Open Sitting Hours

The following programs are ongoing, free and open to the public. No reservations nor prior experience necessary to attend. 


open sitting meditation eagle rock shambhala los angelesOpen Meditation Sitting, Eagle Rock

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles in Eagle Rock offers free meditation group sitting, please see our schedule below. For those new to meditation, free meditation instruction is available during our public  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.

Find us on meetup:

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 Centershambhala meditation on the westside los angeles

SUNDAYS * 9am – noon and 3pm – 5pm

All Day Meditation Retreat, third Sunday* of every month at Westside Center;  (9am – 5pm). Learn more

Click here for a list of ongoing offerings taking place on our westside location. Upcoming programs & retreats


Shambhala Westside Center in Mar Vista: 3877A Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 | View Google Map

PLEASE NOTE: The Westside Center is situated behind 3871 Grandview. The entrance is through the alley between “Under the Sea” and “GreenCoast Hydroponics”, which is directly across the street from “STOCK Building Supply”.

*On Sunday’s a Farmer’s Market cuts off access to Grand View from Venice Boulevard, so please come from the south via Washington Place.
 shambhala mar vista westside meditation center

Orange County Shambhala Meditation Groups

COSTA MESA: Zen Center Orange County (ZCOC)

SATURDAYS (open meditation) 10 am – noon

Group meditation with free individual meditation instruction available. For directions and parking information click here to go to the ZCOC web page.

 You are welcome to join us for socializing after the meditation either at the center or during lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Location: Zen Center Orange County (ZCOC), 120 East 18th Street, Costa Mesa, CA  92627

IRVINE: The Center for Living Peace

Join our MEETUP Group here

SUNDAYS (open sitting meditation) 9 am – noon
TUESDAYS (book study group beginning October 7, 2014 through May 2015) 7 pm – 9:30pm
WEDNESDAYS (open sitting meditation) 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Shambhala in Orange CountyThe Center for Living Peace, in partnership with the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles, offers group meditation instruction twice a week during the first half-hour of each public sitting. Please feel welcome to drop by any Sunday morning or Wednesday evening, excluding public holidays.

The next book study group in our continuing series will focus on True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The group meets in the library at the Center for Living Peace (CLP) beginning on Tuesday, October 7, from 7:00 to 9:30pm, and will continue to meet through May 2015. Books are available for purchase prior to each session or you are welcome to share. Drop-ins are welcome at any time.  Visit the CLP website for more information.

LOCATION: Center For Living Peace, 4139 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

We are located in the University Center shopping complex between Focus Dance Studio and Lee’s Sandwiches.

ORANGE: Chapman University

MONDAYS (open meditation) 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Join us for free meditation instruction and group sitting meditation on the Chapman University Campus. We practice sitting meditation together most Monday evenings from 7:30 – 9pm at the Fish Interfaith Center in Wilkinson Founders Chapel (the small chapel room adjacent to Wallace All Faiths Chapel). First timers and beginners are welcome!

We begin with meditation instruction for the first half hour, and then practice meditation together, which will be followed by a brief reading, and then a discussion group.

LOCATION: Chapman University, Fish Interfaith Center, 1 University Dr, Orange, CA 92866  |  Click here for the directions

Carpinteria Shambhala Meditation Group

MONDAYS (open meditation) 6 pm – 6:45 pm

Monday Public Sitting Meditation is located at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh amphitheatre, entrance from Ash and Sandyland. Silent meditation in the Marsh with others is magical!

WEDNESDAYS (public meditation) 10:30 am – noon

Carpinteria Woman’s Club, 1059 Vallecito Road | Map
(off Carpinteria Ave., behind Rusty’s Pizza).

There is no charge, and all are welcome. For further information, please contact Robert or Anne at or 805-861-8858.

Ojai Valley Shambhala Meditation Group

Ojai Valley Shambhala Meditation Group at the Amara Healing Center of Ojai

Ojai Shambhala Meditation Group

SUNDAYS  (public meditation) 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Join us for meditation and discussion group in the charming Ojai Valley.

Please email or call for address and directions:

Tony Winecoff at or call 805-798-2330.