Jan
27
9:00 AM09:00

Portland: Trauma and Buddhist Mindfulness (Daylong Workshop)

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Buddhism encourages a process of developing greater presence for both the pleasant and unpleasant experiences that are part of any human life. This process can be complicated when a person has a history of trauma. Whether connected to early childhood, an event in adulthood or to social oppression, trauma impacts our self regulatory capacities, our self image and our relational capacities. People with a history of trauma will have extra challenges that require additional tools and a different framework for how to think about what it means to be present and responsive. 

In this gentle and permissive daylong we explore some ways of working to create more capacity for presence (and the agency to decide when and how to be present)The day will include lectures to help contextualize buddhist mindfulness within the experience of trauma, self regulatory strategies, and compassion oriented practices. Each practitioner is encouraged to self select their level of participation throughout the day as part of their self regulatory practice. NOTE: This is not a trauma resolution workshop so there is no specific intention to work with traumatic events themselves. More info here

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Mar
10
to Mar 11

Los Angeles: Practical Dharma, a two day non residential retreat.

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This two day non residential retreat explores practical applications of the dharma in daily life. The practice oriented mornings will focus on fundamental teachings like the foundations of mindfulness practice, the four noble truths and heart practices. In the more interactive afternoon sessions, we will explore the application of these fundamental teachings to real life issues. Possible themes may include interpersonal mindfulness, communication, wellness, mindful eating, working with unconscious bias and prejudice, media consumption, addictive and compulsive patterns, livelihood and ethical conduct. 

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Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

Palm Springs: Practical Dharma, a daylong retreat.

This daylong explores practical applications of the dharma in daily life. The practice oriented morning will focus on fundamental teachings like the foundations of mindfulness practice, the four noble truths and heart practices. In the more interactive afternoon session, we will explore the application of these fundamental teachings to real life issues. Possible themes may include interpersonal mindfulness, communication, wellness, mindful eating, working with unconscious bias and prejudice, media consumption, addictive and compulsive patterns, livelihood and ethical conduct. 

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Mar
31
10:00 AM10:00

Los Angeles: Dharma, Trauma and Addiction

A Trauma-centered approach to Buddhist Recovery. Register here

Buddhist approaches to Recovery from addiction are growing in popularity.  In this gentle and permissive daylong workshop we will explore the role trauma frequently plays in the development of compulsive and addictive patterns and explore the interface between basic Buddhist Recovery principles and trauma management and resolution systems like Somatic experiencing. 

Some of the topics we may cover: 

  • Defining trauma and unpacking the ways trauma potentially effects the nervous system and psychology. 
  • Trauma and how it creates the conditions for addictive patterns. 
  • Making mindfulness safe for working with trauma and avoiding overwhelm. 
  • Working with difficult emotions by practicing attention based self regulatory strategies.
  • Trauma, mindfulness and interpersonal relationships. 
  • Using Buddhist heart practices to foster positive self image. 
  • Using traditional Buddhist practice and principles to gain insight into addiction patterns and undermine them.
  • The interface between Buddhist mindfulness and trauma resolution systems like Somatic Experiencing. 

Note: This is not a trauma resolution workshop and we will not go into specific trauma content with individuals. Trauma resolution is best done in one on one settings with a qualified practitioner. 

This workshop will be taught by Pablo Das. Pablo’s path to long term sobriety was established primarily in Buddhist practice. He was trained as a Buddhist teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He was on the founding treatment team at Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist addiction treatment center in Los Angeles. He is an assistant trainer and practitioner of Somatic experiencing, a body centered system for the management and resolution of trauma. He maintains a one on one coaching practice in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep
7
to Sep 28

Los Angeles: 3 Wishes and a Reality Check. Exploring Buddhist Heart Practice.

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The Brahma viharas, also known as Buddhist heart practices, are a group of four teachings (kindness, compassion, appreciation and interpersonal equanimity) that provide balance and perspective to mindfulness practice and help us to cultivate intentions and motivations that inform a style of engaging and responding to the inner and external world. 

Each week during this four week series we will examine one of the practices. We will also explore the interface between these heart practices and insight oriented mindfulness practice. Register here

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Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

Los Angeles: Connect and Sustain. A day of Practice and Connection for the Queer community

As queer (or lgbtqia+) people we have a distinct set of experiences in the world. It is rare that we come together in a contemplative space to connect and reflect with one another. 
During this gentle and permissive daylong retreat, held in InsightLA's Benedict Canyon Retreat Center we will explore queer experience utilizing contemplative forms. The day will include periods of mindfulness practice as well as periods of discussion and interpersonal practices. 

Note: This event is intended as a sacred space for the LGBTQIA+ community. LGBTQIA+ practitioners of all levels and ages are invited and we respectfully request that only those who self identify as such attend. Register here

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Jul
13
to Aug 3

Los Angeles (Los Feliz): Living the four Noble Truths - 4 week series

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The central message of the four noble truths is that every human life has an ever changing balance of pleasure and pain within it. Buddhist practice is a call to develop equal presence for the preferable and not so preferable conditions of our lives. In this series we will look at the four truths as much more than just a central Buddhist "philosophy". The teaching outlines an active practice of presence and responsiveness which leads to an entirely different way of life. register here

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Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Palm Springs: Connect and Sustain. A day of practice and connection for the Queer Community.

As queer (or lgbtqia+) people we have a distinct set of experiences in the world. It is rare that we come together in a contemplative space to connect and reflect with one another. 
During this gentle and permissive daylong retreat, we will explore queer experience utilizing contemplative forms. The day will include periods of mindfulness practice as well as periods of discussion and interpersonal practices. 

*This event is intended as a sacred space for the LGBTQIA+ community. LGBTQIA+ practitioners of all levels and ages are invited and we respectfully request that only those who self identify as such attend.  register here

 

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