Getting Started with Meditation

Mindfulness 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.

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

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



Weekly Dharma Gathering – Intro to Meditation

Guided meditation instruction, 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* (9 am -noon) Wednesdays* (7:30 – 9:30 pm) Fridays (10 am – noon)
WESTSIDE CENTER Sundays (9:30 am – 12:30 pm)
ORANGE COUNTY CENTER Sundays (9:30 am – noon)

*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. 




More Meditation Programs

Suitable for those new to meditation and Shambhala


Contentment in Everyday Life: A 5-Week Intro Course (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Pamela Bothwell & George Gomez

November 14th—December 12th

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 »

Dharma Talk - Gently Quieting the Inner Critic (Westside)

with Shastri Marcy Fink

November 22nd

Weekly Dharma Gathering - Drop in the Westside Center on any Wednesday night. The evening features meditation instruction, a short period of meditation and refreshments. All are welcome — newcomers as well as seasoned meditators. Continue »