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

Featured Programs

Thanksgiving Weekthun (Eagle Rock)

with Cynthia MacKay

November 24th—November 30th

Intensive meditation practice enables us to experience a profoundly fresh view of our lives, so precious in this hectic world, and provides support for this process and a rich training ground for the creation of a compassionate society. Continue »

Refuge Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Emily Bower

November 30th

With the Refuge Vow, we make a commitment to the path of sanity in our own lives. For those practitioners interested in deepening their commitment to the buddhadharma path, the center offers an opportunity to take the Refuge Vow with Acharya Emily Bower, Continue »

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

with Bill Bothwell

December 6th

The Shambhala teachings present a way of living in the world creatively, confidently, and genuinely. This first weekend of Shambhala Training introduces participants to the Shambhala teachings and to the practice of sitting meditation. Continue »

News and Articles

  • pema chodron on oprah

    Pema Chödrön on Oprah

    For more than three decades, Pema Chödrön has been teaching and writing about Buddhist principles as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. View a conversation between Pema Chödrön and Oprah from Super Soul Sunday: “How to Let Go and Accept Change”.

  • Downtown

    Wrestling with the Funny/Sad Eternal Now

      Los Angeles Shambhala member Aaron Crowe beautifully delves in to the tender heart of sadness and humor.  This post is primarily about a depressed cartoon bear and his adventures with an overly zealous, rosy little hippo. There are, however, other matters to consider first. There is the matter of wisdom, of suffering, of this … Continue 


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