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Dalai Lama Visits LA this weekend; Ventura Buddhist Study Center offers retreat

April 27, 2011

The Dalai Lama is almost here!  And Ventura Buddhist Study Center is doing a retreat this weekend too!

According to an article in Saturday’s LA Times, The InsightLA meditation center is bringing Robert Thurman to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica on April 30 for an evening of guided meditation, teaching and conversation.

Starting Sunday May 1,  the Dalai Lama is scheduled to give a number of public talks in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Irvine over several days before he moves on to other states. Locally these include:

Teaching in Los Angeles, CA, USA on May 1: His Holiness will confer the Solitary Yamantaka Initiation (jigje wang) in the morning organized by Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling at the Terrace Theater: www.tdling.org/hhdl2011

Public Talk in Los Angeles, CA, USA on May 1: His Holiness will give a public talk on Secular Ethics and Meditation in the afternoon organized by Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling at the Terrace Theater. www.tdling.org/hhdl2011/gstdl-weekend

Public Talk in Los Angeles, CA, USA on May 2: His Holiness will give a public talk on What is True Wisdom? in the morning organized by the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies at UCLA Royce Hall.  www.dalailama.ucla.edu

Public Symposium in Los Angeles, CA, USA on May 2: His Holiness will participate in a public symposium on Buddhism and Neuroscience: A Discussion on Attention, Mental Flexibility and Compassion in the afternoon organized by the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies and the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA Royce Hall.  www.dalailama.ucla.edu

Public Talk in Los Angeles, CA, USA on May 3: His Holiness will give a public talk on Secular Ethics, Human Values and Society in the morning  organized by the University of Southern California’s Student Interfaith Council at USC’s Galen Center. http://dalailama.usc.edu

Public Discussion in Los Angeles, CA, USA on May 3: His Holiness will participate in a panel discussion titled Secular Ethics: Origins, Elements and Their Function in Society in the afternoon organized by the University of Southern California’s Student Interfaith Council at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.

Talk in Long Beach, CA, USA on May 4: His Holiness will be presented with “Shine A Light” Award from Amnesty International in the morning, and will give a keynote address on Human Rights at the Carpenter Performing Art Center. http://www.amnestyusa.org/dalailama

Public Talk in Irvine, CA, USA on May 4: His Holiness will participate in a dialogue with youth leaders on Compassion and Global Leadership in the afternoon organized by the University of California Irvine at the UCI Bren Events Center.  www.livingpeace.uci.edu

Either before these talks or before His Holiness moves on to Minnesota and other places around the world, it is likely the Dalai Lama will pass near by my house. The Dalai Lama enjoys the Santa Barbara area when possible, visiting with friends, likely including the above mentioned Robert Thurman and the family of Pico Iyer, author of The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (2008), which I highly recommend. (I also recommend Seven Years in Tibet which I just finished and really enjoyed.  Next for me to read is The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet’s Lost Paradise by Ian Baker–maybe I’ll start that tonight!)

Can’t get a ticket to see His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso May 4 at the 50th anniversary for global human rights advocacy group Amnesty International USA at Cal State Long Beach? If you missed out on a ticket to attend the the organization’s inaugural “Shine a Light on Human Rights” award or some of the other events going on around our region and listed above, or you want to prepare yourself for one of the events with the Dalai Lama, you can do something special and spiritual this weekend!

The Ventura Buddhist Study Center is pleased to announce a special three-day retreat with Venerable Yogavacara Rahula, a native born American and the temple’s own Venerable Bhante Sutadhara:

Friday, April 29, 2011 6:45 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Suggested Donation $20.00 This session will include a lecture about the teachings of the Buddha, sitting meditation, as well as the opportunity to ask questions and discuss Buddhism. Tea and snacks will be served.

• Saturday, April 30, 2011 9:15AM to 5:30PM – Suggested Donation $40 This session will include both sitting and walking meditation, with instructions for both. There will be presentations on “Mindfulness in Daily Life and Karma” as well as a discussion period for questions. A vegetarian lunch will be served, as well as tea and snacks in the afternoon.

• Sunday May 1, 2011 11:00 AM to 3:30PM – Suggested Donation $40 This session will include both sitting and walking meditation, with instructions for both. There will be a presentation on the teachings of the Buddha in regards to Rebirth and a discussion period for questions. A vegetarian lunch will be served, as well as tea and snacks in the afternoon.

At the retreat,  you will have an opportunity to learn about Buddhism from the Venerable Yogavacara Rahula, a native born American who started life as Scott Duprez in Southern California in 1948, but turned to Buddhism in 1972, after experimenting with drugs and other alternative lifestyles during the 1960s. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1975 in Sri Lanka. Venerable Bhante Sutadhara will also be on hand to provide additional insights and guidance. The three-day retreat is open to the public and will provide an ideal introduction for those new to Buddhism as well as those who practice regularly.

You are invited to attend all three days, or any combination thereof. Although a donation is suggested, anyone who wishes to attend may do so, whether they make a donation or not.

For more information, see the Ventura Buddhist Study Center’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/VENTURA-BUDDHIST-CENTER-An-LAC-Mission/232724761758, The Center’s website http://www.venturabuddhistcenter.org/ or call at (805) 659-9751.

The Center is located at 901 S. Saticoy Avenue, Ventura, CA 93004. In addition to the retreat, the Center also offers meditation every Monday evening from 7:00-8:30 PM, Tai Chi on Thursdays at 5:30 P.M. and Yoga on Friday mornings at 8:15 A.M.

Read more about the Dalai Lama’s visit to Long Beach. Read an LA Times article about Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman and the Dalai Lama.

According to Wikipedia, The Dalai Lama is a Buddhist leader of religious officials of the Gelug or “Yellow Hat” branch of Tibetan Buddhism. The name is a combination of the Mongolian word dalai meaning “Ocean” and the Tibetan word བླ་མ ་bla-ma (with a silent “b”) meaning “chief” or “high priest.”[1]Lama” is a general term referring to Tibetan Buddhist teachers. In religious terms, the Dalai Lama is believed by his devotees to be the rebirth of a long line of tulkus who are considered to be manifestations of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteśvara. Traditionally, the Dalai Lama is thought of as the latest reincarnation of a series of spiritual leaders who have chosen to be reborn in order to enlighten others.Read about the Dalai Lama from Wikipedia.

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  1. May 1, 2011 5:20 am

    From the His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s facebook page:

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama will now be arriving in Long Beach, CA, on May 2nd, 2011 instead of the earlier scheduled time. This is on account of a slight indisposition due to a sore throat, for which the physicians have advised him to rest before taking the long plane journey from Tokyo. The doctors have said the rest was essential for His Holiness to recover faster from the sore throat.

    We seek the understanding and indulgence of the organizers and participants of the events on May 1st and regret the inconvenience this has caused to all concerned.

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