What we're about
Welcome to the Pasadena Bodhi Path Meetup Group. We have been meeting weekly in Pasadena since 2004. We are currently meeting in the Pasadena Senior Center,
Wednesdays from 7-8:30 pm.
We offer weekly workshops on all topics related to Meditation and Buddhist Practice as well as weekend events and an annual Summer Retreat. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Each week of the month will be dedicated to a particular workshop covering various aspects of meditation practice and Dharma study. The workshop format implies an active engagement in a process. We try something out, think about it, talk about it, and come to our own conclusions based on experience. As we engage in the process with sincerity we gain confidence in our own innate qualities.
First Week of the Month
Meditation Workshop – The Basics
This workshop will be dedicated to mindfulness meditation and is ideal for anyone who is beginning the practice of meditation as well as those who want to refresh and clarify the foundations of mindfulness meditation practice. We’ll cover everything related to the development of focus and concentration in practice as well as posture, breath, what to do with thoughts, sensations, feelings and more.
Second Week of the Month
Meditation practice and Bodhi Path Curriculum Class
This workshop is a comprehensive course of study following guidelines set out by Shamar Rinpoche. We will cover a wide range of topics such as Buddhist Meditation using Shamar Rinpoche’s The Path to Awakening, Buddhist Conduct and Ethics using Gampopa’s The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, and The Buddhist View of Reality using Mipham Rinpoche’s The Gateway to Knowledge.
Third Week of the Month
Meditation plus Dharma Conversation
An essential step in learning is making the effort to express what you understand to others. The very effort to do so either clarifies our understanding or makes us realize that we need to study more. This workshop, designed to be relaxing and fun will give all students the opportunity to articulate what they think they know in a conversational style. This process is voluntary and no one will be put on the spot.
Fourth Week of the Month
Meditation Workshop – Going Deeper
This workshop will be dedicated to awareness and compassion as developed through meditation practice. We will focus on stabilizing meditation practice in order to gain insight into and confidence in the true nature of mind. Practices, such as Sending and Taking and Chenrezig will be included.
Fifth Week of the Month
March, May, August, and November only.
The year 2017 has only four months with a fifth Wednesday. We will decide together what happens in these workshops and of course some of the time will be dedicated to Meditation Practice. If there are newcomers will we offer guided instruction.
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Beginners are always welcomed.
A $10 donation to help support the center is suggested.
However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Pasadena Senior Center 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103
Please enter through the main entrance to the center.
Let the security guard at the door know that you are there for the meditation class.
Parking spaces at the Senior Center are limited so if you cannot find a space there, you can park in the parking structure on the southeast corner of Holly and Arroyo. Parking is free with validation at the Pasadena Senior Center.
Please note that RSVP is not necessary for you to attend. Although it is appreciated and helpful for new members on our Meetup page to see that folks will be attending so they won't feel like they will be the only attendees along with this bearded guy with the spectacles! Please feel free to always drop in...regardless of RSVP. Thanks!
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