What we're about

Weekly neighborhood meditation sitting groups that are open to everyone and all are welcome. Each class will consist of 30 minutes of meditation, Q&A, dharma and conversation. Cultivation of community is important and all voices are vital.

The teachings are taken from the the wisdom and compassion teachings of the Buddha, primarily drawn from the Theravada tradition which is often called Insight (vipassana) practice. Although these are traditional teachings, the emphasis is to make them accessible and investigate how these teachings can be utilized in our daily lives. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to believe anything, or consider oneself 'Buddhist'.

Undefended Dharma refers to the idea of living with an undefended heart. Several years ago Mary began to investigate this concept and believes this is the root of what the Buddha asks us to do in his teachings and it is now the lens through which she sees the world. How do we defend ourselves and how do we free ourselves? This has been a rich journey that continues with ever unfolding subtlety and is a path towards freedom.

Classes are taught by Mary Stancavage. Mary has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual practice for over 30 years and in 2009 was empowered to teach Buddhadharma. Mary teaches classes, retreats and does individual mentoring. She has taught at mindfulness at recovery centers, has co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008, and has had a weekly dharma class for ten years. She completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center and served as volunteer chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. She served as Director of Against the Stream for ten years. She also served as Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project for two. Mary sits on the boards of the Buddhist Insight Network and CLUE-LA: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice. Along with teaching she continues to investigate what it means to live with an undefended heart. Fun fact: Mary has a Masters Degree from UCLA and worked as an archaeologist in Syria. More info can be found at her website, marystancavage.org (http://marystancavage.org/)

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Upcoming events (5+)

Saturday Meditation Sitting Group - Los Feliz

Hollywood Lutheran Church

This is a weekly meditation and dharma class open to all. The meditation and talks are based on Buddhist wisdom and compassion teachings and will focus on how these teachings are applicable in our daily lives. Each week there will be a 30 minute meditation, Q&A, dharma talk and conversation to support the cultivation of community. All classes are drop in, and by donation. No meditation experience necessary.

Morning Hike at Fryman Canyon

Wilacre Park, Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority

Join us for a morning hike in Fryman Canyon. This easygoing hike will give us a chance to spend time outside of class and get to know the folks we share the dharma with. No reservation is necessary; just meet up about 8:30 and we’ll have some coffee afterwards. Everyone is welcome – bring your family, bring your friends. Dogs welcome. The trailhead is right off Laurel Canyon Blvd., north of Ventura Blvd in Studio City. We’ll meet in the parking lot.

Studio City Meditation Group

36th Church of Christ, Scientist

This is a weekly meditation and dharma class open to all. The meditation and talks are based on Buddhist wisdom and compassion teachings and will focus on how these teachings are applicable in our daily lives. Each week there will be a 30 minute meditation, Q&A, dharma talk and conversation to support the cultivation of community. All classes are drop in, and by donation. No meditation experience necessary.

Saturday Meditation Sitting Group - Los Feliz

Hollywood Lutheran Church

This is a weekly meditation and dharma class open to all. The meditation and talks are based on Buddhist wisdom and compassion teachings and will focus on how these teachings are applicable in our daily lives. Each week there will be a 30 minute meditation, Q&A, dharma talk and conversation to support the cultivation of community. All classes are drop in, and by donation. No meditation experience necessary.

Past events (58)

Studio City Meditation Group

36th Church of Christ, Scientist

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