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Cultivate peace of mind and calmness of body in our spectacular setting on the Palos Verdes Peninsula overlooking the South Bay. Learn meditation and the purpose of meditation in the Buddhist wisdom tradition. Develop patience, kindness and awareness; diminish pain, conflict and stress. All you need are a kind heart and an open mind; we can even help you find those!

Tara LA Buddhist Meditation, Palos Verdes Peninsula is an authorized Buddhist meditation group serving the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the surrounding South Bay area. We are under the direction of the Venerable Khenpo Lama Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplain at Harvard University and Director of the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Awakening to the Noble Truth with Love, Compassion, Joy & Equanimity

Cultivate peace of mind and calmness of body in our spectacular setting on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, overlooking South Bay, LA. Learn meditation and the purpose of meditation in the Buddhist wisdom tradition. Develop patience, kindness and awareness; diminish pain, conflict and stress. All you need are a kind heart and an open mind; we can even help you find those! One does not have to be Buddhist to benefit from these beautiful practices. Newcomers are always welcome. Weekly meetings are held Tuesday evenings 7:30-8:30/9:00 p.m. in the library and hall of the Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274. There is free parking and plenty of it. For your comfort we have cushioned chairs. If you wish to sit on the floor, please bring a meditation cushion and a towel. Arrive a few minutes early to settle in. Practice begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. If you're late, that's OK, come anyway! Just enter quietly and join in. Meditation practices: Cultivating love and compassion for all beings, we can find our joy and fulfillment in life. We do this by practicing traditional Buddhist healing meditation practices handed down from master to student from ancient times to today: - Shamatha (calm-abiding), - Blue Lotus (concentration), - Tonglen (sending & receiving) and - Green Tara (visualization and mantra) and - Heart Sutra (recitation, healing and repelling) practice Meditation instructions are reviewed every week. Our evening routine allows newcomers to learn while regulars deepen their practice. Attending weekly group practice is very helpful for anchoring one's daily home practice. The Four Noble Truths: We are beginning a 21 week course of study on the Four Noble Truths, the foundation of Buddhist philosophy. The Four Noble Truths are regarded as the central teaching of the Buddhist tradition and provide the framework upon which all other Buddhist Philosophy and meditation are based. These noble truths are the truth of suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering, and the path leading to nirvana. Although we may already be familiar with this core doctrine, by repeatedly studying the Four Noble Truths and their sixteen corresponding aspects, our realizations on the spiritual path can become more transformative and profound. Text: Awakening to the Noble Truth, by Lama Migmar, available from Amazon. Activities: While meditation instruction is always free, donations ($10-$20) to support our ongoing activity are gratefully accepted. - Tuesday evening practice - Thursday morning (dawn) practice (email us for details) - Sunday lunchtime (monthly) practice (email us for details) - In 2016 we printed and bound our own set of practice manuals. - In 2018 we commissioned and installed installed a set of vertical 9' Tibetan prayer flags on the hillside to carry blessings and protection on the breeze. - In 2019 we brought Lama Migmar to Palos Verdes to conduct a July 26-18 weekend healing retreat of teachings and empowerments at PUC. About Tara L.A.: Tara L.A. Buddhist Meditation on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is an authorized Buddhist meditation group serving Palos Verdes and the South Bay area. We are under the direction of the Venerable Khenpo Lama Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplain at Harvard University. About our teacher: Dan Dempster has been a student of Lama Migmar for over twelve years, and was directed to establish this Dharma group after moving to LA from Boston in 2015. He is a certified meditation instructor and has been authorized to teach. About his teacher: As a Harvard University Buddhist Chaplain for more than twenty years, the Venerable Khenpo Migmar Tseten has served students, faculty and staff on campus as well as at the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies (Cambridge) which he founded in 1990 with the patronage of the HH Sakya Trichen.

Drawn to See: Figure Drawing as Moving Mindfulness with Dan Dempster, CA

Pacific Unitarian Church

$20.00

Drawn to See Figure Drawing as Moving Mindfulness Beginner to advanced. All welcome! 9:30-11:30 am Wednesday mornings Pacific Unitarian Hall, 5621 Montemalaga Drive Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 “Fun (sometimes hilarious), always challenging and rewarding.” Interested in art? Learn how to see like an artist, through dynamic drawing and mindfulness practices. As we work through many short poses with intensive, playful drawing exercises, you will demolish your inhibitions about drawing. Find yourself drawing fluently, with great peace of mind. Already an artist? Drawing and mindfulness practices will improve your work, regardless of medium or technique. Picasso and Dali, masters of the abstract, were also masters of drawing. Fee: $20/week Materials: to start 3 x sharpened 3B pencils 1 x enclosed sharpener 1 x large sketch book (Strathmore 400 series Sketch, spiral 14x17” 100 pages) or 1 x newsprint pad 18x24” 50 pages Optional: A drawing board is helpful, but not necessary. Sketching is generally done from the lap, but tables will be available. Register: email: [masked] or by text: (424)[masked]

Thursday Morning Meditation: Awakening to the Noble Truth.

Pacific Unitarian Church

Join us for Thursday morning meditation. Cultivate peace of mind and calmness of body in our spectacular setting on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Learn meditation and the purpose of meditation in the Buddhist wisdom tradition. Develop patience, kindness and awareness; diminish pain, conflict and stress. All you need are a kind heart and an open mind; we can even help you find those! One does not have to be Buddhist to benefit from these beautiful practices. Newcomers are always welcome. Thursday morning meetings are held at 6:30-7:30 a.m. in the library of the Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274. There is free parking and plenty of it. For your comfort we have cushioned chairs. If you wish to sit on the floor, please bring a meditation cushion and a towel. Arrive a few minutes early to settle in. Practice begins promptly at 6:30 a.m. If you're late, that's OK, come anyway! Just enter quietly and join in. Meditation practices: Cultivating love and compassion for all beings, we can find our joy and fulfillment in life. We do this by practicing traditional Buddhist healing meditation practices handed down from master to student from ancient times to today: - Shamatha (calm-abiding), - Blue Lotus (concentration), - Tonglen (sending & receiving) and - Green Tara (visualization and mantra) and - Heart Sutra (recitation, healing and repelling) practice Meditation instructions are reviewed every week. Our evening routine allows newcomers to learn while regulars deepen their practice. Attending weekly group practice is very helpful for anchoring one's daily home practice. The Four Noble Truths: We are starting a 21 week course of study on the Four Noble Truths, the foundation of Buddhist philosophy. The Four Noble Truths are regarded as the central teaching of the Buddhist tradition and provide the framework upon which all other Buddhist Philosophy and meditation are based. These noble truths are the truth of suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering, and the path leading to nirvana. Although we may already be familiar with this core doctrine, by repeatedly studying the Four Noble Truths and their sixteen corresponding aspects, our realizations on the spiritual path can become more transformative and profound. Text: Awakening to the Noble Truth, by Lama Migmar, available from Amazon. Activities: While meditation instruction is always free, donations ($10-$20) to support our ongoing activity are gratefully accepted. - Tuesday evening practice - Thursday morning (dawn) practice (email us for details) - Sunday lunchtime (monthly) practice (email us for details) - In 2016 we printed and bound our own set of practice manuals. - In 2018 we commissioned and installed installed a set of vertical 9' Tibetan prayer flags on the hillside to carry blessings and protection on the breeze. - In 2019 we brought Lama Migmar to Palos Verdes to conduct a July 26-18 weekend healing retreat of teachings and empowerments at PUC. About Tara L.A.: Tara L.A. Buddhist Meditation on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is an authorized Buddhist meditation group serving Palos Verdes and the South Bay area. We are under the direction of the Venerable Khenpo Lama Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplain at Harvard University. About our teacher: Dan Dempster is a certified meditation instructor and has been authorized by Lama Migmar to teach. A student of Lama Migmar for over twelve years, he was directed to establish this Dharma group after moving to LA from Boston in 2015. About his teacher: As a Harvard University Buddhist Chaplain for more than twenty years, the Venerable Khenpo Migmar Tseten has served students, faculty and staff on campus as well as at the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies (Cambridge) which he founded in 1990 with the patronage of the HH Sakya Trichen.

Awakening to the Noble Truth with Love, Compassion, Joy & Equanimity

Cultivate peace of mind and calmness of body in our spectacular setting on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, overlooking South Bay, LA. Learn meditation and the purpose of meditation in the Buddhist wisdom tradition. Develop patience, kindness and awareness; diminish pain, conflict and stress. All you need are a kind heart and an open mind; we can even help you find those! One does not have to be Buddhist to benefit from these beautiful practices. Newcomers are always welcome. Weekly meetings are held Tuesday evenings 7:30-8:30/9:00 p.m. in the library and hall of the Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274. There is free parking and plenty of it. For your comfort we have cushioned chairs. If you wish to sit on the floor, please bring a meditation cushion and a towel. Arrive a few minutes early to settle in. Practice begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. If you're late, that's OK, come anyway! Just enter quietly and join in. Meditation practices: Cultivating love and compassion for all beings, we can find our joy and fulfillment in life. We do this by practicing traditional Buddhist healing meditation practices handed down from master to student from ancient times to today: - Shamatha (calm-abiding), - Blue Lotus (concentration), - Tonglen (sending & receiving) and - Green Tara (visualization and mantra) and - Heart Sutra (recitation, healing and repelling) practice Meditation instructions are reviewed every week. Our evening routine allows newcomers to learn while regulars deepen their practice. Attending weekly group practice is very helpful for anchoring one's daily home practice. The Four Noble Truths: We are beginning a 21 week course of study on the Four Noble Truths, the foundation of Buddhist philosophy. The Four Noble Truths are regarded as the central teaching of the Buddhist tradition and provide the framework upon which all other Buddhist Philosophy and meditation are based. These noble truths are the truth of suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering, and the path leading to nirvana. Although we may already be familiar with this core doctrine, by repeatedly studying the Four Noble Truths and their sixteen corresponding aspects, our realizations on the spiritual path can become more transformative and profound. Text: Awakening to the Noble Truth, by Lama Migmar, available from Amazon. Activities: While meditation instruction is always free, donations ($10-$20) to support our ongoing activity are gratefully accepted. - Tuesday evening practice - Thursday morning (dawn) practice (email us for details) - Sunday lunchtime (monthly) practice (email us for details) - In 2016 we printed and bound our own set of practice manuals. - In 2018 we commissioned and installed installed a set of vertical 9' Tibetan prayer flags on the hillside to carry blessings and protection on the breeze. - In 2019 we brought Lama Migmar to Palos Verdes to conduct a July 26-18 weekend healing retreat of teachings and empowerments at PUC. About Tara L.A.: Tara L.A. Buddhist Meditation on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is an authorized Buddhist meditation group serving Palos Verdes and the South Bay area. We are under the direction of the Venerable Khenpo Lama Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplain at Harvard University. About our teacher: Dan Dempster has been a student of Lama Migmar for over twelve years, and was directed to establish this Dharma group after moving to LA from Boston in 2015. He is a certified meditation instructor and has been authorized to teach. About his teacher: As a Harvard University Buddhist Chaplain for more than twenty years, the Venerable Khenpo Migmar Tseten has served students, faculty and staff on campus as well as at the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies (Cambridge) which he founded in 1990 with the patronage of the HH Sakya Trichen.

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