meditation in los angeles shambhala

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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Special Event

open house

Grand Unveiling of our new Eagle Rock space.

Join us at our Open House in Eagle Rock, December 20th (5pm – 8pm) 

meditation booksThe Space is Awake! It’s an open house, meaning people can drop by whenever they like. I will be there, Guy, the designer of the space will be there, our Center Coordinator will be. This is a chance to mingle, food and conversation, see the space, and shop for those last minute holiday gifts!

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at our new exciting merchandise and giveaways.

And a lot of new things in our gift store.

Also on December 20th: Shambhala Holiday Party (8.30pm – 1.30am). Open to all.



flyer-just-meditatingWeekly Dharma Gathering

Every Wednesday, Westside Center (in Mar Vista) and every Thursday, Eagle Rock  Center at 7.30pm – 9pm. Free meditation instruction. Everyone is welcome!

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young meditators group at shambhala laYoung Meditators Group

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.

Fridays in Eagle Rock and Mondays in Westside at 7.30pm: Join us twice a week  for 30 minutes of meditation followed by various activities such as short readings, guest teachers, and formal/informal conversations over tea and snacks.


Open Sitting

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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

Shambhala Holiday Party

December 20th

Join us for a wonderful evening celebrating community in our recently renovated Eagle Rock center over food, drinks and dancing. Continue »

Silence and Celebration: A New Years Eve Retreat (and Party)

December 31st

If you have been meaning to meditate more this year - or to learn to meditate - it's not too late! Everyone is welcome to join in this mini-retreat as we transition from the old year to the new. Come for the entire evening (or for any part of it). Continue »

Miksang Level 1 (Westside)

with Miriam Hall

January 17th—January 18th (2015)

Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as "Good Eye." The Miksang Society offers a number of programs, courses and events that present a form of contemplative photography. The first level of training purifies our visual perception. Continue »

News and Articles

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    How Acharya Allyn Lyon Became My Teacher

      Often, the teacher-student relationship is a strong, life-changing bond. Buddhist teachings are passed along from teacher to student. This lineage begins with the Buddha. Think of  Milarepa and his devotion to his teacher, Marpa. This blog by Chris O’Hare explores that deep connection with his teacher Acharya Allyn Lyon.   I took my first … Continue 

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    Pema Chödrön on Oprah

    For more than three decades, Pema Chödrön has been teaching and writing about Buddhist principles as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. View a conversation between Pema Chödrön and Oprah from Super Soul Sunday: “How to Let Go and Accept Change”.


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