ACI LA Newsletter

ast month, Lama Cliff Spencer guided us into 2009 with the 5th Annual Meditative New Years Eve, a beautiful evening, setting the Mahasukha Center aglow with a sea of flickering candlelight and pensive walking and seated meditations. It was a beautiful transition into the new year. Thank you Lama Cliff!

February, from the word Februarius, (of Februa) was the Roman month of purification and offerings. Mahasukha has some extraordinarily special offerings for the month of February. We are honored to host Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally on Friday and Saturday, February 20th and 21st. The teaching is called, Where is Your Spiritual Partner? On Saturday, a release party celebrating their new book, King of the Dharma: the Illustrated Life of Je Tsongkapa follows the teaching. Please see details below or see the flier.

The same weekend offers a daytime, two day workshop with Mercedes Bahleda, Venerable Lobsang Nyingpo and Sarah Canfield teaching, Developing the Good Heart: a workshop on Christian and Buddhist Yogic Practices. Please see flier for details.

All the offerings at the Mahasukha Center are listed at the end of this newsletter, with details available on the ACI-LA website. Click here to see the events:

People who enjoy our center are getting a solid transmission of authentic dharma and yoga traditions 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.

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 Right under Lama Marut's message, below, is information about the retreat and how you can participate.

Blogs are a great way for people to find out about ACI-LA. If you are a blogger, it would be wonderful if you could put information and/or a link to our website - - on your blog.


This Month
A Message from Brian (Venerable Marut)
Special Announcement
Dharma Book of the Month
Darin's Digital Funhouse
Dharma Website of the Month
Dharma Podcasts: Recent Audio Uploads
Upcoming ACI-LA Classes
How You Can Help
Thank You

ACI LA Newsletter

A Message From Brian (Venerable Marut)

Living in the Present (for the Moment), Part Two: Grounded and Detached

In the November newsletter we observed that while it is extremely important to learn to live in the present, we also must learn how to do so happily. Living in the present unhappily is really no better than being miserable due to resentments regarding a time gone by, or fearful and anxious due to the imagining of a time yet to come.

To the extent that we actually do manage to "be here, now" instead of reminiscing about the past or daydreaming about the future, we tend to think wrongly about the present and become unhappy as a result. When it comes to things and beings we enjoy having in our present lives, we grasp onto them as if we could freeze time and thereby somehow prevent change. Conversely, when we experience unpleasant things in the present we often make the opposite mistake. We then think that somehow these things won't change and are, of course, depressed about that: "This is how life will be forever."

We must learn to be joyful in the moment while happily embracing the fact that the present will last only for a moment. We must try to be both fully present and completely detached at the same time - and always happy, no matter what!

Being fully present means paying attention to what's happening. And this is, let us reiterate, a very good idea. As Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche has said, "One's whole practice should be based on the relationship between you and nowness." Instead of sleep-walking through life because we are preoccupied with the past and future, we need to develop methods that will keep us focused and mindful on what's happening in the present.  

But we will succeed in staying in the moment only if we really want to be there. We will be much, much more likely to be living in the present if the present seems to us to be a good place to be.

How can we do this? Especially when things are seemingly not going right, when unwanted things occur, when we are confronted with a present that doesn't seem so desirable?

One way is to try to see everyone we meet and everything that happens to us - even or especially the difficult people and incidents - as special and meaningful. If we do so, we will much more interested in the unfolding events of our lives. We will be inclined to live in the present because we are perpetually intrigued and excited by what's happening. We will be living a sacred and meaningful life rather than a profane and meaningless one.

Because things are empty - that is, because they are not one thing or the other from their own side - everything is potentially noteworthy. Things are not intrinsically or inherently ordinary and common. Therefore, everything that occurs has the potential to be extraordinary. Everything could be a "message in a bottle" as the Sting song suggests - if we start to see things that way.

When we encounter another person, for example, we have two unconfirmable choices. We can assume they are just another ordinary, normal person. This is the choice we usually make, but one that we actually cannot confirm (assuming we cannot read minds). On the other hand, we could just infer that the person is a special agent (probably undercover, sometimes deeply so!) sent to us by headquarters. We could presume they are an angel or a Buddha trying to help us - sometimes kindly and gently, but often enough by pushing our buttons in order to show us where the buttons are.

When it comes to interpreting other people, this second choice - which we might very well think is unlikely if not impossible - in actuality also cannot be confirmed. There is no more verification, but also no less, for the second option than for the first.

So which of these two unconfirmable alternatives would make for a more interesting life? Which would be more helpful to us as we strive to learn and better ourselves through our interactions with others? Which one would lead us to be more attentive to the here and now because we are always intrigued about what's happening?

"What's the message in this event? What's this suspicious person trying to teach me?   What am I meant to learn here?

This method of learning to be happy in the present is an extension of what's called "guru yoga" - of deriving teachings and guidance from everyone we meet and in everything that happens to us. It is, in fact, a highly developed form of devotion to the lama. Trungpa Rinpoche comments that a practice like this keeps one alert to the workings of the Teacher in every one of life's events:

 You have identified with the path and the phenomenal world becomes an expression of the guru. There is a sense of devotion to the phenomenal world. ... If we are able to reach this level, then any events which occur in life have messages in them, have teachings in them. Teachings are everywhere. ... The events of your life act as a spokesman constantly and you cannot get away from this guru; in fact you do not want to because you identify with it. Thus the teachings become less claustrophobic, which enables you to discover the magical quality of life situations as a teaching.

So this form of guru yoga is one way to stay interested enough in the present to want to keep your consciousness in it. But in addition to learning how to stay grounded happily in the present, we also need to sort of float above it. We must learn how to keep up with change. Time never stands still. Being overly attached to what's happening now is guaranteed to bring unhappiness when what's happening now ceases and something new occurs.

In an article entitled "Detachment and Compassion in Early Buddhism," Elizabeth J. Harris observes that detachment is the natural response to the deep understanding of impermanence and no-self:

Non-attachment or non-grasping would therefore flow from the awareness that no possession, no relationship, no achievement is permanent or able to give lasting satisfaction; from the discovery that there is no self which needs to be protected, promoted, or defended; and from the realization that searching for selfish sensual gratification is pointless, since it leads only to craving and obsession. Phrases which overlap with attachment in this context and which can help to clarify its meaning are: possessiveness in relationships, defensiveness, jealousy, covetousness, acquisitiveness, and competitiveness. Through non-attachment, these are attenuated and overcome.

Ultimately, as Stephen Batchelor notes in one of the "quotes of the month" below, the present has no more reality than the past or future. The present isn't really here in the way we think; there is only change, constant flow. We can't arrest change; we can't freeze-frame life.

As soon as we settle complacently into the present it becomes the past. Detaching from the illusion of permanence and changelessness frees us not just from ignorance but also from the stress and anxiety of grasping. As Rajneesh says:

You accept, you become loose and natural. You simply start floating with existence, not going anywhere, because there is no goal; not moving to any target, because there is no target. Then you start enjoying every moment, whatsoever it brings - whatsoever, remember. And you can enjoy it, because now you have no desires and no expectations. You don't ask for anything, so whatsoever is given you feel grateful. Just sitting and breathing is so beautiful, just being here is so wonderful that every moment of life becomes a magical thing, a miracle in itself.

Robert Thurman has argued that a good practitioner should have a high degree of tolerance for cognitive dissonance. We need to be at ease with what might seem to us to be paradoxical or contradictory instructions.In terms of living happily in the present, we have to be grounded and detached at the same time - riveted to the present because of the miracles and teachings that are potentially all around us all the time; but also with a relaxed attitude about the passage of time and the fact that everything is in constant flux.  

It is then, and then only, that we will truly be able to "be here, now" in a way that is both astonished and wise, attentive and unfettered.

And happy. Always, all the time, happy.

With all good wishes,



pecial Announcement

Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally Teach In Los Angeles

ACI-LA is very happy to announce that Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally will teach Where is Your Spiritual Partner? and host a release party for their new book - King of the Dharma: The Illustrated Life of Je Tsongkapa.

Feb 20 th & 21 st 2009, 7:00-9:30pm
Holy Nativity Episcopal Church
6700 West 83rd. Street
Los Angeles, CA 90045

To register or for more information:

We all hope for loving and lasting relationships. But often the methods to create sustainable and blissful partnerships elude us. So how do we make our relationships extraordinary? During these two evenings Geshe Michael and Lama Christie will explore techniques from ancient spiritual texts on how to make love work in the 21 st century. Please join them to learn how to find the perfect partner for you and gain the wisdom that can carry you both to the highest levels of happiness.

These teachings draw on thousand-year old sources from India and Tibet and the New Testament, the primary source being Je Tsongkapa, teacher to His Holiness the First Dalai Lama. Geshe Michael and Lama Christie's new book illustrates the inspiring life of this seminal spiritual teacher by way of an exquisite set of scroll paintings - called the Tsongkapa 80. The current Dalai Lama's family carried these scrolls out of Tibet as they fled from the invasion. The family gave the scrolls to Khen Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin, Geshe Michael and Lama Christie's teacher, and founder of Rashe Gempil Ling, the oldest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in the US. The scrolls hang there to this day. The teaching on Saturday February 21 st will conclude with a party to celebrate the book's release. The entire sticker price of the book goes to support the Temple and its monks, in order to maintain this historic legacy for the benefit of future generations of spiritual seekers.

Please note that the teaching will not be taking place at the Mahasukha Center but, rather, at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church. Seating is going to be tight, so please BE SURE TO REGISTER. Click here to register.

And for anyone who cannot make it in person, you can watch by live webcast at

Find out more about the book at, or the webcast by contacting


ACI LA Newsletter


Sumitted by Ally Chan

David is a great teacher. I greatly enjoyed his strategy of teaching. Throughout the course, (which was punctuated with a great sense of humor), he gave us examples of how some of our smallest daily activities, thoughts and emotions applied to The Wheel of Life. For instance, he said, "I don't worry about the big things because I know I am not going to rob a's the small things." That's a very diplomatic way of reminding us to be more mindful of the small daily things we do. I learned so much from him in two days of 3 hour classes.

In my life I have many disappointments and suffering, and I have always searched for answers to the suffering. After taking The Wheel of Life, I have a much better understanding of the truth of suffering, the cause of suffering and the path to the cessation of suffering. And I am fully responsible for the suffering and the disappointments. I wish I had learned The Wheel of Life sooner.

Thanks so much to David for coming to teach us in LA . With the right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration and right teacher like David, I am very confident that gradually I will come to the cession of suffering!



Sumitted by Mira Kingsley

In our practice we strive to see all things as miracles. This is an exquisite exhilarating and totally possible idea. However, from the muddy trenches of Samsara sometimes the prospect of seeing everything as a divine miracle can feel a bit, well, impossible. So in addition to doing the practice itself, I searched for a side door into the process of seeing miracles by examining the origins of the word. The result was a miracle itself. What bliss to discover that the word "miracle" comes from Sanskrit and other linguistic roots that mean "smiling." Conventionally we think of miracles as rare and epic events while smiles are a simple and common part of our day. We often think of the smile as a reactive gesture. "You made me smile." This type of thinking deepens our ignorance by suggesting that our universe exists somewhere "out there" where there are self-existent things that we wait on to make us happy. When we consider the etymology of miracle this world view is turned on its head. The smile is inside the miracle. It is the root of the miracle. The smile produces the miracle. The smile can be a gesture of "power" capable of transforming the world into an "object of wonder." By realizing the interdependence of a smile and a miracle we can joyously release into this truth; the smile is itself the miracle. Suddenly miracles become as simple and common as smiles and smiles as epic and rare as miracles.  

Miracle: 1137, from O.Fr. miracle, from L. miraculum "object of wonder" (in Church L., "marvelous event caused by God"), from mirari "to wonder at," from mirus=2 0"wonderful," from *smeiros, from PIE *(s)mei- "to smile, be astonished" (cf. Skt. smerah "smiling," Gk. meidan "to smile," O.C.S. smejo "to laugh;"). Replaced O.E. wundortacen, wundorweorc. The Gk. words rendered as miracle in the Eng. Bibles were semeion "sign," teras "wonder," and dynamis "power," in Vulgate translated respectively as signum, prodigium, and virtus. First record of miraculous is from 1502.

This is not mine but it is good for more miracle New Year wonder.

This is a poem from one of my favorite poets

Wislawa Szymborska
from the poetry collection "View With a Grain of Sand"

Miracle Fair

The commonplace miracle:
that so many common miracles take place.

The usual miracle:
invisible dogs barking
in the dead of night.

One of many miracles:
a small and airy cloud
is able to upstage the massive moon.

Several miracles in one:
an alder is reflected in the water
and is reversed from left to right
and grows from crown to root
and never hits bottom
though the water isn't deep.

A run-of-the-mill miracle:
winds mild to moderate
turning gusty in storms.

A miracle in the first place:
cows will be cows.

Next but not least:
just this cherry orchard
from just this cherry pit,

A miracle minus top hat and tails:
fluttering white doves.

A miracle (what else can you call it):
the sun rose today at three fourteen a.m.
and will set tonight at one past eight.

A miracle that's lost on us:
the hand actually has fewer than six fingers
but still it's got more than four.

A miracle, just take a look around:
the inescapable earth.

An extra miracle, extra and ordinary:
the unthinkable
can be thought.



by Irma Gomés

Do you ever feel like every day in your practice is a battle? Have you ever felt like blaming your laziness, your bad practice or your not practicing at all on things other than yourself? "Today I celebrated my mom's birthday so I didn't meditate because I came home late," or "I am angry because my boss was unfair to me." How about, "5 more minutes in bed"?

Enlightenment, in many ways is a battle; no wonder many ACI texts translate "Bodhisattva" as "Warrior Saint."

We have about 80,000 mental afflictions and every day we rise and start fighting them.We use love as our weapon and our Teacher as our armor, because re are on the front lines without respite - in meditation and between them.

No matter how we fight we have to do our very best.

Think: how would I feel if I looked back and realize I could have reached my highest potential but didn't? What stands on your way to winning?

Some battles are tough; some last for years and we can't do it alone. We need a Teacher. And teachings come to You if you're just paying attention.

For once I've been paying attention and Lama Rocky Balboa gave me the following advice that I would like to share with you:

I don't know how tough you are but (samsara) will beat you to your knees and leave you there permanently if you let it.
You, me nobody is going to hit as hard as life.
But it ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward!
How much you can't take and keep moving forward: That's how winning is done.
Now if you know what you are worth then go out and go out and get what you're worth; but you have to be willing to take the hits, and not point out fingers saying you aren't what you want to be because of (this or that or anything)...cowards do that and that ain't you: you are better than that. (slightly edited)

Keep fighting; mental afflictions are everywhere and keep coming!

Focus your attention as you will come to a final round: Winning is Forever.

Let the fight begin.



ACI-LA Yoga Instructior: Sarah Canfield

Sarah Canfield teaches Beginner Level Yoga at Mahasukha on Saturdays from 9:15-10:15 am, and All Levels Yoga from 10:30 am-12:00 pm.

Sarah Canfield, who has been teaching yoga at the Mahasukha Center since the program began in July, had the opportunity in January to take Tibetan Heart Yoga Series 1 teacher training in Sacramento. I spoke with her about her experience:

     CT: What drew you into the practice of Tibetan Heart Yoga?

      SC: So much of my life, I have had the desire to really heal others, and not known really known how to do that. And finally, with THY it felt like now the tools were in my hands.

     CT: How did your experiences at the Mahasukha Center prepare you for this training?

     SC: I'm very grateful for the Tibetan Heart teachers that have come to visit to do workshops at the center, and for the private teachings that Vanessa Hopkins gave me in Tibetan Heart Yoga 1. She went through a basic overview of Series 1 with me, which enabled me to concentrate on the details of the teachings in Sacramento. Also the discussions that you and I had about the 6 perfections really helped - when I was actually practicing the physical asanas in class it was already very natural for me to be thinking of the other person that I had dedicated the class to, and be sending them the 6 gifts.

     CT: What were your impressions of the community in Sacramento and the YSI teachers who did the training?

     SC: They were awesome. While I was up there, there was an amazing community of yogis at Zuda Yoga studio, led by Anne Marie and Bill, that fully embraced everyone who was from out of town.

     As far as Brandi and Mira - they balanced each other out so nicely that it almost seemed like we only had one teacher. To speak more specifically, Brandi is so complete compassionate, you can tell she is a mother by the way she speaks and how much love she has for everyone; you can tell she's completely devoted herself to helping others. It's obvious. And Mira - I don't know how she holds that much information in her head, but she makes learning the whole process of Tibetan Heart Yoga so much more simple for us simple people. You can tell that she just has so much wisdom in her practice that she is constantly bringing forth. She blew me away.

     CT: What do you want to do with this training and beyond?

     SC: Save the world (laughs). I want to become fully certified to teach THY 1 so that I can teach at the Mahasukha Center the true lineage that belongs there and have that lineage within my teachings at all the centers that I work at. My long-term goal is to become a YSI certified instructor, and to go to Mexico to get the teacher training, the very first, in Series 8

If you would like to help the teachers of the Mahasukha yoga program experience trainings like these, please visit the yoga page at and use the Donate button to contribute to the Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship Fund.



Part four of a continuing series by Rene Miranda

The fourth yama, brahmacarya,is commonly defined as a state of continence, chastity or sexual purity. This term is a combination of two Sanskrit words: brahman meaning "the pure one," and carya meaning activity. The literal translation is "one who acts with a pure mind."

The strictest form of Brahmacarya is celibacy for a person who has vows. For regular folks, it means respecting the committed relationships of others. Naturally, this means not having sexual intercourse with someone who has a partner, but it goes further than that. One should always s act towards another as if the person's partner were present in the room at the time. So, no innuendo either.  

For those on a spiritual path it is easy to see how not sleeping with the neighbor's wife is a way to avoid harming other beings. Why practice celibacy though? What is the point? Sexual energy is very powerful as all humans realize. Harnessing that powerful energy to further spiritual endeavors is a beautiful act of faith. One is saying, "I believe so much in what I am doing to help others, I am willing to reserve all the energy possible for my practice.'"

In our society we have an odd combination of sexual repression and promiscuity. Many are taught to deny the sexual drive rather than channel it for good. This leads to frustration, anxiety and does more harm than good. At the other end of the spectrum, media bombards us with erotic images and words, but in such a way that sex is used for some kind of recreation. These actions squander the precious energy and diminish the life force. Obviously, neither of these views is helpful. A yogi is well aware of that.

Gaining mastery of the body and mind through the yoga of restraint leads naturally to success in the physical practices of asana and pranayama. This leads naturally to success in concentration and meditation. Higher realizations are possible. Patanjali states in his Yoga Sutra, chapter two, verse 38: "Brahmacarya pratishthayam virya labbah." Translation: "If you make it a way of life always to have sexual purity, you will always have strength."

I have tried purposefully taking a vow of celibacy for a fixed, doable period of time.   It works. You might try this and notice how your mind and physical stamina are affected. Be open to realizing a very pleasant result!


Dharma Book of the Month

A Transformative Book of Photography and Pithy Sayings
By Simhananda
Orange Palm Publications

A stunning photographic journey that unveils the changing face of Buddhism throughout the ages. Each photograph that composes this remarkable work of art, is accompanied by a profound thought, translated in three languages (English, French, Italian). Through his superb images and his renowned penmanship, Simhananda leads us on an unedited discovery of the universe of the Buddha. This book is the first in a series to come, each one revealing a composition entirely different from the other.


Darrin's Digital Funhouse


Email if you want in on the Digital Sangha list to get reminders about what's coming up or need help to view the archived teachings.

Instructions for the Live Broadcasts or archives:

1) Go to the appropriate channel link:

2) To watch a Live Broadcast - type your name into the chat room to announce who you are and where you are from (optional). If you aren't getting anything in the viewing screen (top left) then refresh your screen every minute or so until you do. We try and go live 10 minutes or so before the program starts. Turn off any other internet programs for a cleaner feed.

To view archives - Scroll down to the section titled "Mahasukha's Video Clips" and click on the appropriate thumbnail picture (as you roll over the various thumbnails the names of the videos will pop up) and watch on the Video player at the top left hand side of the screen.

3) For a 'Full Screen' picture you can click on the 2 intersecting squares logo beside the "MENU" button on the main viewing window.

Twitter into Happiness!

Get little pearls of Lama wisdom sent straight to your cell phone every day via text message!

Lama Marut gives us another way to keep ourselves mindful of how to be happy by sending out "Dharma Twitters" via Just create a profile at (it takes 10 minutes max) and then text " follow Lama Marut" to 40404 from your cell phone.

Get a little Lama love in the middle of your busy day!


ACI LA Newsletter

Dharma Website of the Month

Spiritual Cinema Circle

Spiritual Cinema Circle is the home of entertaining films that inspire love and compassion, films that connect us with the world around us. Now in our sixth year, Spiritual Cinema Circle is home for a community of conscious filmmakers and film-lovers in more than 80 countries. They have brought the work of more than 100 exciting, new independent filmmakers to the homes of tens of thousands of people around the world.

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


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

This Month's Dharma Podcasts:
"Cultivating Compassion, Love, and Wisdom," and "Learning How to Live...and Die."  

Weekly videocasts: /mg-video.html

Audio podcasts : /mg-podcsts.html

Audio Downloads: The "Recent Teachings" section on 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 and/or 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


ACI LA Newsletter

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:

Feb 1 st and 15th, 2009 (Sun)
Coffee, Donuts & Buddhist Debate with ACI-LA Senior Teachers
Teacher: ACI-LA Senior Teachers
Date: ongoing - every other Sunday morning
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Supported by Donations. Open to the Public

Feb 13th, 2009 (Fri)
Potluck Dinner and Dharma Flick
Date: Friday February 13th
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Bring Potluck

Feb 3rd, 10 th , 17 th and 24 th 2009 (Tuesdays)
Guided meditation class with Rick Blue
Teacher: Rick Blue
Date: Tuesday nights
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Free and open to the public; donation only
Contact: or call 310-454-6168

Feb 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, 2009 (Wed) 9:15 PM - 10:15 AM

Worldview Yoga - All levels - with Mira Kingsley
Teacher: Mira Kingsley and Taisha Paggett
Date: Wednesday nights
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: $12 suggested donation. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Contact: Claire Thompson

Feb 7 th , 14 th   21 st , and 28th, 2009 (Sat) 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Worldview Yoga - Beginners with Sarah Canfield and Claire Thompson
Teachers: Sarah Canfield
Date: Saturday mornings
Time: 9:15 - 10:15 am
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: $8 per class - No one will be turned away due to lack of funds
Contact: Claire Thompson

Feb 7 th , 14 th and 28th, 2009 (Sat) 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Worldview Yoga all levels - with Sarah Canfield and Claire Thompson
Teachers: Sarah Canfield
Date: Saturday mornings
Time: 10:30 - 12:00 am
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: $12 per class - No one will be turned away due to lack of funds
Contact: Claire Thompson

Feb 2 nd , 9 th , 16 th and 23 rd , 2009 (Mondays) 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
ACI Formal Study Course 4: Proof of Future Lives, with Cliff Spencer
Teacher: Cliff Spencer
Date: Monday nights, Beginning January 5th
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Free and open to the public; donation only

Feb 2 nd , 9 th , 16 th and 23 rd , 2009 (Mondays) 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Worldview Yoga Beginners/All levels with Jessica Larsen
Teacher: Jessica Larsen
Date: Monday nights
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Mahasukha Center
Admission: Free and open to the public; donation only.
Contact: Claire Thompson

Feb 20th, 2009 (Fri) - Feb 21st, 2009 (Sat)
Where is Your Spiritual Partner? with Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21
Release party to celebrate their new book following Saturday's teaching:
King of the Dharma: the Illustrated Life of Je Tsongkapa

Feb 21st, 2009 (Sat) - Feb 22nd, 2009 (Sun) 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Developing the Good Heart - A Weekend Workshop on Christian and Buddhist Yogic Practices
Date: February 21 & 22, Saturday and Sunday
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Teachers: Mercedes Bahleda, Venerable Lobsang Nyingpo, Sarah Canfield
Location: Mahasukha Center
Suggested Donation: $60 whole workshop or $35 per day (no money, no problem).
Please Register: Claire Thompson


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 if you:

* Would like to help transcribe full-length audio teachings
* Have document formatting / layout skills to help format our Dharma Essentials handouts
* If you have some time to look through and find broken weblinks and audio that doesn't download.
* Have accounting skills and/or are familiar with Quik-Books
* Add a link to ACI-LA website on your blog.


ACI LA Newsletter

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 Catherine Eaton produces the newsletters and would joyfully appreciate submissions. Please email your contributions to Catherine at by the 20th of the month.