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 location is in Eagle Rock, northeast LA but we also have Meditation 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.

 

Where to Start – 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.

 


 

Weekly Meditation Programs

Our Los Angeles meditation centers are: Eagle Rock Center in Northeast LA, Westside Center in Mar Vista and Orange County Center in Costa Mesa. View all locations


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  • Weekly Dharma Gathering – 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: Free meditation group sitting and meditation instruction available for those who wish. No reservations nor prior experience necessary to attend. View Open Sitting Schedule and Locations 
  • Young Meditators Group: Mondays at Westside  & Fridays at Eagle Rock; 7.30pm – 9pm: A group for anyone in their 20s and 30s who is interested in learning and experiencing the benefits of meditation and socializing other like-minded individuals. Learn more
  • Yoga & Meditation: Mondays (Eagle Rock) Tuesdays (Westside); 7:30pm – 9pm. Learn more
  • Heart of Recovery Meditation GroupWednesdays (Eagle Rock) & Tuesdays (Westside); 7:30pm – 9pm: A meditation and sharing support group with the purpose of bringing together the practice of meditation, the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, and the Twelve Steps of Recovery. Learn more
  • People of Color Meditation GroupTuesdays (Eagle Rock), Second and Fourth Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm: Meditators of color practice together in an open and supportive community.  Learn more

 


Monthly Meditation Programs


 

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

 

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Introductory

(Westside) The Myth of Freedom — Special Summer Video Series by Pema Chödron

July 12th—September 27th

This Summer, our Weekly Dharma Gatherings in Mar Vista will feature special video talks by Pema Chödron on "The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation," by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. They will be presented on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Continue »

(Orange County) Being Who You Are: An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation (An Online Course)

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

August 6th—August 27th

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche presents the essence of awareness through the three gestures of Shambhala Meditation. The entire vision of Shambhala can be experienced though this simple yet profound practice. Continue »

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

with Cynthia MacKay & Carolyn Sykes

August 8th—August 29th

Have you ever been curious about meditation? Or wished you could meditate more regularly? This course will provide an opportunity to learn and deepen one's understanding of meditation, with practical suggestions for establishing a daily sitting practice. Continue »

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