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

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Also we teach through Skype and Facetime too if you're interested but have a schedule conflict.

Upcoming events (5)

Online Dharma Healing in These Difficult Times; Rays of Hope in Sea of Suffering

Hi our friends in the Culver City area, Hope this message finds you well. It might be an unfortunate thing that we all have to go through this COVID-19 outbreak but some say that considering how we've been treating the nature, it might not be too surprising to get the consequences of our actions in this way. Let's consider it as a wake-up call for each and every one of us to do self-reflection and use this time to retreat in our own homes and find out what is the meaning of our short existence on this planet Earth. First and foremost, if you're struggling with anxiety, may I suggest the practice of cleaning to find instant healing. Just pick a place every day in your house that can benefit from cleaning. Yesterday I picked our windows and wiped them down one by one paying attention to my mind to calm down and do it without trying to get it done as soon as possible! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it too! Let me know if you have a hard time with it because I did too at first until I learned the art of cleaning while living in Japan at a Buddhist temple. Additionally, we're going to hold online Dharma talks and Q&As. Our group sessions are on Saturdays 10 AM for people new to Buddhism and we have one on one sessions for those who want to delve more deeply into the teachings. Let me know your wishes and let's overcome these tough times without falling into despair and hopelessness: (424)[masked]. Please write to me! WE ALSO HAVE ONLINE GROUP SESSIONS Fridays 3 PM TO 3:40 PM or Wednesdays 5 PM to 6:30 PM. TEXT ME AT (424)[masked] if you need a list of books I suggest for reading at your leisure.

Online Dharma Healing in These Difficult Times; Rays of Hope in Sea of Suffering

Hi our friends in the Culver City area, Hope this message finds you well. It might be an unfortunate thing that we all have to go through this COVID-19 outbreak but some say that considering how we've been treating the nature, it might not be too surprising to get the consequences of our actions in this way. Let's consider it as a wake-up call for each and every one of us to do self-reflection and use this time to retreat in our own homes and find out what is the meaning of our short existence on this planet Earth. First and foremost, if you're struggling with anxiety, may I suggest the practice of cleaning to find instant healing. Just pick a place every day in your house that can benefit from cleaning. Yesterday I picked our windows and wiped them down one by one paying attention to my mind to calm down and do it without trying to get it done as soon as possible! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it too! Let me know if you have a hard time with it because I did too at first until I learned the art of cleaning while living in Japan at a Buddhist temple. Additionally, we're going to hold online Dharma talks and Q&As. Our group sessions are on Saturdays 2 PM for people new to Buddhism and 3 PM for those who've studied with us a few sessions. And if you're interested in one-on-one sessions, it's donation-based and Yuichi and I will be glad to set up an appointment. Let me know your wishes and let's overcome these tough times without falling into despair and hopelessness: (424)[masked]. Please write to me! WE ALSO HAVE ONLINE GROUP SESSIONS DAILY 3 PM TO 3:40 PM. TEXT ME AT (424)[masked] SO I'LL TEXT YOU BACK THE ZOOM LINK FOR IT!

Join our discussions to discover ways to practice patience!

Hi Everyone! I hope you're doing well under the current circumstances. Have you ever heard the expression “the patience of the Buddha”? Probably not as much as “the wisdom of the Buddha”. Maybe it takes wisdom to be patient, what do you think? Patience is something so many of us struggle with. Impatience is triggered when we have a goal, and realize it's going to cost us more than we thought to reach it. If you sit in your room with a blank mind, you will not be impatient, you're just there; few of us can do this. Now, if you decide that you want to go out, do something fun, you have adopted a goal, and if it suddenly starts raining, you have a choice to make. Do you bundle up and grab your umbrella? Or do you stay in? Either way, your goal is going to cost you more than you thought to reach it. The Buddha said “There is nothing mightier than patience. So I strive in every way to learn patience.” The Buddha learned well, and also said “Patience is when you’re supposed to be mad, but instead you understand.” Life, and patience, takes practice. Here is a Buddhist story: “Buddha and his disciples decided to undertake a journey in which they would have to cross various territories and cities. One day, they saw a lake in the distance. They decided to stop there since they were thirsty. When they arrived, Buddha said to his youngest and most impatient disciple: “I’m thirsty. Can you bring me some water from that lake?” The disciple went to the lake, but when he arrived he noticed that a wagon of oxen was crossing it. Little by little, the water became cloudy. After this happened, the disciple thought, “I can’t give the teacher this muddy water to drink.” Thus, he went back and told Buddha, “The water is very muddy, I don’t think we can drink it.” After about a half an hour later, Buddha asked the disciple to go back to the lake and bring him some water to drink. However, the water was still dirty. Once he returned, he said to Buddha: “We can’t drink that water. We should walk to the town to get something to drink”. Buddha didn’t answer him. However, he didn’t make any movement either. He just stayed there. After a while, Buddha asked the disciple once again to go back to the lake and bring him water. As he didn’t want to challenge his master, he went to the lake. However, he was furious because he didn’t understand why he had asked him to go back again. Since the water was muddy, they couldn’t drink it. When he arrived, he observed that the water now looked crystal clear. Thus, he collected some and brought it to Buddha. He looked at the water and said to the disciple, “What have you done to clean the water?” The disciple didn’t understand the question. It was obvious that he hadn’t done anything. The Buddha looked at him and explained, “You waited and let it be. Therefore, the mud settled on its own and now the water is clear. Your mind is like that too! When it’s muddy, you have to let it be. Give it some time. Don’t be impatient. On the contrary, be patient. It’ll reach a balance on its own. You don’t have to make any effort to calm it down. Everything will pass on its own as long as you don’t hold on to it.” Like everything, learning patience takes practice. We need to learn how to let our minds calm down. I couldn’t write this introduction when I wanted to, my mind was going in a million directions. So I had to be patient, and when I did, I found this story! In our sessions we learn ways to practice calming our minds. Join our meetups to learn more about the art of living. You can also join us any Fridays 3 PM to 4 PM or Saturdays 2 PM to 3:30 PM for further follow up. We read from the book “You Were Born For a Reason” and then discuss If you're so inclined, we appreciate it if you can support our cause. You can offer your donations on PayPal or Venmo to Bita Enayati at [masked]. Thank you for your support in helping us continue to bring quality teachings to you. Lori Z.

Let's read from Book You Were Born For a Reason, etc &Discussions/Chats/Sharing

Hi everyone! Hope this message finds you as well as possible under the current circumstances. The other day I went for a walk in the neighborhood with my sister. There were other people walking their dogs or just enjoying a conversation with their walking buddy. And some were walking alone. We all kept a 6-foot distance from others and went on our walks. Most people who were engaged in conversation might not have noticed us and vice versa. But at some point, there was a young woman walking by herself, coming towards us and when our eyes met, she smiled so big and so kindly, both me and my sister told each other: what a beautiful soul! How kind she was! We didn't exchange any words other than saying hellos. We probably might not see that woman again. And yet her genuine smile left a lasting impression both on me and on my sister. It also made me feel why it is that such a smile has a greater impact on us than receiving some presents or gifts from others that we might never be in true need of? The answer that I came up with was regarding how UNCONDITIONAL or as close to it as possible was. We were totally strangers and still are. She smiled at us from the bottom of her heart. The lesson I learned was that the more unconditional we try to practice acts of kindness and generosity, the more impact it will have on others. In other words, if our acts of kindness and generosity are not quite unconditional, we keep suffering. But it's not easy to discard our expectations of others. What do you think? Additionally you can join us any Wednesdays, or Fridays 3 PM to 4 PM or Saturdays 2 PM to 3:30 PM for further follow up. We read from the book You Were Born For a Reason by Kentetsu Takamori, Kentaro Ito, and Daiji Akeshashi; and have a discussion about it! We appreciate if you can support our cause. You can offer your donations on PayPal or Venmo to Bita Enayati at [masked]. Thank you for your support and encouragement in continuing to bring quality teachings to you, day in, day out. Stay well and let's go forward towards the light of unconditional goodness together! You can ask questions in this session about the law of cause and effect as we've discussed so far; or I just present scenarios where we we might feel at a loss as to how to apply the law of cause and effect to it. Looking forward to seeing you and hearing your questions! Bita and Yuichi Asakura

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