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) Write Where You Are: Exploring Contemplative Writing

with Debra Dysart & Alicia Vogl Saenz

September 8th

All are welcome to join in on this special weekly dharma gathering workshop. Continue »

(Eagle Rock) The Art of Being Human HEART OF WARRIORSHIP Level I

with Shastri Pamela Bothwell

September 10th—September 11th

This weekend retreat explores how to reawaken our eyes, hearts and minds to our own fundamental goodness and the sacredness of life — the truth we knew as children that as adults we forget. Meditation reminds us to connect to experience as it is, with c 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

  • Why does a Buddhist Tradition Care About Leadership?

    On September 13th, SMCLA is delighted to have Minister Jane Arthur visit our community. Over decades, Ms. Arthur has held many positions within Shambhala, including the Director of the Boulder, Colorado Center (the largest Center, currently with 600+ members), and Director of the oldest of Shambhala’s residential retreat centers, Karme Choling in Vermont. Beyond these positions, she was Director of Vermont … Continue 

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    What is an Acharya

    I will never forget the first time I met an acharya. For the previous couple of months, I had been spending as much time as I could at the Los Angeles Shambhala Center. My new sangha friends told me that Acharya Allyn Lyon was coming for her winter visit. They were very excited to see … Continue