Learn to Meditate

Through synchronizing mind and body in meditation, we create the foundation for a sane and balanced life.

Where to Start

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles offers drop-in guided meditation instruction for beginners, or anyone looking to refresh their understanding of mindfulness meditation practice. Meditation instruction is available to anyone, free of charge at any of our Open Meditation Sitting hours. Weekly Dharma Gathering is a weekly intro to meditation class offered at two locations in Eagle Rock and Mar Vista, and includes guided meditation, a talk on meditation and a brief discussion.  Both classes are excellent introduction to meditation.

Learn to Meditate Class in December

Meditation – Making Friends with Yourself – A free two-hour meditation class on December 30th at the Westside Center in Mar Vista:

Annual New Years Eve Retreat – Meditation instruction will be available at all times during the evening. Offered at both Eagle Rock and Orange County on December 31st starting at 4pm. Open to all!



Ongoing Meditation Classes

Weekly Dharma Gathering

Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:00 PM (Westside)

Thursday, 7:30 – 9:00 PM (Eagle Rock)

Join us for a guided meditation, talk by a senior meditation teacher and a brief discussion. No reservation needed. $15 suggested donation.

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Open Sitting

Join us at the any of our Open Sitting Hours and receive free meditation instruction by one of our certified mindfulness meditation instructors.  Please arrive in the session for meditation instruction and at least 30 minutes before sitting schedule ends. This is recommended for beginners, meditators new to the Shambhala meditation technique, or practitioners looking to refresh their practice. Come and sit for 20 minutes or more, anytime during the below times.

Eagle Rock Center: Sundays (9am – noon), Wednesdays (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm), Fridays (10 am – noon)

Westside Center in Mar Vista: Sundays (9 am – 12:30 pm) 

Orange County Center: Sundays (9 am – noon) and Wednesdays (7 pm – 9:30 pm)

No reservation needed. $10 suggested donation.



Meditation Resources

Watch videos and learn more about meditation here.

Recommended Readings:

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa

Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham

Books also available for purchase at our Centers



Upcoming Meditation Retreats

Designed for both newcomers and experienced students

Week-long Meditation & Art Retreat. Dec. 26 – Jan 1, 2018 in Eagle Rock. (Attend one or more days or for the full week.) Learn more

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Level 1, The Art of Being Human. Westside Center in Mar Vista, Dec. 27-28, 2018. Learn more

Shambhala Art Intensive: All Five Parts (Westside) Jan. 3rd—Jan. 7th (2018). Learn more