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, Westside Center & THURSDAYS, Eagle Rock Center

(7:30 – 9pm)

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 (no one turned away for lack of funds).



Young Meditators Group

MONDAYS, Westside Center & FRIDAYS, Eagle Rock Center

(7:30 – 9pm)

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).



Eagle Rock Center: Open Meditation Sitting

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


Westside Center: Open Meditation Sitting

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. Click here for directions.

* 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 – Eagle Rock

(11am – noon)

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


Programs for beginners and new to Shambhala


WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday Life (Eagle Rock)

with Cynthia MacKay & Marian English

October 27th—November 24th

How do we relax into appreciation of ourselves and our lives in the moment? This course is a thorough exploration of mindfulness meditation, delving into the foundational views of the Hinayana Buddhist teachings, and meditation. Continue »

Thanksgiving Weekthun (Eagle Rock)

with Acharya Allyn Lyon

November 23rd—November 29th

Intensive meditation practice enables us to experience a profoundly fresh view of our lives, so precious in this hectic world. Engaging in practice in a group setting provides support for this process, a training ground for a compassionate society. Continue »

Shambhala Training HEART OF WARRIORSHIP Level I: The Art of Being Human (Eagle Rock)

with Acharya Allyn Lyon

December 5th—December 6th

The Shambhala teachings present a way of living in the world with creative expression, confidence, and genuineness. This first weekend of Shambhala Training introduces participants to the Shambhala teachings and to the practice of sitting meditation. Continue »


Meditation Groups outside of Los Angeles

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





“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