Programs for SoCal & Southwest USA Region

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Online Acharya Talk: A Year of Deepening in Compassion

March 17th—May 12th

The Shambhala Acharyas have offered to lead the community in a year-long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Kalapa Ikebana Spring 2019

with Donna West

April 6th—June 29th

The basic purpose of ikebana is opening to and expressing the sacredness, natural harmony and order of the world. By arranging branches, flowers, greenery, container and water, we can express this connection beautifully and simply ... Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Buddhism 101: An Overview of Mahayana Buddhism (Westside)

with Debra Dysart, Shastri Marcia Fink, Gregory Lubkin, Carolyn Sykes

April 7th—May 19th

What is Buddhism all about? This class series will explore some of the essential teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, including on Bodhicitta, Compassion, the 6 Paramitas, Lojong, and Emptiness. Continue »

Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

April 10th—May 8th

Curious about meditation? Or have you learned to meditate but you're trying to make it a regular practice? Learn tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. Continue »

Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center

Heart of the Buddha Weekend: Friendly to Self and Merciful to Others

April 19th—April 21st

Friendly to Self and Merciful to Others is part of our Heart of the Buddha Mahayana program. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Maitri Bhavana

April 21st

Maitri Bhavana is a meditation on loving kindness that is practiced for those who are seriously ill, either physically or mentally. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Family Sundays

April 21st

Activities for children will be provided on the third Sunday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00 am, offering parents the opportunity to participate in group meditation practice and the whole family to enjoy tea and refreshments afterward. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

'Dakini Power' Book Discussion Group

April 22nd

This book offers personal reflections and life stories from 12 contemporary female Tibetan Buddhist teachers, featuring Pema Chodron, Roshi Joan Halifax, Tsultrim Allione, and Karma Lekshe Tsomo, among others. Each meeting will focus on 2 of the women. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Gentle Yoga

with Judy Hirsh

April 23rd

The class is for both new and experienced yoga students who would like a gentle practice that stretches and challenges the body while also respecting our individual physical limitations. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat IV: Awakened Heart (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Marilyn Moore & Cynthia Mackay

April 27th—April 28th

Open to graduates of Shambhala Training Level III. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Buddhism 101: The Transcendent Virtues or 6 Paramitas (Westside)

with Debra Dysart & Jenny Hannah

April 28th

Open to all! This class can be taken as a standalone session. Meditation instruction will be given. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Gentle Yoga

with Judy Hirsh

April 30th

The class is for both new and experienced yoga students who would like a gentle practice that stretches and challenges the body while also respecting our individual physical limitations. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Free Speech, Hate Speech, Right Speech - Communication in the Age of Social Media: A Conversation with Ven. Ashin Issariya (Westside)

May 1st

A conversation with Venerable Ashin Issariya on what the Buddhist principles of Right Speech can teach us about how we can work with our minds, speech, and actions to promote compassionate, courageous dialogue around difficult subjects and conflict. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Socially Engaged Buddhism: In Conversation with Venerable Ashin Issariya (Eagle Rock)

May 2nd

Join us for a special conversation with Ven. Ashin Issariya, a Burmese monk known as "King Zero" who has recently spoken out against the hate speech used against the Rohingya in Myanmar, as we discuss the role of engaged Buddhism in the creation of enligh Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat II (Orange County)

with Gregory Lubkin

May 4th—May 5th

Open to those who have taken Feel Human Again: Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat I. Continue »

Tucson Shambhala Meditation Center

Ashe Society

May 4th

A monthly gathering of the Tucson Ashe Society. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Day of Practice

May 5th

For new and experienced practitioners alike, this all-day community meditation retreat (or nyinthün) 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. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Learn to Meditate

May 6th

People new to meditation as well as more experienced practitioners who wish to refresh their technique will receive instruction in a relaxed, uplifted atmosphere. Encourage your family, friends or others curious about meditation to attend. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human (Orange County)

with Shastri Marilyn Moore

May 9th—May 30th

How do we work with the struggle and challenge of finding ourselves in a seemingly ever-present cocoon of habitual reactions, emotions, opinions and concepts? Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Coming to Our Senses: Shambhala Art Part I (Eagle Rock)

with Debra Dysart & Carolyn Sykes

May 11th

Shambhala Art's purpose is to explore the creative process and the product we call art from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline. The Shambhala Art teachings are about discovery and play and the universal nature of creativity and communication. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

'Dakini Power' Book Discussion Group

May 13th

This book offers personal reflections and life stories from 12 contemporary female Tibetan Buddhist teachers, featuring Pema Chodron, Roshi Joan Halifax, Tsultrim Allione, and Karma Lekshe Tsomo, among others. Each meeting will focus on 2 of the women. Continue »

Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center

Birth of the Warrior (Shambhala Training Level II)

with Muffie Noble-Power & Shastri Kim Kelso

May 17th—May 19th

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior builds on the foundation of the meditation practice that was introduced in Level I and explores how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world we live in. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Qigong Levels 1 & 2 (Eagle Rock)

with Kate Summers

May 18th—May 19th

Qigong is a centuries-old art that integrates movement, breath and intention. Don't miss this opportunity to train in one ancient, one modern lineage that have rarely been transmitted in the West. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Maitri Bhavana

May 19th

Maitri Bhavana is a meditation on loving kindness that is practiced for those who are seriously ill, either physically or mentally. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Family Sundays

May 19th

Activities for children will be provided on the third Sunday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00 am, offering parents the opportunity to participate in group meditation practice and the whole family to enjoy tea and refreshments afterward. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

May 19th

This hour long practice of chanting and meditation is simple and quite powerful in its direct approach to basic goodness. The Sakyong composed this practice to deepen our personal and social connection with basic goodness. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

'Becoming Bodhisattvas' Book Discussion Group

May 20th

This group will be reading “Becoming Bodhisattvas” (previous printed as “No Time to Lose”) Pema Chodron’s commentary on Shantideva’s “The Way of the Bodhisattva”. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Awakened Presence: Opening Heart, Touching Earth Weekthün - Save the Dates

with Shastri Ruth Wallen

May 25th—May 31st

Designed for both newcomers and experienced students, this intensive weeklong group meditation retreat, under the guidance of a senior teacher in the Shambhala lineage, includes meditation instruction, daily talks and discussion. Continue »

Tucson Shambhala Meditation Center

Day-Long Meditation Retreat

May 25th

Please join us for a day-long meditation retreat. Two 2.5 hour meditation sessions. Periods of sitting meditation will alternate with walking meditation and gentle, mindful stretching. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

'Dakini Power' Book Discussion Group

May 27th

This book offers personal reflections and life stories from 12 contemporary female Tibetan Buddhist teachers, featuring Pema Chodron, Roshi Joan Halifax, Tsultrim Allione, and Karma Lekshe Tsomo, among others. Each meeting will focus on 2 of the women. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat V: Open Sky (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Marcia Fink & Shastri Joel Wachbrit

June 1st—June 2nd

Open to graduates of Shambhala Training IV. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Online Acharya Talk: A Year of Deepening in Compassion

June 2nd—August 4th

The Shambhala Acharyas have offered to lead the community in a year-long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Introduction to Meditation on the Westside

June 5th

These evenings are appropriate for anyone wishing to learn the basics of mindfulness/awareness meditation or to refresh their existing meditation practice. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Contemplative Creativity Lab: Write Where You Are (Westside)

with Debra Dysart & Alicia Vogl Saenz

June 8th

Open to all. No previous meditation or writing experience required. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

'Dakini Power' Book Discussion Group

June 10th

This book offers personal reflections and life stories from 12 contemporary female Tibetan Buddhist teachers, featuring Pema Chodron, Roshi Joan Halifax, Tsultrim Allione, and Karma Lekshe Tsomo, among others. Each meeting will focus on 2 of the women. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Seeing Things As They Are: Shambhala Art Part 2 (Eagle Rock)

with Carolyn Sykes & Amanda Tasse

June 15th

Open to those who have completed Shambhala Art Part 1. The Shambhala Art teachings are about discovery and play and the universal nature of creativity and communication. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

June 16th

This hour long practice of chanting and meditation is simple and quite powerful in its direct approach to basic goodness. The Sakyong composed this practice to deepen our personal and social connection with basic goodness. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

'Becoming Bodhisattvas' Book Discussion Group

June 17th

This group will be reading “Becoming Bodhisattvas” (previous printed as “No Time to Lose”) Pema Chodron’s commentary on Shantideva’s “The Way of the Bodhisattva”. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

'Dakini Power' Book Discussion Group

June 24th

This book offers personal reflections and life stories from 12 contemporary female Tibetan Buddhist teachers, featuring Pema Chodron, Roshi Joan Halifax, Tsultrim Allione, and Karma Lekshe Tsomo, among others. Each meeting will focus on 2 of the women. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Introduction to Meditation on the Westside

July 3rd

These evenings are appropriate for anyone wishing to learn the basics of mindfulness/awareness meditation or to refresh their existing meditation practice. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

'Becoming Bodhisattvas' Book Discussion Group

July 15th

This group will be reading “Becoming Bodhisattvas” (previous printed as “No Time to Lose”) Pema Chodron’s commentary on Shantideva’s “The Way of the Bodhisattva”. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

July 16th

This hour long practice of chanting and meditation is simple and quite powerful in its direct approach to basic goodness. The Sakyong composed this practice to deepen our personal and social connection with basic goodness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Seeing Things As They Are: Shambhala Art Part 2 (Westside)

with Anne Saitzyk & Angela Lloyd

July 20th

Open to those who have completed Shambhala Art Part 1. The Shambhala Art teachings are about discovery and play and the universal nature of creativity and communication. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Introduction to Meditation in Eagle Rock

August 1st

These evenings are appropriate for anyone wishing to learn the basics of mindfulness/awareness meditation or to refresh their existing meditation practice. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

August 15th

This hour long practice of chanting and meditation is simple and quite powerful in its direct approach to basic goodness. The Sakyong composed this practice to deepen our personal and social connection with basic goodness. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

'Becoming Bodhisattvas' Book Discussion Group

August 19th

This group will be reading “Becoming Bodhisattvas” (previous printed as “No Time to Lose”) Pema Chodron’s commentary on Shantideva’s “The Way of the Bodhisattva”. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

The Creative Process: Shambhala Art Part 3 (Eagle Rock)

with Debra Dysart & Carolyn Sykes

August 24th—August 25th

Open to those who have completed Shambhala Art Part 2. Those who have already taken Part 3 may repeat this weekend for 50% off the program price. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Online Acharya Talk: A Year of Deepening in Compassion

August 25th—September 1st

The Shambhala Acharyas have offered to lead the community in a year-long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

SHAMBHALA ART Parts 4 & 5 (Eagle Rock)

with Steve Saitzyk & Anne Saitzyk

October 12th—October 13th

Open to those who have completed Shambhala Art Part 3. Those who have already taken Shambhala Art Parts 4 and 5 may repeat this program for 50% off the program price or $82.50. Continue »

San Diego Shambhala Meditation Center

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

October 13th

This hour long practice of chanting and meditation is simple and quite powerful in its direct approach to basic goodness. The Sakyong composed this practice to deepen our personal and social connection with basic goodness. Continue »