Middle Way LA provides practical instruction for a vibrant, meaningful life infused with ethical integrity, compassion for others, mindful awareness and wisdom.

 

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    Let's Get Real - The Essence of Happiness

    What if there existed one antidote for all problems? Although this may sound too good to be true, it is this antidote that is the subject of Chapter 9 of the famous Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life written over a thousand years ago by an Buddhist master Shantideva. Supported by the practices explored in the last three courses, we will gently dive into deepest, yet simplest, wisdom - the nature of reality. While apparently theoretical in nature, the aim of the course (and of the text) is to open us up to deep inner transformation and engender in us a more loving and peaceful connection to our everyday life and to the people around us.

    Mondays, April 25 - June 20, 7.30 - 9.30 pm
    (No class on May 23, memorial Day)

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    May 09, 2016 at 7:30pm
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    Common Ground: With author and activist Lierre Keith

    Moderated by Mira Kingsley

     

    About The Vegetarian Myth

    We’ve been told that a vegetarian diet can feed the hungry, honor the animals, protect our health, and save the planet. Lierre Keith believed in that plant-based diet and spent twenty years as a vegan. But in The Vegetarian Myth, she argues that we’ve been led astray--not by our longings for a just and sustainable world, but by our ignorance.

    The truth is that agriculture is a relentless assault against the planet, and more of the same won’t save us. In service to annual grains, humans have devastated prairies and forests, driven countless species extinct, altered the climate, and destroyed the topsoil--the basis of life itself. According to Keith, the question we need to ask is way bigger than what’s dead on your plate-- it’s what died to get that meal there. For agricultural foods, the answer is whole continents. "Agriculture is carnivorous," Keith writes. "What it eats is entire ecosystems, and it swallows them whole." Keith argues that if we are to save this planet, our food must be an act of profound and abiding repair: it must come from inside living communities, not be imposed across them.

    The Vegetarian Myth is also a cautionary tale. Keith persisted with a vegan diet even after it permanently damaged her body. She explores the psychology of vegetarian identity while still remaining true to the values that informed her veganism.

    Part memoir, part nutritional primer, and part political manifesto, The Vegetarian Myth will challenge everything you thought you knew about food politics.

    "Last week I went to hear Noam Chomsky in Oakland and on a table outside the theatre I found The Vegetarian Myth. I've been reading it for the past week. I think it is one of the most important books people, masses of them, can read, as we try with all our might, intelligence, skill, hope, dream and memory, to turn the disastrous course the planet is on. Or rather that we are on because of our abuse of the planet. It's a wonderful book, full of thoughtful, soulful teachings, and appropriate rage. My admiration for Lierre's sharing of life experience and knowledge is complete. Thank you."

    -- Alice Walker

    Lierre Keith’s book is beyond fantastic.

    -- Dr. Michael Eades, author of Protein Power

    "This book saved my life. Not only does The Vegetarian Myth make clear how we should be eating, but also how the dominant food system is killing the planet. This necessary book challenges many of the destructive myths we live by and offers us a way back into our bodies, and back into the fight to save the planet."

    -- Derrick Jensen, author of Endgame and A Language Older than Words

     

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    July 09, 2016 at 1pm
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    Pranayama: The Art of Yogic Breathing

    There are four parts of Yogic breath: the regulation and refinement of the inhalation, the exhalation, and the retention of breath after both. In this workshop you will learn how to access, activate, and direct your Prana (vital life force. energy, Qi) through 6 ancient breathing techniques.

    Price:  $20-$30 Sliding scale

    About Lilia
    In addition to completing 7 certifications and 2 trips to India, Lilia was the proud owner of Go Yoga in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for 15 years. She has taught Yoga full time in NYC since 1995, and recently moved to LA with her family to continue her practice, study, and teachings of all that the yogic path has to offer.

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    May 14, 2016 at 1pm
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