Meditation Retreats

Deepen your practice with a weekend or week-long meditation retreat!

“It’s very helpful to realize that being here, sitting in meditation, doing simple everyday things.While we are sitting in meditation, we are simply exploring humanity and all of creation in the form of ourselves. We can become the world’s greatest experts on anger, jealousy, and self-deprecation, as well as on joyfulness, clarity, and insight, Everything that human beings feel, we feel. We can become extremely wise and sensitive to all of humanity and the whole universe simply by knowing ourselves, just as we are.”

~ Pema Chödrön

After beginning meditation practice, many want to deepen this experience through deeper retreats. A week of meditation, known as weekthün (week session), is offered once per year at the Shambhala Meditation Center in LA and in all of  the Shambhala rural retreat centres. It is a powerful introduction and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation, open to anyone.

All retreats includes sitting and walking meditation. Silence and functional talking are at times observed and meals are served in the shrine room through a contemplative eating practice. The retreat also includes talks, discussion groups, and tea breaks.


Meditation Retreats in LA this Winter


Recommended Readings

Pema Chödrön:
The Wisdom of No Escape
Start Where You Are
(These books are teachings Pema gave during two particular dathüns.)

Chögyam Trungpa:
The Heart of the Buddha
The Path is the Goal

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche:
Turning the Mind Into an Ally

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Read also a blog post from a participant attending a week-long retreat at our LA Center >

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