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  • 12 Jun 2016 6:57 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    The "Wheel of Conditioning" or "Wheel of Life" is depicted outside many meditation halls in the East, to remind us of the ways we find ourselves caught up in cyclic patterns of action and result, and of the urge to break free.

    This Declaration of Interdependence maps out the twelve links of conditioned origination - the Twelve Nidanas - in outer, inner and yogic progressions.

    Each Sunday afternoon for the coming weeks, Lama Daniela and Lama Christopher will be exploring with the group this process that can trap us in unsatisfying loops of repetitive behavior - but can also afford us a glimpse of freedom.

    This course of study is open and accessible to all, regardless of spiritual background. Whilst the entire series forms a comprehensive whole, individual Sundays can also stand alone and anyone is welcome to attend at any stage during the course.

    Details of these meetings can be found here.

  • 01 Apr 2016 10:06 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    The meeting in Laguna Beach on the afternoon of Sunday, April 2nd has been cancelled. Lama Christopher is overseas and Lama Daniela has a Symphony commitment. The Sunday series will resume on Sunday April 9th.

  • 20 Feb 2016 9:16 PM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    For the four Sundays in late February and early March, Lama Christopher and Lama Daniela guide us in exploring the fundamental premises of this ancient wisdom tradition. Melding both conventional interpretation and the direct experiential findings of the yogic practice lineage, these teachings open us to a positive, uplifiting and ultimately freeing realization of life just as it is.

    The series started with the first of the Buddha's basic teachings: "Facts about Dissatisfaction: Embracing the Mystery". Frequently - and mistakenly - rendered as "Life is Suffering", this principle introduced us to the vast potential of our shared human condition, and surprisingly revealed the inherent possibility of transcendence. 

    The second basic teaching, "Facts about Craving: Not Getting Hooked", explored how we become trapped by the mind's tendency to grasp at experiences, and get mired in unsatisfying patterns of reactivity.

    Then the good news: "The End of Confusion: Beholding Liberation". The third basic teaching introduces us to not just the possibility, but the actuality of freedom. This is a direct, experiential glimpse of the deathless peace inherent in our fundamental nature.

    Join us for this extraordinary exploration of the ground of being - and of the path to freedom.

    Sunday, March 6th in Laguna Beach: The End of Confusion

  • 28 Jan 2016 11:44 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    Lama Surya Das will be teaching a One-Day Dzogchen Meditation Retreat on Saturday, January 30th, 2106 from 10 am to 5 pm, at the Neighborhood Congregational Church in Laguna Beach, CA.

    Sometime during the day, we're hoping for a special guest appearance by Lama Surya's friend, renowned comedian Pete Holmes, to help him "Enlighten Up" (as the Lama often says). Don't miss it!

    Further details:
    "Everything Must Be Meditated": the All-Embracing Way of Awakening

    Lama Surya will also give a public talk at the University of California Irvine in Orange County the previous evening (click here for details):

    "Awakening to Oneness: Relationship Yoga as Meditation for Healing, Well-Being and Wisdom"

  • 23 Jan 2016 1:13 PM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    The group has completed reading "Make Me One With Everything".

    There will be NO Sunday meetings on January 24th or 31st due to Lama Surya's visit.

    Sunday afternoon meetings will resume on Sunday 7 February.

  • 07 Dec 2015 9:13 PM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    Our weekly Tuesday evening gathering at the Neighborhood Community Center in Costa Mesa is rarely cancelled. However, due to a conflicting event, there will be no meeting there this week, Tuesday December 8th.

    Regular Tuesday evenings with Lama Daniela and Lama Christopher will resume next week on Tuesday December 15th.

  • 30 Nov 2015 10:04 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)
    One of our sangha members would like to find a ride to and from meditation group on Tuesday evenings in Costa Mesa. They live near UCI, but are not comfortable driving far at night. If you are willing to help, please contact us and we will put you in touch. Thanks!

  • 15 Oct 2015 9:12 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)

    We will be offering a one-day Dzogchen meditation retreat in Irvine, CA on Saturday, November 14th:

    Subtle Discernment - Distinguishing between Mind and Awareness

    This day of teachings, guided meditation and Q&A is suitable for anyone, whether new to meditation or wishing to deepen their practice, and regardless of spiritual or religious affliation (or disinclination).

    There is no charge for the teachings or this event, but there will be an opportunity to contribute in support of the teachers, teachings and the group. Suggested donation: sliding scale $40-$95 or more. Please give what you can. Even if you are only able to donate a small amount, or nothing at all, you are nonetheless welcome to attend.

    Space is quite limited at this venue, so please register (free) in order to reserve a space.

  • 20 Aug 2015 6:53 PM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)
    Dualism is the real root of our suffering and of all our conflicts. All our concepts and beliefs, no matter how profound they may seem, are like nets which trap us in dualism. When we discover our limits we have to try to overcome them, untying ourselves from whatever type of religious, political or social conviction may condition us.

    ~ Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State

  • 30 Jul 2015 9:34 AM | Lama Christopher Coriat (Administrator)
    "Although we appear to be separate from others, we’re actually very close, The modern world is bringing that reality even more into the fore – our world is becoming smaller and we’re becoming even closer to everyone else we share the planet with. We’re sharing others’ experiences of happiness and suffering even more."

    His Holiness the XVII. Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
    Stanford Lecture 2015

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