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2nd Dharma Talk and Meditation Repeated March 14

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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Buddhism’s Four Magnificent Things to Think About

January 29th, 2010

Twenty Ten has begun and it’s beginning to look a lot like what we don’t want it to look like: devastating earthquakes, cruel terrorist attacks, senseless suffering from political wars, injustices from intolerance and frustration over Middle East challenges, world poverty, health care, water shortages, travel safety, global warming, etc., etc., etc.

But . . . look around. You can see bravery, compassion, love, and lots of caring, enlightened and hard-working individuals, organizations and societies striving to make things better . . . and being happy when seeing others happy, people they don’t even know. While we need to be aware of all the bad stuff going on in our world so we can try to deal with it skillfully, we need also to know about the good stuff so we can enjoy life. Therefore, let’s focus on that for a moment.

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DHARMA TALK, Discussion and Meditation

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

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

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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New Beginnings

October 29th, 2009

I met two new babes recently, one came here four months ago in a vehicle from South of the border in Mexico and the other in one from Asia, Burma, to be specific. And I have to tell you, although I’ve seen a few babes in my life, these two really got me excited. The one who arrived here just four months ago has big brown eyes, while the most recent arrival has beautiful almond-shaped ones. Both are so cute and have such great personalities it would be impossible to choose one for my own if I had to.

Coincidentally, one’s name is Emily and the other is Emiliano. I actually saw Emiliano, or rather a picture of him before he got out of his vehicle, when his father shared with me the ultra-sound photo taken when he was still in his mother womb. The shot reminded me of the film I just saw, Genesis, which so stunningly captures a growing fetus and its acrobatic life before “coming out.” Emily’s first baby picture just arrived on my computer via email. Ah, such miracles abound today!

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Remembering the Summer of ‘09

September 24th, 2009

I hope your summer was as memorable as mine and that dukkha didn’t play a large role in it. For me, summertime is when I usually just enjoy staying in Thousand Oaks, where its weather and ambience is so good one doesn’t want to leave it and join all those vacationers who choose summer for their travels. Mostly, I do my traveling in the winter in Asia or South of the Border, or the autumn in Europe or the East Coast of the United States. Last month, however, was an exception; so special I wanted to share it with all of you.

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Basic Buddhism Classes to Begin July 27

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

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

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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