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.



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 the 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 suggested 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.


Learn to Meditate

Intro to Meditation – “Making Friends With Yourself”

In Shambhala, we practice meditation to experience basic goodness, have confidence in basic goodness, and allow basic goodness to manifest in our lives. 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. Learn more



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


(Westside) The Myth of Freedom — Special Summer Video Series by Pema Chödron

July 12th—September 27th

This Summer, our Weekly Dharma Gatherings in Mar Vista will feature special video talks by Pema Chödron on "The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation," by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. They will be presented on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Continue »

(Orange County) Being Who You Are: An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation (An Online Course)

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

August 6th—August 27th

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche presents the essence of awareness through the three gestures of Shambhala Meditation. The entire vision of Shambhala can be experienced though this simple yet profound practice. Continue »