What we're about

We meet regularly across Los Angeles including Arcadia, Pasadena, North Hollywood (NoHo), Hollywood, West Los Angeles (UCLA), and Santa Monica.

Main practice session and Dharma talks held weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in Pasadena at Neighborhood Church, Room 23. We are part of the Refuge Recovery community or sangha to practice, meditate, and share in Hollywood and at the La Maida Institute in NoHo.

Explore Buddhist meditation intensively, work recovery, learn, talk, share, enjoy vegan fare, and apply ancient Buddhist teachings to our modern American lives.

Speakers, readings, inspirational teachings, checking in with one another, discussion, and sharing experience.

Three basic forms of meditation: serenity, mindfulness in movement, and boundless loving-kindness. Free and supported completely by donations and volunteers.

Upcoming events (5+)

Wild Foods, Useful Plants with Christopher Nyerges

Pasadena, California

Wild food and useful plants with author and guide Christopher Nyerges, plant walkabout to learn local wild food plants (native and exotic) and useful plants, including plants that can be used to make soap and rope and medicine, we cover basic botany to give a sense of context of the types of plant groups. • Location given once confirmed: or RSVP directly to Christopher in the office at (626)[masked] or by email: [masked]. • More details at: http://www.christophernyerges.com/schedule.html

Vegan Potluck and Dharma Discussion with Seven (free)

VeganSpirituality.com hosts a FREE potluck and Dharma discussion with Native American (Tongva) urban shaman Seven Dhar. To begin the new year, we get back to basics, back to the root of Buddhist terms translated as "meditation" and "mindfulness" and the three fundamentals of the Buddhist Path of Purification. We'll enjoy a night of food, Dharma discussion, guided serenity meditation, mindful movement, universal loving-kindness, Sanskrit chanting, and open group-sharing. POTLUCK: bring a vegan (plant-based, raw, or cooked foods free of all animal products) potluck dish to share, plates/cups/utensils. Be mindful to bring a dish versus a snack or drink so we have plenty of food for everyone. MIRROR: https://www.facebook.com/events/470552256808163/

Tibetan Monks' Sand Mandala and Blessing Ceremony (Pasadena)

USC Pacific Asia Museum

The Pacific Asia Museum is proud to host Tibetan monks (lamas) from Drepung Gomang Monastery. They will spend one week creating a "sand mandala," a Tibetan Buddhist tradition that involves the creation and destruction of intricate Buddhist cosmological paintings made from colored sand. Once completed, each mandala is ritualistically dismantled to symbolize the Buddhist teaching regarding the transitory nature of all things (anicca). The opening blessing ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 20, at 12:00 pm and the closing dissolution ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 26 at 12:00 pm. Museum visitors will be able to observe the creation of the mandala during regular public open hours. FREE with museum admission. Sunday Jan. 20 from noon: Opening Blessing Ceremony Wed, Jan. 23 from 11:00 am onward Thurs, Jan. 24 from 11:00 am-8:00 pm (FREE admission every Thurs 5:00-8:00 pm) Fri, Jan. 25 from 11:00 am onward Sat, Jan. 26 from noon: Closing Dissolution Ceremony DETAILS: https://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2019/01/tibetan-sand-mandala-ceremony-la-jan-20.html https://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu/calendar/ https://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu/visit/

Meditation and "Refuge Recovery" from Addictions

Trinity Episcopal Church

"Refuge Recovery" (https://www.refugerecovery.org) is the Buddhist path to recovery that does not rely on "God" as one's higher power. Instead, one utilizes the Buddhist practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and letting go to heal the pain, anxiety, and massive troubles that come with addiction. Overcome marijuana, Internet porn, Facebook, iPhone... Next door to the new Insight LA East Hollywood Center (site of Noah Levine's now defunct "Against the Stream: Buddhist Meditation Society"). Meetings average about 30 participants.

Past events (635)

Recovery Refuge Meeting @ La Maida, NoHo

La Maida Institute

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