Meditation

Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. The practice of meditation has been taught for over 2,500 years as a vehicle for realizing the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation.

The teachings of Shambhala Buddhism emphasize the potential for enlightenment inherent in every situation or state of mind. Through discipline, gentleness and a sense of humor, the practitioner is invited to let go of conflicting emotions and wake up on the spot.

Mindfulness/awareness meditation is the foundation of all that we do at the Shambhala Meditation Center.This ancient practice of self-discovery is rooted in the simple but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake and to develop the compassion and insight necessary to care for oneself and the world genuinely.

About Meditation Instruction

Meditation instruction is available to anyone, free of charge. We offer introductory instruction to newcomers and follow-up instruction to other practitioners on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, as part of our Open House program, and at other times by appointment. Not just for “new” meditators, instruction is also recommended as part of our ongoing practice. You are always welcome to come in and speak to an instructor about your regular practice and you may even ask to form a working relationship with the instructor of your choice.

Depending on a student’s interest and experience, meditation instruction might include:

Introducing the practice of meditation – Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic meditation techniques taught in the Shambhala community.

Clarifying the view of meditation – In our tradition, meditation instruction involves more than the communication of a technique; it is, at heart, about the transmission of the revolutionary view that unconditional wisdom and compassion are the very ground of our being, and that by learning to relax more and more fully, we allow this fundamental nature to flower.

Instruction on working with obstacles to meditation – Common obstacles to meditation include disheartenment, resistance, procrastination, discursiveness and spacing out. The obstacles are well documented in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings—and so are their antidotes.

Guidance on the path of practice and study – Shambhala presents many opportunities for students to deepen their practice and study—public meditation sessions, weeknight classes, weekend programs, retreats and seminaries, to name a few. A meditation instructor can help you decide what to do next and when to do it.

Guidance on joining meditation and daily life – The workaday world is where the rubber meets the road. Getting the tools to meet life’s ups and downs with a strong and pliable mind and an open heart is another potential benefit of working with a meditation instructor.

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shambhala los angelesWant to know more about meditation? Click here to read comments about meditation by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, current lineage holder of Shambhala.

New to meditation or our center? Join us at Thursday Night Intro Talks in Eagle Rock or Kitchen Sink Dharma in Marvista (Westside) on Wednesday nights (7.30pm-9pm).

View all our ongoing weekly programs here

Learn more about the Way of Shambhala and what programs to take

For more information about finding an instructor please call 323.255-5472 or email us at la@shambhala.org.

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Way of Shambhala

WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Fearlessness in Everyday Life (Westside)

with Sheryl Beard

August 16th—August 23rd

This class mixes meditation with the vastness of space beyond concept. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. Continue »

Gentle and Fearless: The Way of the Woman Warrior

with Katie Bainbridge & Anne Saitzyk

August 23rd—August 24th

Come and join us as we explore the world of quiet, creativity and connection. In this retreat we will welcome slowing down through the practice of meditation. We will reconnect with other women through the practices of play and conversation. Continue »

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 »

View all of the Shambhala Core Path Programs