“True happiness is always available to us, but first we have to create the environment for it to flourish.”
— Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche 

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee provides opportunities to learn how to meditate and live more mindfully. We also offer classes and programs for those who want to deepen their practice and study on the Shambhala Buddhist path. Finally, we’re here as a gathering place for all who aspire to a good human society; so that together we can make the vision of a sane and kind world … Enlightened Society, a reality in Milwaukee and beyond.


Learn to Meditate

With Shastri Debbie Zarate

Saturday, December 5, 9:00 am-12:30 pm; $40/$60 Patron Perfect for beginners

meditatorrsA half-day workshop offering a systematic introduction to the practice of meditation, as well as practical ways to integrate it into one’s life. While meditation techniques are easily found in print or online, the heart of meditation remains an oral tradition and individual, personal instruction is important. Anyone interested in learning basic meditation techniques is welcome. So if you are new to meditation and would like to try it, this is the class for you. Click here to register.

A 5-week “Way of Shambhala” Introductory Class

MIELBadgeJan.6-Feb.3; 7-9 pm with Shastri Debbie Zarate

$110 program price (Generosity policy applicable)

An exploration of genuine contentment, gentleness to oneself and foundational Buddhist teachings. Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, mindfulness and inquisitiveness.

This course is the companion to the Shambhala Training Level I Weekend called The Art of Being Human. Click here for more information or to register.

Shambhala Training Level I – The Art of Being Human

level1_altWith Shastri Debbie Zarate

Friday, Feb. 19, 7-9pm – Saturday, Feb. 20, 9am-6pm

Program price $110/patron $130 (Generosity policy applicable)

This course is the weekend companion to Meditation in Everyday Life. It is the first of the five weekend workshops in Shambhala Training called The Heart of Warriorship, that include meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews and group discussions.

Shambhala Training Levels I-V provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humor, and dignity within the complexity of daily life. Completion of Levels I-V can be viewed as a complete path or can serve as the foundation for deeper practice and study of the Shambhala dharma. Click here for more information or to register.