What we're about

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PASADHARMA BUDDHIST MEDITATION is a circle of seekers, practitioners, and few openminded skeptics. We explore "meditation" (bhavana, jhana/Dhyana, samadhi, vipassana) from an ancient Buddhist perspective. Yoga, an ancient Vedic tradition, informs us as do Jainism and Taoism.

We are on a quest for the meaning of life and the ultimate -- enlightenment and nirvana. Serenity and insight, compassion and wisdom, integrity and authenticity are our tools. What is the "Middle Way" the Buddha pointed out? It is our Path to liberation and complete freedom: Nirvana.

As a supportive "spiritual community," a sangha, we utilize teachings from the diverse Buddhist schools -- Theravada, Himalayan Vajrayana, 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.

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)

Survival Skills Class

Pasadena

Study with nature author Christopher Nyerges (School of Self-Reliance). This program will approximate the skills taught in the all-day "Survival Skills" class in the local forest. Topics cover: Primitive and modern methods to make fire, building emergency shelters, making soap from plants, finding and purifying water, identifying and eating wild foods, and more. This class qualifies as part of the Weekend Warrior Certification Series. Join this 2-hour Zoom class with optional social time and discussion afterwards. Pay by Paypal to [masked]. To join, email [masked] stating intention to join, and you will be sent a link. Cost: $25 seniors and students; $45 others; and scholarships are available. More: http://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2020/11/survival-skills-class-dec-12.html https://www.meetup.com/Wild-Food-and-Self-Reliance-Discovery/events/274485124/

Tibetan meditation and Sunday group discussion

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

American Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, author of "Welcoming the Unwelcome," is the heart of today's Shambhala. It's timely title for the pandemic. To attend register for Zoom through the Monthly Calendar (https://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/open-sitting/) at Shambhala Los Angeles. Free or by donation (https://paypal.me/ShambhalaLosAngeles). Session includes instruction, guided meditation, mindful walking, and discussion. But don't be like Jen, who dropped her pants on video: https://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2020/03/sunday-morning-meditations-on-zoom-video.html

FREE ONLINE: UCLA Mindfulness Meditation 30 min. drop-in

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Free meditation sessions are available Mondays and Thursdays: https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/body.cfm?id=61&iirf_redirect=1. Mindfulness (unclouded awareness, presence of mind, dispassionate attention) is the moment-by-moment process of openly accepting and unreactively observing our physical, emotional, and mental experiences without clinging/passion, resisting/anger, or delusion/boredom to them. Mindfulness reduces stress, improves attention, boosts mood, strengthens immunity, reduces emotional reactivity, and promotes health and well-being. FREE 30-minute drop-in sessions are led by Diana Winston, Dr. Marvin Belzer, and other MARC (Mindful Awareness Research Center) teachers.

Tibetan meditation and Sunday group discussion

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

American Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, author of "Welcoming the Unwelcome," is the heart of today's Shambhala. It's timely title for the pandemic. To attend register for Zoom through the Monthly Calendar (https://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/open-sitting/) at Shambhala Los Angeles. Free or by donation (https://paypal.me/ShambhalaLosAngeles). Session includes instruction, guided meditation, mindful walking, and discussion. But don't be like Jen, who dropped her pants on video: https://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2020/03/sunday-morning-meditations-on-zoom-video.html

Past events (892)

FREE ONLINE: UCLA Mindfulness Meditation 30 min. drop-in

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

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