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Mamo Practice &Transforming Adverse Situations with Chhoje Rinpoche & Intro to Dharma

Mamo Practice &Transforming Adverse Situations with Chhoje Rinpoche & Intro to Dharma

Mamo Practice &Transforming Adverse Situations with Chhoje Rinpoche & Intro to Dharma

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SMCLA Programs from 5/18 to 6/1

New! Orange County Meditation Group
Every Wednesday, starting May 12
7:30 PM

We will sit in meditation for half an hour, which will be followed by a brief reading and then socializing for those who wish to stay.

Center For Living Peace
4139 Campus Drive

We are located in the University Center shopping complex between Focus Dance Studio and Lee’s Sandwiches.

Donation of $5-$10
This class has a sliding scale fee

Family Classes

Sunday, May 23
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Price: $10.00 General Public

Parents will meet together for ?Present Parenting,? while their children gather in the next room for their ?Tiger Cubs? class.

From the Shambhala Buddhist perspective, parenting is regarded as a path to waking up, and to nurturing our family relationships. ?Present Parenting? offers an opportunity to explore these teachings and experiences.

Please register here, or with Laura Burnham at [email protected] For any questions or concerns, call Laura B. at 626-357-9041.

WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Fearlessness In Everyday Life

with Tharpa Chotron and Greg Lubkin
Tuesdays, May 25 – June 8
Saturday, June 12

Price: $100.00 General Public ($75.00 Members, Seniors and Students)

Fearlessness in Everyday Life mixes meditation with the vastness of space beyond concept. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of emptiness and clear seeing, the meditation opens to the groundlessness, uncertainty and creativity of the world as it is. By exploring the entrapping emotions of hope and fear, we learn to soar fearlessly.

This is the fourth class in our new core program, The Way of Shambhala, which provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation. It also offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of enlightened society by emphasizing the ways in which meditation and contemplation can impact our daily lives, and from there how the sanity of these practices can expand to impact our whole society.

Pre-requisites: Shambhala Training Level IV and Joy in Everyday Life.

This class runs for 3 weeks on Tuesday nights from 7:30 – 9:30pm May 25 – June 8, 2010, and for one day on Saturday June 12, 2010 from 9am – 3pm.

Greg Lubkin is a Westside resident who has over 20 years experience meditating and teaching in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

A student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche, Tharpa Chotron has been actively involved in the structure and growth of SMCLA since its inception, and has taught many Dharma classes here. She has also taught meditation under the auspices of Naropa University in Gangtok, Sikkim. She is an accomplished photographer who has exhibited in Los Angeles and Calcutta, and will be in a group show “Spirit of Peace” opening May 2010 in Sweden and in October in New Delhi, India. At the invitation of POETRE, a floating group of poets based in New Delhi, she most recently contributed her poetry at the American Cultural Center in New Delhi.

Sadhana of Mahamudra practice

with Darryl Burnham
Thursday, May 27
7:30 – 9:30 PM

Join the Shambhala community for our monthly practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra. The Sadhana (Sanskrit for “practice”) was composed by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche during a retreat in Bhutan in 1968. This practice brings together the wisdom streams of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism in the personal and direct style of the Vidyadhara. Addressing the confusion and materialism of the state of the world, the Sadhana calls upon our inner wisdom and strength to overcome the darkness of this degenerate age, and invokes the magic and potency of the lineage teachers to enlighten the journey.

Shambhala Training HEART OF WARRIORSHIP Level I: Art of Being Human
with Johanna Demetrakas
Fri June 4th: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PMSat June 5th: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PMSun June 6th: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Discounts: $100 if pre-registered for seniors (65+)/full time students
Teens: $25
To repeat a Weekend: $45
Workstudy is available/ no one turned away for lack of funds.

Level I will open our eyes, hearts and minds to our own basic goodness and the sacredness of life.

The Friday evening introductory talk is free and open to the public. The program will continue Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am-6:00pm.

The director for the weekend is Johanna Demetrakas, a former Resident Director of Shambhala Training in Los Angeles and also former Director of SMCLA. She co-directed Warrior Assemblies at Karme Chöling and in Mexico, and taught the first Heart of Warriorship Program in a prison in the U.S. A film-maker, she is currently finishing Crazy Wisdom, a documentary on the life and times of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

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Introduction to Dharma Talk: The Exorbitant Cost of Pleasure – And the 8 Worldly Dharmas
Thursday June 3
7:30-9:30 PM


New Year’s Ball
feat. photos by Ed Anolin

Ongoing Programs

Thursday Night Public Talk Schedule

Public Sitting every Wednesday & Sunday

Family Sunday Sitting
(1st Sunday of the month)

Open House Sunday
(last Sunday of the Month)

The Heart of Recovery Meditation Group

The Westside Shambhala Meditation Group

Sundays, from 4pm to 6pm at the Zen Center location in Santa Monica:
1453 14th Street #C (The cross street is Broadway)
Santa Monica, 90404

OC Meditation Group

Wednesdays, starting May 12 at 7:30pm!

Irvine, 92612

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SMCLA Programs from 2/22- 3/5

Transforming Adverse Situations into The Path with Chhoje Rinpoche
Thu February 24th: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Price: $20.00 General Public
Motivation is one of the most important elements of dharma practice, particularly the motivation to let go of habits and wake up to our inherent wisdom nature?what is known, in dharma, as bodhicitta mind. When we confront adverse situations in life, it gives us the opportunity to transform our mind to bodhicitta mind. This becomes extremely important on the path to liberation. In this talk, we will learn how the great Milarepa?s life story is an excellent example of this process.

Recognized by HH Dudjom Rinpoche and HH Karmapa at a very young age as the reincarnated tulku of Chhoje Rinpoche VII, Chhoje Tulku Rinpoche is a lineage holder of both the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. He was born in Ladakh, in Northern India and first travelled to the west in 1983. Shortly thereafter, he founded Padma Shedrup Ling, Padmasambhava Study and Practice Center, in California. Since that time he has given teachings throughout the United States.

Rinpoche’s familiarity with Western culture, his ready command of English, and his heartwarming humor have made his teachings accessible to Western students. Rinpoche has been in meditation retreat for the last several years.

Mamo Practice
Tue February 22nd: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Wed February 23rd: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Thu February 24th: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Fri February 25th: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Sat February 26th: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Mon February 28th: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Tue March 1st: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Wed March 2nd: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Thu March 3rd: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Eagle Rock location, Tenno Room (Small Shrine Room)

During the days immediately before Shambhala Day (the Tibetan Lunar New Year), we come together to recite the Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos chant multiple times. It is an elaborate protector offering that pacifies the karmic causes of personal, social, and environmental chaos accumulated at the year?s end. By reciting this chant, we tune into the protector principle of awareness, reconnect with sacred view and go into the new year with a fresh and open outlook.

Although Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos is traditionally recited by vajrayana practitioners, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is inviting all practitioners to participate.

Join in this powerful and provocative practice as we come to the end of the Year of the Iron Tiger with all the global and personal obstacles that accompanied it.

See Protector Principle: Averting the Negativity of the Old Year

Please note: on February 27th, the Mamo chants will be part of the Vajrayogini feast and restricted to Vajrayogini practitioners.

March 4, the day just before Shambhala Day, is karmically considered a neutral day so the Mamo Chants are not done. It is a traditional time to clean and refresh one’s home and shrines in preparation for the coming year.

Introduction to Dharma: Freedom from the Stormy Waves of Old Age
with Marilyn Moore
Thu March 3rd: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

In a society that worships youth, dealing with the challenges of growing older can sometimes feel like being set adrift in a rudderless boat on choppy waters. How is it possible to be free of the “stormy waves of old age” since these waves seem to be an inevitable part of life?

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche suggests that it begins with contemplating the process of aging. “If we think about it and understand its place in our life, we can change our attitude toward aging. In this contemplation we place our mind on the meaning of the words “Aging is the nature of the human condition. I celebrate it.”

Marilyn Moore has been a member of the Los Angeles Shambhala Center for thirteen years and is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She has served as the Shambhala Center Director and is currently the Head of Practice. As someone who has been lucky enough to grow old before dying, she has had much time to think about this subject.

Sat March 5th: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Suggested donation: $10/individual or $15/family Childcare offered from 10-12 a.m.

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. It is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, elegance and pomp. The fact that Shambhala Day falls on a Saturday this year means that traffic will be light and we do not have to take a day off from work!

The day begins with the Elixir of Life Sadhana at 9:00 a.m. It is an inspiring practice, open to everyone and definitely worth an early rising.

In addition, the day will include the formal retirement of Co-Directors Melanie Klein and Joel Wachbrit and the Oath Ceremony for our new directors Debra Dysart and Greg Lubkin.

A catered brunch immediately follows the morning program; then everyone is invited to re-gather in the shrine room to practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra.

To help with our planning, please register.

The traditional Shambhala Day Party will be held on Saturday evening, March 12th. Watch for details that soon will be available on our website.

All programs are offered at the Eagle Rock Center unless otherwise noted.
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March 19th

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