Sunday Morning Drop-In Class

Sunday 11:15am - 12:30pm

4953 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.

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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.

COST:
$15/Class
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.

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About the teacher
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Gen Kelsang Rigpa

Resident Teacher and Western US National Spiritual Director. Gen Kelsang Rigpa is an American Buddhist monk, the Western US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at KMC-Hollywood. He is a close disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having received lineage blessings and oral transmissions directly from him. Gen Rigpa’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone. He shows the joy of living a spiritual life, and is an inspiring example of Buddhism in practice. Through his clear presentation, he is able to help student discover for themselves how to integrate these timeless teachings into our modern world, making everyday life joyful and meaningful.

  • Sunday
  • 11:15am - 12:30pm
  • Kadampa Meditation Center Hollywood
  • 4953 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90027
  • $15
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