Open Public Sitting Hours

Public Sitting

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening, mindfulness meditation and instruction from 7:00-8:00 pm.  Thought-provoking discussion from 8 – 8:30 pm on Monday and Thursday.

Wednesday & Friday mornings, 7:00-7:30 am. The Center doors will be open for anyone who wishes to meditate. No instruction available.

Community Practice Evenings 

You are invited to participate in extended group sittings, dharma readings and discussion. This opportunity to practice for up to three hours with other sangha members is now being offered one weeknight a month, rotating through Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights in upcoming months.

Opening chants and sitting begin at 6 pm; at 8 pm there will be a dharma talk and discussion; we will finish with closing chants by 9 pm.

The regular weeknight meditation session with instruction will still be available from 7 until 8.  You are welcome to join in for all or part of this practice.

Introductory

Meditation at the Art Museum - BSMC at BMA

with Marion Buckley & Janet Bronstein

July 26th—August 30th

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! Registration is required; space is limited. Continue »

Daoist Qigong Sampler

with Shastri David Stone

August 22nd

Shastri David Stone will offer a sampling of the basic qigong forms taught in the Primordial Limitless Gate (Xiantianwujimen) School of Daoism. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I -The Art of Being Human

with Shastri David Stone

August 23rd—August 24th

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. Continue »

Brown Bag lunch with Shastri David Stone

with Shastri David Stone

August 24th

Q & A on the Chicago Shambhala Center’s Youth Anti-Violence Initiative Continue »

The Role of the Spiritual Teacher in Buddhism and Shambhala

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

September 27th

A hallmark of the Buddhist path is its emphasis on personal responsibility for one’s own liberation. The Buddha encouraged his disciples to think for themselves rather than relying on his insights and teachings. Still, all branches of the Buddhist tradi Continue »