“In meditation we are constantly discovering who and what we are.”  – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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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Featured Programs

(Westside) Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos

February 16th—February 25th

Everyone is invited to join in this practice. During the days immediately before Shambhala Day, we come together to recite this chant multiple times. It is an elaborate protector offering that pacifies the karmic causes of chaos. Continue »

(Orange County) Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos

with Shastri Marilyn Moore

February 16th—February 23rd

(Westside) Pema Chödrön DVD Night

February 22nd

This Weekly Dharma Gathering features recorded teachings by Pema Chödrön, a senior teacher in our lineage. The evening features meditation instruction, a short period of meditation and refreshments. Continue »


with Gail Whitacre

February 23rd

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 »

(Orange County) Shambhala Film Night - THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

with Harish Rao

February 24th

To describe this movie in one sentence: It is the coming together of spirituality and Quantum Physics. Continue »

(Orange County) WHAT IS SHAMBHALA ART?: An Experiential Workshop

with Anne Saitzyk, Elaine Welinder, Harish Rao

February 25th

Shambhala Art's purpose is to explore the creative process and the product we call art from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline. The Shambhala Art teachings are about discovery and play and the universal nature of creativity and communication. Continue »

(Eagle Rock) MEDITATION IN ACTION: Making a Clean Sweep on Neutral Day

February 26th

Join us on "neutral day" as we clear physical and psychological karmic cobwebs, obstacles, and negativity, as well as uplift the Eagle Rock Center in preparation for the new year. Continue »

Shambhala Day 2017: Year of the Firebird

February 27th

This annual community celebration is open to all! Continue »

Westside Community: Shambhala Day Dinner

February 27th

Please join us at the Westside Shambhala Center for food, conversation and community celebrating the Lunar New Year ("Shambhala Day”/Tibetan New Year/Losar), Monday February 27, 2017. Gather at 7pm. Dinner at 7:30pm. Dress: uplifted/celebratory. A Medit 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 (look for “Westside: TALK”)

Thursdays (EAGLE ROCK  Center / Northeast LA). Topics by week (look for “Eagle Rock: TALK”)

(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


People of Color Meditation Group

 Second Tuesdays (7:30-9pm) & Last Saturdays (6:30-8pm) at the Eagle Rock Center. We welcome meditators of color to practice together in an open and supportive community. We seek to voice and explore the personal challenges that people of color face in a safe space. On the cushion, we foster a deep friendship with ourselves and our fellow practitioners. Off the cushion we seek to meet the world with a greater confidence in our basic sanity. 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, alternating between the Westside and Eagle Rock Centers; (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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    On The Dorje Kasung and Pacifying the Mamos

    This is a first in a series to introduce a major service organization of our Shambhala community. The organization is called the Dorje Kasung. The following is by Darryl Burnham, Kadö, the Windhorse Regiment Commander of the Dorje Kasung for the Southwest.  Dorje is a Tibetan word that means indestructible or diamond-like, and Kasung refers to … Continue 

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    Inspired to Engage: a Shambhalian’s Experience of the Women’s March in Los Angeles

    Just as in over 670 cities and towns across the globe, Los Angeles held a women’s march. It was the biggest civil demonstration in the history of the city. The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles rented a booth to offer meditation instruction. What follows is a first person account by member Allison Conant.   Before … Continue