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 (Costa Mesa) and a Meditation Group in Ojai. Join us for meditation sitting sessions, dharma talks, and community support. See below for our ongoing weekly and monthly meditation programs.


Shambhala-0030The Path of Practice and Study

The 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

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.

  • Weekly Dharma Gathering – Dharma Talk, Guided Meditation & Discussion: Wednesdays at Westside  & Thursdays at Eagle Rock; (7.30pm – 9pm): Listen to a dharma talk by Shambhala teachers and meditation teachers. This evening gathering is open to all, for beginners to meditation 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. Come and sit with us for 20 minutes or longer. View Open Sitting Schedule and Locations 

Monthly Schedule


the sakyong and rev. angel kyodo williamsworkshop

Special Upcoming Event

Shambhala’s global leader, Sakyong Mipham returns to Southern California! Join us for a special meditation workshop on March 25th, 2018 in Pasadena. Open to all! Tickets available now.


Meditation Support Groups

Open to all. Join us 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. 




Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Practice (Eagle Rock)

March 17th—February 4th (2019)

A practice to dispel the darkness of these times. Continue »

Dharma Talk - A Genuine Heart of Sadness (Eagle Rock)

with Gail Whitacre

March 22nd

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

Listening and Speaking from the Heart: Special Workshop with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Rev. angel Kyudo williams

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

March 25th

Please join us for this special day-long workshop and panel with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Rev. angel Kyudo williams and other special guests. Continue »