meditation classes in los angeles

Established in 1971, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles is part of a global community of meditation and retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our Los Angeles Meditation Centers, located in Eagle Rock (Northeast LA) and Westside (Mar Vista) offer meditation programs, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices. Weekly Dharma Gatherings and meditation groups also available in Orange CountyCarpinteria and Ojai.

We invite you to explore our diverse meditation programs designed to help people of all traditions discover their inherent clarity, gentleness and humor.

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“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
Pema Chödrön


 

Featured Programs

(Eagle Rock) WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday

with Shastri Joel Wachbrit & John MacAdams

September 13th—October 11th

Contentment is hard to find. We usually think contentment is found in things, achievements or experiences. With meditation practice, we learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences. Continue »

(Eagle Rock) Talk: THE POWER OF DOING NOTHING

with Gail Whitacre

September 29th

Weekly Dharma Gathering - Drop in the Eagle Rock Center on any Thursday night. The evening features meditation instruction, a short period of meditation and refreshments. All are welcome — newcomers as well as seasoned meditators. Continue »

(Eagle Rock) Running with the Mind of Meditation - 1-Day Program

with Cynthia MacKay & Jenny Hannah

October 1st

Geared for runners, walkers, and other athletes, this class offers fresh insights into the activities of meditation and movement and the ways our running experience can be dramatically enhanced by working with the principles of meditation. Continue »

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Weekly Meditation Programs

Programs for beginners to meditation and Shambhala as well as seasoned meditation practitioners.

 

Weekly Dharma Gathering

Wednesdays (WESTSIDE  Center/ Mar Vista). Topics by week

Thursdays (EAGLE ROCK  Center / Northeast LA). Topics by week

(7.30pm – 9pm)

Listen to a dharma talk by Shambhala teachers. Free meditation instruction for those who wish. This evening gathering is open to all, for beginners to meditation and Shambhala teachings as well as seasoned meditators in other meditation traditions.  Join us! Learn more

 

Open Meditation Sitting

Free meditation group sitting and meditation instruction available for those who wish. No reservations nor prior experience necessary to attend. Welcome! View Open Sitting Schedule and Meditation Group Locations 

All Day Meditation Retreat, third Sunday of every month at Westside Center;  (9am – 5pm). Childcare offered to families with children. Learn more

 

Young Meditators Group

Mondays at Westside Center & Fridays at Eagle Rock Center; (7.30pm – 9pm): A group for anyone in their 20s and 30s who is interested in learning and experiencing the benefits of meditation and socializing other like-minded individuals. Learn more

 

Yoga & Meditation

Mondays, 7 pm (Eagle Rock)

Tuesdays 7:30 pm (Westside)

Yoga is so much more than just about the physical; it is a tool to unite body and mind with our true nature and will  prepare us to sit more comfortably in our meditation practice. Join us weekly at our two Los Angeles centers for weekly Yoga. Open to all.  Learn more

 

Heart of Recovery Meditation Group

Wednesdays at Eagle Rock Center (7:30 pm to 9 pm)

A meditation and sharing support group with the purpose of bringing together the practice of meditation, the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, and the Twelve Steps of Recovery with the goal of integrating the basic sanity of the Dharma and the basic goodness of meditation with our commitment to abstinence. We welcome all those who wish to share in these common interests. Learn more

   

Monthly Meditation Programs



The Healing Circle
: First Saturday of the month (10:30am – 1:30pm), Eagle Rock Center

Creativity Lab:  Second Saturday each month at Westside Center; (11am – 1pm). Open to all. No art experience or meditation experience necessary!

Family GroupsThird Sunday each month (1pm – 2:30pm),  Eagle Rock Center. New families welcome!

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News and Articles

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    Harvest of Peace – our newest Nyida Day

    One upon a time there was a young, incarnate Tibetan meditation master who managed to escape cultural genocide in 1959. He landed in India, studied at Oxford University and contemplated British culture for a few years. After meeting Western students while co-administering a small Buddhist monastery in Scotland, he made drastic changes to his personal … Continue 

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    What is The Heart of Recovery?

    A Question and Answer session with George Gomez. George is actively involved with Heart of Recovery that meets weekly at SMCLA, and at many Shambhala Centers across our mandala. (It is similar in format to an earlier iteration with a name still used at some Centers, Sarpashyana.) Heart of Recovery meets every Wednesday night at … Continue