New to Meditation?

Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. The practice of meditation has been taught for over 2,500 years as a vehicle for realizing the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation.

The teachings of Shambhala Buddhism emphasize the potential for enlightenment inherent in every situation or state of mind. Through discipline, gentleness and a sense of humor, the practitioner is invited to let go of conflicting emotions and wake up on the spot.

Mindfulness/awareness meditation is the foundation of all that we do at the Shambhala Meditation Center.This ancient practice of self-discovery is rooted in the simple but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake and to develop the compassion and insight necessary to care for oneself and the world genuinely.

About Meditation Instruction

Meditation instruction is available to anyone, free of charge. We offer introductory instruction to newcomers and follow-up instruction to other practitioners on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, as part of our Open House program, and at other times by appointment. Not just for “new” meditators, instruction is also recommended as part of our ongoing practice. You are always welcome to come in and speak to an instructor about your regular practice and you may even ask to form a working relationship with the instructor of your choice.

Depending on a student’s interest and experience, meditation instruction might include:

Introducing the practice of meditation – Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic meditation techniques taught in the Shambhala community.

Clarifying the view of meditation – In our tradition, meditation instruction involves more than the communication of a technique; it is, at heart, about the transmission of the revolutionary view that unconditional wisdom and compassion are the very ground of our being, and that by learning to relax more and more fully, we allow this fundamental nature to flower.

Instruction on working with obstacles to meditation – Common obstacles to meditation include disheartenment, resistance, procrastination, discursiveness and spacing out. The obstacles are well documented in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings—and so are their antidotes.

Guidance on the path of practice and study – Shambhala presents many opportunities for students to deepen their practice and study—public meditation sessions, weeknight classes, weekend programs, retreats and seminaries, to name a few. A meditation instructor can help you decide what to do next and when to do it.

Guidance on joining meditation and daily life – The workaday world is where the rubber meets the road. Getting the tools to meet life’s ups and downs with a strong and pliable mind and an open heart is another potential benefit of working with a meditation instructor.

Meditation is the relaxation and awakening of the mind, body, and heart. It is the simple act of learning to be, just as we are. Through meditation, we see how the mind works, which helps us to transform the patterns that cause stress, anxiety, and depression. Ultimately, meditation opens the door to our own sanity, so that we can lead a more authentic, more compassionate life.

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles, with three meditation centers in LA, offers several entrances to the path of meditation:

 

Weekly Dharma Gathering (Intro to Shambhala & Meditation)

Our weekly Wednesday night in Mar Vista and Thursday night in Eagle Rock  is the perfect introduction to mindfulness meditation. The evening consists of group meditation practice, a talk by one of our senior teachers, discussion, and a light reception. Meditation instruction is provided. Go to our monthly calendar and view upcoming talks. No registration needed.

 

Learn To Meditate

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 at least 60 minutes before sitting schedule ends. This is recommended for beginners, meditators new to the Shambhala meditation technique, or practitioners looking to refresh their practice. Learn more >

 

Meditation in Everyday Life Course

This 4-week course is considered the meditator’s instruction manual. By the end, you’ll be equipped with tools to establish your own meditation practice.

 

Introductory Courses

More meditation programs suitable for those new to meditation

Introductory

Wisdom of Emotions - An Introductory Course on Buddhist Teachings (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Joel Wachbrit & Lisa Oxley

November 13th—December 4th

Often in life we feel that our emotions are obstacles to relaxation and openness. Meditation teaches that every state of mind provides an opportunity to wake up to our innate wisdom and sanity, transforming confusion into wisdom. Continue »

Feel Human Again: Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat I (Westside)

with Acharya Emily Bower

December 1st—December 2nd

An exploration of meditation as a way to discover our inherent gentleness, fearlessness and confidence. Continue »