Archive for March, 2010

Changes to the Mahasukha Newsletter – May 2010

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

As the ACI-Los Angeles community has undergone a reorganization, so too has the Mahasukha Newsletter.  The new quarterly blog-format comes at a time when some of the organization’s other properties and volunteers are experiencing a restructuring.  With a new president, refined volunteer positions, and a bolstered online presence, ACI-LA is taking on 2010 with a [...]

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Letter From New ACI-LA President Rick Blue

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Welcome to this première edition of the “new look” ACI-LA newsletter.  I think that it is representative of the growth of ACI-LA.  It’s hard to believe that barely 2 years ago we were laying floors, painting the walls, and busily preparing the Mahasukha Center for our opening in March of 2008.  As a founding board [...]

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May Message From Venerable Marut

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Bad Desire, Good Desire, The Desire, No Desire
The Buddha, just after declaring in his first “noble truth” that life is shot through with suffering, said that there’s a reason for our unhappiness:
This is the noble truth of the origin of suffering: it is this craving which leads to renewed existence, accompanied by delight and lust, [...]

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The Family Crucible

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

I wanted to take a moment to offer you some reflections based upon my experience as a dharma practitioner and a parent.
Let me start with the disclaimer that I have by know means ‘figured out’ dharma parenting. I have come to some ways of viewing the family experience that are helpful to me personally, and [...]

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Artist Andy Weber Comes to Mahasukha

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

– photo courtesy of Ersellia Ferron
While living in India and Nepal, Andy Weber studied under masters of Tibetan Buddhist iconographic art. Twenty-five years later, Tibetan Buddhist practitioners and Lamas of all traditions throughout the world highly regard his unique style of authentic images. His work has appeared internationally in Buddhist [...]

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Spotlight on Claire Thompson

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Spotlight on Claire Thompson – Interviewed by Alicia Tolbert
In French “claire” means “clear”, “light”, and “bright”.  Read on to see why this name is so fitting for ACI-LA’s own Claire Thompson, dharma and yoga practitioner.
On the origins of her yoga practice:

In San Francisco I worked for a massage place that was also a [...]

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The Conscious Media Network

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

-Contributed by Andrew LauGel
For an alternative to “stupid, awful, and/or boring” media, I highly recommend the Conscious Media Network (CMN).
Produced by Regina and Scott Meredith, CMN streams 30 minute interviews with authors, scientists, doctors, and metaphysicians who present “imperative and inspiring information serving the globally conscious community.” Hosted by [...]

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Dharma Flick Reviews

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Implicit Dharma:  Blade Runner
In what is widely viewed as one of the greatest filmmaking achievements of all time, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner enters the Dharma Flicks ranks as an unlikely contender.  How, might you ask, does the stoic Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) impart onto us, intrepid Dharma students, any notion of [...]

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Mahasukha Photo Gallery

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

In January Yoga Studies Institute staff teacher James Hall came to the Mahasukha Center to teach Tibetan Heart Series 4: The Yoga of the Kalachakra Tantra. This unique series, possibly the oldest ever written, draws from the teachings & life story of Buton Rinpoche, to introduce the yogi to the five subtle energetic [...]

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