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

 

Buddhism 101: An Overview of Theravadan Buddhism (Westside)

with Gregory Lubkin, Claude Zachary, Sharon Owyang

January 27th—March 24th

What is Buddhism all about? This class series will explore the origins of Buddhism with an introduction to the life of the Buddha and some of the essential teachings of Theravadan Buddhism, including on the Four Noble Truths, karma, the Buddhist psycholog Continue »

Kado: The Way of Flowers 2-Day Weekend Program (Eagle Rock)

with Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

March 23rd—March 24th

Open to all. No previous experience required. Continue »

Kado: Introduction to The Way of Flowers

with Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

March 23rd

This one-day introduction to Kado is open to all. Continue »

Kado: The Way of Flowers

with Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

March 24th

Open to students who have completed a Kado program with Ms. Shibata. Continue »

Giving Our Best - A Video Retreat with Pema Chödrön on Practicing the Way of the Bodhisattva (Orange County)

March 24th—April 14th

In this recorded retreat, Pema Chödrön reveals all the essentials for practicing compassion in our everyday lives, using a text that is very close to her heart: the Buddhist classic known as The Way of the Bodhisattva. Continue »

All Day Meditation Retreat (Orange County)

with Shastri Marilyn Moore

March 30th

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 Art Teachers: Shambhala Art Salon (Tiger)

with Steve Saitzyk & Anne Saitzyk

March 30th

For Current Shambhala Art Teachers. Join us for an exploration of applying our teachings to our world through the lens of Tiger, the fruition of pacifying and the confidence to work with any situation. Continue »

Introduction to Meditation on the Westside

April 3rd

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

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

April 6th

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 »

Celebration of the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (Eagle Rock)

April 6th

Please join us as we come together and celebrate the life, lineage and outrageous wisdom of this extraordinary teacher through the practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast. The practice of feast will be open to the entire community. Continue »

Buddhism 101: An Overview of Mahayana Buddhism (Westside)

with Debra Dysart, Shastri Marcia Fink, Gregory Lubkin, Carolyn Sykes

April 7th—May 19th

What is Buddhism all about? This class series will explore some of the essential teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, including on Bodhicitta, Compassion, the 6 Paramitas, Lojong, and Emptiness. Continue »

Dharma Talk - April Pema Chodron DVD Night (Westside)

April 10th

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 »

Entering the Desung Path (Eagle Rock)

with Dan Peterson, Kristen Mullen, Laura Burnham

April 12th—April 14th

Desung practice is about working with our own minds as we attempt to be helpful to others who are encountering significant physical, emotional, social or spiritual difficulty. On the Desung Path all situations are viewed as workable. Continue »

Coming to Our Senses: Shambhala Art Part I (Westside)

April 13th

Shambhala Art's purpose is to explore the creative process and the product we call art from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline. The Shambhala Art teachings are about discovery and play and the universal nature of creativity and communication. Continue »

WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Joy in Everyday Life (Westside)

with Sharon Owyang & Anne Saitzyk

April 20th—May 18th

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 (Westside)

April 20th

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 »

Contemplative Creativity Lab: Write Where You Are (Orange County)

with Debra Dysart & Alicia Vogl Saenz

April 20th

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

Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat IV: Awakened Heart (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Marilyn Moore & Cynthia Mackay

April 27th—April 28th

Open to graduates of Shambhala Training Level III. Continue »

Introduction to Meditation on the Westside

May 1st

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

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat II (Orange County)

May 4th—May 5th

Open to those who have taken Feel Human Again: Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat I. Continue »

Dharma Talk - May Pema Chodron DVD Night (Westside)

May 8th

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 »

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human (Orange County)

with Shastri Marilyn Moore

May 9th—May 30th

This class is intended for those who have completed the first cycle of Shambhala Training Weekends and the Everyday Life course series. Continue »

Coming to Our Senses: Shambhala Art Part I (Eagle Rock)

May 11th

Shambhala Art's purpose is to explore the creative process and the product we call art from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline. The Shambhala Art teachings are about discovery and play and the universal nature of creativity and communication. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice (Westside)

May 18th

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 Training Weekend Retreat V: Open Sky (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Marcia Fink & Shastri Joel Wachbrit

June 1st—June 2nd

Open to graduates of Shambhala Training IV. 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 »

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)

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 »

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 »

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

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 »

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)

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 »

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 »