Ongoing Offerings

SMCLA offers a rich array of weekly ongoing meditation programs free to the public. No prior meditation experience required to attend. Most programs offer meditation instruction upon request. All are welcome.

Click on the individual offerings for more information.


Open Public Meditation Sitting Hours

Learn about public sitting hours at our different locations throughout the Los Angeles area.


Thursday Night Intro Talks

New to meditation, Shambhala and or Buddhism? Come join us at our Thursday night intro talk. Presenters and topics rotate each week.


Kitchen Sink Dharma – Intro to Meditation

(Westside Location)

Down and dirty dharma talk on the westside. Presenters and topics rotate each week.


Young Adult Sitting Group

(Westside Location)

Sitting group for the new generation of practitioners.


Open House Sunday

Learn about the history of Shambhala, what the SMCLA community has to offer.


Families and Children

SMCLA offers support for families to be able to meditate together including free child care first Sunday of the month. In addition, Family Groups are offered the 3rd Sunday afternoon of each month: Tiger Cubs for kids and Present Parenting for adults


Heart of Recovery Meditation Group

Weekly meditation and sharing support group bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and the Twelve Steps with the goal of integrating the basic goodness of meditation with our commitment to abstinence.


The Healing Circle

Based on the “Unconditional Healing” teachings offered at SMCLA in the fall of 2011 by Jeff Rubin, we will explore the real meaning of “healing,” as opposed to “cure.” We will look at how the uncomfortable, sometimes painful issues in our lives can be our gifts on the path of awakening to a life that is actually rich and fulfilling.


Creativity Lab

Exploring creative processes that arise from meditative space

(Westside Location)

We are a group of art and meditation practitioners and teachers who want to play with the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and to share it with others. To let go of concepts about “Art” and collaborate. Not primarily to make stuff, but to engage each other and develop a ground of mutual trust born of curiosity, willingness to be a fool, and trust in the process of coming back to the present moment. To see where it goes. Please join us!


Shambhala Film Society (Westside Location)

SFS is a community of filmmakers (writers, producers, actors, directors) (film, TV, new media) interested in discussing how the Shambhala principles of basic goodness and enlightened society and the path of meditation can influence and inform our work.  Our mission is to create a space for this conversation and collaboration to occur through dialogue, workshops, retreats, regular meetings, networking, and film screenings.