- FREE: Dharma Meditation Initiative
- Thabarwa Nature Meditation Center
- 13212 Francisquito Ave., Baldwin Park
- San Gabriel Valley, L.A. 91706
- Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
One group went on alms round in Temple City and Alhambra, while others came in, sat down, got a short orientation, and took the Eight Precepts from Ven. Sumitta ("good friend") from the Buddhist University of the West and Dhammausa.com (which has a number of talks and presentations for viewing).
Then came the Dharma talk on the Five Hindrances to meditation and happiness. This was followed by meditation practice then a donated lunch courtesy of donors with so many options and delights that it was hard to stay awake during the next sit. So we did walking meditation in the center's yard and large parking area.
Then came a Powerpoint presentation on emotions and their affect on brain structures, such as the amygdala and prefrontal cortex, and how meditation changes the brain to make emotions more manageable and easy to endure. Some, like anger, ruin meditation, and so it is a hindrance. Others change in the meditating brain and cease to scatter attention. Then came questions and answers, the sharing of merits, and taking the Five Precepts.
Ven. Nivitigala Sumitta is a Ph.D. student and pillar of the community at University of the West. He founded the UWest Pali Society and the community organization Dhamma USA (facebook.com/dhammausa). He also offers services at the Lankarama Buddhist Institute in the nearby City of La Puente, in suburban Los Angeles.
(Buddhist) University of the West
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