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The Way of Meditation: Not Being Clingy
With regard to beautiful things, our habit is to grasp and cling. This strong attachment means we do not see the true nature of things. With regard to unlovely things, our habit is to resist and reject even before they have been useful by showing us why they came into our experience. With regard to neutral things, our habit is to become bored. This boredom with either their dullness or complexity means we do not see their true nature. These three habits -- called the Three Poisons of greed, hatred, and delusion -- destroy the possibility of meditating to a clear mind and an open heart. Tonight we will give antidotes to these three root causes of all our suffering so we can have inner peace, outer prosperity, and better love relationships. Followed by a deep meditation for all, community, laughter, and refreshments.

The Neighborhood Church

301 N. Orange Grove Blvd. Room #23 · Pasadena, CA

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.

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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.

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