What we're about

We meet regularly across Los Angeles including the foothills, the Valley, and WLA (UCLA). We have a big festival every year at the State Park in DTLA (meetup.com/zen-07.)

Our main practice sessions and Dharma talks are held weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in Pasadena at the Ahiah Center for Spiritual Living, 150 N. El Molino Ave. near Colorado Blvd.

Explore Buddhist meditation and mindfulness practices, yoga, and other spiritual traditions. Learn, share, enjoy vegan snacks, and apply ancient methods to go with the flow of our modern American lives. We are all about group readings, inspirational talks, group sharing, mindful hugs, yoga poses and ecstatic breathing, discussions, and kind eating.

We cover three basic meditations during Thursday sessions: serenity for stages of absorption (samadhi), mindful movement for insight (vipassana), and boundless loving-kindness (metta) to break down the barriers. Free, supported completely by donations and volunteers. Get more involved.

Upcoming events (4+)

Online: Tibetan Buddhist meditation and group discussion (Zoom)

American Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, author of "Welcoming the Unwelcome," is the heart of today's Shambhala. It's a timely title for When Things Fall Apart. To attend register for Zoom (because the event is ONLY online) by clicking through to the Los Angeles Shambhala Monthly Calendar (https://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/open-sitting/). Free or by donation (https://paypal.me/ShambhalaLosAngeles). Session includes instruction, guided meditation, mindful walking, and discussion.

And don't be like Jen, who dropped her pants in the restroom live on video: https://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2020/03/sunday-morning-meditations-on-zoom-video.html

UCLA: ONLINE Free 30 min. Mindfulness Meditation Drop-In

University of California, Los Angeles

Full meditation schedule: https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/body.cfm?id=61&iirf_redirect=1.

FREE (ONLINE during pandemic) 30-minute drop-in sessions are led by Diana Winston, Dr. Marvin Belzer, and other Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) teachers.

Open to EVERYONE interested in learning how to live life more in the "present."

Mindfulness (sati, bare awareness, presence of mind, vigilant attention, witnessing, detached attentiveness) is the moment-by-moment process of openly accepting and dispassionately observing our physical, emotional, and mental experiences free of our customary clinging, rejecting, or reacting with delusion to them.

"Right mindfulness," which the Buddha called samma-sati, has scientific support. It improves attention, reduces stress, boosts mood and immunity, reduces emotional reactivity, and promotes health and well-being.

It can be harmful when done incorrectly, so learn to do it correctly.

INFO: http://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2021/03/free-meditation-at-uclas-marc-video.html

UCLA: ONLINE Free 30 min. Mindfulness Meditation Drop-In

University of California, Los Angeles

Full meditation schedule: https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/body.cfm?id=61&iirf_redirect=1.

FREE (ONLINE during pandemic) 30-minute drop-in sessions are led by Diana Winston, Dr. Marvin Belzer, and other Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) teachers.

Open to EVERYONE interested in learning how to live life more in the "present."

Mindfulness (sati, bare awareness, presence of mind, vigilant attention, witnessing, detached attentiveness) is the moment-by-moment process of openly accepting and dispassionately observing our physical, emotional, and mental experiences free of our customary clinging, rejecting, or reacting with delusion to them.

"Right mindfulness," which the Buddha called samma-sati, has scientific support. It improves attention, reduces stress, boosts mood and immunity, reduces emotional reactivity, and promotes health and well-being.

It can be harmful when done incorrectly, so learn to do it correctly.

INFO: http://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2021/03/free-meditation-at-uclas-marc-video.html

Online: Tibetan Buddhist meditation and group discussion (Zoom)

American Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, author of "Welcoming the Unwelcome," is the heart of today's Shambhala. It's a timely title for When Things Fall Apart. To attend register for Zoom (because the event is ONLY online) by clicking through to the Los Angeles Shambhala Monthly Calendar (https://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/open-sitting/). Free or by donation (https://paypal.me/ShambhalaLosAngeles). Session includes instruction, guided meditation, mindful walking, and discussion.

And don't be like Jen, who dropped her pants in the restroom live on video: https://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2020/03/sunday-morning-meditations-on-zoom-video.html

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UCLA: ONLINE Free 30 min. Mindfulness Meditation Drop-In

University of California, Los Angeles

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