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).

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice (Westside)

January 21st

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 »

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos (Westside)

January 25th—February 2nd

Everyone is invited to join in this practice. During the days immediately before Shambhala Day, we come together to recite this chant multiple times. It is an elaborate protector offering that pacifies the karmic causes of chaos. Continue »

All Day Meditation Retreat (Westside)

January 26th

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 »

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 »

Teacher Circle (Westside)

February 2nd

The Teacher Circle is a gathering of Shambhala educators to create a community of learning. Continue »

Contemplative Creativity Lab: Heart Exploration (Westside)

with Joshua Northcutt

February 9th

We will do some group meditation focusing on feeling and opening our human heart. From this act of bravery, touching our open hearts, we will explore creative writing, drawing and collage making. Continue »

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

with Sharon Owyang

February 16th—February 17th

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

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice (Westside)

February 19th

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 »

Buddhism 101: An Overview of Mahayana Buddhism (Westside)

with Debra Dysart, Shastri Marcy 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 »

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 »