What we're about

Buddhism is a practice and it is actually through practice that you learn how it empowers your life to be all that you can be and reach your full potential.

A good teacher is necessary to walk us through the process. First and foremost, listening to the unchanging Dharma is the key.

Join us for an informal introduction session and let's get to know each other.

If you have particular questions about how Buddhism helps with a particular situation in your daily life, feel free to post them here or pm me and I make sure to cover them one by one as we advance in our studies.

Please buy some food or drink from the cafe where we meet to contribute to their business.

This meetup event is free to attend but donations are gladly accepted to cover our meetup and driving costs. Donations in Buddhism are not measured by the amount but rather by the desire to contribute to a greater cause than oneself.

One last thing is please pm me your contact information if you want to keep in touch. Also not mandatory, but I suggest the following book for our meetup studies if it's possible for you to get it: https://www.amazon.com/Plant-Seeds-Happiness-Flowers-Bloom/dp/0989847713

We have free newsletters. Please ask for them by sending an email to bitae22@hotmail.com
Also we teach through Skype and Facetime too if you're interested but have a schedule conflict.

Upcoming events (5+)

What can we learn from the Buddha on how to be happy?(This meeting is online.)

Hello, and welcome to our Culver City Practicing Buddhism Meetup! If you’re interested in (1) exploring what tips and tools Buddhism has to offer on the road to happiness, and (2) meeting (first session on Skype & later sessions at a cafe) other like-minded folks on the same path, then you’re in the right place. Over the next few months, (in sessions hosted by Bita) we’re going to explore some of the tools Buddhism has to offer when it comes to happiness. We’ll talk about… ---What Buddha says is the first step toward happiness ---How false/limiting beliefs cause an incredible amount of (unnecessary) suffering ---The difference between relative happiness (happiness that is fleeting or temporary) and absolute happiness (happiness that does not crumble or abandon you) ---Understanding the basic ideas around karma so you can live a life filled with empowerment and passion instead of overwhelm and sadness ---Where you might be on the path to happiness (aka enlightenment) compared to those around you, and how knowing this information can help make dealing with those ”more challenging” folks in your life easier ---How the ‘5 Desires’ (food, wealth, sex, etc.) fit into a happy life ---Examples of ways to apply the above concepts, on a daily basis, to minimize suffering and increase happiness No one needs to settle for feeling sad, unsuccessful, miserable, or lost. We all deserve to flourish and be happy. Everyone’s path is a little different but we’re all heading in the same direction, so let’s put our heads together and see what we can do! NOTE: This meetup will be hosted by Bita & Yuichi. LOCATION AND DETAILS This meetup happens to be on Skype though most of our meetups generally take place at a cafe in one of the cities of LA or in San Diego. Skype is a free software you can download and all you have to do is either RSVP here and I'll ask for your "Skype contact address" or just let me know if you're already familiar with Skype. My Skype contact address is Bita Asakura. If you need help downloading the Skype, call me at (424)[masked] please. This meetup is free to attend but donations are gladly accepted. Donations in Buddhism are not measured by the amount but by the desire to contribute to a cause greater than ourselves. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the group here on meetup.com. I look forward to meeting you in person in the near future. =)

What can we learn from the Buddha on how to be happy?(This meeting is online.)

Hello, and welcome to our Culver City Practicing Buddhism Meetup! If you’re interested in (1) exploring what tips and tools Buddhism has to offer on the road to happiness, and (2) meeting (first session on Skype & later sessions at a cafe) other like-minded folks on the same path, then you’re in the right place. Over the next few months, (in sessions hosted by Bita) we’re going to explore some of the tools Buddhism has to offer when it comes to happiness. We’ll talk about… ---What Buddha says is the first step toward happiness ---How false/limiting beliefs cause an incredible amount of (unnecessary) suffering ---The difference between relative happiness (happiness that is fleeting or temporary) and absolute happiness (happiness that does not crumble or abandon you) ---Understanding the basic ideas around karma so you can live a life filled with empowerment and passion instead of overwhelm and sadness ---Where you might be on the path to happiness (aka enlightenment) compared to those around you, and how knowing this information can help make dealing with those ”more challenging” folks in your life easier ---How the ‘5 Desires’ (food, wealth, sex, etc.) fit into a happy life ---Examples of ways to apply the above concepts, on a daily basis, to minimize suffering and increase happiness No one needs to settle for feeling sad, unsuccessful, miserable, or lost. We all deserve to flourish and be happy. Everyone’s path is a little different but we’re all heading in the same direction, so let’s put our heads together and see what we can do! NOTE: This meetup will be hosted by Bita & Yuichi. LOCATION AND DETAILS This meetup happens to be on Skype though most of our meetups generally take place at a cafe in one of the cities of LA or in San Diego. Skype is a free software you can download and all you have to do is either RSVP here and I'll ask for your "Skype contact address" or just let me know if you're already familiar with Skype. My Skype contact address is Bita Asakura. If you need help downloading the Skype, call me at (424)[masked] please. This meetup is free to attend but donations are gladly accepted. Donations in Buddhism are not measured by the amount but by the desire to contribute to a cause greater than ourselves. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the group here on meetup.com. I look forward to meeting you in person in the near future. =)

What can we learn from the Buddha on how to be happy?(This meeting is online.)

Hello, and welcome to our Culver City Practicing Buddhism Meetup! If you’re interested in (1) exploring what tips and tools Buddhism has to offer on the road to happiness, and (2) meeting (first session on Skype & later sessions at a cafe) other like-minded folks on the same path, then you’re in the right place. Over the next few months, (in sessions hosted by Bita) we’re going to explore some of the tools Buddhism has to offer when it comes to happiness. We’ll talk about… ---What Buddha says is the first step toward happiness ---How false/limiting beliefs cause an incredible amount of (unnecessary) suffering ---The difference between relative happiness (happiness that is fleeting or temporary) and absolute happiness (happiness that does not crumble or abandon you) ---Understanding the basic ideas around karma so you can live a life filled with empowerment and passion instead of overwhelm and sadness ---Where you might be on the path to happiness (aka enlightenment) compared to those around you, and how knowing this information can help make dealing with those ”more challenging” folks in your life easier ---How the ‘5 Desires’ (food, wealth, sex, etc.) fit into a happy life ---Examples of ways to apply the above concepts, on a daily basis, to minimize suffering and increase happiness No one needs to settle for feeling sad, unsuccessful, miserable, or lost. We all deserve to flourish and be happy. Everyone’s path is a little different but we’re all heading in the same direction, so let’s put our heads together and see what we can do! NOTE: This meetup will be hosted by Bita & Yuichi. LOCATION AND DETAILS This meetup happens to be on Skype though most of our meetups generally take place at a cafe in one of the cities of LA or in San Diego. Skype is a free software you can download and all you have to do is either RSVP here and I'll ask for your "Skype contact address" or just let me know if you're already familiar with Skype. My Skype contact address is Bita Asakura. If you need help downloading the Skype, call me at (424)[masked] please. This meetup is free to attend but donations are gladly accepted. Donations in Buddhism are not measured by the amount but by the desire to contribute to a cause greater than ourselves. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the group here on meetup.com. I look forward to meeting you in person in the near future. =)

What can we learn from the Buddha on how to be happy?(This meeting is online.)

Hello, and welcome to our Culver City Practicing Buddhism Meetup! If you’re interested in (1) exploring what tips and tools Buddhism has to offer on the road to happiness, and (2) meeting (first session on Skype & later sessions at a cafe) other like-minded folks on the same path, then you’re in the right place. Over the next few months, (in sessions hosted by Bita) we’re going to explore some of the tools Buddhism has to offer when it comes to happiness. We’ll talk about… ---What Buddha says is the first step toward happiness ---How false/limiting beliefs cause an incredible amount of (unnecessary) suffering ---The difference between relative happiness (happiness that is fleeting or temporary) and absolute happiness (happiness that does not crumble or abandon you) ---Understanding the basic ideas around karma so you can live a life filled with empowerment and passion instead of overwhelm and sadness ---Where you might be on the path to happiness (aka enlightenment) compared to those around you, and how knowing this information can help make dealing with those ”more challenging” folks in your life easier ---How the ‘5 Desires’ (food, wealth, sex, etc.) fit into a happy life ---Examples of ways to apply the above concepts, on a daily basis, to minimize suffering and increase happiness No one needs to settle for feeling sad, unsuccessful, miserable, or lost. We all deserve to flourish and be happy. Everyone’s path is a little different but we’re all heading in the same direction, so let’s put our heads together and see what we can do! NOTE: This meetup will be hosted by Bita & Yuichi. LOCATION AND DETAILS This meetup happens to be on Skype though most of our meetups generally take place at a cafe in one of the cities of LA or in San Diego. Skype is a free software you can download and all you have to do is either RSVP here and I'll ask for your "Skype contact address" or just let me know if you're already familiar with Skype. My Skype contact address is Bita Asakura. If you need help downloading the Skype, call me at (424)[masked] please. This meetup is free to attend but donations are gladly accepted. Donations in Buddhism are not measured by the amount but by the desire to contribute to a cause greater than ourselves. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the group here on meetup.com. I look forward to meeting you in person in the near future. =)

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