“In meditation we are constantly discovering who and what we are.”  – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Established in 1971, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles is part of a global community of meditation and retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our Los Angeles Meditation Centers, located in Eagle Rock (Northeast LA) and Westside (Mar Vista) offer meditation programs, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices. Weekly Dharma Gatherings and meditation groups also available in Orange CountyCarpinteria and Ojai.

We invite you to explore our diverse meditation programs designed to help people of all traditions discover their inherent clarity, gentleness and humor.

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Featured Programs

(Westside) WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday Life

with John Beard & Sheryl Beard

March 16th—April 13th

Contentment is hard to find. We usually think contentment is found in things, achievements, or experiences. With meditation practice, we learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences. Continue »


with Debra Dysart

March 29th

This Weekly Dharma Gathering features recorded teachings by Pema Chödrön, a senior teacher in our lineage. The evening includes meditation instruction, a short period of meditation and refreshments. Continue »

(Eagle Rock) Creating Safe Spaces for the Liberation from National Narcissism

March 30th

SPIRITUALITY AND HOSPITALITY -- A Conversation with Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Sharon Owyang Continue »

(Westside) Confidence Beyond Concept: an Introduction to Mudra Space Awareness

with Greg Heffron

April 1st

The feeling of confidence is its own reward. But many of us are often split between feelings of confidence and feelings of anxiety. Is it possible to find confidence within anxiety? This profound mind-body meditation asks each of us to discover our own de Continue »

(Eagle Rock) Celebration of the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

April 4th

Please join us as we come together and celebrate the life, lineage and outrageous wisdom of this extraordinary teacher through the practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast. The practice of feast will be open to the entire community. Continue »

(Orange County) Mind Training: LOJONG

with Shastri Marilyn Moore

April 13th—May 4th

This 4-week class is based on Atisha’s famed mind-training slogans that utilize our difficulties and problems to awaken the heart. Continue »

(Westside) The Art of Being Human HEART OF WARRIORSHIP Level I

with Shastri Marcy Fink

April 22nd—April 23rd

This weekend retreat explores how to reawaken our eyes, hearts and minds to our own fundamental goodness and the sacredness of life. Continue »

(Eagle Rock) WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Joel Wachbrit & Debra Dysart

May 2nd—May 30th

Contentment is hard to find. We usually think contentment is found in things, achievements or experiences. With meditation practice, we learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences. Continue »


with Kate Summers

May 20th—May 21st

Begin the amazing path of Eva Wong’s Qigong with Qigong 1&2! Continue »

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Weekly Meditation Programs

Programs for beginners to meditation and Shambhala as well as seasoned meditation practitioners.


Weekly Dharma Gathering

Wednesdays (WESTSIDE  Center/ Mar Vista). Topics by week (look for “Westside: TALK”)

Thursdays (EAGLE ROCK  Center / Northeast LA). Topics by week (look for “Eagle Rock: TALK”)

(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


People of Color Meditation Group

 Second Tuesdays (7:30-9pm) & Last Saturdays (6:30-8pm) at the Eagle Rock Center. We welcome meditators of color to practice together in an open and supportive community. We seek to voice and explore the personal challenges that people of color face in a safe space. On the cushion, we foster a deep friendship with ourselves and our fellow practitioners. Off the cushion we seek to meet the world with a greater confidence in our basic sanity. 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

Mondays, 7 pm (Eagle Rock)

Tuesdays 7:30 pm (Westside)

Yoga is so much more than just about the physical; it is a tool to unite body and mind with our true nature and will  prepare us to sit more comfortably in our meditation practice. Join us weekly at our two Los Angeles centers for weekly Yoga. Open to all.  Learn more


Heart of Recovery Meditation Group

Wednesdays at Eagle Rock Center (7:30 pm to 9 pm)

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

The Healing Circle
: First Saturday of the month (10:30am – 1:30pm), Eagle Rock Center

Creativity Lab:  Second Saturday each month, alternating between the Westside and Eagle Rock Centers; (11am – 1pm). Open to all. No art experience or meditation experience necessary!

Family GroupsThird Sunday each month (1pm – 2:30pm),  Eagle Rock Center. New families welcome!

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News and Articles

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    On The Dorje Kasung and Pacifying the Mamos

    This is a first in a series to introduce a major service organization of our Shambhala community. The organization is called the Dorje Kasung. The following is by Darryl Burnham, Kadö, the Windhorse Regiment Commander of the Dorje Kasung for the Southwest.  Dorje is a Tibetan word that means indestructible or diamond-like, and Kasung refers to … Continue 

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    Inspired to Engage: a Shambhalian’s Experience of the Women’s March in Los Angeles

    Just as in over 670 cities and towns across the globe, Los Angeles held a women’s march. It was the biggest civil demonstration in the history of the city. The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles rented a booth to offer meditation instruction. What follows is a first person account by member Allison Conant.   Before … Continue