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

WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Fearlessness in Everyday Life (Westside)

with Sheryl Beard

August 16th—August 23rd

This class mixes meditation with the vastness of space beyond concept. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. Continue »

Gentle and Fearless: The Way of the Woman Warrior

with Katie Bainbridge & Anne Saitzyk

August 23rd—August 24th

Come and join us as we explore the world of quiet, creativity and connection. In this retreat we will welcome slowing down through the practice of meditation. We will reconnect with other women through the practices of play and conversation. Continue »

Shambhala Training HEART OF WARRIORSHIP Level I: The Art of Being Human (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Pamela Bothwell

September 5th—September 7th

The Shambhala teachings present a way of living in the world with creative expression, confidence, and genuineness. This first weekend of Shambhala Training introduces participants to the Shambhala teachings and to the practice of sitting meditation. Continue »

News and Articles

  • Downtown

    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 

  • food

    Calling All Recipes!

    On Sunday, May 18th the Shambhala Dragons, ages 9 – 13, had a feast with delicious food prepared by them and their parents. The Dragons want to compile a Shambhala Cookbook to sell on Shambhala Day next year to raise funds for Families and Children and WE WANT YOUR RECIPES TOO!  Please mail your easy recipes to: Salmon loaf (Sophia … Continue 


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