ACI LA
DECEMBER 2008


ACI LA Newsletter

elcome to ACI-LA's December Newsletter. It's an exciting month for the Mahasukha Center as Lama Marut returns to Los Angeles for the Festival of Bliss, from December 2 nd - December 11 th , during which he will be giving extraordinary teachings on yoga and dharma. Just click on the banner above to find out more, and follow the instructions to register.

We'd specifically like to draw your attention to the Great Bliss Benefit, to support the work of the Mahasukha Center and ACI-LA. CLICK HERE for details. The Mahasukha Center, home of ACI-LA, is a special place - a jewel in the heart of the city of angels. We've only been open 8 months, but in that time hundreds of people have enjoyed and benefited from hundreds of teachings and Dharma related events from authentic dharma and yoga traditions, which the center provides on a donation basis.

People who enjoy our center are getting a solid transmission of a traditional Tibetan Buddhist lineage for application in today's modern world. They're getting tools and resources to practice wisdom and compassion. As a community we work together to be happy and to serve others. This is the essence of our work - dharma, yoga, happiness.

Please come join in to support the serious study and personal practice of the original teachings of Buddhism.

We look forward to seeing you THIS Wednesday, December 3rd for the Great Bliss Benefit as we raise the funds necessary to continue to serve all sentient beings from our home here at the Mahasukha Center. Enjoy a great night of live music, good food and community. There is no ticket charge or entry fee for the event.

In addition to Lama Marut's teachings during the Festival of Bliss, please check out Klesha Krushers: Tibetan Heart Yoga, Series 7 with Jessica Kung and Stephane Dreyfus on December 9th for intermediate and advanced students, and Yoga for all levels, with Darcy Jones on Saturday, December 20th. Contact info@aci-la.org to register and for details.

And finally, we'll bring 2008 to a close with ACI-LA's 5 th Annual Meditative New Years Eve, hosted this year by Cliff Spencer. Please join us to celebrate the New Year with prayer, silent walking and guided meditation, and then hanging out. You are welcome for all or any part of the evening. Doors will be closed during guided meditation to minimize distractions so please plan your arrival and departure accordingly. Please see the schedule below for start and end times of sessions or CLICK HERE for more information.

We continue our efforts to support the 3 year Great Retreat, scheduled to begin in October of 2010. To see the full description, go to www.aci-la.org/great_retreat.html. See below for information about the retreat and how you can participate.

The December class and event offerings are listed at the end of this newsletter, and on the ACI-LA website at www.aci-la.org/calendar/schedule.

We hope this month's newsletter supports your spiritual practice and helps provide the resources you need to make the most of your precious human life, in order to gain ultimate happiness and freedom, for yourself and all sentient beings.

 

This Month
Three Year Great Retreat
Contributions
Dharma Website of the Month
Dharma Flicks
Dharma Podcasts: Recent Audio Uploads
Upcoming ACI-LA Classes
How You Can Help
Thank You
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hree Year Great Retreat

Buddhist practice is meant to bring about a total transformation in the practitioner so that he or she can gain ultimate happiness and become capable of truly helping others do the same. In order to actualize this goal, Lama Marut and some of his close students will undertake a 3 year Great Retreat, designed to provide the best conditions possible for gaining the realizations that end suffering, not only for themselves but for others. There are several ways you can participate in the efforts to support this retreat.

  • You can purchase distinctive items imprinted with Lama Marut-isms and other quotes by going to www.cafepress.com/lamamarut. A percentage of every sale goes directly into the retreat fund.
  • You can purchase beautifully imprinted and designed yoga clothes from Kaladanda by going to www.kaladanda.com and entering the code "Mahasukha" before checking out. 20% of these purchases will go to the retreat fund. (Click here to see the flyer)

For more information about the retreat, go to www.aci-la.org/great_retreat.html or contact Jesse Fallon at jessefallon42@yahoo.com.

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ontributions

Submitted by Irma Gomes

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said in a lecture in Washington "world peace starts at home".

I would like to make an invitation to all readers of this Newsletter to re-think world peace on these terms. How's home life? What is working well? How can I improve? What could I do for others that would make their day better?

Now make a list. When you finish with home, then extend it to work or the places you frequent.

Peace is a hug, is an unexpected large tip, taking 5 minutes to write a letter and compliment someone for their extraordinarily good service, getting up earlier to start the coffee maker, loading the washing machine, using less water.

Peace is above all reacting positively when you don't want to: to smile and not curse.

Be Love to teach love. Be Peace to teach peace. It all starts with the little things, and it starts immediately, today.

"Be the change we want to see in the world" (Gandhi)

 

 

Quote from His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama

The modern economy has no national boundaries. When we talk about ecology, the environment, when we are concerned about the ozone layer, one individual, one society, one country cannot solve these problems. We must work together. Humanity needs more genuine cooperation. The foundation for the development of good relations with one another is altruism, compassion, and forgiveness. For small arguments to remain limited, in the human circle the best method is forgiveness. Altruism and forgiveness are the basis for bringing humanity together. Then no conflict, no matter how serious, will go beyond the bounds of what is truly human.

From "The Dalai Lama, A Policy of Kindness: An Anthology of Writings By and About the Dalai Lama" compiled and edited by Sidney Piburn. Foreword by Sen. Claiborne Pell, published by Snow Lion Publications

Submitted by Shannon Clements Perry

 

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Dharma Website of the Month

E-Sangha

http://www.e-sangha.com/

E-Sangha is an established portal to Buddhism that contains a huge Buddhist discussion forum & interactive chat, books and sutras, e-cards services, directory of links and a journal services for Buddhists around the world. E-Sangha is a place where Buddhists are able to meet on the internet to discuss all matters relating to Buddhism. Registration on the forum and interactive chat is free.

If you come across a site that you'd like others to know about, please notify Catherine at eatoncat@verizon.net and contribute to this part of the newsletter.

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Dharma Flicks

Implicit Dharma:
Love Actually

In keeping with the Dharma Flicks tradition of looking closely at holiday themed films during the holidays, Love Actually is a charming and endearing film that is set almost entirely in London during five frantic weeks before Christmas. The film follows a web-like pattern of inter-related people and the complexities that are created in their individual searches for love. The central character is the very eligible bachelor and new Prime Minister David (Hugh Grant) who cannot express his growing feelings for his new personal assistant Natalie. The circle of interconnected lives spreads out from here in a Shakespearean "comedy of errors" fashion. In Love Actually the underlying desire to be happy can remind the viewer of the often absurd lengths that we go to secure our own happiness while often ensuring the opposite.

Explicit Dharma:
Kumbh Mela: Songs of the River

The Kumbh Mela is a four thousand year old festival which erects temporary cities along the Ganges River in order to enact the "Festival of the Urn" where the gods are said to pour out the nectar of immortality to Humanity. In Kumbh Mela: Songs of the River , this great festival is depicted during the super auspicious 2001 event that was not just the final Kumbh Mela in a 12-year cycle of festivals. It was the final festival of 12 cycles - the conclusion of a giant 144-year cycle, making it "Maha" Kumbh Mela. The 2001 Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India was the largest gathering of humanity in recorded history. Even the planets and stars joined in, providing heavenly alignments not seen for 144 years. Here, East joined West at the opening of the 21st Century. Roughly 70 million people came from all over the globe to pray for peace and rebirth for self and the world, truly a meeting of ancient and future in a remarkable moment. During this spectacular and auspicious festival, the viewer is given great insight into a different culture's rituals and a chance to see how faith is born and maintained across the globe.

Dharma Flicks submitted by Mike Parry

YouTube

Tere Abdala-Romano submitted the youtube videos below containing "dharmic" messages. The subject matter is emptiness in physics, (there is no matter found in atoms) thus emptiness and interdependence or co-dependent origination. Also, how he root of all suffering is fear and the counterpart to overcome that is practicing love.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn-OUSw_ZBU&NR=1
and
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=7yM2LEyAYoI

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Dharma Podcasts: Recent Audio Uploads

Dharma Podcasts: Recent Audio Uploads

Dharma podcasts are becoming an increasingly popular and convenient way to get exposure to enlightening Dharma teachings at the touch of a computer key. Don't miss Lama Marut's weekly podcasts at www.aci-la.org

This Month's Dharma Podcasts:
"Yoga and Renunciation," "Yoga and the Five Paths to Enlightenment," "Yoga is Stopping the Perversions of the Mind," "The Five Powers of Yogic Practice," and "Stopping the Way the Mind Turns Things Around."

Weekly videocasts: /mg-video.html

Audio podcasts : /mg-podcsts.html

Audio Downloads: The "Recent Teachings" section on www.aci-la.org is replete with new public talks on yoga, Guru yoga and meditation at: /teach_marut_recent.html

Be sure to subscribe to keep up to date on the digital downloads! Click on the subscription button at www.aci-la.org and/or www.lamamarut.org and enter your email address to receive podcast updates. You'll receive an email announcement when new podcasts of teachings are uploaded to either site.

If you enjoy having access to these wonderful Dharma podcasts, please make sure to comment in the comments section on iTunes.

To subscribe to Lama Marut's video podcasts please go to: /mg-video.html

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Current and Upcoming ACI-LA Classes

ACI-LA classes are donation-based and open to the public.
(Please see the calendar for full descriptions.)

Many of the classes are given weekly so please check the ACI website calendar for full descriptions and times:
//medialib/index.php/calendar

Dec 2 nd through Dec 13 th   2008
FESTIVAL OF BLISS, WITH LAMA MARUT

Dec 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th (Tues and Thurs for two weeks) 2008
DE XII: Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, Part 3: Chapter 9 On Emptiness, with Lama Marut
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Supported by Donations. Open to the Public
Contact: info@aci-la.org

Dec 3rd, 2008 (Wed)
The Great Bliss Benefit, with Lama Marut
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Supported by Donations. Open to the Public.
Contact: info@aci-la.org
CLICK HERE for details

Dec 7th, 2008 (Sun)
The Missing Teachings on Yoga: How It Really Works AT THE BODHI TREE, with Lama Marut
Date: December 7, 2008
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Bodhi Tree Bookstore - 8585 Melrose, West Hollywood, 90069
Admission: Supported by Donation; open to the public
Contact: info@aci-la.org

Dec 8th, 2008 (Mon)
Vowed Morality, the Foundation of a Buddhist Practice - FOLLOWED BY A VOW CEREMONY, with Lama Marut
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30 pm - to be followed by a Vow Ceremony
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Supported by Donations. Open to the Public
Contact: info@aci-la.org
Dec 10th, 2008 (Wed)             

Finding Bliss Through Yoga, an Asana class with Anne Marie Kramer
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Supported by Donations. Open to the Public
Contact: info@aci-la.org

Dec 10th, 2008 (Wed)
Yoga and the Search for Happiness, with Lama Marut
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Supported by Donations. Open to the Public
Contact: info@aci-la.org

Dec 13th, 2008 (Sat)
Maroke
Teacher: Venerable Sumati Marut
Time: 8:00pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Supported by Donations. Open to the Public
Contact: lauren.benjamin@aci-la.org

Dec 15 th, 22 nd , 29 th (every Monday night, check ACI website for substitutions)
Worldview Yoga with Jessica Larsen
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: $12 suggested donation - no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Open to the Public
Contact: Clairity.MT@gmail.com

Dec 16 th , 23 rd , 30 th 2008 (every Tuesday night)
Guided Meditation Class with Rick Blue
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Supported by Donations. Open to the Public
Contact: Rick Blue (rick.blue@aci-la.org or call 310-454-6168)

Dec 17th, 2008 (Wed)
Worldview Yoga with Mira Kingsley and Taisha Paggett
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: $12 suggested donation - no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Open to the Public.
Contact: Clairity.MT@gmail.com

Dec 20th 2008 (Sat)
Worldview Yoga Presents: Yoga for all levels, with Darcy Jones
Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: $20 per class - no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Open to the Public
Contact: clairity.mt@gmail.com

Dec 27th, 2008 (Sat)
Worldview Yoga with Sarah Canfield and Claire Thompson
Date: Saturday mornings
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: $12 suggested donation. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Open to the Public
Contact: Clairity.MT@gmail.com

Dec 31, 2008
5th Annual Meditative New Years Eve with Cliff Spencer
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Free and open to the public; by donation
Schedule:

8:00pm - Set-up
8:45pm - Silence Begins, Opening Prayers
9:15pm - Guided Meditation*
10:00pm - Break, Walking Meditation
10:!5pm - Guided Meditation*
11:00pm - Break, Walking Meditation
11:15pm - Guided Meditation*
12:15am - Concluding Prayers and Dedication
12:45am - Silence Ends, Hang Out, Clean Up
*Doors will be closed during guided meditation sessions to minimize distractions. Please plan your arrival and departure accordingly.

>> See the flier for more information

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ow You Can Help

Thank you to all of the ACI-LA volunteers who help with our various Dharma projects! We are currently looking for people who have specific skills in certain areas so please email us at lauren.benjamin@aci-la.org if you:

* Have bookkeeping skills
* Have fundraising skills
* Have design skills for making fliers and/or skills in being in contact with various media
* Would like to help transcribe full length audio teachings
* Have document formatting / layout skills to help format our Dharma Essentials handouts
* Have some time to look through aci-la.org and find broken weblinks and audio that doesn't download.
* Have accounting skills and/or are familiar with Quik-Books

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Thank You

Thank you to Venerable Marut for his kindness in coming to teach the Dharma here in Los Angeles and around the world. Thank you to Lauren Benjamin, Cliff Spencer, Rick Blue, Lindsay Crouse and Sal Gallina for their kindness in teaching here in Los Angeles.

Thank you to Stephane Dreyfus for maintaining the ACI-LA website, and to all our marvelous students who help make it possible to spread the Dharma.

All suggestions and updates for the website can be sent to Stephane at floatingrock@gmail.com. Catherine Eaton produces the newsletters and would joyfully appreciate submissions. Please email your contributions to Catherine at eatoncat@verizon.net by the 20th of the month.

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