SHAMBHALA takes its name from a legendary kingdom famous for being an enlightened society. Today, the global Shambhala network brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life who are interested in exploring our own minds, transforming our experience, and awakening our potential for enlightened society.
Shambhala is based on trust in human dignity. We offer a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented towards modern life. Our communities around the world cultivate kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue. Our vision is to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.
Tuesday Night Open House:
Discover the Possibilities.
We teach and practice Shambhala Buddhism at the Shambhala Center -- have been for forty years. And we welcome all to join us on the path of Shambhala Warriorship... a Buddhism for today's western world.
On Tuesday nights we invite anyone interested in how meditation can impact their life and society, whether or not they are looking for a particular spiritual path.
Our Tuesday night format offers free meditation instruction and sitting practice at 7:00pm, a brief tea social at 7:45 and a talk or video/audio presentation and discussion at 8:00pm. Topics are wide ranging and include Buddhist and non-Buddhist presentations. The range of topics is outlined in our "Tuesday Agenda" below.
All are welcome and warmly invited to join us. Donations are always appreciated.
Our Tuesday Agenda
The first Tuesday of the month joins the obstacles of life with meditation practice. Offering you ways to cope by working with your mind.
Join us every third Tuesday for discussions on creating enlightened society.
Second Tuesdays are for those curious about Buddhism in general. A basic approach to Buddhist teachings. A presentation and time for questions.
The fourth and fifth weeks are for whatever may be interesting. Social issues, political forces, technology, religion... a potpourri of considerations from a contemplative point of view.
Meets Everyday Life
November 5: Meditation and the Senses, with Alan Anderson.
In some traditions, the senses are thought to distract from meditation. But it turns out that the sense fields can be the most immediate and direct way to peace and sanity. Coming to our senses is the brilliant path.
December 3: Meditation When the S*** Hits the Fan, with Alan Anderson.
It’s true that mindfulness helps us to focus. But when things run amok, our attention is pulled in every direction imaginable. At such times, we respond best when we take in more data, not less. Meditation provides us the training to stay awake during difficult circumstances.
November 12: Discover the Wealth Within:
the Practice of Generosity, with Napa Chayaworakul.
Since the time of the Buddha, the practice of generosity has been essential for the path of meditation. Often we think of wealth as possessions and attach our sense of identity and well-being to the chaotic energy of money. The Buddhist teaching on generosity offers an alternative to discovering our inherent wealth and a discipline for practicing the skillful means of joyful giving.
December 10: The Skandhas: the Software of Perception, with Grace Jessen.
The Skandhas are Buddhism's way of looking at psychological states. Are they the hardware or the software of our psychological experience? What if that depends? Is it worth figuring that out? Will understanding them help diminish attachment and aggression? Join us to consider these questions?
Meditation Meets Society
November 19: The Feminine Principle in Ecospirituality, with Tavita Martinez.
Exploring the importance of awareness of mind, body and environment.
December 15: Learning to be a Mindful Parent, with Shastri Debbie Zarate.
We might think that being a mindful parent means being completely present with our children, never losing our temper; always calm and wise in knowing what to do. Short of achieving that, how does mindfulness help us get closer to that state in our crazy busy lives? Studies of parents who practice mindfulness have shown a connection. Join the discussion with a grandmother who baby sits a lot!
4th and 5th Tuesdays
November 26: A video interview with Thich Nhat Hanh, with discussion led by Sam Potratz.
Thay leads Oprah through a tea meditation, explaining how the simple act of sipping tea can be an exercise in being more present in the moment.
December 24: No Open House -
December 31: No Open House -
Happy New Year!
Shambhala Meditation Center
2344 N. Oakland Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211