Sunday 11:15am - 12:30pm4953 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90027
CURRENT SERIES: The Courage to Love
Love is the great healer, the harmonizer that brings joy to our relationships and great meaning to our life. So how do we remain open-hearted and loving in the face of betrayal, hurt and abuse? When we begin to feel wounded and insecure and overwhelmed, can we keep from shrinking into those wounds? Yes! Buddhist teachings reveal how we can tap into the reservoir of love that exists within each of us. In this series, we will discover how meditation can enable us to transform and heal all our relationships, including the one we have with ourself! Love will encourage us to stop living defensively – caught up in anger or resentment or despair. As we will see, our wounds can serve as the springboard for our becoming the powerful, joyful and beneficial person we wish to be.
June 30: The Courage to Love, Public Talk
July 7: Why “Love” Fails Us
July 14: Authentic Love will Change You
July 21: Caring for Self is Not Selfish
July 28: Every Relationship can be Healed
August 4: No Class — Center is closed for International Summer Festival in England
August 11: The Practice of Empathy
August 18: Loving Kindness Meditation
August 25 Emptiness: The Potential to Change
Based on the texts The New Eight Steps to Happiness & How to Solve Our Human Problems, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
The Buddhist Way of Lovingkindness: The Magical Practice of Taking and Giving
September 8 The Practice of Love with Joe LaMattina
September 15 Compassion and Imagination with Gen Rigpa
September 22 The Joy of Giving with Lisa LaMattina
“When we purify our mind through the practices of taking and giving, every spiritual realization will grow easily in our mind.” – Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Discover powerful meditations on taking and giving derived from the Buddhist mind training tradition through which we can heal our mind and powerfully enhance our love, compassion and wisdom.
‘Taking’ is a powerful meditation on compassion using the power of imagination and concentration that can be used to help others and solve our own inner problems.
‘Giving’ in this context, is a special training in love that enables us to bring our future ability to give happiness to others into our present spiritual practice.
Finally, we will learn how to unite these two practices with breathing meditation which has many profound benefits.
There are four main benefits to the practices of taking and giving which are mentioned in Buddhist scriptures, they are powerful methods to:
– Purify the potentialities of non-virtuous actions that cause us to experience various difficulties and problems
– To accumulate a great collection of merit or good fortune
– To ripen our potentiality to benefit all living beings
– To purify our mind.
FREE for all Supporting Members
About the Class:
Our Sunday drop-in class begins with a guided meditation, followed by a talk on a certain topic (listed above), and ends with another guided meditation. Class is followed by refreshments and time to chat with the teacher and other students. Everyone is welcome. DROP IN AND JOIN AT ANY TIME! NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.
**Please arrive 15 minutes before class for registration and to get settled in the meditation hall. Once the 1st meditation has started, you will need to wait outside in the community room where there is a video broadcast before you can join the class.Register Now