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 Gatheringweekly dharma gathering at shambhala center in los angeles

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 how to meditate and hear an Introductory to meditation. Bring a friend!  See our schedule of topics >

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 Schedule

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 Schedule

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


1-Week Meditation Retreat (San Diego) with Shastri Marcy Fink

with Shastri Marcy Fink

May 28th—June 3rd

Intensive meditation practice enables us to experience a profoundly fresh view of our lives—so precious in this hectic world. Engaging in such practice in a group setting provides powerful support for this process and a rich training ground for the crea Continue »

CHANGED ~ Qigong Levels 1 & 2 review session (Westside)

with Kate Summers

May 29th

NOTE: This program has been changed to be a review of the practice for those familiar. To register for this, you have to have done Levels I and II in the past. Qigong is a centuries-old art that integrates movement, breath and intention. Don't miss t Continue »

Film Screening: Glimpses of Yarne (Orange County)

May 29th

Kent Martin's film is an in-depth look at the Yarne retreat held every winter at Gampo Abbey. Continue »


Meditation Groups outside of Los Angeles

Join our Meditation Groups new satellite Center in Orange County as well as at our other locations in Carpinteria and Ojai Valley. Join us weekly for 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