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.
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 and Director of the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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.
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, which are suitable for all faiths for deepening prayer, contemplation and appreciation.
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) meditations.
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.
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.
While meditation instruction is always free, donations ($10-$20) to support our ongoing activity are gratefully accepted. 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 July 2019 we are having Lama Migmar come from Boston to give special healing teachings and empowerments (see our retreat event 26-28 July, 2019).
Dan Dempster was directed to establish this Dharma group after moving to LA from Boston in 2015. He is a longtime student of Lama Migmar, a certified meditation instructor and has been authorized by Lama Migmar to teach Dharma and meditation.
As a Harvard University Buddhist Chaplain for more than twenty years, the Venerable Khenpo Migmar Tseten has served faculty and staff on campus as well as at the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies which he founded in 1990 with the patronage of the HH Sakya Trichen.
He received both a traditional and a contemporary education in India, graduating first place in all nine years with an Acharya degree in 1979 from the Tibetan Institute of Sanskrit University. Awarded a medal for academic excellence by the Dalai Lama, he was recently recognized as Khenpo for his scholarship and service to the dharma by the Sakya Trizin.
Lama Migmar Tseten has supervised the editing and publication of more than 50 rare volumes of Sakya literature including the 31 volumes of Sakya Lamdre and the rare Golden Manuscripts of the Five Founding Masters. He is the author of many books on subjects from the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions.
Lama Migmar Tseten established Mangalam Studio to share free spiritual arts, teachings, and practices publicly via digital media, including the Mangalam Online Course, providing dharma studies and practices worldwide. He leads in-person retreats at Buddhist centers throughout North America and Europe.