What We Offer

Shambhala Los Angeles offers a path of meditation practice, contemplative arts, and social engagement oriented toward modern life.


Public Sitting and Affinity Groups

Learning and cultivating the strength of heart and mind is a core part of all our regular programming. We offer a variety of weekly and monthly programs that each offer different practices and contexts. These programs are sometimes called our ‘gateway groups’, because joining any session of one of these groups is an excellent place to start.

Public Sitting hours  | Affinity Groups

Path of Study

We also offer a progressive path of study some students choose to follow. This program of courses and weekend retreats offers an experiential overview of practices, teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Vajrayana Buddhism. The path begins with Shambhala Training Level 1, and courses build on one another, each step a prerequisite for the next. Registration and payment are required for these programs.

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Contemplative Arts

All arts can incorporate a contemplative approach, including design, music, dance, and poetry. Shambhala Los Angeles offers arts programs and ongoing groups who meet regularly to explore contemplative approaches to art, education, business, and health care. The list of classes and programs is extensive, and offerings are regularly added to the programing schedule.

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Enrichment Programs

We offer many programs that stand alone as enriching experiences – talks from respected teachers, classes exploring specific texts or teachings, celebrations of various holidays, and more.  Some programs do have prerequisites, and registration and payment are usually required.  See our program page for details.


Practice and affinity groups are by donation – please consider what level of generosity is appropriate for you. We are committed to removing financial barriers to participation in the core path programs and many of our enrichment programs. Please see our pricing policy at the bottom of the program registration pages to learn more.


Membership is not a requirement for participation in almost any of our programs. Instead, membership is an expression of support and appreciation for what is offered here, so that it may continue to be available to all those who need it. It marks a shift in one’s relationship with the community.

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Email list

We are constantly adding new classes and opportunities to gather in community.  The best way to stay informed about upcoming classes and program is by joining our email list.  Please contact [email protected] if you are having issues receiving our newsletter.