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 County, Carpinteria 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.
Upcoming Meditation Programs
Programs for beginners to meditation and Shambhala as well as seasoned meditation practitioners.
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
Saturday, March 14th: 8:30 am – 6 pm. (Eagle Rock Center)
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
Saturday, March 21st: 8:30 am – 6 pm. (Westside Center)
Open to all; beginners to meditation. Meditation in Everyday Life is the first course in The Way of Shambhala series.
Have you ever been curious about meditation? Or wished you could meditate more regularly? This course will provide an introduction to the technique and an opportunity to deepen ones understanding of meditation, with practical suggestions. Learn more & register
* NOTE: This program is usually offered as a five week series during weekday evenings.
Ongoing Weekly Meditation Programs
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
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
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
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
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
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 Groups: Third Sunday each month (1pm – 2:30pm), Eagle Rock Center. New families welcome!
“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
― Pema Chödrön
with Eva Wong
March 7th—March 8th
with Bill Bothwell
February 25, 2015
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
February 18, 2015
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.