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A more Outside-The-Box Buddhism ~
for a much more Maverick Spirited Inner-Quest
thru Buddhist Insight Meditation that will Nourish an Iconoclast Intelligence and A Big Good-Hearted Mind !
So please graze around this site - ya' don't have to read it all at one time...
1 PART ONE ~ a Buddhist Appetizer of Word Play to be read & savored slowly.
2 PART TWO ~Important Stuff: ABOUT US....
Hey Guys, This Part 2 is a MUST read .. to kinda 'get' where we're 'at'
3 PART THREE ~ Program Notes & Teacher Profile bio http://www.DharmaHere.blogspot.com - 310-450-2268
4 PART FOUR ~ DETAILS, RSVP & LOGISTICS We Prefer an RSVP by PHONE or EMAIL message, rather than 'MeetUp' RSVP .. then Just Show Up !CONTACT ♦ 310-450-2268
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Part 2really is a MUST read, guys ! ___________________
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The LAUGHING BUDDHA
MEDITATION SANGHA Santa Monica CA 90405
Beginners Very Welcome ! ______________________
C O N T A C T ♦ 310-450-2268
Best Phone Time to Catch Someone Here 'Live' is Noon to 6pm, Mon/Fri Email: AkasaLeviZZ@msn.com
~ 1PART ONE ~ a Buddhist Appetizer of Words
to be read & savored slowly... ~ A more Outside-The-Box Buddhism for a much more Maverick Spirited Inner-Quest thru Buddhist Insight Meditation that will Nourish
an Iconoclast Intelligence and A Big Good-Hearted Mind ~
BUDDHIST MEDITATION Develops A Quiet Mind: A Quiet Mind Sees Better A Quiet Mind Hears Better A Quiet Mind Listens Better A Quiet Mind Feels Much Better A Quiet Mind Thinks Much Better A Quiet Mind Makes Intuition Better A Quiet Mind Makes Observing Better A Quiet Mind Makes Mindfulness Better A Quiet Mind Makes Understanding Better A Quiet Mind Makes Decisions Better A Quiet Mind Makes Actions Better
A Quiet Mind Makes Living Better Who Wouldn't Want This ?
Simply All This Comes Through The Power of Much More Inner-Silence
♦The Core Purpose of Vipassana Insight Meditation Practice
Veh'poss.ana in the Pali-language
of the original Buddha's teachings, is the simple and direct practice
of ‘moment-to-moment’ mindfulness. Through careful 'sustained observation',
we experience directly for ourselves
the ever-changing flow of
the mind/body process.
This keen awareness leads us
to accept more fully the pleasure
and pain, fear and joy, sadness
and happiness that life inevitably
brings to all our ‘experiences’.
As Insight-Awareness deepens,
we develop greater equanimity
and peace - in the face of Change. Wisdom and Compassion increasingly
become the major Dharma guiding-
principles ‘informing’ our lives. ~ Joseph Goldstein
" Good timber does not grow with ease.
The stronger the wind ~ the stronger the trees."
~ Willard Marriot ~
*Sure, taking up a New Meditation Practice and sticking with it, is WORK ! . . . . .
Yet, the long-time, long-range results
are so peacefully, quietly worth it.
~ A Path With Heart ~
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before little children ~ Kahlil Gibran __________________________________ ________________________________________
Some of the Buddha's CORE Philosophy is that... .
" What is accepted by the majority of people ~ does not mean it is Real.
The commonest mistake is
to think that 'your' reality is THE Reality.
You must always bravely be prepared to
leave 'your' reality for a greater one.
And the most common attachment-mistake of all in creating one's own personal Suffering... is to continually keep taking
the Impermanent for Permanent."
Why are you so unhappy ? Because 99.9 per cent of everything you think, and of everything you do, is ultimately about yourSelf– and there isn't one. ~ Wei Wu Wei
Meditation helps us to keep from so identifying with
our own 'self-fabricated movies' of the mind." ~ Joan Borysenko, M.D.
To be a "Buddhist" ( really NO such 'thing' )
is to be both delightfully perplexed, awakened and sweetened by the strangely sane, refreshingly 'rational' path Buddha created.
"Have you ever noticed...
That it's always Now ?" ~ Alan Watts
Buddhism's all about experiential, natural, uncompromised Truth. Buddhism is so much closer to real 'science'
than it is to any 'theology'. ~ The Dalai Lama
Buddhist practice literally has 'Nothing' to offer you – other than what is in THIS very moment. That’s all. God(s), Goddesses, religion, entities and the ego-self can certainly attract you with so, so, so much more! ~ Henri Van Zeyst
Just Practice to Always Remember That. . . Whatever 'It' is – It's just a "Thought". ( Say it over, and over, and over, again and again )
So -- How's about Growing a 'Mind' you actually like !
So ask yourself... “How Far Down The Rabbit Hole Do You Really Want To Go ?" ~ Lewis Carroll - 'Alice Through The Looking Glass'
brings out the beauty of the flower." ______________________________
Our BASIC PRACTICE-APPROACH
to Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation
at The Laughing Buddha Sangha
is centered around... allowing
ourselves to Get Quiet.
Getting Really, Really,
Really, Really QUIET Inside... by practicing Silence
by sitting in Stillness.
" Only in quiet waters
do things mirror themselves undistorted.
Only in a quiet mindis there a more complete perception of the world " ~ Hans Margolius
2PART TWO . Important Stuff: ABOUT US~
.Hey Guys, ThisPart 2 is a MUST read . . . to kinda 'get' where we're 'at'
♦♦♦ " The LAUGHING BUDDHA SANGHA "
is guided by AKASA LEVI, a former ordained American Buddhist forest monk
who lived many years in rural Asia – he now guidesa weekly,
small salon-sized group for Vipassana Buddhist meditation, sitting,
practice discussion, and Dharma theory study in Santa Monica.
Now a feisty 72, this eccentric, really funny ole' Dharma-mentor
teaches inhis little shrine-room digs filled with statues of the Buddha. He invites anyone interested in 'meditation' to come visit.
We're Dedicated Iconoclasts*–sort of... So here's some very important points you may wish to know about us . . . . .
* icon( a revered image or idea ) + 'clastic' - to break the mold, to deconstruct,dismantle, to break away from... a sacred cow,
( one who breaks with an out-dated idea or image, or mind-set,
or religion, or cultural paradigm ) an iconoclast may often
be considered a Heretic, Rebel or rogue-thinker. Agnostics
and Atheists are also very often Iconoclasts... Are We Bad ? ______________________________________________
♦The LAUGHING BUDDHA SANGHA offers a very eclectic practice of 'Self'-Observation .
How ? - A meditation practice combining the calm sobriety and "observation-approach" of traditional Vipassana Mindfulness with the 'crazy wisdom' irrationality of Zen Non-Duality - which
short-circuits the tenaciously obsessive, self-involved, self-centered, self identified, self-absorbed mind.
Our practice-group strongly encourages highly inquisitive, unruffled,
questioning, curious people with a natural, deep love of learning -
people who invite and even relish the profoundly abstract, and even "the absurd", with a genuine taste for the indefinable 'existential' stuff. _________________________________________________
Classes are certainly very suitable for Beginners -or- also for mediators more familiar with the sitting-experience.
So you may be that more 'experienced meditator' who is now seeking a deeper questioning into the 'Idea of Self' - and a more de-mystifying, open- minded,
caring 'conversation' into Wisdom, Empathyand what is
Spiritual 'Reality' in our Western life-style today, plus some poetry, and laughing !
We do our 'Buddhism' with a strong regard for each individual's own spiritual experiences - with an open heart and free thought and creative expression - The Laughing Buddha Sangha attempts to be both erudite, eclectic, enlightening and entertaining in it's relation to the "illusory". . Yet, in the midst of our eccentric rebel-spirit, our 'modern', and at times our purposely irreverent practice
our Sangha still offers the ancient, iconoclastic, original,
traditional Buddhist Theravada Lineage-based practice
of Vipassana Insight Meditation for an un-decorated,
un-romanticized, un-embellished clarity of view to
The Presence of Mindfulness' directly within This Very Present Moment – grounded in the Now. __________________________________________
...GETTING REALLY QUIET & FEARLESS INSIDE!
Opening the "Iconoclastic-Mind" ~ Buddhism Without ANY 'Beliefs' !
Explore and practice a basic Buddhist Awareness Meditation - simple, direct, and powerful sitting of Insight Meditation and Dharma teachings that always invite your mindful-attention to be fully present in the moment. This moment ! Now !
In a gentle and caring class for students of All Levels of practice. Beginners Very Welcome ! .. More experienced sitters also.... Learn to develop your patience and self-acceptance.
Benefits include improved decision-making, communication, health, more empathy, kindness and a feeling of well-being and becoming more effective in all areas of your life. ________________________________________________
• TheBUDDHA: The World's Most Joyous Iconoclast & Heretic ! Through our gently inclined path of Dharma-Study - which is quite accessible to almost everyone's mind - yet offers a more Outside-the-Box Buddhism ! . This path is certainly an intellectually rebellious path, a heart-filled 'heresy' - for a more maverick spirited inner-quest – by nourishing an iconoclast intelligence. It is a path that encourages a compassionate and kind mind. Yet it teaches a skillful critical-thinking – but with a caring, tender heart. . So through some refreshing, risky, even some 'radical' spiritual considerations of Absolute 'Reality' — that just could open us up to the uncompromised truths arising in a newly emerging, developing "Dharma informed Mind". So when the awakening-mind goes spiritually-rogue, it often goes iconoclastic ... awakened and free !
" Buddha has Happy Mind because Buddha has Liberated Mind ! " ~ Coconut Monk
In these very troubled times
meditation can really help !
So we're an Alternative Buddhist Teaching Resource ~ Well, We're Traditionally - Very, Very Non-Traditional...
Through much lively discussion, our Dharma Satsang
is a Group 'Conversation' on Radical Awaken.ment ~
As Dharma-students, we repeatedly discuss & 'practice'
getting ourselves out from behind the conditioned-illusion
of The Matrix of "Belief" itself. .
Yes, that's Hard to Do: especially "The Really Big One" —
The Grand Delusion of One's Very Own "SELF" ~ ~ Yet with a gentle, consistent Meditation Sitting Practice and Dharma-theory study, the obsessive 'monkey-mind' can and will gradually quiet down, subside and diminish... You'll discover that the Mind actually prefers quiet Wisdom !
So, we offer you BUDDHISM WITHOUT ANY BELIEFS: Nothing to Buy Into ! Only a 'pointing' towards >>> towards a more natural,
authentic, uncompromised Inner-Awakening. . We do not do 'religion' .... .... the Buddha himself didn't!
3 PART THREE ~ Program Notes & Teacher Profile bio
• Buddhist Awareness Mindfulness Meditation Training Class • Newcomer's Instruction - Silent Meditation & 'after-sit' pointers • Deep Inner-Observation Mindfulness 'Process'-Work • Dharma Discussion and Wisdom-Theory Study :: Satsang interaction • Plenty of Q&A opportunities, lively Dialogue and absurd Laughing • Metta-style 'Loving-Kindness' meditation or sacred poetry to conclude
• 'A Path With Heart' by Jack Kornfield
is the only 'required' text for study • plus some optional, free online readings ~ links will be given to you...
________________________ Beginners very Welcome ! ___________________________
When I see I am Nothing -- that is Wisdom. When I see I am Everything -- that is Love. And between these two, my life flows . . . . .
Space does get limited- so let us know you're coming.
Come ANY TUESDAY... at least for a one-time visit ~ to see if it works for you, your heart and your intellect.
We are all Newcomers to these 'American-style' Spiritual Journeys, these Pilgrimages of Holy Shopping that we seem to be nationally on - - sort of our own self-styled 'Fumbling Towards Enlightenment'. . . and sure, awkwardly at times. So Be Aware of your spiritual-longings, your projections, and especially any of your impatient 'expectations' that you may experience - even about our little class and odd teacher.
" In the stillness – space for a rebellious spirit " ~ our friend Noah Levine
" Teachers and Teachings
only do but point the way >>>
the journey itself - is All yours."~ said The Buddha
Be Welcome to come begin to practice meditation, and stumble with us for awhile... It's a very long road .. we'll help you find your own way through the beginner's notions and 'fascinations' with all these newly emerging 'Spiritual'-technologies in the West.
" The Greatest Risk Is Not Taking One " _________________________________
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" While one person hesitates because they 'feel' inferior & 'think' insecure thoughts - the other is just busy making mistakes a p l e n t y - and becoming quite superior " ~ The Tao _________________________________________________________________________
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