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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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    FERMENTATION SERIES: MAKE YOUR OWN KOMBUCHA!

    In keeping with the rising interest in the health benefits of fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, and kombucha, we are launching a series of “how-to classes” on making your own fermented foods. 

    Kombucha is a fermented, lightly effervescent, sweetened tea drink known by the Chinese as the “Immortal Health Elixir”. It contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and enzymes and has been prized by traditional cultures for its health-promoting properties.

    Once an obscure drink found at health food stores, it now widely available at most grocery stores.  But why pay up to $5 for a bottle of Kombucha when you can learn how to brew your own continuous supply at home for pennies? 

    A limited number of kombucha “starter” kits will be available to take home with you.

     

    ABOUT THE TEACHERS

    Laurie & Terry Houlihan have been brewing their own Kombucha at home for the past five years. They have provided Middle Way LA with a continuous supply of Kombucha as well as passing along many “starter kits” to interested people.

    WHEN
    May 19, 2018 at 2pm
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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    Body Scan Meditation Retreat

    The U Ba Khin tradition of vipassana, otherwise known as body scanning, was made popular in India and the West by the teaching U Satya Narayana Goenka. In this school of insight practice, the body itself becomes our focus as we develop a deepening awareness of tactile processes, of the four primary elements, and of vedana, sensations. In this way the Buddha’s teaching on the first two foundations of mindfulness, mindfulness of the body and mindfulness of sensation are fulfilled. Ultimately, awareness of this field becomes so sensitive and fluid that it can be used a “cloud chamber” for the mind. Thoughts, intentions, and emotion can all be felt at this level where the most fundamental psychic tensions associated with clinging can be released. The experience can be deeply healing, both physically and mentally, and is well known for releasing physical and psychic trauma stored within the body. This system is especially useful as a foundational practice for those who might be interested in exploring Theravada practice in greater depth.

    I studied with Goenkaji directly in India in 1974, and later continued to develop this practice with Ruth Dennison whose approach I teach, in keeping with the original tradition. This access is gentler and more organic than what yogis have usually experienced at the traditional ten-day Goenka retreats. Walking meditation will definitely be included.

    Friday, June 1, 7pm-9pm
    Saturday, June 2, 9am-7pm
    Sunday, June 3, 9am - 7pm

    Retreat will be conducted in noble silence. 

    There will be a potluck lunch on Saturday and Sunday. You are welcome to bring a dish to share.

    Please register on this page to attend or email dima@middlewayla.org for more information.


    About the teacher: Daniel Boutemy has been meditating over half a century and has studied one-on-one with many of the most respected Eastern and Western Buddhist teachers, including Taungpulu Sayadaw, S.N. Goenka, Anagarika Munindra, and Joseph Goldstein. A hospice RN, and formerly a vocational counselor and technical writer, Daniel balances head and heart in his presentation of the Buddha’s teachings. He provides students with guidance in both insight meditation, in the traditions of Mahasi Sayadaw, Taungpula Sayadaw and SN Goenka, as well as in samatha practices. He is the author of a forthcoming book on the Mahasi method and the Progress of Insight. His YouTube channel is Knowledge and Vision – Ñana-Dasana.

    WHEN
    June 01, 2018 at 7pm - June 03, 2018 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
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    Liberation Breathing

    presented by

    Liberation Breathing LA

    "Liberation Breathing is a Conscious Connected Breathing Process that Restores Your Mind and Body to Health and Wellness."

    - Sondra Ray and Markus Ray

    Dive deep into the patterns holding you back and release them through breath. We come together to discuss our progress and do a 45 minute Liberation Breathing session. We also study from A Course in Miracles.

    Breathing session is performed laying down. You will need a yoga mat, pillow and blanket. Some yoga mats and blankets are available. Please bring a pillow and whatever else you need to be comfortable.

    Suggested donation: $10.

    WHEN
    June 10, 2018 at 10am
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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    How To Meditate On Ultimate Reality

    HOW TO MEDITATE ON ULTIMATE REALITY

    The Buddha taught that all suffering is caused by misunderstanding reality. To overcome that misunderstanding, truth seekers must learn to meditate on the ultimate nature of reality. Meditating on ultimate reality is exhilarating, but it can also be quite challenging. In these classes, two teachers who have each spent over 1,000 days in isolated meditation retreat will share essential techniques from the Mahayana Buddhist and Yoga Sutra lineages on how to meditate on wisdom that cures suffering.
    This class is intended for meditators with some experience, though beginners open to a wild ride are welcome.

    Classes by donation.

    Sundays • June 10, 17, 24 • 6:30-8:00 PM

    Taught by James Connor
    & Kristin Walsh, founders
    of GoBeyond.org.

    WHEN
    June 10, 2018 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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    Green Tara Practice

    With Venerable Gyalten Samten

    Join us to learn and practice a powerful method that allows us to connect with and grow our inner nature of enlightened compassion. The practice of Green Tara is a powerful and complete sadhana (practice) that is beneficial for students of all levels. The practice incorporates meditation, purification and contemplation.

    Venerable Gyalten Samten met His Holiness, Dalai Lama in 2001 at Dharamsala. She was deeply influenced by the Buddhist philosophy and the concept of Boddhicitta.

    She gave up her successful Bollywood career to embrace her inner- calling to be a 'nun' in 2012. Following the advice of her Guru, Venerable Thubten Zopa Rinpoche she took monastic vows with His Eminence Venerable Choden Rinpoche at Sera Monastery, Karnataka, India.

    (Trivia has it that she is one of the first Indian woman be a nun in the Tibetan Monastic tradition from the non-Himalayan belt of India)

    By Donation

    WHEN
    June 11, 2018 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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Weekly Events

Sunday 4:30pm Yoga - Vinyasa Flow All Levels
Wednesday 5:30-7pm Relax, Renew and Restore
Wednesday 7-8pm Moving Meditation (Tai Chi)
Thursday 7:30-9:30pm License to Chill