Getting Started

Meditation is a practice that anyone can do.

It is based on the radical idea that the natural state of the mind is not scattered, nervous, and confused, but rather calm, creative, and clear. Practicing regularly provides a way to settle into this natural state more often.  At the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles, we begin by training in shamatha or mindfulness meditation. This foundational technique allows you to tune into the present moment, at home, at work, or wherever you go in your day to day life.

We welcome anyone new to meditation to check out these ongoing introductory classes & programs.

Each offering is a drop-in with a $10 suggested donation.


Welcome to Shambhala: Open House Talk (Eagle Rock)

Last Sunday of the Month                         11:00-12:00pm

The “Welcome to Shambhala” monthly event is designed to introduce newcomers to the Shambhala Center.


Thursday Night Introduction (Eagle Rock)

Every Thursday                       7:30-9:00pm

This is a great way to Learn to Meditate and hear an Introductory Dharma Talk.

No registration required, $10 suggested donation.


Young Adult Group (Westside)

Every Monday                           7:30-9:00pm

This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other young people in the Los Angeles area who are interested in meditation.


Kitchen Sink Dharma (Westside)

Every Wednesday                            7:30-9:00pm

Come for weekly talks by senior teachers of Shambhala Buddhism and community discussion. The evening features meditation instruction, a short period of meditation and refreshments.



Learn more about Ongoing Offerings and our Public Sitting schedule where meditation instruction is also included.

“It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our mind?”

-Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche