All Programs

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Sexual Harm, Trauma and the Healing Journey

January 11th—February 29th

A series of talks to promote understanding of sexual trauma and healing in our community. Open to all; Shambhala Educators are especially encouraged to attend. Continue »

The Joy of Letting Go with Ani Pema Chodron

February 2nd—March 8th

A repeat viewing of a pre-recorded online video course from Shambhala Publications, “The Joy of Letting Go,” is led by Acharya Pema Chodron, beloved Shambhala teacher, author, and Buddhist nun. Release fear, dissolve expectations, and embrace an open-hea Continue »

Sexual Harm, Trauma and Healing

February 29th

The third in a series of talks to promote understanding of sexual trauma and healing in our community. Open to all; Shambhala Educators are especially encouraged to attend. Continue »

Shambhala Day 2020 Recorded Address

March 1st

The recorded worldwide Shambhala roll call and broadcast from Shambhala Day (February 24, 2020) will be replayed during the discussion period this Sunday. Continue »

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer Ohara

March 2nd—March 30th

Based on ancient Qigong exercises and Japanese Shiatsu exercises, Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong is a restorative series of movements that anyone can do. Continue »

Governing Council Meeting

March 5th

Open to all Shambhala Chicago community members. Learn about center operations, governance, and the leadership path. At this meeting we will focus on the Center's Statement Addressing Harm. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Alice Dan

March 7th

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 »

Milarepa Day

March 7th

This day celebrates the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa. The celebration is a guru yoga practice, which includes chanting the Milarepa sadhana and reading songs of the lineage fathers in "The Rain of Wisdom." Continue »

Mahayana Retreat Day: The Mind is Workable

with Shastri David Stone & Shastri Marita McLaughlin

March 8th

Continuing our study of classic Buddhist teachings, we enter the Mahayana path, using the Mind Training slogans to awaken compassion and wisdom. Continue »

Performative Arts: Mudra Space Awareness

with Shastri David Stone

March 14th

The workshop provides an introduction to Mudra Space Awareness, which is an intensive, physical method for synchronizing body and mind. When body and mind are synchronized, we are present and each mudra, i.e. gesture, we make is real and thorough. Continue »

Performative Arts: Meditation in Acting

March 14th

In this workshop, taught by Uchè Elueze, we'll explore meditation in action.Through acting exercises and organic dialogue, this workshop will focus on the body and the use of physical language to tell a story on stage. Continue »

When Bad Lands: How Not to Numb Out, Freak Out, or Bottom Out—Buddhist Style

with Alan Anderson

March 15th

In this half-day program, Alan Anderson will guide us in rewiring our approach to meditation practice in order to develop the strength and creativity we need to become fearless, self-aware individuals who embrace the hard joy of overcoming self-delusion. Continue »

Seeing Things as They Are: Shambhala Art Part Two

with Rebekah Younger & Paul Romejko

March 21st

Seeing Things as They Are: Shambhala Art Part Two looks more closely at the process of perception and how our thinking influences our perceptions. Continue »

Nyinthun / Daylong Meditation Retreat

March 22nd

All are welcome to join this day of meditation practice; morning and afternoon evening sessions; partial attendance is fine. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: Feel Human Again

with Shastri David Stone & Jill Spielfogel

March 28th

Level I opens the Heart of Warriorship Series, a path of developing courage and compassion. Focusing on the profound technique of mindfulness meditation is a gateway to discovering intrinsic human potential and goodness. Open to all. Continue »

Kado: Rigden School of Ikebana

with Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

April 3rd—April 5th

This will be a very special and unique weekend program on the ancient art of Kado. Discover and cultivate the source of creativity, and learn how to express that in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space Continue »

Demonstration & Talk - Kado: Rigden School of Ikebana

with Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

April 3rd

Join us for a public demonstration and talk by Marcia Wang Shibata, master Kado/Ikebana instructor from the Shambhala Rigden School of Ikebana, who will share how to discover and cultivate the source of creativity and how to express that in flower arrangi Continue »

Parinirvana of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche: Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast Practice

April 4th

The parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche is a day for the Shambhala sangha to gather together to celebrate his life and teachings. We will practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra feast. Bring a potluck dish. Continue »

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer Ohara

April 6th—April 27th

Based on ancient Qigong exercises and Japanese Shiatsu exercises, Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong is a restorative series of movements that anyone can do. Continue »

Nyinthun / Daylong Meditation Retreat

April 12th

All are welcome to join this day of meditation practice; morning and afternoon sessions; partial attendance is fine. Continue »

Mudra Space Awareness: Synchronizing Body and Mind

with Shastri David Stone

April 25th

The full-day workshop provides an introduction to Mudra Space Awareness, which is an intensive, physical method for synchronizing body and mind. When body and mind are synchronized, we are present and each mudra, i.e. gesture, we make is real and thorough Continue »

The Creative Process: Shambhala Art Part Three

with Rebekah Younger & Paul Romejko

May 2nd—May 3rd

Shambhala Art Part Three explores the creative process through the lens of the ancient Chinese principles of Heaven, Earth and Human, using calligraphy and object arranging. Continue »

Qigong Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri David Stone

May 16th—May 17th

In the Chinese arts of health and longevity, qigong simultaneously cultivates a peaceful body and a peaceful mind. Physical health and mental well-being are closely aligned. Begin your journey of health and well-being in Qigong Levels 1+2. Continue »

Creating Benchmarks for Your Qigong Practice

with Eva Wong

September 12th—September 13th

Having learned the basics of Qigong in levels 1-5, it is time to use them to fine tune your practice and increase awareness of your body’s physical abilities and vast energetic potential. Continue »