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This week we have a special guest and we explore the divine quality of boundless loving-kindness the Buddha taught. It heals and protects self, loved ones, strangers, difficult people, and the world. Meditation includes a reading and discussion. Vegan refreshments served.
Fun with a Fun Guy: "Best of Mushroaming" with Daniel Winkler. This presentation features stunning mushroom images and stories from ten years of “mush-roaming,” a term Winker coined for his mushroom-themed eco-adventures exploring fungi in exotic locations. When traveling in rugged parts of Himalayan Buddhist Asia (Tibet and Bhutan), his native Alps, tropical South America (Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Suriname), and wild North America (USA), Winkler remains on the hunt for gorgeous edibles, potent medicinals, and all kinds of bizarre and colorful fungi from minute to massive fruitings. His favorite haunts are rainforests, other forests, tropical and temperate, and alpine environments. His favorite fungi (besides edibles) are strange cordyceps, which triggered his curiosity in medicinal mushrooms 20 years ago in Buddhist Tibet. Recently this interest matured into a new FIELD GUIDE: “Medicinal Mushrooms of North America” published in cooperation with Robert Rogers. Free event. More information about LAMS events is available on the Calendar (http://www.lamushrooms.org/calendar.html) page. Directions to the Natural History Museum (http://www.lamushrooms.org/directions.html). https://www.meetup.com/LA-Mycological-Society-putting-the-fun-in-fungi/events/265052916/
What is the way of Zen? It is having no heroes and no teachers, no authorities and no goal. It is the art of just being. We are human beings, after all, not human-doings. Spiritual Entertainer/Western Zen Master Alan Watts pointed out the unexpected, just as the great old storytellers pointed out the Way, the Tao. What if we were to say to our monkey mind, "Circle...O, Zen empty spot, there is nothing you are and nothing you are not." For all there is in the end is suchness. Japanese vegan refreshments served. Free/by donation.
There will be hundreds of attendees, as there are every year. The number keeps growing, so invite your friends because non-vegans are welcome and encouraged. This is LA's longest-running single day vegan tradition. It's LA's biggest vegan potluck going on for more than 25 years. Come share delicious food, connect with beautiful people, and enjoy the outdoors. We have music, an open mic, and live performances. Bring drums, musical instruments, frisbees, balls to toss, toys to play. It's a great place for children, and well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. PUBLIC EVENT While it's free to attend, see details below to know what to bring in order to participate. Park rules: *No alcohol.* For each member of your party, please bring a ready-to-serve 100% vegan dish to share that will serve at least 8-10 people. For example, if there are 2 people in your party, please bring 16-20 servings. VEGAN *"Vegan" means no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, insects, or honey -- no animal products at all. Commercial white sugar, for example, contains cremated cow bones. Most animal byproducts people eat are hidden in processed foods. Look it up.* Organic, chemical-free, GMO-free foods are encouraged. Gluten-free is always nice. Both cooked and raw vegan food is welcome. There will be a space designated for raw food. Please be conscious to place dish in that area only if every ingredient in your dish is 100% raw (pasteurized foods, commercially canned, and most jarred food are not raw). Please bring an INGREDIENT LIST to help those of us with allergies. *TO PREVENT PAPER AND PLASTIC WASTE, PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PLATES, BOWLS, CUPS, EATING UTENSILS, AND SERVING UTENSILS.* WHEN We start gathering at 11:00 AM, have a beautiful opening circle at NOON, then we begin our feast! LOCATION Enter Cheviot Hills Park a.k.a. Rancho Park (https://www.laparks.org/reccenter/cheviot-hills) at the north entrance on Motor Ave. (the first entrance south of Pico Blvd). As you enter the park, there is a parking area on the left. Drive past this parking area, and follow the road to the next parking area, which is a few hundred feet down. Walk to the picnic tables across the grass behind the baseball field. "VEG" signs are posted to point the way. (There is another picnic area at the far end close to the parking lot, which is not our picnic area). MAP http://goo.gl/maps/UnMWc PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Plan your trip: http://socaltransport.org/ The closest holiday bus stop is at Pico Blvd./Motor Ave. on the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Route 7. Los Angeles Metro: http://www.metro.net/ Santa Monica Big Blue Bus: http://www.bigbluebus.com/ Culver City Bus: http://www.culvercity.org/enjoy/culver-city-bus EVENT PLANNING AND COORDINATION You are welcome and encouraged to help coordinate the Vegan Picnic on Thanksgiving Day in Rancho Park. To participate in the planning, send an email to: [masked] https://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-Roaming-Vegan-Potlucks/events/265637653/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1368090843356868/