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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.
  • Featured event

    Movie Night

    Movie Night: Dalai Lama Renaissance

    Saturday, July 28 at 6-8pm

    Join the Middle Way Community for a viewing of "Dalai Lama Renaissance" Saturday, July 28th from 6 - 8 PM. Have an enlightening experience learning about this unique meeting of minds and spirits. Stay after the movie is over to discuss how it impacted you.

    " At the cusp of the new Millennium, forty visionaries and innovative thinkers left the United States... set off for India to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his residence at the mystical foothills of the Himalayas.  Expectations were very high for this five day series of discussions about how to change the world and solve some of its most crucial problems by creating solutions from a "synthesis" of their varied disciplines. What happened surprised them all. "

    By donation

    WHEN
    July 28, 2018 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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  • Featured event

    CULTIVATING COMMUNITY with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee

    CULTIVATING COMMUNITY with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee

    Sunday, August 5 at 3-8:30 pm

    In these times of increasing divisiveness, polarization, and partisanship, finding ways to cultivate community is more important than ever. In this two-part workshop, we’ll turn to our spiritual traditions for guidance on how to find ways to unify rather than divide, connect rather than isolate, love each other rather than give into animosity and hatred.
     
    3:00-4:30pm - Session One
    5:00-6:30pm BREAK
    6:30-7:00pm - Music: Kirtan, group singalong
    7:00-8:30pm - Session Two
     
    Sliding scale $45-75
     
    Lama Marut (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is extensively trained in the spiritual traditions of India and Tibetan Buddhism.  He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and taught for over two decades in the academic world, first at Columbia University and later at the University of California, where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2004.
     
    Cindy Lee has studied and practiced Buddha Dharma for 20 years and has also undergone intensive training in the classical texts of yoga and Hindu philosophy. She continues to offer Dharma and Yoga philosophy at retreats and workshops worldwide, and develop multimedia projects that are created with the intention to awaken wild, deep and consciously connected living. 
    WHEN
    August 05, 2018 at 3pm
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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    $5.00 USD · 3 rsvps
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  • Featured event

    Dream Yoga

    Dream Yoga

    Sunday, August 12 at 6:30-8pm

    Dream yoga consists of various techniques aimed at facilitating awakening in the dream state so that practitioners can engage in spiritual practices that accelerate the process of waking up to ultimate reality.

    We spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping but very few people really take advantage of this time. Dream yoga gives us a space to:
    Heal our bodies, minds, and souls
    Have amazing adventures
    Practice waking up from illusion
    Become comfortable with “bardo” states
    Navigate the realms of consciousness/existence
    And much, much more.

    This class is intended for anyone who is interested in taking advantage of their dreams to further their spiritual and psychological evolution.


    Cost: By Donation
    All proceeds go to Inner Way L.A.

    About the Teacher: 
    Jeremy Bartz, PhD. Psychologist in private practice.

    Jeremy teaches his patients how to lucid dream to overcome psychological challenges and engage in growth exercises. He personally practices dream yoga on a regular basis.

    WHEN
    August 12, 2018 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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  • Featured event

    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
    August 19, 2018 at 9am
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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  • Featured event

    Unleash Your Inner Comic

    Unleash Your Inner Comic

    Sunday, August 19 at 1-4pm

    Joys and sorrows we experience in our lives may actually become seeds of great art. Learn to light up your life through stories and jokes. Comedy can transform our fears, frustration, anger or sadness. When we find a way to joke about something that bothers us, it gets expressed externally and loses its power over us. Then it's no longer something we are struggling with alone, but something that connects us with other people.  It's a way to get past our self-obsession and a way to heal.

    Teacher Bio:

    Solange Castro is a writer, comic, and actor who attended Yale University where she studied English Literature and Playwriting.  As a comic, she has performed at the Comedy Store, LA Improv, SF Improv, and opened for long-time friend Maria Bamford. You might catch her on Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite."  She co-created The X Chromo-Show, a comedy show that raises money for women’s shelters. In 2017 she directed the documentary short “A California For Everyone” about the California Environmental Quality Act’s impact on the California housing crisis. Check out her blog www.searchforsanity.com.

    Suggested donation $30

     

     

    WHEN
    August 19, 2018 at 1pm
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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  • Featured event

    Community Service Event with Reading to Kids

    Community Service Event with Reading to Kids

    Saturday, August 11 at 9am - Noon

    Please join other members of the Middle Way LA community for a service event with Reading to Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring children in underserved areas of Los Angeles with a love of reading.

    Reading to Kids coordinates monthly reading clubs at elementary schools in downtown Los Angeles where volunteers read aloud to children and create arts and crafts projects about the stories. Each child receives a book to take home and the books read aloud are donated to the school's library. Reading aloud to children imparts a love of books that leads to improved literacy, to a more successful education, and to a brighter future.

    The next reading clubs are on Saturday, August 11 from 9:00am until 12:00 noon.  To sign up to volunteer:

    ·Please visit www.readingtokids.org where you'll need to register and RSVP. 

    ·Please sign up for Magnolia Elementary School and select " Middle Way LA" as your group. 

    ·Please be sure to sign up soon, before Magnolia fills up with other volunteers.

    Please note that you must register in advance in order to volunteer with Reading to Kids, as the organization must conduct a background check of volunteers because this activity involves working with children.

    Directions to Magnolia Elementary School can be found at http://readingtokids.org/Volunteers/SchoolMap.php

    WHEN
    August 11, 2018 at 9am
    WHERE
    Magnolia Elementary School
    1626 Orchard Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90006
    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