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.



Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

May 28th—June 18th

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

Heart of Recovery®

May 28th

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 28th

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 »

Tuesday Evening Meditation ONLINE

with Barbara Wolkowitz & Ann Shillinglaw

May 30th

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 30th

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

Collective Liberation Online Discussion Group

June 3rd—October 7th

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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra ONLINE

with Alice Dan

June 3rd

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

Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion In Person

June 4th—June 18th

Weekly group meditation (sitting and walking) with guided instruction, Dharma reading and discussion offered in person on first and third Sundays. Please come at 10 am to receive meditation instruction. Continue »

Aging as Spiritual Path: Online Book Club

with Alice Dan

June 8th—November 9th

"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 »

Learn to Meditate IN-PERSON

with Alice Dan

June 10th

Have you been trying to start a meditation practice on your own or with an app? This program helps beginners overcome common obstacles and establish a consistent practice. Continue »