Getting Started

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

Introduction to Meditation

WEDNESDAYS, Westside Center & THURSDAYS, Eagle Rock Center

(7:30 – 9pm)

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.

This Introduction to Meditation hour e 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. Bring your friends!

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



Open Meditation Sitting 

Learn to meditate – 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 – noon)
ORANGE COUNTY Sundays (9:30 – 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.


Center Locations

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

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

ORANGE COUNTY: 2750 Harbor Blvd, Suite B03, Costa Mesa CA 92626 

Meditation Groups also available in Carpinteria and Ojai Valley.


More meditation programs

Suitable for those new to meditation and Shambhala



with Sharon Owyang

June 22nd

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

(Orange County) Shambhala Film Night - Koyaanisqatsi

June 23rd

Koyaanisqatsi (English pronunciation: /koʊjɑːnɪsˈkɑːtsi) draws its title from the Hopi word meaning "life out of balance," This 1983 renowned experimental film reveals how humanity has grown apart from nature. Continue »