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.



Weekly Dharma Gathering – Introduction to Meditation

Wednesdays (7:30 – 9pm) – Westside Center

Thursdays  (7:30 – 9pm) – Eagle Rock Center

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. This is a great way to Learn to Meditate and hear an Introductory Dharma Talk. See our schedule >

No registration required, $10 suggested donation.



Young Meditators Group

Mondays (7:30 – 9pm) – Westside Center

Fridays (7:30pm – 9pm) – Eagle Rock Center

A meditation and discussion group for people in their 20s and 30s. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other young people in the Los Angeles area who are interested in meditation. Learn more >
No registration required, $10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds).



Open Meditation Sitting, Eagle Rock

Free meditation instruction is available during the open meditation sittings listed below.  Please arrive at least a half hour before the end of the session to receive instruction and have an opportunity to practice.

The last thirty minutes of our Sunday and later Wednesday sittings include an “Introduction Circle” that provides an opportunity to get to know other meditators and also to ask questions of a meditation instructor.

SUNDAYS 9am – noon
7:30pm – 9:30pm
FRIDAYS 10am – noon


ADDRESS: 963 Colorado Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041-1705  | Northeast corner of Figueroa St. and Colorado Blvd. Enter parking lot on Figueroa St. |  Map


Open Meditation Sitting in the Westside Center

SUNDAYS * 9am – noon and 3pm – 5pm

Click here for a list of ongoing offerings taking place on our westside location. You can also check our classes and retreats page for information on upcoming programs.

3877A Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066  |  Map

PLEASE NOTE: The Westside center is situated behind 3871 Grand View Blvd.  Parking is accessible by the driveway along the side of the building with additional parking available on the street and at the school lot next door.

* On Sundays a Farmer’s Market cuts off access to Grand View from Venice Boulevard, so please come from the south via Washington Place.  Here is a link to the neighborhood.

Welcome to Shambhala: Open House Talk

Last Sunday of the Month  (11am – noon) – Eagle Rock

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



Meditation Groups outside Los Angeles

Join our Meditation Groups in Orange County (The Center for Living Peace and Chapman University), Carpinteria and Ojai Valley. Weekly Learn to Meditate instructions and Public Meditation Sitting open to all. Learn more >




Learn more about Ongoing Offerings and our Public Meditation 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