meditation centers and meditation groups 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 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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Upcoming Meditation Programs

Programs for beginners to meditation and Shambhala as well as seasoned meditation practitioners.>


jeff rubin program shambhala los angelesUnconditional Healing: Discovering Wisdom, Compassion and Power in the Midst of Chaos

with Jeff Rubin

Weekend Program: February 27th – March 1st
Intro talk: Friday, February 27th 7:30- 9pm

This evening, and the weekend, are open to anyone eager to integrate adverse circumstances into their spiritual path, especially those who are ill, disabled, or suffering significant upheavals in their life. Partners, friends, and caregivers are always welcome. Meditation experience not required.

Jeff Rubin is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, and has directed meditation-based workshops for over thirty years.




Qigong Levels 1 & 2qigong los angeles

March 7th—March 8th at Westside Center with Eva Wong

Open to all. Register early. Space is limited!

Qigong is a centuries-old art that integrates movement, breath and intention in order to develop internal energy – bringing you reduced stress, greater strength, flexibility, immunity – and a host of other benefits! Don’t miss this opportunity to train in two qigong lineages – one ancient, one modern — that have rarely been transmitted in the West – with Taoist practitioner, author and scholar Eva Wong. Learn more


Beginners meditation program shambhala

Special one day meditation program: Shambhala Training Level 1, HEART OF WARRIORSHIP

Saturday, March 14th: 8:30 pm – 6 pm.

Open to all; beginners to meditation and Shambhala teachings

This program is the first of a series of weekend seminars that provides an open and friendly environment to discover knowing how to live with a clear mind, a gentle heart and a sense of humor through the practice of meditation. The weekends include an introduction to sitting meditation practice, talks by a director, individual meetings with a meditation instructor, and group discussion. We welcome people of all religious traditions as well as those who do not follow a particular spiritual path. Learn more & register


Ongoing Weekly Meditation Programs

Shambhala-0030Weekly Dharma Gathering

Wednesdays at Westside Center (Mar Vista) & Thursdays at Eagle Rock Center (NELA);
(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


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

Tuesdays at at Westside Center; (7:30pm to 9:00pm): Yoga is so much more than just about the physical; it is a tool to unite body and mind with our true nature. Join us for Vinyasa Yoga and Restorative Iyengar Yoga on Tuesdays. Open to all. Learn more


Heart of Recovery Meditation Group

Wednesdays at Eagle Rock Center & Tuesdays at Westside Center starting March 10; (7:30pm to 9:00pm): 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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More Ongoing Programs


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

Featured Programs

Unconditional Healing: Discovering Wisdom, Compassion and Power in the Midst of Chaos

with Jeff Rubin

February 27th—March 1st

Our difficulties can serve as a doorway into who we truly are, and a more expansive way of viewing ourselves and the world. This is the view of healing that we will explore and practice together this weekend. Continue »

Shambhala Film Society presents “Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint” (Eagle Rock)

March 1st

Milarepa, a 2006 Tibetan-language film with English subtiles directed by Bhutanese meditation master Netken Choling, depicts the humble beginnings of the man who was to become Tibet's greatest Buddhist saint, celebrated in the Shambhala lineage. Continue »

Milarepa Day (Eagle Rock)

March 7th

YOU ARE WELCOME to join in the annual all-day reading of the beautiful songs of realization (dohas) of the Kagyu lineage. Continue »

News and Articles

  • sakyong shambhala day 2015

    A Year in Review

    Cheerful Year of the Wood Sheep! If you missed the day please click here to see a recording of the live address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

  • Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in Pasadena 2015

    Special invitation from the Director

    I hope to see you all on Shambhala Day in Eagle Rock! I have some wonderful news to share, a bit of vision for our future and lots of love and appreciation for each and every one of you.


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