meditation classes in los angeles

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 Meditation Centers, located in Eagle Rock (Northeast LA) and Westside (Mar Vista) 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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“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
Pema Chödrön


 

Featured Programs

(Westside) VIDEO: Pema Chodron

with Greg Heffron

July 27th

Weekly Dharma Gathering - Drop in the Westside Center on any Wednesday night. The evening features meditation instruction, a short period of meditation and refreshments. All are welcome — newcomers as well as seasoned meditators. Continue »

(Orange County) The Art of Being Human - Level I

with Shastri Marcy Fink

July 30th—July 31st

This weekend retreat explores how to reawaken our eyes, hearts and minds to our own fundamental goodness and the sacredness of life — the truth we knew as children that as adults we forget. Meditation reminds us to connect to experience as it is, with c Continue »

(Eagle Rock) Sounds of the Elements: A Shambhala Music Evening

August 13th

All are welcome to join us for an evening of musical play, listening, feeling, and being. Appropriate for the whole family! Continue »

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Weekly Meditation Programs

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

 

Weekly Dharma Gathering

Wednesdays (WESTSIDE  Center/ Mar Vista). Topics by week

Thursdays (EAGLE ROCK  Center / Northeast LA). Topics by week

(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

Mondays, 7 pm (Eagle Rock)

Tuesdays 7:30 pm (Westside)

Yoga is so much more than just about the physical; it is a tool to unite body and mind with our true nature and will  prepare us to sit more comfortably in our meditation practice. Join us weekly at our two Los Angeles centers for weekly Yoga. Open to all.  Learn more

 

Heart of Recovery Meditation Group

Wednesdays at Eagle Rock Center (7:30 pm to 9 pm)

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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News and Articles

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    The Compassion of Unconditional Love: What Karuna Training Offers

    An introduction to Karuna Training and Contemplative Psychology will be offered for the first time in Los Angeles by Shastri Sandra Ladley. The following is a personal account by Miriam Hall. The program, Introduction to Contemplative Psychology, will be held in Eagle Rock on June 11 and 12. This article originally appeared in the Shambhala … Continue 

  • The Magic of Qi Gong

    Why practice qigong? from an article by Sophie Léger NOTE: Our own Kate Summers also trained with Eva Wong and will be leading a Qi Gong Levels 1 & 2 Weekend Intensive at Westside May 28 -29. All welcome! Register here. Qigong is a wonderful way to integrate the body in our spiritual journey. Without … Continue