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.
Yoga ("union") merges breath, body, mind -- spirit, matter, and psyche. Its ancient practices have the same aim as Buddhism's Noble Eightfold Path: liberation from rebirth and all ordinary limitations. Patanjali tried to organize ancient Vedic teachings into an eight-limbed system for the same result as the Buddha. We'll talk with a yoga expert from India who has also practiced Buddhism. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Vegan refreshments served.
Recovery meetings benefit from deeper discussion of Dharma topics in addition to sitting. This enhances the experience. The recovery community or sangha remains united as it grows apart from Noah Levine and Against the Stream. It is replaced by Dharma Recovery. Talks at La Maida in North Hollywood. There's lots to learn and discuss to deepen the practice.
Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles - Eagle Rock
Shambhala Meditation, the tradition of Pema Chodron, has moved beyond gurus Sakyong Mipham and Chogyam Trungpa. The Los Angeles Center's Sunday morning includes tranquility then a gong signals mindful walking meditation. At 11:00 we read from Gaylon Ferguson's book "Natural Bravery," converse, laugh, and drink tea. Great for beginners/intermediate. Instruction available. Dress comfortably to sit on soft cushions, sturdy cotton-blocks, and padded mats. Drop in for part or all anytime between 9:00-11:00 AM or come just for the reading at 11:00. FREE/by donation.
One hour (6-6:55 PM) self-guided Open-Meditation in the Sunrise Room yoga studio for practitioners to meditate in a tranquil setting. Open to all. Come and go quietly throughout the hour (https://lamaida.org/yoga-meditation/#schedule). We continue across the hall in the Sunset Room(7-8:30 PM) with a facilitated mindfulness-based recovery meeting (https://refugerecovery.org/meetings). The Institute's grounds are the perfect spot to reflect. La Maida is an oasis in the Valley, one block from the giant Lankershim/Camarillo/Vineland intersection in NoHo.