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 meditation 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

Game Night (Eagle Rock)

November 1st

Come join us for an evening of games. Yes, yes it is awesome, and bound to be a lot of fun. Continue »

Thanksgiving Weekthun (Eagle Rock)

with Cynthia MacKay

November 24th—November 30th

Intensive meditation practice enables us to experience a profoundly fresh view of our lives, so precious in this hectic world, and provides support for this process and a rich training ground for the creation of a compassionate society. Continue »

Refuge Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Emily Bower

November 30th

With the Refuge Vow, we make a commitment to the path of sanity in our own lives. For those practitioners interested in deepening their commitment to the buddhadharma path, the center offers an opportunity to take the Refuge Vow with Acharya Emily Bower, Continue »

News and Articles

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    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 

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    The Path of Unconditional Healing

    The monthly Los Angeles Healing Circle group meets on the 1st Saturday of the monthly to explore the meaning of “healing” versus “cure”. Much of the groups inspiration comes from the teachings of long time Shambhala Teacher Jeff Rubin. Please find his beautifully and poignantly written post about his journey of illness and discovery (Posted on … Continue 


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