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 Milwaukee Shambhala Center opposes all forms of discrimination, injustice and oppression. We stand in solidarity with non-violent efforts to achieve racial, social and economic justice and with all those suffering and their desire for equality. We hold true to our core value that humanity is basically good and worthy of dignity.


Our building is closed due to Covid-19 but we’re still open online.

Featured Programs

Heart of Recovery Group - Thursday evenings

September 24th—August 26th

Online group meeting focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to recovery from addictions of all kinds. Continue »

Cafe Shambhala - Saturday mornings

January 2nd—August 28th

Cafe Shambhala is a gentle introduction to meditation practice, with reading and discussion. Join us online Continue »

Compassion practices for Caregivers - first Sundays

with Rebecca McAllister

January 3rd—August 1st

Gather online for engaging in compassion practices for those in caregiver roles Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana practice

with Leslie Shippee

February 3rd—December 1st

Join us for the chanting and contemplation of The Shambhala Sadhana, one of the central practices of the Shambhala community.  It is focused upon the teachings of basic goodness, or indestructible sanity, of oneself, other, and human society Continue »

Open House Tuesdays: Dharma Art

with Kirk Ferguson

June 22nd—August 24th

Dharma Art series on the 4th Tuesdays. Please join us for this series on Dharma Art as part of our Tuesday Open House program. Each session we will practice shamatha meditation, watch a talk by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and have a discussion. Continue »

Open House Tuesday

with Toni Martinez

August 3rd

Open House Tuesday: The Blessing in the Bummer--How Disappointment Can Help Wake Us Up

with Dr. Tobias Kaemmerer

August 10th

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche once described disappointment as “the chariot to enlightenment” – high praise for a generally unwanted, frequently avoided feeling! Let’s examine this provocative statement through the lens of core Buddhist teachings and explore Continue »

Open House Tuesday: Magic and Your Six Monkeys

with Alan Anderson

August 17th

From meditation’s understanding of our minds, we get the analogy of the six monkeys — six ways that the mind perceives. It’s fun, though formulaic. Beyond that and deep inside that is magic of our world. It’s worth getting into. Continue »

Open House Tuesday: What is Meditation?

August 31st

Join an experienced meditator for instruction and discussion of the profound and simple practice of meditation. Continue »