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Welcome to the Shambhala Meditation Center in Eagle Rock! We are a community of meditators based in the Eagle Rock/Pasadena/Highland Park area. Our center is located at the corner of Colorado Blvd and Figueroa Ave. just off the 134 FWY. We gather throughout the week to practice meditation, offer instruction to beginners, discuss and contemplate the practice, and celebrate as a community the natural awake sanity within us. Please take a look at our ongoing calendar for upcoming meetups.


Meditation is a practice that anyone can do. It is based on the radical idea that the natural state of the mind is not scattered, nervous, and confused, but rather calm, creative, and clear. Practicing regularly provides a way to settle into this natural state more often. At the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles, we begin by training in shamatha or mindfulness meditation. This foundational technique allows you to tune into the present moment, at home, at work, or wherever you go in your day to day life.

"We have to know what we mean by meditation at all. Sometimes we use the word to mean emptying out or letting go. Sometimes we mean relaxation. However, the point of meditation practice is actually to rediscover our hidden neurosis and our hidden sanity at the same time." ― Chögyam Trungpa


Shambhala Meditation Center is a non-profit global organization with an open door policy. All are welcome to come and go as you wish. Meditation instruction is provided free of charge by our trained meditation instructors. Please visit us during our Public Sitting hours (Weds evenings, Friday mornings and Sunday mornings). See our website for more info! http://la.shambhala.org

Established in 1971, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles is part of a global community of meditation and retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

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Monday Community Yoga

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Join us for a brief meditation sitting and yoga. We meet every Monday (except for holiday weekends). Through breath and postures, we will journey towards accessing the basic health of our mind-body. Whether you are newer to yoga or an experienced practitioner looking to deepen your practice, this class will be an opportunity to receive clear and detailed instruction on alignment while celebrating our unique expressions in each pose. Expect classes to bring equal attention to both strength and flexibility, a bit of challenge, a pinch of play, and rich thematic elements. As a “mixed level class” modifications for poses will always be offered. $15 Suggested Donation (or pay what you can). Bring a mat if you have! We have a few to loan. Drop in or register by going to our monthly calendar (http://la.shambhala.org/monthly-calendar/). Locate the date of the yoga class you want to attend to register. Yoga and Meditation classes also at our Shambhala Westside Center on Tuesdays at 7:30pm ABOUT THE TEACHER Jenny Hannah began studying yoga in 1999 while healing from a severe bicycle injury. Since that time, she has studied deeply and whole-heartedly under various schools of movement and Yoga, and in 2007 she began teaching. Integrating the principles of bio-mechanics, with its precise methodology, and connecting to the intuitive experience of the body as the ground, she has worked with thousands of people, from competitive athletes, the elderly, mothers-to-be, professional dancers, traffic devotees, energetic yogis, and those recovering from injury. In class she aspires to venture into a co-creative space where we experience the natural support, spaciousness and clarity of our wisdom body. Please visit http://yogasonata.com for Jenny’s full bio.

Wednesday Evening Meditation Sitting (Beginners Welcomed)

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Join us for our weekly Wednesday evening sitting practice! Our community meets each Wednesday evening to practice mindfulness sitting meditation, walking meditation, and engage in a mindful community discussion. This is a free offering open to the public - ALL ARE WELCOME. For those new to meditation, free meditation instruction is available. Please arrive at least a half hour before the end of the session to receive instruction and have an opportunity to practice. The last thirty minutes include an “Introduction Circle” that provides an opportunity to get to know other meditators and also to ask questions to a meditation instructor. NOTE THAT OUR GROUP HAS LOTS OF REGULARS WHO DO NOT SIGN UP THROUGH MEETUP. OUR MEETINGS ARE CURRENTLY AVERAGING 20 ATTENDEES REGARDLESS OF RSVP'S THROUGH THIS SITE. --------------------------- OPEN MEDITATION SITTING WEEKLY SCHEDULE SUNDAYS: 9am – noon WEDNESDAYS: 7:30pm – 9:30pm http://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/open-sitting/ "Meditation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss, or tranquillity, nor is it attempting to become a better person. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes. We provide space through the simple discipline of doing nothing." ― Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Heart of Recovery Meditation Group

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The Heart of Recovery is 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 with the goal of integrating the basic sanity of the Dharma and the basic goodness of meditation with our commitment to abstinence. We welcome all those who wish to share in these common interests. There are no requirements to our meetings We welcome all Buddhist and meditation practitioners from all traditions, Twelve Step practitioners from all programs and/or anyone struggling with addiction. We find that our group is a very mix bunch that come from many different backgrounds. We get people from AA, NA, OA, MA, and Al-Alon as well as people with no 12 step affiliation. The common factor is that addiction has touched all of us in way or another and now we are looking for some way to understand what that means through the practice of meditation. Our gatherings are free and open to the public. No meditation experience necessary. Meditation instruction is available to newcomers. GROUP FORMAT The format of this meeting is a 20-minute guided meditation, a reading and group discussion followed by announcements, and a brief closing meditation and Dedication of the Merit. We will close about 9 PM. Though we do not claim to be a 12 step meeting we do follow some of their traditions such no cross talking during the meeting, keep your shares to personal experiences and please keep the anonymity of those who share. For more information email the group’s coordinator at [masked]. WE HAVE LOTS OF REGULARS WHO DO NOT SIGN UP VIA MEETUP. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN UP VIA MEETUP TO ATTEND OUR GATHERINGS. Visit our webpage for more info: http://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/heart-of-recovery/

Special Talk: What is Real? Seeing Things As They Are

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In this age of fake news, how do we know anymore what is real, and what and who we can trust? How can we cut through the noise and fog, and even the stories we tell ourselves to get to a deeper, genuine truth, if such a thing exists. Join visiting teacher Acharya Dan Hessey as we explore how the Shambhala Buddhist teachings and the direct experience of meditation can help us see more clearly through the obscurations, illusions, doubt, and fear to a reality that is right here right now that includes the goodness and wisdom of all beings, and the sacredness of the world. Acharya Dan Hessey discovered the dharma in 1973 through Trungpa Rinpoche’s book Meditation in Action and moved to Tail of the Tiger (now Karmê Chöling) the following year. He has lived in Shambhala communities — Karmê Chöling, Shambhala Mountain Center, and Marpa House -­- for the majority of his adult life. He served as co-director of what is now Shambhala Mountain Center from 1985 to 1992, and served on its Board of Directors for five years. He has taught the Shambhala dharma extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Before becoming an acharya, he served for two years as shastri for Shambhala Mountain Center and Fort Collins. Dan is on the founding board of The Beanstalk Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting grassroots social entrepreneurs based in Denver, Colorado. Over the last fifteen years he has translated the Yijing (I Ching) from the Chinese into English under the direction of Eva Wong. He has retired from his career as a mortgage banker in Boulder Colorado, and now serves as the resident Acharya at Shambhala Mountain Center. He is the proud father of his daughter Amanda, who is now in college. These evenings features meditation instruction, a short period of meditation and refreshments. All are welcome; newcomers as well as seasoned practitioners. Bring a friend! Photograph by Charles Blackhall. Weekly Gatherings are open to all. There is a $15 suggested donation to keep our doors open, but no one turned away for lack of funds. --- NOTE THAT OUR GROUP HAS LOTS OF REGULARS WHO DO NOT SIGN UP THROUGH MEETUP. OUR MEETINGS ARE CURRENTLY AVERAGING 20 ATTENDEES REGARDLESS OF RSVP'S THROUGH THIS SITE. --- WHY DO WE MEDITATE? Meditation and mindfulness is less about achieving a peaceful state of mind than rolling up our sleeves and experiencing life directly. Washing dishes in the sink can be meditation as much as sitting in a monastery reciting mantras. The Weekly Dharma Gathering evenings are about integrating a spiritual life with a secular life and having a sense of humor along the way. (Please note: every third Thursday of the month the Weekly Dharma Gathering will feature a special DVD Talk by renowed meditation teacher and author Pema Chödrön or by Shambhala leader Sakyong Mipham.)

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