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
The 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.
Along 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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
Shambhala Offers an extensive, structured path of training in authentic meditation practices and teachings. View all of the Shambhala Core Path Programs
with Shastri Joel Wachbrit & John MacAdams
September 13th—October 11th
with Shastri Janet Solyntjes
September 20th—October 18th - Date postponed or cancelled
with Gail Whitacre