What we're about

We meet regularly across Los Angeles including Pasadena, North Hollywood, and West Los Angeles (UCLA). We have a giant festival every year in DTLA as part of meetup.com/zen-07.

Our main practice sessions and Dharma talks are held weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in Pasadena at Neighborhood Church in Room 23.

Explore Buddhist meditation, learn, talk, share, enjoy vegan snacks, and apply ancient teachings to our modern American lives with readings, inspirational teachings, checking in, discussion, and sharing experience.

We teach three basic forms of meditation: serenity (absorption), mindful movement, and boundless loving-kindness. Free, supported completely by donations and volunteers.

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The place of friends and connecting in practice

The Neighborhood Church

Ananda once said to the Buddha, "I think good friendship is half the spiritual life." The Buddha responded strongly, "Do not say so, Ananda, do not say so! Good friendship is the whole of the spiritual life!" The good friend (kalyana mitta) is helpful in many ways, from locating the path to awakening to encouraging one to supporting our efforts. Neuroscientist Dr. Robert Lustig emphasizes the need for actual human "connection" (not virtual and inflated delusions via social media). We will gather in the spirit of both and support each other on the path. Refreshments served.

Saturday Dharma Talks and Meditation with Rick

La Maida Institute

Rick facilitates discussion on deeper Dharma topics in addition to sitting to enhance the experience. Our community (sangha) is sticking together and growing apart from the old Against the Stream. Come enjoy Dharma talks at the La Maida Institute near the big Lankershim Blvd. intersection in North Hollywood with lots to learn and discuss to deepen the practice.

Recovery Refuge at La Maida Institute

La Maida Institute

Now facilitated by Ray from New York. Meditate a little and talk a lot at this Refuge Recovery meeting. The La Maida Institute is a great oasis in the valley. Expect an average of 25 attendees every Thursday. There are also other meetings in the network nightly at https://refugerecovery.org/meetings. For more meditation time, deeper Dharma discussions, vegan snacks and drinks with socializing on Thursday nights, 7:00-8:30 PM, see the Dharma Meditation Initiative at Pasadena's Neighborhood Church: https://www.meetup.com/zen-07.

Saturday Dharma Talks and Meditation with Rick

La Maida Institute

Rick facilitates discussion on deeper Dharma topics in addition to sitting to enhance the experience. Our community (sangha) is sticking together and growing apart from the old Against the Stream. Come enjoy Dharma talks at the La Maida Institute near the big Lankershim Blvd. intersection in North Hollywood with lots to learn and discuss to deepen the practice.

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Recovery Refuge at La Maida Institute

La Maida Institute

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