Programs & Retreats

Mindfulness meditation programs and retreats in Tibetan Buddhist teachings and other contemplative disciplines are offered as well as individual meditation instruction.

Our meditation centers in Los Angeles are homes to a vibrant, diverse community of members and friends who provide ongoing volunteer and financial support – creating a warm, genuine basis for the realizing the full potential of our authentic wisdom traditions. 

Meditation Introductory Programs in Los Angeles
Shambhala Programs and Curriculum

 

All Day Meditation Retreat (Eagle Rock)

with Debra Dysart

May 25th

For new and experienced practitioners alike, this all-day community meditation retreat is a rare opportunity to take a real break from our usual routines to truly relax with ourselves and refresh our sense of wellbeing, goodness, and sanity. Continue »

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche & Akong Tulku Rinpoche: Their Early Friendship and Escape from Tibet -- Community Screening, Discussion, and Potluck with Acharya Emily Bower and Peter Alan Roberts

May 25th

Join us for this special screening from the documentary Akong — A Remarkable Life, the first 45 minutes of which depicts the friendship of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and Akong Tulku Rinpoche, their lives in Tibet and their perilous journey out of Tibet. Continue »

Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat V: Open Sky (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Marcia Fink

June 1st—June 2nd

Open to graduates of Shambhala Training IV. Continue »

Introduction to Meditation on the Westside

June 5th

These evenings are appropriate for anyone wishing to learn the basics of mindfulness/awareness meditation or to refresh their existing meditation practice. Continue »

Contemplative Creativity Lab: Write Where You Are (Westside)

with Debra Dysart & Alicia Vogl Saenz

June 8th

Open to all. No previous meditation or writing experience required. Continue »

Coordinator Training: The Path of Service (Eagle Rock)

June 9th

Coordinating the Way of Shambhala programs is the practice of sharing your own open-heartedness with those who are just starting on the path, while helping the teachers and assistant directors to create a gentle and enriching environment for all. Continue »

Dharma Talk - June Pema Chodron DVD Night (Westside)

June 12th

All are encouraged to attend, regardless of meditation experience or if new to meditation. These evenings feature a short period of meditation with instruction, often from Pema within the context of her talk; discussion and light refreshments. Continue »

Seeing Things As They Are: Shambhala Art Part 2 (Eagle Rock)

with Carolyn Sykes & Amanda Tasse

June 15th

Open to those who have completed Shambhala Art Part 1. The Shambhala Art teachings are about discovery and play and the universal nature of creativity and communication. Continue »

Walking the Bodhisattva Path: Finding Joy in Everyday Life (Eagle Rock)

with Sharon Owyang & Anne Saitzyk

June 15th—July 13th

This course expands the meditation experience by cultivating the noble-heart of the mahayana teachings, opening the path to the virtue and celebration of compassion. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice (Eagle Rock)

June 17th

This intimate monthly group practice session held at the time of the full moon is open to all members of Shambhala and their families, and helps us connect to the basic goodness of ourselves, society and the world. Continue »

All Day Meditation Retreat (Westside)

June 23rd

For new and experienced practitioners alike, this all-day community meditation retreat is a rare opportunity to take a real break from our usual routines to truly relax with ourselves and refresh our sense of wellbeing, goodness, and sanity. Includes vide Continue »

Introduction to Meditation on the Westside

July 3rd

These evenings are appropriate for anyone wishing to learn the basics of mindfulness/awareness meditation or to refresh their existing meditation practice. Continue »

WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Meditation in Everyday Life (Eagle Rock)

with Cynthia Mackay

July 9th—July 30th

This course is open to all! Continue »

Contemplative Creativity Lab: Writing & Sketching with Heart (Eagle Rock)

with Amanda Tasse

July 13th

Open to all! No prior art or meditation experience required. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice (Westside)

July 16th

This intimate monthly group practice session held at the time of the full moon is open to all members of Shambhala and their families, and helps us connect to the basic goodness of ourselves, society and the world. Continue »

Seeing Things As They Are: Shambhala Art Part 2 (Westside)

with Anne Saitzyk & Angela Lloyd

July 20th

Open to those who have completed Shambhala Art Part 1. The Shambhala Art teachings are about discovery and play and the universal nature of creativity and communication. Continue »

Kado: The Way of Flowers (Eagle Rock)

with Anjie Cho

July 27th—July 28th

No previous kado or ikebana experience required. Open to all! Continue »

Introduction to Meditation in Eagle Rock

August 1st

These evenings are appropriate for anyone wishing to learn the basics of mindfulness/awareness meditation or to refresh their existing meditation practice. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Weekend Retreat I (Westside)

August 3rd—August 4th

This meditation retreat explores how to reawaken our hearts and minds to our own fundamental goodness and the sacredness of life. OPEN TO ALL! Continue »

Introduction to Meditation on the Westside

August 7th

These evenings are appropriate for anyone wishing to learn the basics of mindfulness/awareness meditation or to refresh their existing meditation practice. Continue »

Contemplative Creativity Lab: Calligraphy is a Celebration of Nowness (Westside)

with Anne Saitzyk

August 10th

Open to all! No art or meditation experience is required. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice (Westside)

August 15th

This intimate monthly group practice session held at the time of the full moon is open to all members of Shambhala and their families, and helps us connect to the basic goodness of ourselves, society and the world. Continue »

The Creative Process: Shambhala Art Part 3 (Eagle Rock)

with Debra Dysart & Carolyn Sykes

August 24th—August 25th

Open to those who have completed Shambhala Art Part 2. Those who have already taken Part 3 may repeat this weekend for 50% off the program price. Continue »

All Day Meditation Retreat (Eagle Rock)

August 31st

For new and experienced practitioners alike, this all-day community meditation retreat is a rare opportunity to take a real break from our usual routines to truly relax with ourselves and refresh our sense of wellbeing, goodness, and sanity. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Weekend Retreat I (Eagle Rock)

September 7th—September 8th

This meditation retreat explores how to reawaken our hearts and minds to our own fundamental goodness and the sacredness of life. OPEN TO ALL! Continue »

WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Fearlessness in Everyday Life (Westside)

September 7th—September 28th

This class is open to students who have completed Joy in Everyday Life (JIEL). Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice (Eagle Rock)

September 13th

This intimate monthly group practice session held at the time of the full moon is open to all members of Shambhala and their families, and helps us connect to the basic goodness of ourselves, society and the world. Continue »

SHAMBHALA ART Parts 4 & 5 (Eagle Rock)

with Steve Saitzyk & Anne Saitzyk

October 12th—October 13th

Open to those who have completed Shambhala Art Part 3. Those who have already taken Shambhala Art Parts 4 and 5 may repeat this program for 50% off the program price or $82.50. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice (Westside)

October 13th

This intimate monthly group practice session held at the time of the full moon is open to all members of Shambhala and their families, and helps us connect to the basic goodness of ourselves, society and the world. Continue »

WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Wisdom in Everyday Life (Westside)

October 26th

Open to graduates of Fearlessness in Everyday Life (FIEL). Continue »

All Day Meditation Retreat (Eagle Rock)

November 2nd

For new and experienced practitioners alike, this all-day community meditation retreat is a rare opportunity to take a real break from our usual routines to truly relax with ourselves and refresh our sense of wellbeing, goodness, and sanity. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice (Westside)

November 12th

This intimate monthly group practice session held at the time of the full moon is open to all members of Shambhala and their families, and helps us connect to the basic goodness of ourselves, society and the world. Continue »

RIGDEN: Unconditional Confidence and Enlightened Leadership (Eagle Rock)

November 16th—November 17th

This culmination of the Way of Shambhala I series explores the principle of enlightened leadership as symbolized by the Rigden, the gentle, compassionate, fearless, and wise ruler of Shambhala. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice (Westside)

December 12th

This intimate monthly group practice session held at the time of the full moon is open to all members of Shambhala and their families, and helps us connect to the basic goodness of ourselves, society and the world. Continue »

Winter Meditation Retreat: A Shambhala Weekthün (Eagle Rock)

December 26th—January 1st (2020)

This retreat is an intensive, week-long meditation program for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. Join us for the whole week or sign up for a day or two. Continue »