Michael Karakashian, PhD

Teacher

Michael joined the InsightLA community in 2014 and has been practicing insight meditation and a commitment to inner self-development since 1998. His initial/primary teacher at that time was a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, among others. He has a deep commitment to inner self-development and to bringing practice from the cushion into daily life. Michael’s core influences along these lines come from Theravadan and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as contemplative/meditative Christianity, and contemporary psychological science. Michael serves as a clinical psychologist and mental health program leader for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Greater L.A. Healthcare System, and as faculty for the national VA CALM mindfulness facilitation training program. Michael is highly committed to practing DEI principles and to continuing to do the inner work necessary for supporting the dismantling of systemic racism and white supremacy. He feels deeply grateful to the many teachers and other students who continue to inspire practice in the service of inner liberation and the liberation of all beings everywhere without exception. Thank you all for your practice and guidance.


Upcoming Events

Hybrid Youngish Adults (20s, 30s, 40s) Practice Group

Sunday
March 17, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PT
Affinity Groups (Single Class)

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Hollywood Monday Meditation Group

Monday
March 18, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PT
Buddhist Teachings (Single Class)

Santa Monica Meditation Center (Hybrid: In-Person) Deepening Practice In Community: A Retreat for Young and Middle Adults

Sunday
March 24, 2024
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Single Day)

Santa Monica Meditation Center (Hybrid: Online) Deepening Practice In Community: A Retreat for Young and Middle Adults

Sunday
March 24, 2024
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM PT
Non-Residential Retreats (Single Day)

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Hollywood Monday Meditation Group

Monday
March 25, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PT
Buddhist Teachings (Single Class)

Hybrid Youngish Adults (20s, 30s, 40s) Practice Group

Sunday
April 7, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PT
Affinity Groups (Single Class)

Hybrid Youngish Adults (20s, 30s, 40s) Practice Group

Sunday
May 12, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PT
Affinity Groups (Single Class)