The Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles is part of a global community of meditation centers dedicated to the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This goodness can be developed in meditation and in daily life to radiate out to family, friends and society.

We offer free guided meditation instruction and weekly introductory dharma talks to the public at several locations throughout Los Angeles as well as a wide variety of classes, retreats, community events, Shambhala Buddhist teachings, and free public meditation sessions.

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Shambhala Meditation is based on the premise that the natural state of the mind is calm and clear. It’s a practice that anyone can do. Learn to meditate and develop mindfulness awareness by attending one of our many public meditation periods.

When you arrive, you can get a short introduction to meditation, sit with the group, and stay for the discussion group. We also offer weekly programs for newcomers consisting of  Thursday Night Intro Talks in Eagle Rock and Wednesday Night Kitchen Sink Dharma talks on the Westside.

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Featured Programs

Harvest of Peace Community Gathering

September 20th

Please join us for our annual Harvest of Peace celebration that will include a pre-recorded broadcast address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Pamela Bothwell

September 27th—September 28th

Our assumptions about our own identity are often based on hope and fear, rather than on a deep appreciation for our inherent worthiness. This course explores the way we ask the question "Who Am I?" and the habits that inform the way we define ourselves. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra practice (Eagle Rock)

October 8th—December 6th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra presents a vajrayana view, bringing together the devotion mahamudra of the Kagyu lineage and the crazy wisdom of the Nyingma lineage. As such, it provides a powerful touchstone for understanding our vajrayana heritage. Continue »
   

News and Articles

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    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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    The Path of Unconditional Healing

    The monthly Los Angeles Healing Circle group meets on the 1st Saturday of the monthly to explore the meaning of “healing” versus “cure”. Much of the groups inspiration comes from the teachings of long time Shambhala Teacher Jeff Rubin. Please find his beautifully and poignantly written post about his journey of illness and discovery (Posted on … Continue 

   
   
   

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