Archive for September 28th, 2010

Fall 2010 Newsletter

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Welcome to the Mahasukha Center’s Fall 2010 Newsletter!  Please browse through the assortment of images, announcements, and experiences from a flourishing Mahasukha community following the outstanding 2010 Summer events!  Thanks to the newsletter contributors and everyone who continues to make this community strong, loving, and vibrant!

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Cliff Spencer Appointed Spiritual Advisor

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

An exciting announcement, the board of ACI-Los Angeles has unanimously appointed Cliff Spencer to Resident Teacher and Spiritual Advisor of the Mahasukha Center!
Venerable Sumati Marut’s commendation of the recent change:
“I am very pleased indeed to learn of the ACI-LA Board’s recent decision to appoint Cliff Spencer to the role [...]

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Geshe Michael Roach Comes to Mahasukha Center

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Emptiness:  A Deep Dive – Contributed by Ivy Dally
On August 29th Geshe Michael Roach gave a profound teaching entitled “Emptiness:  A Deep Dive”.  This talk focused on understanding the concept of emptiness from an intellectual standpoint and the supporting causes that prepare one for the direct perception of emptiness (DPE).  He concluded with an [...]

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Lauren Benjamin Discusses Physical Practice

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Alicia Tolbert and Claire Thompson interviewed Lauren Benjamin.  The following is an excerpt from that interview, where Lauren answers the questions, “Do you have any thoughts about how our lineage is trying to tie in the physical practices, particularly since you have a background in dance?  Has yoga or dance affected your meditation?”

Doing a physical [...]

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The Art Sutra Urban Retreat

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The Art Sutra Urban Retreat was an exciting new direction for the Mahasukha Center, a dynamic and inclusive event that saw as many as 50 first-timers and lots of regulars coming through the door for classes that spanned the artistic disciplines, and culminated with an electronic Dub Kirtan jam to a packed [...]

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Mahasukha Maroke Graduation

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

On Thursday, September 9, Lama Marut and the Mahasukha Community came together for a graduation celebration for Dharma students who have completed the 18 ACI formal study courses.  The Maroke ceremony included a group oral exam, and brief teachings from each student.  Congratulations to the graduated students, Alicia Tolbert, Brian Reid, Douglas Smith, Kris Krajewski, [...]

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The Dangerous Path

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

A Vampire Armed: How to Keep the Path Dangerous and Exciting – Submitted by Eric Smith
American culture seems to be obsessed with vampires.  One of the top rated TV shows, True Blood, and one of the top grossing book/ movie franchises, Twilight, both have plots centered on vampires.  Regarding vampire literature and films, there [...]

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Cartoons and Other Projections

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Telepresence Robot Allows Remote Interaction with People – “is this a person, or just a projection of a person??”

-Thanks to Ersellia Ferron and Lili Swanson

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