About Shambhala Los Angeles

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles is part of Shambhala, a global social movement that promotes kindness, insight, meditation, and sacredness in society.

Established in 1971, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles (SMCLA) is part of a global community of meditation and retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Since then, Shambhala Los Angeles has been operating as a non-profit organization offering meditation instruction group practice, and training in advanced contemplative practices.

Our local community is organized and supported by its active membership, who through their connection with the teachings and the community, commit to supporting Shambhala Los Angeles through financial donations and volunteerism.  Members are able to serve the organization on many levels which includes hosting and coordinating events, engaging in the instructor/teacher path, and joining the governing body.

Shambhala Los Angeles has demonstrated remarkable resilience over the years. From its modest beginnings, the community expanded to encompass three physical locations in 2019, including centers in Venice, Eagle Rock, and Orange County.  Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and the fallout surrounding the news about the Sakyong, the community made the bold decision to transition to a virtual setting.  In late 2023, the community, buoyed by its resilience, decided to reestablish a physical space at 4200 W. Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA, where the community can gather and continue its tradition of offering meditation and contemplative practices.  In addition, community groups in Santa Monica and Orange County offer in-person meditation through rented spaces.