As the ACI-Los Angeles community has undergone a reorganization, so too has the Mahasukha Newsletter.Â The new quarterly blog-format comes at a time when some of the organization’s other properties and volunteers are experiencing a restructuring.Â With a new president, refined volunteer positions, and a bolstered online presence, ACI-LA is taking on 2010 with a [...]
Archive for March, 2010
Welcome to this premiÃ¨re edition of the â€œnew lookâ€ ACI-LA newsletter.Â I think that it is representative of the growth of ACI-LA.Â Itâ€™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.Â As a founding board [...]
Bad Desire, Good Desire, The Desire, No Desire
The Buddha, just after declaring in his first â€œnoble truthâ€ that life is shot through with suffering, said that thereâ€™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, [...]
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 [...]
– 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 [...]
Spotlight on Claire Thompson – Interviewed by Alicia Tolbert
In French â€œclaireâ€ means â€œclearâ€, â€œlightâ€, and â€œbrightâ€.Â 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 [...]
-Contributed by Andrew LauGel
For an alternative to â€œstupid, awful, and/or boringâ€ 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 â€œimperative and inspiring information serving the globally conscious community.â€ Hosted by [...]
Implicit Dharma:Â Blade Runner
In what is widely viewed as one of the greatest filmmaking achievements of all time, Ridley Scottâ€™s Blade Runner enters the Dharma Flicks ranks as an unlikely contender.Â How, might you ask, does the stoic Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) impart onto us, intrepid Dharma students, any notion of [...]
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 [...]