What we're about

Anyone who has wondered about the following questions will benefit from our meetup sessions:

What's the point of my life repeating the same activities day in, day out?
Who am I?
Why is it that happiness in life never lasts?
I've done many kind acts but they have backfired on me. What else should I do?
Is life a series of gains and then losses?
Why do we hear so many bad news? How to live a fulfilling life in spite of the negativity that surrounds us.

Our meetings are held in various parts of Los Angeles & San Diego as well as online through Skype. Feel free to send us your suggestions.

We also do social events such as watching movies, visiting gardens or museums, hikes, potlucks, etc to build our community. We decide on such activities as a group.

We are quite a diverse group as through Dharma-listening meditation practice, we discover the value of all lives and naturally have gratitude & respect cultivated in our hearts.

All suggestions are welcome.

Upcoming events (1)

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

Hello, and welcome to the DTLA 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 and 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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