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


Featured Programs

(Orange County) The Heart of the Matter: How to Live with Compassion and Courage - A Video Course with Pema Chodron

October 23rd—December 11th

Online teachings by Pema Chodron back by popular demand! Continue »

(Eagle Rock) The Wheel of Life

with Marian English & Ron Schultz

October 25th—November 22nd

illustrated by the Wheel of Life. Talks, group discussion, meditation and contemplation practice will aid in exposing the sources of the confusion known as samsara. Continue »

(Orange County) WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday Life (Shambhala Online)

with Acharya Eve Rosenthal

October 27th—December 1st

Open to all! No prior meditation experience required. 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

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


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 at Westside Center; (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

  • What is a “Weekthun?” (Dec 26-Jan 1) – A Special Invitation from Acharya Emily Bower

    I am looking forward to leading the weeklong retreat this holiday season. In this retreat, our main practice will be showing up for each session and following our teachers’ instructions for meditation. Our secondary practice will be contemplating kindness and the possibilities that arise when we acknowledge basic goodness—of ourselves, of each other, and of … Continue 

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    The Shambhala community in Orange County has a uniqueness…

    An interview with Shastri Marilyn Moore “In her recent visit to Southern California, Minister Jane Arthur pointed out that each of our centers has a unique flavor, a quality all its own. In that spirit, she shared that her experience of our Orange County community was a sense of family, a feeling that people truly … Continue