Westside programs

Shambhala Westside Center is located in Mar Vista and is the second meditation center in Los Angeles. Our address i 3877A Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista, CA 90066. View directions here. If new to meditation and Shambhala, we offer two introductory programs; Weekly Dharma Gathering  on Wednesdays (see below on the Dharma Talk topic) and Open Meditation Sitting on Sunday mornings (free meditation instruction available).

Dharma Talk - November Pema Chodron DVD Night (Westside)

November 13th

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 »

Mudra Space Awareness (Westside)

with Greg Heffron

November 14th

Mudra Space Awareness is a method of mind/body training that draws inspiration from Trungpa Rinpoche's early education in Tibetan monastic dance. The exercises combine intense physical training with focused sensory awareness. Continue »

Bearing Witness to Life’s Transitions (Westside)

with Alice Toohey

November 23rd

How do we honor what we have had to let go of while also facing the unknown of what is to come? Participants can use found objects, paint, movement or poetry to create a space to honor a transition in life. Additionally there will be time for meditation, Continue »

Introduction to Meditation on the Westside

December 4th

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

Dharma Talk - December Pema Chodron DVD Night (Westside)

December 11th

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 »

Mudra Space Awareness (Westside)

with Greg Heffron

December 12th

Mudra Space Awareness is a method of mind/body training that draws inspiration from Trungpa Rinpoche's early education in Tibetan monastic dance. The exercises combine intense physical training with focused sensory awareness. Continue »

Community Circle: Visual Storytelling with 'Zines (Westside)

with Candace Peterson-Kahn

December 14th

L.A. Shambhala Center member Candace Peterson-Kahn will share storytelling through bookmaking. She will show us how to make a Zine (mini-book) out of a single sheet of paper, four folds, and one cut! Continue »

3rd Annual Holiday Hootenanny (Westside)

with Angela Lloyd

December 14th

Join us for the 3rd Annual Holiday Hootenanny! Bring a story, poem, photo…. all expressions welcome or creative endeavor you would like to share. Continue »

Shambhala Art Intensive 2020: All Five Parts

with Debra Dysart, Anne Saitzyk, Steve Saitzyk

January 3rd—January 8th (2020)

Shambhala Art is about how we create and view each moment, our environments, and the artistry of life itself. Seeing through our own projections, biases, strategies and conditioning, it is possible to see clearly and directly. We call that “Square One,” a Continue »

Shambhala Art Parts 4 and 5 Teacher Training

with Steve Saitzyk

January 5th—January 8th (2020)

Vajrayana students currently authorized as Parts 1 - 3 teachers or assistants (and existing 4 - 5 teachers) are warmly welcomed to this training. Continue »