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).



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