Getting Started with Meditation

Meditation is a practice that anyone can do.

It is based on the radical idea that the natural state of the mind is not scattered, nervous, and confused, but rather calm, creative, and clear. Practicing regularly provides a way to settle into this natural state more often. At the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles, we begin by training in shamatha or mindfulness meditation. This foundational technique allows you to tune into the present moment, at home, at work, or wherever you go in your day to day life.

We welcome anyone new to meditation to check out these ongoing introductory classes & programs.


Both the Weekly Dharma Gathering and Open Meditation Sitting Hours provide free meditation instruction and an ongoing support for a regular sitting practice.

Weekly Dharma Gathering

Meditation sitting, talk and discussion

  1. Wednesdays (WESTSIDE CENTER in Mar Vista, West LA)  
  2. Thursdays at EAGLE ROCK CENTER in Northeast LA

(7:30 – 9pm). Go to Monthly Calendar and look for ” Dharma Talk” topic

This Introduction to Meditation hour is an opportunity to meditate in a supportive group setting, to learn about how to apply the principles of meditation to everyday life, and to meet and mingle with those interested in mindfulness.

The Weekly Dharma Gathering is a perfect introduction to the Shambhala teachings and mindfulness meditation, as well as an opportunity to connect with other practitioners. It consists of group meditation practice, a talk by one of our senior teachers, discussion, and a light reception. Meditation instruction is also provided.

Bring your friends!

No registration required.  $15 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds). 



Open Meditation Sitting 

Free meditation instruction available during the open meditation sittings listed below.  Please arrive at least a half hour before the end of the session to receive instruction and have an opportunity to practice.


EAGLE ROCK CENTER Sundays* (9am -noon) Wednesdays* (7:30 pm – 9:30) Fridays (10am – noon)
WESTSIDE CENTER Sundays (9:30 – 12:30 pm)
ORANGE COUNTY CENTER Sundays (9:30 – noon) and Mondays at Chapman University (7:30 – 9 pm) – starting Sept. 11.

*Last Sunday of the Month in Eagle Rock: (11am – noon): The “Welcome to Shambhala” monthly event is designed to introduce newcomers to the Shambhala Center and teachings. 

**The last thirty minutes of our Sunday and later Wednesday sittings include an “Introduction Circle” that provides an opportunity to get to know other meditators and also to ask questions of a meditation instructor.


Intro to Meditation Class

Meditation – “Making Friends With Yourself”

Join us every month at the Westside Center for an intro to meditation and Shambhala Class. “Meditation: Making Friends With Yourself” is a two-hour introduction to basic “peaceful abiding” meditation practice in the Shambhala tradition to cultivate more stability, clarity, and strength of mind.  It includes a half-hour of group instruction by a highly qualified teacher, two sessions of sitting and walking meditation practice, and a half-hour of group discussion. Go to our Monthly Calendar  to learn when the next class will be. 

Last Saturday of the month. 10 am – noon, Westside Center. By donation. 

Our Locations

EAGLE ROCK: 963 Colorado Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041-1705  |  Map

WESTSIDE: 3877A Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066  | Click here for directions

ORANGE COUNTY: 2750 Harbor Blvd, Suite B03, Costa Mesa CA 92626  (Also at Chapman University on Mondays during the school-year)

Meditation Groups also available in Carpinteria and Ojai Valley.


More Meditation Programs

Suitable for those new to meditation and Shambhala


The Lost Art of Good Conversation: Working with Ourselves (Westside)

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

October 21st

Watch Sakyong Mipham as he teaches from his book live from the Denver retreat with material focused on forging a stronger relationship with our friends, family and fellow citizens by developing the relationship we have with ourselves. Continue »

There is No Such Thing as a Relationship Expert - Talk and Book Signing (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Ethan Nichtern

October 24th

Drawing on the Dharma of pop culture, Ethan Nichtern will speak about the themes in his new book, The Dharma of the Princess Bride: What the coolest fairy tale of our time can teach us about Buddhism and relationships. Continue »