meditation 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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Introductory

Teachings with Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche (Complete 4 Class Package)

August 28th—August 31st

The Ripa Ladrang Foundation and Shambhala present teachings with Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche, a holder of the Ripa Lineage is coming to the U.S. for the first time to present teachings that will be especially beneficial to all of us during this time. Continue »

The Vajrasattva Purification Ceremony with Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche

August 31st

The Ripa Ladrang Foundation and Shambhala present teachings with Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche, a holder of the Ripa Lineage who is coming to the U.S. for the first time to present teachings that will be especially beneficial to all of us. Continue »

 


Ongoing Weekly Meditation Programs

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

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Weekly Dharma Gathering

Wednesdays at Westside Center (Mar Vista). Topics by week

Thursdays at Eagle Rock Center (NELA). 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

 

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


Featured Programs

Teachings with Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche (Complete 4 Class Package)

August 28th—August 31st

The Ripa Ladrang Foundation and Shambhala present teachings with Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche, a holder of the Ripa Lineage is coming to the U.S. for the first time to present teachings that will be especially beneficial to all of us during this time. Continue »

The Vajrasattva Purification Ceremony with Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche

August 31st

The Ripa Ladrang Foundation and Shambhala present teachings with Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche, a holder of the Ripa Lineage who is coming to the U.S. for the first time to present teachings that will be especially beneficial to all of us. Continue »

WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday Life (Westside)

with Shastri Pamela Bothwell & Lisa Oxley

September 10th—October 8th

How do we relax into appreciation of ourselves and our lives in the moment? This course is a thorough exploration of mindfulness meditation, delving into the foundational views of the Hinayana Buddhist teachings, and meditation. Continue »
   

News and Articles

  • bandit soup album cover, artist bill bothwell

    Shambhala Times Article: Bandit Soup – A Recipe for Love, Courage and Songwriting

    Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles own meditation teacher and longtime Shambhala practitioner Bill Bothwell discusses his journey as a musician and student of the Shambhala dharma.

  • Chögyam

    Tricycle Article: The Dharma in a Single Drawing

    As we approach the 28th parinirvana of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, this article written by John J. Baker, a close student, relates profound and personal teachings from the Druk Sakyong.  This article originally appeared in Tricycle Magazine.  In the fall of 1970 Bob Lester, then Chairman of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Colorado (CU), … Continue 

   
   
   

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