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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Aug
26
10:00am10:00am

Los Angeles: Trauma and Buddhist Mindfulness

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. Register here

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Jul
22
10:00am10:00am

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
10:00am10:00am

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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