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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+)

Day of Mindfulness (Thich Nhat Hanh's Deer Park Monastery)

Deer Park Monastery

The world-famous Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh established Deer Park Monastery in Southern California. Dharma Meditation Initiative is going to visit for a "Day of Mindfulness" emphasizing walking meditation in nature so as to awaken together. Transportation available from the Pasadena/Arcadia area leaving at about 7:00 AM. Questions? Co-organizer Ellie (951)[masked]. DAY OF MINDFULNESS starts with a walking meditation gathering at 9:00 AM. As we arrive at main parking lot, we will enjoy our steps up the paved road into Deer Park, allowing our bodies to relax, bringing our attention to our feet, letting go of anxiety and stress. Gathering location is on right on main road, under the oak and pepper trees, close to the campground shower block (map shown below). Monastic Dharma teachers will offer an introduction to the practice after the walking meditation in the same area. Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism, Inc. https://deerparkmonastery.org/calendar/, (760)[masked]

Sharon Salzberg, daylong on Equanimity (Insight LA)

First Presbyterian Church Santa Monica

Through guided meditations, talks about the Buddha’s teachings, and Q&A periods, this workshop will explore the practice of upekkha, usually translated from the Pali as "equanimity." But this equanimity can also be described as balance: a spacious stillness that allows us to accept things as they are. The power of this balance is that it allows us to avoid both apathy and indifference on the one hand and acute reactivity on the other. This can be most helpful when we are facing challenging times in our lives, especially the challenges that we are deeply invested in. Often though such moments in life also tend to be the ones where equanimity is most out of reach. Famous awakened American teacher Sharon Salzberg offers practical and empowering tools to cultivate equanimity when it is most needed. Learn how to cultivate clarity and compassion through different mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation techniques. When true equanimity is present, it is the ground out of which resilience is strengthened so that sustained transformation can occur. https://insightla.org/Calendar/Event-Calendar/EventId/610/e/equanimity-for-challenging-times-a-daylong-of-practice-with-sharon-salzberg-2-feb-2019

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.

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