Weekly Dharma Gathering – Kitchen Sink Dharma (Westside)

Mixing Meditation with Everyday Life

Wednesdays (7:30 – 9pm) Westside Center

$10 suggested donation
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Meditation is less about achieving a peaceful state of mind than rolling up our sleeves and experiencing life directly. Washing dishes in the sink can be meditation as much as sitting in a monastery reciting mantras. These evenings are about integrating a spiritual life with a secular life and having a sense of humor along the way.

Join us for weekly talks by senior teachers of Shambhala Buddhism and community discussion. The evening features meditation instruction, a short period of meditation and refreshments. All are welcome; newcomers as well as seasoned practitioners. Bring a friend!

Evenings with Pema

July 22, July 29

Good nourishment!  In honor of Pema Chödrön’s birthday, during the month of July we are delighted to invite you to a feast of video talks given by Ani Pema to celebrate this beloved teacher of our lineage. Each of these evenings will feature a short guided meditation, viewing of a video talk, with time for discussion afterwards.  Beginners as well as those with an established practice are welcome to attend.

Pema Chödrön is a Buddhist nun and Acharya or “Senior Teacher” in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. She is widely known for her down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences.

Pema’s teachers include the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.

Ani Pema is the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, which is the first Tibetan monastery for Westerners. She is the author of numerous books, including: The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, When Things Fall Apart, The Places that Scare You, No Time to Lose, How to Meditate, and Practicing Peace in Times of War.

August
5       The Nuts and Bolts of Practice: Resting the Mind—with Marcy Fink
12     Appreciation as Insight – with Steve Saitzyk
19     The Wisdom of a Sense of Humor – with Cynthia MacKay
26     A recorded talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche —with discussion led by Carter Smith
September
2            The Nuts and Bolts of Practice: A Settled Mind
9            Chaos As Good News
16          Work: Engaging with Delight
23          A recorded talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
30          The Shambhala Path: Basic Goodness and the Path of the Warrior
October
7            The Nuts and Bolts of Practice: Doing Nothing: What is Meditation and Why Do It?
14          Harvesting Kindness
21          Grasping at Straws: The Allure of the Three Lords of Materialism
28          A recorded talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
November
4            The Nuts and Bolts of Practice: So Easy Yet So Hard: Common Obstacles in Meditation
11          Letting the World Tickle You: The Genuine Heart of Sadness
18          Hiding Out: The Claustrophobic World of the Cocoon
25          A recorded talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
December
           The Nuts and Bolts of Practice: The Fragrance of Discipline: Light Touch vs the Grindstone
9            Doing the Right Thing: Motives, Actions, Consequences
16          ‘Tis the Season
23          Goodness and Mercy: Appreciating Oneself and the World
30          A recorded talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Westside Shambhala
3877A Grand View Blvd
Mar Vista, CA 90066

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