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.



Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

August 25th—October 13th

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 »

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

September 19th—October 24th

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

Heart of Recovery®

September 19th—October 24th

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

September 19th—October 24th

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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

September 20th—December 19th

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

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

September 21st—October 26th

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 »

Be, Awake, Create: An Introduction to Shambhala Art

with Rebekah Younger

September 27th

Enhance your awareness using the creative process and meditation. Continue »

Shinrin-Yoku - Forest Bathing Walk

with Alison Paul

October 2nd

Join us for a short Forest Bathing walk at nearby Burnham Wildlife Corridor. Continue »

Stroke of Ashe Group Practice

with Shastri David Stone

October 6th—November 4th

A gathering of warriors who have received stroke practice transmission--will include guided practice and commentary. Please register to receive zoom link. Continue »

Coming to Your Senses - One-Day Workshop in Mindful Creativity

with Rebekah Younger & Paul Romejko

October 9th

Coming to Our Senses explores the fertile ground of connecting to our sense perceptions and meditative mind for creative expression. In person only. Continue »

Contemplative Photography: Picture of Mind

with Larry Wolf

October 14th

This six-week workshop explores the making and viewing of photographs as an expression of inner vision. On Zoom. Continue »

When Bad Lands: The Hard & Brilliant Path of Waking Up to the World As-It-Is

with Alan Anderson

October 16th

Spiritual practice doesn't mean improving ourselves, it means facing ourselves. This class is presented by Alan Anderson based on his book, "When Bad Lands: How Not to Numb Out, Freak Out, or Bottom Out--Buddhist Style“ In person & zoom. Continue »

Igniting the Heart: Awakening Compassion to Transform Your World

October 17th—November 21st

An angry mind sees an angry world. Using the Buddhist teachings on the six realms of existence, these video talks given by Pema Chödrön teach us how to work skillfully with strong emotions. In person. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri David Stone

October 22nd—October 23rd

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. Free Fri eve talk. In person & zoom. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

October 30th

Are you finding it difficult to begin a meditation program or maintain a regular practice? This one-day workshop may help you develop friendship with your mind, skill in how to work with speed and difficulty, and a sense of humor. In person and Zoom. Continue »

Who Am I?

with Shastri David Stone

November 1st—November 22nd

Join us throughout November as we explore together the fundamental questions of what it means to be human and to be an individual self – Who Am I? On Zoom. Continue »

Meditation as a Therapeutic Tool: A Program for Psychotherapists

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin & Dr. Timothy Pedigo

November 13th

Discover how a meditation practice can affect you personally, your relationship with clients, and the healing process. CEU credits awarded. Continue »

Shambhala Training 4: Awakened Heart - offered by Shambhalaonline

with Acharya Mathias Pongracz

November 26th—November 28th

Opportunity to participate in Level IV, Awakened Heart, offered through Shambhalaonline. Prerequisite: Level III, Warrior in the World. Continue »

Shambhala Training, Level 5: Open Sky - Offered by Shambhala Online

with Gaylon Ferguson

January 14th—January 16th (2022)

Level V: Open Sky is offered by Prerequisite: Level IV, Awakened Heart Continue »