queer Dharma is a weekly meditation group where LGBTQIA+ people can form a non-judgmental community while deepening our meditation practices based on openness, curiosity, and gentleness. Continue »

In-person Tuesday Lunchtime Meditation

May 7th—July 16th

Join us on your lunch break in the West Loop to meditate on Tuesdays Continue »

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

May 7th—July 9th

Looking for a virtual meditation group where you can drop in when you like or attend regularly and get to know other meditators? Instruction in meditation and mindfulness skills. Continue »

In Person Tuesday Evening Meditation in West Loop

with Stephen Burns & Barbara Wolkowitz & Peter McLaughlin & Ted Ballou

May 7th—July 16th

Join us for meditation in person at the Chicago Shambhala Center. Newcomers welcome and instruction given. Continue »

Aging as Spiritual Path: Online Book Club

with Alice Dan

May 9th—August 8th

"Old age is not for sissies!" But where do we get to share our experiences and find support to face our aging? Meditation offers a path to a healthy approach. Join our discussions on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

May 23rd—September 17th

All are welcome to this full moon Vajrayana practice. Please join us! Continue »

Midsummer's Day Celebration

June 15th

Celebrate the start of summer with Shambhala Chicago! Continue »

Qigong 1 & 2 - Peaceful Body, Peaceful Mind

with David Stone

June 22nd—June 23rd

When body is relaxed and peaceful, energy will flow. When mind is still, it will embrace qi and strengthen the body. In the Chinese arts of health and longevity, qigong simultaneously cultivates a peaceful body and a peaceful mind. Continue »

CONFIDENCE: Holding Your Seat Through Life’s Eight Worldly Winds (Hybrid)

with Ethan Nichtern

June 27th

At this inspiring event based on his new book, author Ethan Nichtern will use the Buddhist concept of the Eight Worldly Winds to share how to find the confidence to navigate life’s challenges within our culture of polarization and constant change. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Alice Dan

August 10th—August 11th

As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we begin to discover confidence and personal energy to go forwards on the journey. Continue »

Intro to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

August 18th

Please join us for this free info session, Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Highly recommended if you want to enroll in the 8 week MBSR course. Continue »

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

August 21st—October 9th

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program is an 8-week course designed to help participants improve the quality of their lives as they work with various types of stress. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Barbara Wolkowitz

August 24th—August 25th

This program captures the heart of Shambhala—the view that human beings are fundamentally good and awake and that this capacity can be cultivated and strengthened through meditation, reflection and personal conduct. Continue »