los angeles meditation 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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Upcoming Meditation Programs

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


Qigong Levels 1 & 2qigong los angeles

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


Beginners meditation program shambhala

Special one day meditation program*: Shambhala Training Level 1, HEART OF WARRIORSHIP

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


meditation in everyday lifeMeditation In Everyday Life – A One Day Program*

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 one’s 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

Shambhala-0030Weekly Dharma Gathering

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


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 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


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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More Ongoing Programs


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

Featured Programs

Milarepa Day (Eagle Rock)

March 7th

YOU ARE WELCOME to join in the annual all-day reading of the beautiful songs of realization (dohas) of the Kagyu lineage. Continue »

Qigong Levels 1 & 2 (Westside)

with Eva Wong

March 7th—March 8th

Qigong is a centuries-old art that integrates movement, breath and intention. Don't miss this opportunity to train in one ancient, one modern lineage that have rarely been transmitted in the West - with a lineage holder. Continue »

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

with Bill Bothwell

March 14th

The Shambhala teachings present a way of living in the world creatively, confidently, and genuinely. This first weekend of Shambhala Training introduces participants to the Shambhala teachings and to the practice of sitting meditation. Continue »

News and Articles

  • sakyong shambhala day 2015

    A Year in Review

    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

  • Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in Pasadena 2015

    Special invitation from the Director

    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.


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