meditation in los angeles shambhala

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 Centers, located in Eagle Rock and Mar Vista (Westside) 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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Upcoming Programs

Programs for beginners to meditation and Shambhala as well as advanced Shambhala Practitioners

basic goodness shambhala seriesHow Can I Help?

The Basic Goodness of Society

A Weekend Meditation Retreat Exploring Our Relationship with Others

Feb 7th — Feb 8h, 2015

with Marcy Fink & Cynthia MacKay at Eagle Rock Center


This meditation program is part of our Basic Goodness Series and asks the question, “How can I help?”. The course explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may be. Is society something that is ultimately confused or is there goodness in human society?  The course focuses on transforming four aspects of society: relations with family (household), professional life, entertainment, and economy. We learn the traditional mahayana practice of “sending and taking” (tonglen). Learn more


spark radiate meditateSpark Radiate: 

Reclaiming Human Interaction in Everyday Life

Saturday Feb 7th, 7pm at the Westside Center

Open to All

Hosted by the Young Meditators Group$10 suggested donation.

Spark Radiate is a celebratory event aiming to spark conversation around innovative ideas through brief, potent presentations on a particular subject. The topic this evening will be ‘Reclaiming Human Interaction in Everyday Life.’ Come join in on the conversation! Reception to follow afterward. REGISTER HERE


shambhala day year of the wood sheepShambhala Day Celebration – Year of the Wood Sheep

Feb 19, 2015

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, and represents one of the most important celebrations in Shambhala. Join us for good practice, good food, and good company as we celebrate the new Year of the Wood Sheep! The day will include a live online address by Shambhala lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.


Ongoing Weekly Programs

flyer-just-meditatingWeekly Dharma Gathering

Every Wednesday, Westside Center (in Mar Vista) and every Thursday, Eagle Rock  Center at 7.30pm – 9pm. Free meditation instruction. Everyone is welcome!

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young meditators group at shambhala laYoung Meditators Group

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.

Fridays in Eagle Rock and Mondays in Westside at 7.30pm: Join us twice a week  for 30 minutes of meditation followed by various activities such as short readings, guest teachers, and formal/informal conversations over tea and snacks.

Learn more about Young Meditators Group


Open Meditation Sitting

Shambhala in Orange CountyShambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles offers free meditation group sitting at our two centers as well as at our meditation groups outside of LA. For those new to meditation, free meditation instruction is always available. Open Sitting is free and open to all. No reservations nor prior experience necessary to attend. Welcome!

Open Sitting Schedule and Locations 

See also All Day Meditation Retreat offered once per month at our Westside Center


Monthly Meditation Programs

The Healing Circle

First Saturday of each month, 10:30am to 1:30pm in Eagle Rock. Next meeting is February 7, 2015.

In this group we will explore the real meaning of “healing,” as opposed to “cure.” We will look at how the uncomfortable, sometimes painful issues in our lives can be our gifts on the path of awakening to a life that is actually rich and fulfilling. Learn more

More Ongoing Programs


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

Featured Programs

WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday Life (Eagle Rock)

with Joel Wachbrit & Sharon Owyang

January 20th—February 17th

How do we relax into appreciation of ourselves and our lives in the moment? This course is a thorough exploration of mindfulness meditation, delving into the foundational views of the Hinayana Buddhist teachings, and meditation. Continue »

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society (Eagle Rock)

with Marcy Fink & Cynthia MacKay

February 7th—February 8th

This program focuses on relationship and society. It is an exploration of the nature of society and what it might mean to help our world. Teachings focus on bodhichitta, communication, virtue and how society arises as an expression of interconnectedness. Continue »

Shambhala Day: Year of the Wood Sheep (ER)

February 19th

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, and represents one of the most important celebrations in Shambhala. Join us for good practice, good food, and good company. Continue »

News and Articles

  • shambhala training guides in los angeles

    Radiating Confidence

    We felt the warm rays of the Great Eastern Sun this past weekend as 27 members of Shambhala completed the Shambhala Guide Training program led by Shastri Pamela Bothwell at our Eagle Rock Center in Los Angeles.

  • meditation books

    Meditation Books and Supplies now available at our Eagle Rock Center

    Physical bookstores are rare these days! Any proceeds from purchases at the Shambhala Meditation Center Bookstore go back into supporting our Center. If you’re thinking of purchasing a book, consider buying it from us first. Stop by and learn more about our offerings. We look forward to seeing you!


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