What we're about

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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.

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+)

Self-Guided Open Meditation and Recovery Meeting (NoHo)

La Maida Institute

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.

Sunday morning Tibetan meditation and reading

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

The L.A. Shambhala Meditation Center (writer Pema Chodron's Buddhist tradition) now rejects father-son gurus Sakyong and Chogyam, so we're happy to sit with them. Brief Tibetan serenity (samatha) sessions alternate with a gong that signals brief mindful walking. At 11:00 we read from Gaylon Ferguson's "Natural Bravery" and have a conversation and tea. For beginners/intermediate. Wear loose cotton clothes or stretchy yoga pants for maximum comfort for sitting on soft cushions, sturdy cotton-blocks, and padded mats. Drop in for part or all anytime between 9:00-11:30 a.m. FREE/by donation. Meditation instruction available by request.

Self-Guided Open Meditation and Recovery Meeting (NoHo)

La Maida Institute

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.

All-Day Meditation Retreat (Eagle Rock)

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

This all-day community meditation retreat is a rare opportunity to take a real break from our usual routines to relax with ourselves and refresh our sense of well being, basic goodness, and sanity. Guided instruction will be given at the very beginning of the day. Private meditation interviews will be available by request throughout the day. It is a silent retreat (wtih functional talking when necessary). Silence will be observed throughout the day except during discussion periods. To create and maintain a container of maximum benefit to all, participants commit to staying the full day. Simple lunch will be provided with snacks available throughout the day. Suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Center details: https://la.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=402925

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Sunday morning Tibetan meditation and reading (Shambhala)

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

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