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 SMCLA, 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.

 

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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

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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

 

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Introductory

Shambhala Training HEART OF WARRIORSHIP Level I: The Art of Being Human (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Pamela Bothwell

September 5th—September 7th

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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra practice (Eagle Rock)

September 9th—December 6th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra presents a vajrayana view, bringing together the devotion mahamudra of the Kagyu lineage and the crazy wisdom of the Nyingma lineage. As such, it provides a powerful touchstone for understanding our vajrayana heritage. Continue »

WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday Life (Westside)

with Katie Bainbridge & David Fraioli

September 18th—October 16th

How do we relax into appreciation of ourselves and our lives in the moment? This course is a thorough exploration of mindfulness meditation, delving into the foundational views of the Hinayana Buddhist teachings, and meditation. Continue »

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