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Summerfest and More in Pictures

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The following images show just some of the fun events and incredible teachings held at the Mahasukha Center this past summer and early fall.  Please click on each thumbnail to see the full image.  From top to bottom:  Cliff Wagner, Bluegrass musician extraordinare kicking off the first ever performance at Mahasukha Live!, Beach Bodhisattva Bonfire [...]

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Kids Corner: Meditation for Children

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Editor’s Note:  This article was originally published under the title “Relax, kids:  Meditation touted as stress buster for children” in the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail.  In her piece Tralee Pearce touches on many of the important aspects of meditation outside of stress, including mindfulness and emptiness.  This is the corrected version that was [...]

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Eluding Happiness: A Buddhist and Christmas

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Editor’s Note:  This is an older article by Jess Row dealing with the themes of giving and gratitude from the December 2005 issue of the online publication Slate.  I think the ideas in this article are still pertinent as we enter into the holiday season. Note it was subtitled:  A Buddhist problem with Christmas, but [...]

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Quotables: Thanksgiving Grace Everyday

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

If you’re looking for a short but sweet grace to say before your meal, here are a few options.  Hopefully one of these will speak to the hearts and minds gathered at your table no matter what faith or faiths are being practiced.  I hope as you read through these, you consider how fortunate we [...]

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Call for Submissions

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Looking for an opportunity to give this coming holiday season?  Consider helping out by contributing your ideas and photos for the next newsletter!  While my heart is always in sunny California, its hard to keep the content of the newsletter current from Illinois on my own.  I am more than happy to accept both original [...]

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Summer 2011 Newsletter

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Hello again and welcome to the Summer 2011 Newsletter!  Summer is starting to wind down, and this edition of the newsletter focuses on a few of the great Dharma events that happened this summer in LA and across North America.  Geshe Michael continues to travel the world, reaching out and inspiring audiences of all ages [...]

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Letter from the Editor

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Welcome to the summer edition of the Mahasukha newsletter, and for those of you that had the good fortune to attend the Great Retreat Teachings at Diamond Mountain, welcome back!  Thank you to all of the teachers and volunteers for making these amazing, truly unprecedented, teachings available.  Dear lamas, please stay.
After hearing the teachings from [...]

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Teaching Spotlight: The Perfection of Giving

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

One of the main teachings given at this year’s Enlightened Rest Retreat in LA focused on the Six Perfections.  During a two hour teaching, Lama Mira Kingsley focused on the perfection dearest to her heart, the Perfection of Giving.  Before delving into the ways one can work with generosity for the sake of all living [...]

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The Monk who Gave Away Millions

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The following story featuring our very own Geshe Michael Roach was published in Canada’s leading newspaper the Toronto Star on June 17, 2011.  The original article by Catherine Porter can be viewed at http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1011023–porter-the-monk-who-gave-away-millions
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I sat at the feet of a Buddhist monk this week.
He told me if I was looking for companionship — i.e., a [...]

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Lady Niguma’s Yoga Explained

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Submitted by Rhondda Smiley
On June 18 in Toronto, Geshe Michael Roach taught the Lady Niguma’s Yoga series, who Lady Niguma was, and how this yoga works. My husband Alan Madsen and 9 year old daughter India Madsen attended with me. Here’s what India had to say about the workshop.
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Rhondda Smiley: Why did you go to [...]

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