“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.


The Shambhala Path – Taking the First Step

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

Saturday, April 18 – 8:30am – 6:00pm

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

This course is the weekend companion to “Meditation in Everyday Life.” It is the first of the five weekend workshops that include meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews and group discussions. To learn more and register:



Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to speak in Chicago

Thursday, May 7,  6:30pm – 10:00pm

Making Peace Possible – The Shared Wisdom of the Human Heart. The Sakyong will talk about the humanizing quality of meditation, and how we can break society down into simple interactions where you can make a world of difference. To learn more:


Tuesday Open House

All are welcome to join us Tuesdays evenings for meditation instruction, practice, and an introductory talk. The talks offer an introduction to Buddhism and Shambhala meditation practice and culture. They’re also a great place for connection and lively discussion. Bring your curiosity, questions and insights to share! Public sitting begins at 7pm (a meditation instructor will be available) followed by tea social at 7:45pm and the talk at 8pm. $5 suggested donation. See Tuesday open house class topics here.


What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

March 25th—April 29th

This course asks the question, “What is real?” and focuses on a study of the phenomenal world. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Bill Hebbert

April 18th

Discovering basic goodness in the world and in ourselves. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Steven Shippee

May 16th—May 17th

Cultivating the willingness to observe our cocoons of fear and our defense mechanisms. Continue »

Joy In Everyday Life

May 20th—June 17th

Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion towards others, we begin to discover the joy of discipline, health and bravery. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Deborah Zarate

June 27th—June 28th

Developing the bravery to step outside our cocoons. Continue »

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