• Tibetan meditation and Sunday service

    Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

    Shambhala Meditation, the tradition of Pema Chodron, has moved beyond gurus Sakyong Mipham and Chogyam Trungpa. The Los Angeles Center's Sunday morning includes tranquility then a gong signals mindful walking meditation. At 11:00 we read from Gaylon Ferguson's book "Natural Bravery," converse, laugh, and drink tea. Great for beginners/intermediate. Instruction available. Dress comfortably to sit on soft cushions, sturdy cotton-blocks, and padded mats. Drop in for part or all anytime between 9:00-11:00 AM or come just for the reading at 11:00. FREE/by donation.

  • Who or what is the Dalai Lama?

    Ahiah Center For Spiritual Living Pasadena

    A lama is a Tibetan monk, but what is a "Dalai" lama? Who is the 14th pope/priest-king of the Yellow Hat school of Vajrayana Buddhism? We'll get to know his story, his function, the issue he has with China -- which invaded and still occupies Tibet behind Mt. Everest -- and his strange alliance with Washington, DC. There's a reason we as Americans hear so much about him. He is beloved, and his books are very popular, but he has his detractors even inside of Buddhism. What form of meditation or practice does he suggest?

  • Self-Guided Open Meditation and Recovery Meeting

    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.

  • Tibetan meditation and Sunday service

    Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

    Shambhala Meditation, the tradition of Pema Chodron, has moved beyond gurus Sakyong Mipham and Chogyam Trungpa. The Los Angeles Center's Sunday morning includes tranquility then a gong signals mindful walking meditation. At 11:00 we read from Gaylon Ferguson's book "Natural Bravery," converse, laugh, and drink tea. Great for beginners/intermediate. Instruction available. Dress comfortably to sit on soft cushions, sturdy cotton-blocks, and padded mats. Drop in for part or all anytime between 9:00-11:00 AM or come just for the reading at 11:00. FREE/by donation.

  • What do our dreams mean?

    Ahiah Center For Spiritual Living Pasadena

    "Life is but a dream," it is said in the East, a dream called Maya, "illusion." Yet these dreams send us messages. Life is possible because we dream. We daydream, hope, and are haunted. Cosmology and nonsense poetry suggest that this whole Samsara (the Wheel of Rebirth) is a simulation. The Mandela Effect reveals this. And we can learn to trigger lucid dreams. So are deep meditative states -- zens, jhanas, ch'ans -- coherent hypnagogic brainwave patterns? We can enter them with binaural beats, so maybe we should row row row our boats more gently. Buddhist psychology (Abhidharma) reveals many hidden truths. Vegan refreshments served. Free/by donation.

  • Self-Guided Open Meditation and Recovery Meeting

    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.

  • 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.

  • Tibetan meditation and Sunday morning group reading

    Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles - Eagle Rock

    The Los Angeles Shambhala Meditation Center (in the tradition of Buddhist writer Pema Chodron), having dumped father-son gurus Sakyong Mipham and Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche, has weekly open sit meditations on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Serenity (samatha) meditation alternates with a gong signaling mindful walking. And at 11:00 we read from Gaylon Ferguson's book "Natural Bravery," have a conversation, laugh, and sip tea. Beginners/intermediate. Wear something comfortable for sitting on soft cushions, sturdy cotton-blocks, and padded mats. Drop in for part of the sits or all of them between 9:00-11:00 AM. Or come for the reading at 11:00. FREE/by donation. Meditation instruction available by request.

  • Fall Equinox: Meditation returns to Pasadena (new Ahiah Center)

    Ahiah Center For Spiritual Living Pasadena

    As fall arrives it's time to celebrate the autumnal equinox. Free/donation-based Buddhist meditation returns to Pasadena. Sessions now held at the former SRF temple in the Ahiah Center for Spiritual Living. Short talk is followed by serenity meditation and the development of loving-kindness. Wear something comfortable, come as you are. Free parking. Enter gated courtyard from lot in rear. Celebrate our new Pasadena location with us. Hugs (optional), vegan snacks and refreshments.

  • 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.