The Compassion of Unconditional Love: What Karuna Training Offers

An introduction to Karuna Training and Contemplative Psychology will be offered for the first time in Los Angeles by Shastri Sandra Ladley. The following is a personal account by Miriam Hall. The program, Introduction to Contemplative Psychology, will be held in Eagle Rock on June 11 and 12. This article originally appeared in the Shambhala … Continue 

The Magic of Qi Gong

Why practice qigong? from an article by Sophie Léger NOTE: Our own Kate Summers also trained with Eva Wong and will be leading a Qi Gong Levels 1 & 2 Weekend Intensive at Westside May 28 -29. All welcome! Register here. Qigong is a wonderful way to integrate the body in our spiritual journey. Without … Continue 

Place Your Thoughts Here- An Excerpt

The following is an excerpt from LA sangha member Steven Saitzyk’s dharma art book, PLACE YOUR THOUGHTS HERE. Steven will be giving a talk: Dharma Through Art at the Westside center on Wednesday, April 20, 7:30pm.  Things are not difficult to make; what is difficult is putting ourselves in the state of mind to make … Continue 


10 Everyday Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness and meditation go together like muscles and strength-training. Mindfulness is an attribute we exercise during meditation, and meditation is a practice (I believe the best practice) to cultivate mindfulness. However the rubber really meets the road when we can bring that mindfulness off the meditation cushion and into our everyday lives. Mindfulness doesn’t have … Continue 

How Mindfulness Can Save Us From Drowning in Potential

Shambhala NY Sangha writer Georgia Pettit writes about singer Jenny Lewis, New Year’s resolutions and how we can start the new year not with criticism and condemnation, but with an appreciation for the mind, body, and heart we have today.