What we're about

We meet regularly across Los Angeles including Pasadena, North Hollywood, and West Los Angeles (UCLA). We have a giant festival every year in DTLA as part of meetup.com/zen-07.

Our main practice sessions and Dharma talks are held weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in Pasadena at Neighborhood Church in Room 23.

Explore Buddhist meditation, learn, talk, share, enjoy vegan snacks, and apply ancient teachings to our modern American lives with readings, inspirational teachings, checking in, discussion, and sharing experience.

We teach three basic forms of meditation: serenity (absorption), mindful movement, and boundless loving-kindness. Free, supported completely by donations and volunteers.

Upcoming events (5+)

Self-Guided Open Meditation and Recovery Meeting (NoHo)

La Maida Institute

One hour (6-6:55 PM) self-guided Open-Meditation in the Sunrise Room yoga studio for practitioners to meditate in a tranquil setting. Open to all. Come and go quietly throughout the hour (https://lamaida.org/yoga-meditation/#schedule). We continue across the hall in the Sunset Room(7-8:30 PM) with a facilitated mindfulness-based recovery meeting (https://refugerecovery.org/meetings). The Institute's grounds are the perfect spot to reflect. La Maida is an oasis in the Valley, one block from the giant Lankershim/Camarillo/Vineland intersection in NoHo.

Sunday morning Tibetan meditation and reading (Shambhala)

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

The L.A. Shambhala Meditation Center (writer Pema Chodron's Buddhist tradition) now rejects father-son gurus Sakyong and Chogyam, so we're happy to sit with them. Brief Tibetan serenity (samatha) sessions alternate with a gong that signals brief mindful walking. At 11:00 we read from Gaylon Ferguson's "Natural Bravery" and have a conversation and tea. For beginners/intermediate. Wear loose cotton clothes or stretchy yoga pants for maximum comfort for sitting on soft cushions, sturdy cotton-blocks, and padded mats. Drop in for part or all anytime between 9:00-11:30 a.m. FREE/by donation. Meditation instruction available by request.

Self-Guided Open Meditation and Recovery Meeting (NoHo)

La Maida Institute

One hour (6-6:55 PM) self-guided Open-Meditation in the Sunrise Room yoga studio for practitioners to meditate in a tranquil setting. Open to all. Come and go quietly throughout the hour (https://lamaida.org/yoga-meditation/#schedule). We continue across the hall in the Sunset Room(7-8:30 PM) with a facilitated mindfulness-based recovery meeting (https://refugerecovery.org/meetings). The Institute's grounds are the perfect spot to reflect. La Maida is an oasis in the Valley, one block from the giant Lankershim/Camarillo/Vineland intersection in NoHo.

Saturday Meditation and Dharma Talk

La Maida Institute

Recovery meetings benefit from deeper discussion of Dharma topics in addition to sitting. This enhances the experience. The recovery community or sangha remains united as it grows apart from Noah Levine and Against the Stream. It is replaced by Dharma Recovery. Talks at La Maida in North Hollywood. There's lots to learn and discuss to deepen the practice.

Past events (731)

Sunday morning Tibetan meditation and reading (Shambhala)

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

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