Calendar

September 2021

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“When we are mired in the relative world, never lifting our gaze to the mystery, our life is stunted, incomplete; we are filled with yearning for that paradise that is lost when, as young children, we replace it with words and ideas and abstractions - such as merit, such as past, present, and future - our direct, spontaneous experience of the thing

itself, in the beauty and precision of this present moment.”

Peter Matthiessen

September Contemplation

This month’s contemplation comes to us from Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), author, Zen teacher, naturalist, environmental activist and CIA officer.  He is the only writer to receive the National Book Award in both fiction and nonfiction.

Matthiessen is the author of 11 novels and 22 works of nonfiction that range from outdoor adventure, social history, and travelogues, although his works cut across many genres.  The settings in his books vary from Siberia, Antarctica, the Himalayas, tropical rainforests, and the Pine Ridge Indians Reservation in South Dakota. 

 

A Zen Buddhist, he studied under Zen masters Maezumi Roshi, Soen Roshi and Eido Roshi.  Many of his books delve deeply into his own Zen studies, such as The Snow Leopard and Nine-Headed Dragon River

Matthiessen participated in three contemplative retreats at Auschwitz, which helped to influence his final book, In Paradise, the selected reading for our next Dharma Book Club.  Come join us in exploring the book!

To learn more about Peter Matthiessen and his life, read the 1990 NY Times article, here. Find more info about In Paradise, and the Zen Peacekeepers "bearing witness retreats" that the book is based upon, at the Resources links on our Dharma Book Club page, here.

Meditation Schedule

** Our Meditation Practice Groups are meeting online until further notice**

Virtual Meditation Practice Group information and Zoom links can be found below.

Outdoor Meditations comply with public health recommendations.

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Hermosa Beach Meditation Practice Group 

September 2, 9:00 - 9:45 am

Teacher: Cheryl Tchir

Topic: Mindfulness Meditation

Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/926255490?pwd=NVBEUUdVYVhvM0ozQmlrckRqU29oUT09

Dial in Number(669) 900-6833 & Meeting ID: 926 255 490, Password: 628733

South Bay Study Group

September 2, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Teacher: Eric McCullum

Topic: Anapansati Sutta

*Registration Required

South Bay InsightLA White Awake

September 6, 12:00 - 1:30 pm 

Moderators: Cheryl Tchir and Christen Sussin

Topic: The Dharma and Racism

*Registration Required

Redondo Beach Meditation Practice Group 

September 7, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Teacher: Cheryl Tchir

Topic: Simple Sit

Zoom Linkhttps://zoom.us/j/295110713

Dial in Number (669) 900-9128 & Meeting ID: 295 110 713

Hermosa Beach Meditation Practice Group 

September 9, 9:00 - 9:45 am

Teacher: Annette Lombardi

Topic: Mindfulness Meditation

Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/926255490?pwd=NVBEUUdVYVhvM0ozQmlrckRqU29oUT09

Dial in Number(669) 900-6833 & Meeting ID: 926 255 490, Password: 628733

South Bay Beach Meditation

**Note Date Change - This Month Only

September 12, 9:00 - 10:00 am

with Eric McCullum

Palos Verdes Meditation Practice Group

September 12, 1:00 - 2:30 pm 

Teacher: Peggy Kersulis

Topic: Relationship and the Dharma, Part II

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4693042464

Meeting ID: 469 304 2464

Dial in Number: (669) 900-9128 

Redondo Beach Meditation Practice Group 

September 14, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Pete Grella

Topic: Neurodiversity and Meditation

Zoom Linkhttps://zoom.us/j/295110713

Dial in Number: (669) 900-9128 & Meeting ID: 295 110 713

Hermosa Beach Meditation Practice Group 

September 16, 9:00 - 9:45 am

Teacher: Annette Lombardi

Topic: Mindfulness Meditation

Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/926255490?pwd=NVBEUUdVYVhvM0ozQmlrckRqU29oUT09

Dial in Number(669) 900-6833 & Meeting ID: 926 255 490, Password: 628733

South Bay Study Group

September 16, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Teacher: Eric McCullum

Topic: Anapansati Sutta

*Registration Required

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center Meditation 

September 19, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Meditation at the Labyrinth with Peggy Kersulis

South Bay InsightLA White Awake

September 20, 12:00 - 1:30 pm 

Moderators: Cheryl Tchir and Christen Sussin

Topic: The Dharma and Racism

*Registration Required

Redondo Beach Meditation Practice Group

September 21, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Teacher:  Ali Hedayat

Topic: Natural Awareness

Zoom Linkhttps://zoom.us/j/295110713

Dial in Number: (669) 900-9128 & Meeting ID: 295 110 713

South Bay InsightLA Dharma Book Club

September 22, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Moderator: Annette Lombardi

Book Selection: In Paradise

Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/926255490?pwd=NVBEUUdVYVhvM0ozQmlrckRqU29oUT09

Dial in Number(669) 900-6833 & Meeting ID: 926 255 490, Password: 628733

Hermosa Beach Meditation Practice Group 

September 23, 9:00 - 9:45 am

Teacher: Annette Lombardi

Topic: Mindfulness Meditation

Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/926255490?pwd=NVBEUUdVYVhvM0ozQmlrckRqU29oUT09

Dial in Number(669) 900-6833 & Meeting ID: 926 255 490, Password: 628733

Palos Verdes Meditation Practice Group

September 26, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Teacher: Peggy Kersulis

Topic: Music, Art, and Meditation: Accessing the Ground of Being

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4693042464

Meeting ID: 469 304 2464

Dial in Number: (669) 900-9128 

Dharma Kitchen

September 28, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Eric McCullum and Guests, Amparo Denney & Yoon Merrill

Topic: Exploring Buddhism from Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Zoom Linkhttps://zoom.us/j/295110713

Dial in Number: (669) 900-9128 & Meeting ID: 295 110 713

Hermosa Beach Meditation Practice Group 

September 30, 9:00 - 9:45 am

Teacher: Annette Lombardi

Topic: Mindfulness Meditation

Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/926255490?pwd=NVBEUUdVYVhvM0ozQmlrckRqU29oUT09

Dial in Number(669) 900-6833 & Meeting ID: 926 255 490, Password: 628733

South Bay Study Group

September 30, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Teacher: Eric McCullum

Topic: Anapansati Sutta

*Registration Required