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2nd Dharma Talk and Meditation Repeated March 14

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The February 20 Dharma Talk and Meditation was well attended and received, but many of you wrote or telephoned that they were unable to attend due to other commitments or because Saturday was not a good day; they asked if I would do it again. Therefore, we have scheduled a repeat of the same subject, Buddhism’s Four Sublime States of Consciousness with Meditation, for Sunday, March 14 at 3:00 PM.

The event will be held at a Thousand Oaks, CA, USA residence and the address and directions will be given upon confirmation of reservations, which can be made by emailing TheBodhiman@buddhismteacher.com. There is room for only 10, so please make your reservations early.

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DHARMA TALK, Discussion and Meditation

Friday, January 29th, 2010

We have been thinking about offering a Dharma Talk for several years and we now are offering the first one on Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 PM. The subject will be Buddhism’s Four Sublime States of Consciousness with Meditation.

The event will be held at a Thousands Oaks, CA , USA residence and the address and directions will be given upon confirmation of reservations, which can be made by emailing TheBodhiman@buddhismteacher.com. There is room for only 20, so please make your reservations early.

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January Film Showings

Friday, January 29th, 2010

You are invited to attend four film showings during the month of February: Dalai Lama Renaissance 1, Dalai Lama Renaissance 2 – A Revolution of Ideas, Mistaken Child, and U-Carmen.

Dalai Lama Renaissance, Part 1 (of two parts), narrated by Harrison Ford, is the winner of 12 awards and the official selection of over 40 international film festivals. At the edge of the Millennium, the Dalai Lama of Tibet invited 40 of the West’s leading, most innovative thinkers to his residence in the Himalayan Mountains of Northern India to discuss the word’s problems and how we can solve them. Hat transpired was unexpected and powerful, and captured by an 18-person 5-camera film crew. The film features quantum physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswani (from What the Bleep Do We Know), national radio host Thom Hartmann, revolutionary social scientist Jean Houston, and others; beautifully filmed exotic scenery and Tibetan and Indian culture.

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Invitation to November Film Showings

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Six of the most fantastic films I have ever presented, so beautifully created for both enjoyment and enlightenment, are being offered to you, my family of friends and students, for the month of November. I hope you can see each one of them and that I can again see each one of you. Here they are:

LIFE OF THE BUDDHA: the True Story of the Man Who Changed the World

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Basic Buddhism Classes to Begin July 27

Friday, June 26th, 2009

New classes in Enlightened Living (Basic and Practical Buddhism) begin July 27. Please send an email thebodhiman@buddhismteacher.com if you or someone you know is interested in signing up for the classes, which will meet on Monday evenings from seven o’clock to nine o’clock, beginning July 27 and continuing through Sept. 28.*

The complete course consists of 10 two-hour classes and the cost is $195. The first meeting is an introduction to the teachings; the fee is not due until the second meeting. As most of you know, seating is limited to no more than eight students and classes tend to fill up rather quickly, so please respond at your earliest convenience.

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Amongst White Clouds: Buddhist Hermit Masters of China’s Zhongnan Mountains Film Showing

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Too new to be critiqued by the experts on the DVD’s jacket, but already a multiple film festival winner with comments such as “exceptional grace” and “sense of joy and serenity.”

Amongst White Clouds is an intimate insider’s look at students and masters living in scattered retreats dotting China’s Zhongnan Mountain range. These peaks have reputedly been home to recluses since the time of the Yellow Emperor, some five thousand years ago. It was widely thought that the tradition was all but wiped out, but this film emphatically and beautifully shows us otherwise.

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Into the Silence Film Showing

Friday, June 26th, 2009

I’ve forgotten who recommended this first film, but I’m forever grateful to that person, because, and I agree with the New York Times when film critic A.O. Scott called it “utterly spellbinding.” While Into Great Silence isn’t for everyone, this masterpiece by German filmmaker Philip Groning is “a transcendent, transporting experience,” according to the Los Angeles Times, “intoxicating and enlarges your concepts of movies and life, according to the Chicago Tribune, and “breathtaking” according to Newsweek Magazine.

“Nestled deep in the postcard-perfect French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is considered one of the world’s most ascetic monasteries. In 1984, the Carthusian order of monks was ask for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would let the filmmaker know sometime in the future. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Groning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks’ quarters for six months – filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals and rare outdoor excursions. This transcendent closely observed film seeks to embody a monastery, rather than simply depict one – it has no score, no voiceover and no archival footage. What remains is stunningly elemental: time, space and light. One of the most mesmerizing and poetic chronicles of spirituality every created. Into Great Silence dissolves the border between screen and audience with a total immersion into the hush of monastic life. More meditation than documentary, it’s a rare, transformative experience for all.”

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Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness Film Showing

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Imagine a country where happiness is the guiding principal of government. Imagine a people who see all life as sacred and the source of their happiness, a place with an abundance of clean and renewable energy, a nation committed to preserving its culture and whose progress is measured by obtaining “Gross National Happiness” for its people.

Where is this Shangri-La? Bhutan. And everyone there speaks English; it, along with Bhutanese, is the national language. I learned that while spending some time there a few years ago. Anchored in Buddhism, Bhutan’s simple message is that happiness can only be found by taking the middle path – the path that balances the needs of man with the powerful spirits of nature.

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Jesus in India Film Showing

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Jesus in India is a fascinating and profound film, a deeply spiritual journey certain to make you think and question in ways you never have before. In Luke 2:52 of the Bible: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” That’s al the Bible has to say about Jesus from ages 12 to 30. Where was Jesus during those years?

A former Fundamentalist from Texas is ousted from his church for asking unwelcome questions. “If God wanted you to know that, it would have been in the Bible,” he is told, “so stick to worrying about your own salvation.” But that’s not good enough for Edward T. Martin, who undertakes a seeker’s quest across 4,000 miles of India in search of answers and evidence about where Jesus was during the “Hidden Years” from ages 12 to 30. You will think long and hard about the startling surprises he discovers regarding Jesus in India.

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Invitation to Two Unique Documentary Films

Friday, April 24th, 2009

All past and present students are invited to attend a special double-bill showing of two outstanding, informative and memorable films: Ventura County Air Pollution Control District’s award winning documentary, “Air – The Search for One Clean Breath” and Harvard University’s Pluralism Project’s fascinating documentary, “Fremont U.S.A.”

“Air – The Search for One Clean Breath” was produce by friend and enlightenment student Barbara Page; it showcases air as a vital resource to be protected. You will see air, perhaps for the first time, in a comprehensive way that has never been done before by an air agency.

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