What We Offer

At our Los Angeles Shambhala Meditation Centers we offer classes and weekend retreats in the Shambhala teachings.

These courses and weekend retreats are open to people from any religious background or no religious background. They are grounded in basic human wisdom and are relevant to anyone interested in living a more sane, genuine, fearless, and joyous life.   The path begins and continues with meditation.  

Our main Meditation Center is in Eagle Rock, northeast LA but we also have Centers in Mar Vista (Westside) and in Orange County and several Meditation Groups in Carpinteria and Ojai. Join us for meditation sitting sessions, dharma talks, and community support. See below for our ongoing weekly and monthly meditation programs.

 

The Path of Practice and Study

meditating-101The path begins and continues with meditation. Students are introduced to Buddhist and Shambhala teachings in the context of an ongoing meditation practice. Shambhala Meditation centres around the world offer a broad and carefully thought-out range of classes, meditation programs and community activities. At our residential practice and retreat centres, students can deepen their meditation through longer programs, and engage in periods of intensive study.

The path consists of a series of programs designed to stabilize and strengthen a student’s meditation practice, and to clarify their understanding of the teachings. Our courses offer entry into the classical teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as the Shambhala wisdom presented by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The new Way of Shambhala curriculum serves as a graduated path of instruction in the profound vision of the lineage.

The Way of Shambhala program offers a contemporary, effective spiritual path, particularly oriented toward discovering the inherent strengths and goodness that are the foundations of a healthy, sane and decent society. Following it, we can reclaim our natural birthright of wisdom and compassion, and work with others to bring about the best in human society.

For a full description of the Shambhala Buddhist path, click here to visit shambhala.org.

 


 

Where to Start

Our Los Angeles Meditation Centers are located in Eagle Rock Center in Northeast LA, Westside Center in Mar Vista and Orange County Center in Costa Mesa. At all our locations we offer a variety of meditation programs and meditation groups. The ongoing Weekly Dharma Gathering and Open Meditation Sitting are the foundation groups at our Centers and provides an ongoing support for a sitting practice. 

All are welcome — newcomers as well as seasoned meditators.
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  • Weekly Dharma Gathering – Dharma Talk & Meditation: Wednesdays at Westside  & Thursdays at Eagle Rock; (7.30pm – 9pm): Listen to a dharma talk by Shambhala teachers. Free meditation instruction for those who wish. This evening gathering is open to all, for beginners to meditation and Shambhala teachings as well as seasoned meditators in other meditation traditions.  Learn more
  • Open Meditation Sitting:  Join us for meditation group sitting several days per week. Meditation instruction available for those who wish. No reservations nor prior experience necessary to attend. View Open Sitting Schedule and Locations 

View our weekly schedule

View all our locations.

 

WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEDITATION GROUPS

Weekly & Monthly Meditation Groups at our three Meditaton Centers in LA: Eagle Rock, Westside & Orange County

 

Shambhala Offers an extensive, structured path of training in authentic meditation practices and teachings. 

 

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Introductory

Contentment in Everyday Life: A 5-Week Intro Course (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Pamela Bothwell & George Gomez

November 14th—December 12th

Contentment is hard to find. We usually think contentment is found in things, achievements or experiences. With meditation practice, we learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences. Continue »

The Lost Art of Good Conversation: Engaging with the World (Eagle Rock)

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

November 18th

Hear Sakyong Mipham, Lodro Rinzler, Acharya Fleet Maull, and guests offer a variety of perspectives on the vision and practicalities of using conversation to benefit our own lives and the world. Continue »

Dharma Talk - Gently Quieting the Inner Critic (Westside)

with Shastri Marcy Fink

November 22nd

Weekly Dharma Gathering - Drop in the Westside Center on any Wednesday night. The evening features meditation instruction, a short period of meditation and refreshments. All are welcome — newcomers as well as seasoned meditators. Continue »

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