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 (4+)

FREE: Magical trip to Sedona, Arizona (hiking, moon viewing, vortex meditations)

We did it. We made it to Sedona, Arizona. We're taking our final magical road trip there this weekend. It's the land of spiritual vortices, moon viewings (no light pollution), meditations, ecstatic breathing and movement, rave dancing, red rocks, pink mesas, healing crystals, Native American ruins, and the coolest folks that side of the California border. Come along on this fantastic voyage to a land unknown.

We provide a place to stay and good company. Everything else is up to participants. We'll be in Sedona from just this final weekend in a deluxe house. Get your own room and bed. We can accommodate only so many.

Share the costs of the ride there and events like local excursions to the ancient sites and swimming areas, travel like modern hippies, intrepid explorers, making lifelong friends. Come alone and see what happens.

Best suited for backpack types who want to explore spiritual dimensions.

Past group events have included meditation sits, yoga, ecstatic breath workshops, entheogenic explorations, DisclosureFest... This is a short, fun summer vacation. WHAT TO DO TO ATTEND: Message organizer Seven D.

Online: Tibetan meditation and group discussion

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American Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, author of "When Things Fall Apart" and "Welcoming the Unwelcome," is the heart of today's Shambhala. Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

To attend, register for Zoom (event is ONLY online) by clicking through to the Monthly Calendar for Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Free/by donation (https://paypal.me/ShambhalaLosAngeles). Includes instruction, guided meditation, mindful walking, and discussion.

It's Zoom so don't be like Jen, who undressed in the restroom live on video: https://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2020/03/sunday-morning-meditations-on-zoom-video.html

Live meditation with Tod at Kiwanis Park (FREE)

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We're meditating outdoors with old local Park Ranger Tod (trained at UCLA's MARC in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) in a hidden corner of nature. Mindful walking and gently guided meditation with opportunity to share at Kiwanis Grand Avenue Park, next to Pasadena. Bring a chair, shawl, cushion and an open spirit to sit with a good community nestled, in LA's Foothills. FREE, no donations.

Live meditation with Tod at Kiwanis Park (FREE)

Needs a location

We're meditating outdoors with old local Park Ranger Tod (trained at UCLA's MARC in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) in a hidden corner of nature. Mindful walking and gently guided meditation with opportunity to share at Kiwanis Grand Avenue Park, next to Pasadena. Bring a chair, shawl, cushion and an open spirit to sit with a good community nestled, in LA's Foothills. FREE, no donations.

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Live meditation with Tod at Kiwanis Park (FREE)

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