What we're about

Welcome to the Shambhala Meditation Center in Mar Vista! We are a community of meditators based in the Venice/Mar Vista area. Our center is located at 3877A Grand View Blvd. between Venice Blvd and Washington Place. 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.

WHAT IS MEDITATION?

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

ABOUT OUR CENTER

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 and Sunday mornings). See our website for more info! http://la.shambhala.org

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Westside Shambhala Center in Mar Vista: 3877A Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066. PLEASE NOTE: The Westside Center is situated behind 3871 Grandview. The entrance is through the driveway between “Under the Sea” and “GreenCoast Hydroponics”, which is directly across the street from “BMC Building Supply”.

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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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Sunday Morning Mindfulness Meditation (Beginners Welcomed)

Shambhala Meditation Center - Mar Vista

Join us for our weekly Sunday morning sitting practice! Our community meets each Sunday morning 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. 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. Check out our website for more info: http://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/open-sitting/ The Westside Center is situated behind 3871 Grandview. The entrance is through the alley between “Under the Sea” and “GreenCoast Hydroponics”, which is directly across the street from “STOCK Building Supply”. --------------------------- "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

Tuesday Night Weekly Yoga

Shambhala Meditation Center - Mar Vista

Join us for our weekly yoga class! Yoga helps to restore the body and mind to good health. Beginners as well as experienced students welcomed. 90 minute class / $15 Suggested Donation / Includes meditation Vinyasa Flow - All Levels / Please bring a mat (we have a few to lend) ABOUT VINYASA YOGA: Vinyasa means every movement has a breath. There are three elements we focus on in the practice: vinyasa, alignment and mindfulness. Different levels and options will be provided based on individuals’ needs and physical capabilities. ABOUT THE TEACHER: Heidi Leong has taught yoga since 2011. She is a Mediation Instructor in the Shambhala tradition as well as a certified Mindfulness Facilitator from Engage Mindfulness Institute with Fleet Maull. She offers her classes as a way to share this body, mind and heart practice with people… “To recognize the display of wisdom for all things, to touch in with our basic goodness”. Any requirements or limitation: No. The most important pose is Savasana (Corpse pose); anyone can lay down on their back and rest, if none of the other poses can be done by their physiological ability. Visit our website for more info: http://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/yoga/

Wednesday Night Weekly Dharma Gathering

Shambhala Meditation Center - Mar Vista

Join us for our weekly introduction to meditation and Shambhala Dharma talks or readings by senior teachers of Shambhala Buddhism. These evenings features meditation instruction, a short period of meditation and discussion. We start with mingling and refreshments. All are welcome; newcomers as well as seasoned practitioners. Bring a friend! Weekly Gatherings are free and open to the public. There is a $10 suggested donation, 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.

All Day Meditation Retreat

Westside Shambhala Center

For new and experienced practitioners alike, this all-day community meditation retreat is a rare opportunity to take a real break from our usual routines to truly relax with ourselves and refresh our sense of wellbeing, goodness, and sanity. Brief guided meditation instruction will be given at the very beginning of the day and private interviews will be available upon request with well-qualified meditation instructors throughout the day. Silence (functional talking when necessary) will be observed throughout the day except during discussion periods. To create and maintain a container that provides maximum benefit to all, retreat participants are expected to commit to stay the whole day. A simple lunch will be provided with snacks available throughout the day. Registration is appreciated:https://la.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=374823 There will be concurrent All Day Meditation Retreats at our Eagle Rock and Orange County Centers. See La.shambhala.org

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