New to the Center! Beginning Thursday, September 24th

Recovery_peacockHeart of Recovery: Meditation for people in recovery      

Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

The Heart of Recovery is a group meeting focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to recovery from addictions of all kinds. Newcomers will learn basic meditation techniques to enhance, not replace, their own recovery program in a familiar and comfortable environment. Experienced meditators will discover new ways to deepen their current practice while supporting the group.

Heart of Recovery is open to all meditation practitioners, all 12-step practitioners and anyone interested in exploring the relationship of meditation to recovery from addiction and addictive behaviors.

Meetings will include sitting practice and discussion and exploration of topics to share our experience, strength and hope.

Joy In Everyday Life

jiel-2015-web.fwSept. 23-Oct. 21   Five Wednesday evenings 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

No pre-requisites

In this class we begin to cultivate the noble heart of the Mahayana teachings–opening to the virtue and celebration of compassion. We learn practical methods to develop kindness toward ourselves and others. And emphasizing the joy that comes from discipline, we walk the path of the Lion; representing the qualities of cheerfulness, health and freedom from doubt.

Full tuition, $110; patron price, $130  To learn more and register:

CBS Special Features Shambhala

A nationwide network special aired by CBS  television on June 28 highlighted the Shambhala organization as a leading force in the current surge in popularity of mindfulness and mediation across the nation. The special described the pioneering work of Chogyam Trungpa in establishing Buddhadharma in the West, interviewed the current Sayong Mipham Rinpoche, and highlighted the social outreach work being undertaken by the Chicago Shambhala Center. Click here to watch this special program.


Acharya John here in October

RJohnReserve the last days of October for a visit by Acharya Richard John. Acharya John is a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition, has visited Milwaukee often and is a special presence in our community. During his visit in the last week of October he will give a public talk on the Path of Shambhala Buddhism (Wed. 10/28) offer Buddhist Refuge and Bodhisattva vows, and conduct a special weekend program on the Maitri Five Wisdom Energies — an interactive meditation practice created by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The program will use meditation, postures, colors, and open conversation to investigate these energies. The program is open to anyone who has received meditation instruction at the Shambhala Center. Stay tuned for details.