What We Offer

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles offers classes and weekend retreats in the Shambhala teachings. These courses and weekend retreats are open to people from any religious background or no religious background. They are grounded in basic human wisdom and are relevant to anyone interested in living a more sane, genuine, fearless, and joyous life.   The path begins and continues with meditation.  At Shambhala Los Angeles, we offer weekly public sitting sessions, dharma talks, and community support.

The Path of Practice and Study

meditating-101The path begins and continues with meditation. Students are introduced to Buddhist and Shambhala teachings in the context of an ongoing meditation practice. Shambhala Meditation centres around the world offer a broad and carefully thought-out range of classes, meditation programs and community activities. At our residential practice and retreat centres, students can deepen their meditation through longer programs, and engage in periods of intensive study.

The path consists of a series of programs designed to stabilize and strengthen a student’s meditation practice, and to clarify their understanding of the teachings. Our courses offer entry into the classical teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as the Shambhala wisdom presented by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The new Way of Shambhala curriculum serves as a graduated path of instruction in the profound vision of the lineage.

The Way of Shambhala program offers a contemporary, effective spiritual path, particularly oriented toward discovering the inherent strengths and goodness that are the foundations of a healthy, sane and decent society. Following it, we can reclaim our natural birthright of wisdom and compassion, and work with others to bring about the best in human society.

For a full description of the Shambhala Buddhist path, click here to visit shambhala.org.

Contemplative Arts

shambhala-artAlong with sitting meditation practice, SMCLA offers workshops in contemplative arts including Shambhala Art, Ikebana (the art of flowers), Kyudo (Zen archery), Miksang (contemplative photography), and Contemplative Writing.  Click here for more information.




Ongoing Weekly Meditation Programs


Shambhala-0030Weekly Dharma Gathering

Wednesdays at Westside Center (Mar Vista) & Thursdays at Eagle Rock Center (NELA);
(7.30pm – 9pm)

Listen to a dharma talk by Shambhala teachers. Free meditation instruction for those who wish. This evening gathering is open to all, for beginners to meditation and Shambhala teachings as well as seasoned meditators in other meditation traditions.  Join us! Learn more


Open Meditation Sitting

Free meditation group sitting and meditation instruction available for those who wish. No reservations nor prior experience necessary to attend. Welcome! View Open Sitting Schedule and Meditation Group Locations 

All Day Meditation Retreat, third Sunday of every month at Westside Center;  (9am – 5pm). Childcare offered to families with children. Learn more


Young Meditators Group

Mondays at Westside Center & Fridays at Eagle Rock Center; (7.30pm – 9pm): A group for anyone in their 20s and 30s who is interested in learning and experiencing the benefits of meditation and socializing other like-minded individuals. Learn more


Yoga & Meditation

Tuesdays at at Westside Center; (7:30pm to 9:00pm): Yoga is so much more than just about the physical; it is a tool to unite body and mind with our true nature. Join us for Vinyasa Yoga and Restorative Iyengar Yoga on Tuesdays. Open to all. Learn more


Heart of Recovery Meditation Group

Wednesdays at Eagle Rock Center & Tuesdays at Westside Center starting March 10; (7:30pm to 9:00pm): A meditation and sharing support group with the purpose of bringing together the practice of meditation, the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, and the Twelve Steps of Recovery with the goal of integrating the basic sanity of the Dharma and the basic goodness of meditation with our commitment to abstinence. We welcome all those who wish to share in these common interests. Learn more


Monthly Meditation Programs

Creativity Lab: exploring creative processes that arise from meditative space: Second Saturday each month at Westside Center; (11am – 1pm). Open to all. No art experience or meditation experience necessary!

Family Groups: Present Parenting, Tiger Cubs (3-8 yrs), and Dragon’s group (9-12 yrs)Third Sunday each month at Eagle Rock Center;(1pm – 2:30pm)New families welcome!


kado ikebana at shambhala meditation center





Warriorship is a path of bravery, gentleness, and genuineness. At the heart of the Shambhala warrior tradition is the view that a brilliant life is accessible to everyone. Contemplative practices bring a natural sense of goodness, fearlessness, and humor into our ordinary lives.
-Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Founder of Shambhala


Learn more about Shambhala and who we are

Shambhala Offers an extensive, structured path of training in authentic meditation practices and teachings. View all of the Shambhala Core Path Programs




Thanksgiving Weekthun (Eagle Rock)

with Cynthia MacKay

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 Emily Bower

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 »

Children's Day (Eagle Rock)

December 20th

Please join us for Children’s Day, Shambhala’s annual celebration of the Winter Solstice, including a yummy pot luck supper! Continue »