What we're about

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PASADHARMA BUDDHIST MEDITATION is a circle of practitioners, seekers, and skeptics exploring meditation from an ancient Buddhist and yogic perspective. We're on a quest for meaning. Serenity and insight, compassion and wisdom, integrity and authenticity, these things are possible today. Now what is the "Middle Way" to enlightenment and liberation, freedom and happiness of nirvana?

As a supportive "spiritual community," a Sangha, we engage teachings from diverse Buddhist schools -- early Theravada, Himalayan Vajrayana, paradoxical Zen, American Vipassana, Far Eastern Mahayana-- to learn, explore, and adapt techniques and useful yogic practices.

Sitting as a group enables us to establish a daily practice on our own, building independence in a community of mutual support.

It's free, donations are accepted, and ALL are welcome. We serve in the spirit of making the historical Buddha's Dharma (the gift of the Teaching) available to all. This is the Path of Purification, the Path to Freedom...with a healthy and sometimes irreverent sense of humor. Come play. Enlighten up.

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How should I dress? Come as you are: casual, loose, comfortable clothes for indoor sitting on a soft seat and mindful outdoor walking in our garden under giant redwood trees. Between Old Town Pasadena and the Rose Bowl. Our practice hall is warm and inviting. Beginners always welcome.

What shall we eat? Delicious vegan refreshments and time to socialize as we close each session. Come meet your tribe, companions, maybe even your soul mate.

Upcoming events (5+)

What is "Zen" for the one who practices?

The Neighborhood Church

Zen is the most popular kind of Buddhism yet few understand, instead replacing it with nothingness, nihilism, or free-form whatever. Zen is an ancient tradition that does not rely on paradoxes, koans, or clapping. There is a point and a style of practice to get cool calm and collected. It's as easy and impossible as Alan Watts and Suzuki Roshi made it out to be when describing it to Western practitioners (https://www.wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com). Followed by socializing and vegan snacks and drinks.

Free Mindfulness Meditation drop-in at UCLA

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

We have meditation sessions on M, T, W, and Th. See here: https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/body.cfm?id=61&iirf_redirect=1 (http://marc.ucla.edu/free-drop-in-meditation). Mindful Awareness (what Eckhart Tolle calls "presence") is the moment-by-moment process of openly accepting and observing our physical, mental, and emotional experiences without grasping/clinging, resisting/rejecting, or reacting with delusion/confusion to them. Mindfulness, which the Buddha called smrti and sati, has scientific support as a means of reducing stress, improving attention, boosting mood and the immune system, reducing emotional reactivity, and promoting general health and well-being. Drop-in sessions are led by Diana Winston, Dr. Marvin Belzer, and guest teachers (at MARC, Mindful Awareness Research Center). Open to everyone interested in learning how to live life more in the "present." WEEKLY SCHEDULE: - Mondays: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Rm 1109, Level 1, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles - Tuesdays: Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center[masked]th Street, Auditorium, #G340, Santa Monica - Wednesdays: UCLA main library, 2nd floor, Powell Library East Rotunda - Thursdays: Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles Please check www.marc.ucla.edu (under "Free Drop-in Meditation") for latest changes to the schedule BEFORE attending.

Free Mindfulness Meditation drop-in at UCLA

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

We have meditation sessions on M, T, W, and Th. See here: https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/body.cfm?id=61&iirf_redirect=1 (http://marc.ucla.edu/free-drop-in-meditation). Mindful Awareness (what Eckhart Tolle calls "presence") is the moment-by-moment process of openly accepting and observing our physical, mental, and emotional experiences without grasping/clinging, resisting/rejecting, or reacting with delusion/confusion to them. Mindfulness, which the Buddha called smrti and sati, has scientific support as a means of reducing stress, improving attention, boosting mood and the immune system, reducing emotional reactivity, and promoting general health and well-being. Drop-in sessions are led by Diana Winston, Dr. Marvin Belzer, and guest teachers (at MARC, Mindful Awareness Research Center). Open to everyone interested in learning how to live life more in the "present." WEEKLY SCHEDULE: - Mondays: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Rm 1109, Level 1, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles - Tuesdays: Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center[masked]th Street, Auditorium, #G340, Santa Monica - Wednesdays: UCLA main library, 2nd floor, Powell Library East Rotunda - Thursdays: Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles Please check www.marc.ucla.edu (under "Free Drop-in Meditation") for latest changes to the schedule BEFORE attending.

Free Mindfulness Meditation drop-in at UCLA

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

We have meditation sessions on M, T, W, and Th. See here: https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/body.cfm?id=61&iirf_redirect=1 (http://marc.ucla.edu/free-drop-in-meditation). Mindful Awareness (what Eckhart Tolle calls "presence") is the moment-by-moment process of openly accepting and observing our physical, mental, and emotional experiences without grasping/clinging, resisting/rejecting, or reacting with delusion/confusion to them. Mindfulness, which the Buddha called smrti and sati, has scientific support as a means of reducing stress, improving attention, boosting mood and the immune system, reducing emotional reactivity, and promoting general health and well-being. Drop-in sessions are led by Diana Winston, Dr. Marvin Belzer, and guest teachers (at MARC, Mindful Awareness Research Center). Open to everyone interested in learning how to live life more in the "present." WEEKLY SCHEDULE: - Mondays: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Rm 1109, Level 1, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles - Tuesdays: Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center[masked]th Street, Auditorium, #G340, Santa Monica - Wednesdays: UCLA main library, 2nd floor, Powell Library East Rotunda - Thursdays: Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles Please check www.marc.ucla.edu (under "Free Drop-in Meditation") for latest changes to the schedule BEFORE attending.

Past events (719)

How to Deepen Meditation

The Neighborhood Church

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