Membership

The Shambhala path is both an individual exploration and a way of creating a community based on sanity, wisdom and goodness. Becoming a member of the Shambhala Meditation Center Los Angeles is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. It means participating in a community of practitioners who aspire to relate to each other with honesty, warmth, and openness. We inspire one another to deepen our experience of basic goodness through the practice of mindfulness, awareness, and compassion.

If you participate regularly at our Eagle Rock Center, or our Westside or Orange County satellites, please consider becoming a member. Becoming a member of our Center simultaneously brings membership in the global Shambhala community of individuals committed to cultivating mindfulness, awareness and compassion.

If you are not actively participating in the offerings of our Center or satellites, but feel a connection and would like to support our activities, we invite you to become a Friend of Shambhala: please see our Friends of Shambhala Donation Form.


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What is Involved?

Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others. This involves three areas of engagement and support:

Practicing meditation

Making a connection with mindfulness-awareness meditation and related contemplative practices is considered the best way for members to support Shambhala and to benefit the world and ourselves.

Volunteering

All of the work of our Center and much of the work of the Shambhala global community is done by volunteers. Giving our time and talents to the work of the community is a vital form of support and viewed as part of members’ practice.

Providing financial support

We rely on membership dues to pay our basic operating expenses and fund further enrichment and expansion of our activities. We view financial giving as part of our practice as well. Although the suggested membership contribution is currently set at $75/month, some people pay less and some pay more. It is up to you to decide what your level of contribution will be and it can be changed at any time.

How to Become a Member

To become a member, please fill out our Membership Form online and our membership coordinator will be in touch with you.

Please contact our Center Administrator Alice Toohey at smclafinance@yahoo.com if you have any additional questions on membership or how to get involved.

Why does membership matter?

Although membership is not required to participate in much of what the Center has to offer, without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we would not be able to offer all the wonderful programs, practice sessions, and events that we do. It is because of our members that the profound tradition of meditation is able to survive and flourish. Payment of membership dues is the financial backbone of our Center.

What are the benefits of membership?

Connection with our community by becoming a member helps support your practice and strengthen your understanding of Shambhala Buddhism in many ways:

  • Members receive ongoing meditation instruction with a personal meditation instructor
  • Members are invited to community events, programs, and classes, and receive discounts for some programs
  • Membership pin
  • Automatic membership in Shambhala’s world-wide network
  • Access to member resources at www.shambhala.org

Those who are in the sangha are warriors, because they are trying to overcome samsara. Members of the sangha support one another and care for one another. They are not perfect, but they inspire us because they are people who want to deepen their practice of mindfulness, awareness and compassion. The sangha is also a container. When we practice together, the sangha helps our discipline. We realize that there are other people around who are going through the same thing. That gives us a feeling of encouragement.
– Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche