“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.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

Saturday, April 4 – 11:30am to 1:30pm

On this day, 28 years after Chogyam Trugpa’s death, Shambhala exists all around the world. Shambhalians in the world are teachers, artists, business people, leaders, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, farmers, scientists, bankers, and doctors. Shambhala, the possibility of enlightened society, is manifesting.

The anniversary of Chogyam Trunpa’s death is a time to venerate the past, to celebrate the continuity of the teachings in the present, and to commit ourselves to the preservation and propagation of the dharma in the future. Please join us in a brief program and celebration to include:

Viewing of Building Enlightened Society – A video of  a public talk by Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on Shambhala society — a society guided by the principles of wisdom and compassion.

— Sharing of remembrances and inspiration – How have you been inspired by the life and teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche? Please bring a poem, song, or story to share. We will also celebrate with tea with toasts.

There is no fee for this program. Donations to help offset costs are welcome and appreciated – $5 suggested!


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:


Tuesday Open House

Join us every Tuesday at 8pm for a FREE class on  Shambhala Buddhist teachings. These classes offer beginners and experienced meditators alike 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 followed by tea social at 7:45pm. Donation appreciated. 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 »

Paranirvana of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

April 4th

On Saturday, April 4, we will gather to remember and celebrate the life and teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Please join us in an uplifted and brief program and celebration. 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 »

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