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 County, Carpinteria 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
with John Beard
May 21st—May 22nd
with Kate Summers
May 28th—May 29th
with Shastri Sandra Ladley
June 16th—June 19th
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
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
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
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
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
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 Groups: Third Sunday each month (1pm – 2:30pm), Eagle Rock Center. New families welcome!
April 19, 2016
The following is an excerpt from LA sangha member Steven Saitzyk’s dharma art book, PLACE YOUR THOUGHTS HERE. Steven will be giving a talk: Dharma Through Art at the Westside center on Wednesday, April 20, 7:30pm. Things are not difficult to make; what is difficult is putting ourselves in the state of mind to make … Continue
February 28, 2016
Mindfulness and meditation go together like muscles and strength-training. Mindfulness is an attribute we exercise during meditation, and meditation is a practice (I believe the best practice) to cultivate mindfulness. However the rubber really meets the road when we can bring that mindfulness off the meditation cushion and into our everyday lives. Mindfulness doesn’t have … Continue