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“In meditation we are constantly discovering who and what we are.”  – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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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Featured Programs

(Eagle Rock) THE WHEEL OF LIFE--The Six Realms: A Workshop

with David Nichtern

December 10th

A Workshop with David Nichtern based on his new book "Awakening From the Daydream - Reimagining The Buddha's Wheel of Life." Continue »

(Orange County) Write Where You Are: A Contemplative Writing Workshop

with Debra Dysart & Alicia Vogl Saenz

December 10th

Meditation and Writing. Open to all. Continue »

(Eagle Rock) AWAKENING FROM THE DAYDREAM: Discussion and Booksigning

with David Nichtern

December 10th

Come meet David Nichtern for a lively discussion based on his new book "Awakening from the Daydream -- Reimagining the Buddha's Wheel of Life." 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


People of Color Meditation Group

 Second Tuesdays (7:30-9pm) & Last Saturdays (6:30-8pm) at the Eagle Rock Center. We welcome meditators of color to practice together in an open and supportive community. We seek to voice and explore the personal challenges that people of color face in a safe space. On the cushion, we foster a deep friendship with ourselves and our fellow practitioners. Off the cushion we seek to meet the world with a greater confidence in our basic sanity. 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, alternating between the Westside and Eagle Rock Centers; (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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    A Message from the Director

    Dear Noble Warriors of Shambhala, Today, right now, some of us are experiencing an immense amount of sadness and fear about our future. As well, some are experiencing new hope for our future. Whatever it is you’re feeling, the divide between hope and fear appears to be as vast as the long deep valleys of … Continue 

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    What is a “Weekthun?” (Dec 26-Jan 1) – A Special Invitation from Acharya Emily Bower

    I am looking forward to leading the weeklong retreat this holiday season. In this retreat, our main practice will be showing up for each session and following our teachers’ instructions for meditation. Our secondary practice will be contemplating kindness and the possibilities that arise when we acknowledge basic goodness—of ourselves, of each other, and of … Continue