Based on the guidance from California health officials, and to care for everyone’s health in this uncertain time, the physical location of Inner Way LA will be temporarily closed.
However, our community remains open and connected
and some events will be available online. 
Please check our calendar for more information.
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  • Featured event

    The Practice of Compassion

    The Practice of Compassion
    Facilitated by Venerable Samten

    Date: September 15
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST (Los Angeles time zone)
    By Donation - Click here to donate
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    If one investigates to find the supreme method
    for accomplishing the aims of oneself and others,
    it comes down to bodhicitta alone.
    Being certain of this, develop it with joy
    - Khunu Rinpoche

    Join us to explore the tools and techniques from the ancient wisdom of Buddha Dharma to cultivate your very true nature - a Compassionate heart.
    Ven. Gyalten Samten will explain how you can come to cherish all beings as a source of all happiness. Resisting disturbing emotions, learn to respond to difficult situations in a constructive way.
    The practice of Chenrezig is a powerful and complete sadhana practice that is beneficial for students of all levels. The practice incorporates meditation, purification, contemplation, and lojong (mind training).

    “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama



    Barkha Madan (Gyalten Samten) is a nun in the Tibetan Buddhist order. Her first encounter with a Buddhist monastery was at the age of ten at Rumtek, Sikkim. The pristine beauty of the monastery combined with a playful interaction with young monks gave rise to a spontaneous wish to live there. However her pleas were labelled ‘whimsical’ and duly dismissed. In the spring of 2001, Barkha met His Holiness, the Dalai Lama at Dharamshala. Deeply influenced by the compassionate actions of His Holiness and the Buddhist philosophy particularly the concept of Bodhicitta she enrolled into a Buddhist philosophy course.
    In 2012 embracing her inner calling she decided to give up her film career. Following the advise of Venerable Zopa Rinpoche she took ordination by the great Tibetan master His Eminence, Venerable Choden Rinpoche at Sera Jey Monastery, Karnataka, India. Since then she has spent a great deal of time engaged in meditation retreats, study, centre management and as a meditation facilitator at various Dharma Centres in India and USA.

    September 15, 2020 at 6:30pm
  • Featured event

    The Problem, Cause, Goal, and Solution: Four Worthy Steps towards Acceptance and Peace with David Simmons


    Course 5

    The Problem, Cause, Goal, and Solution:
    Four Worthy Steps towards Acceptance and Peace with David Simmons

    Sundays, 20 September - 18 October 2020
    4:30pm - 6:30pm PST

    This is an online only event.


    Brought to You by Senior Students of Lama Marut

    At a time when so much seems to be in disarray, there is possibly no better time to explore this foundational wisdom. It's certainly not that we have more problems now than any other time.  But since we are living NOW, now is in fact the PERFECT time to learn or be reminded of one of the most elegant and functional ways of dealing with our current circumstances. I hope you will join us for the adventure.

    The “Four Noble Truths,” outline fundamental truths about reality.  They encapsulate the Buddha’s teaching, and offer a universally applicable structure for a profoundly practical way of living. 

    1) Recognize the GROUND TRUTH of change.

    2) Analyze the cause of our problems with change.

    3) Recognize an alternative to how we experience suffering as a result of change.

    4) Provide a method for navigating change with acceptance and peace.

    Topics include: “What is Meant by ‘Life is Suffering,’” “Discontentment, Craving, and Attachment,” “The Goal of Contentment and Peace,” and “Methods for Attaining the Goal.”

    Benefits of the Course:

    • Establish a firm foundation for a spiritual practice that leads to freedom from suffering
    • Identify areas of unhappiness and discontent in your life and learn how to transform them
    • Uncover the real cause of all forms of suffering
    • Recognize that there is an alternative to perpetual dissatisfaction
    • Learn practical methods for defeating the “mental afflictions” and obtaining true peace and happiness

    Based on selections from the Buddha’s Turning of the Wheel of Dharma Sutra (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta), Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, the Bhagavad Gita, the Ashtavakra Gita, and the Bible, and many other sources.

    This course is offered online through Mind Oasis. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Senior Teacher: David G. Simmons
    Born in New Orleans, David Simmons grew up in a generally Christian household with an inspiring and eloquent local minister. But as many people with curious natures will recognize, more questions were arising in his youth, than answers appearing. An early run in with the mysteries of quantum theory led him to Taoism, which led to Zen Buddhism, which led to the western mystery schools, and started a lifelong spiritual and intellectual quest. David currently runs I.T. and operations for a 40 year old sales and marketing company. Before that he pursued a number of professional interests. Including investment management at Merrill Lynch, brand consulting with a firm from England, and hopping around the world running his own international sales and marketing company. Until a bout with cancer realigned his priorities. After about a year of recovering from his illness, a brief foray into filmmaking, though intriguing, did not satisfy that deep longing he had been nurturing since his youth. And so he returned in earnest to his early fascination with the spiritual life. David studied a wide array of philosophical and spiritual traditions both traditional and esoteric, in which he completed both retreats and initiations. In 2008 he found his heart teacher in Lama Sumati Marut and studied closely with him for many years, in both open and esoteric material. Under Lama Marut’s guidance and at his request, David taught Buddhism publicly for several years in Nashville, TN, where he lives with his lovely wife and two children. He now engages with a small group of students and personally focuses less on the acquisition of knowledge, and more on the application of wisdom, with a particular focus on how it may apply to and be preserved by people living the life of householders in the modern world.

    This class is a part of the CLASSICAL TEXTS AND AUTHENTIC PRACTICES OF EASTERN SPIRITUALITY curriculum offers a progressively unfolding, comprehensive course of study in the wisdom and practical application of Eastern spirituality as it pertains to modern life. 

    The curriculum as a whole is comprised of twelve courses to be taught over two years. When taken together, these stand-alone courses constitute an extensive course of study in the classical scriptures and principal practices of Eastern spirituality. 

    Based on Lama Marut’s original translations and relevant, applicable interpretations of the Sanskrit classics of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Yogic traditions, each course consists of six weekly two-hour interactive online classes, including lecture, discussion, and guided meditation portions. 

    These courses cover a wide range of teachings and practices from an inclusive, comparative, and non-sectarian point of view. They are designed to provide an in-depth, systematic, and coherent foundation and overall framework for any serious spiritual practitioner.

    Each of the twelve courses consists of six classes, and each class includes a practice to help you directly integrate the teachings into your everyday life. Registrants for each course will have access to the archive of visual and audio recordings of the classes. Classes that will meet weekly and last 2 hrs.

    Each class includes a lecture and time for Q&A as well as either a live guided meditation or a recording to work with during the week. Participants who complete all twelve of the classes will receive a certificate of completion from Lama Marut’s spiritual center, Inner Way LA.

    • One course: $225.00 USD
    • Three courses: $500.00 USD
    • Complete twelve course package (save $900.00 USD): $1800.00 USD

    Click the link below for more information on the Two-Year Intensive Series "Classical Texts & Authentic Practices of Eastern Spirituality."


    September 20, 2020 at 4:30pm
  • Featured event

    Clear Mind and Warm Heart

    Clear Mind and Warm Heart 

    Spiritual Approaches & Practices for Activists and Heart-centered Everyday People who want to change the world for the better.

    Dates: Saturdays, September 12th - October 31st 2020 
    Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm PST
    Online via Zoom. Please RSVP below to get the link to the online conference.
    By donation: $275 - $350 for all sessions (the whole course) including the bonus half-day virtual retreat

    • Session 1: Advice from the Wisest Song
    • Session 2: Being a Buddha and a Badass 
    • Session 3: Self-Observation with Compassion
    • Session 4: The Non-Violent Warrior 
    • Session 5: Navigating the Obstacles and Creating Resilience 
    • Session 6: Self-Care while You Take Care of the World 
    • Session 7: Exploring the Spiritual Activist's Tool Kit: What's the Best Practice for You 

    Bonus: Half-Day Virtual Retreat: Relax and Restore by Practicing Together Saturday, November 14 at 8:30am pst and again at 8:30am sgt

    The 7 sessions are 2-hours each and will be a mixture of teaching, discussion, and practice with a special emphasis on practice as it is the focal point of this course. 

    This is course is offered by suggested donation on a sliding scale between $275 - $350 for the whole course (all seven sessions + the half-day virtual retreat) and includes recordings and course materials. Donations are shared between Shadi Mogadime and Inner Way LA.

    Please donate at the highest level that is sustainable for you. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If none of the suggested donation amounts is do-able for you, please reach out to Shadi for a scholarship:

    This course is free for monthly donors. Become a donor now. Monthly donors will get an email with online conference details.

    Recordings: In-person attendance for the online sessions is desirable but not necessary as all sessions and the virtual retreat will be recorded and emailed to all those registered for the session or the whole course. Please note: There will be no class on Saturday October 3rd. 

    Shadi Mogadime

    Shadi (pronounced so it rhymes with buddy) has been a student of many modalities in 30+ years of spiritual and personal growth exploration. Her deepest dive has been in esoteric Buddhism with her heart teacher Lama Marut and in practices of meditation, yoga, and qigong as well as other wellness technologies. For the last 5 years, she has used these experiences and the knowledge she developed to mentor organizations and coach individual clients from around the world. She feels privileged to have spent her 25-year professional career in the charitable sector fundraising and marketing for the missions of crucial humanitarian causes and social change organizations. Along with her on-going coaching and mentoring work, her current focus is creating a platform to support women in the caring professions with wellness resources, practices, and indulgences.


    September 19, 2020 at 4:30pm
    $40.00 USD ·
  • Featured event

    Monthly Aura Clearing


    Dates: 3rd Saturdays of the month: Sept. 19th, Oct. 17th, Nov. 21st, Dec. 19th
    Time: 11:00am-1:00pm PST
    Online via Zoom. Join live or by recording to watch at your convenience. 
    Cost:$20 per session (If you have financial concerns please contact Mirah)
    Register: To receive a zoom link, contact Mirah at

    These sessions offer meditative journeys that cleanse the major energy centers and all 7 layers of the personal aura. This fall we focus on chakra dynamics with an eye to discovering how inner relationships can shape outer experience and visa versa.
    Regular energy clearings of this in depth nature hone self-healing abilities while promoting physical health, emotional resilience, and mental clarity.

    This course is free for monthly donors. Become a donor now. Please register by emailing Mirah and let her know that you are a monthly donor.


    Mirah Love is a mystic who serves as a spiritual counselor and psychic. She works one on one and in groups. Her sessions offer practical tools for exploring our multidimensional nature and living with integrity. 

    Mirah is the founder and guide for Lady Wisdom, a community that researches and teaches energy healing for women. She was a tenured Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with her research in somatic consciousness. She has also held multi-year teaching appointments at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and The California Institute of the Arts. Mirah served as the resident teacher and spiritual advisor at the meditation center, Inner Way, LA, and has taught around the world for 20 years on creative and spiritual development.
    September 19, 2020 at 11am
  • Featured event

    Touching Into Compassionate Wisdom


    Dates: September 27, October 25, November 22
    Time: 9:00am-1:00pm PST
    Online via Zoom
    Suggested Donation: sliding scale $30 - $60. No one turned away due to lack of funds.
    (Click here to donate)

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    As we ride the waves of emotion and change during this time of pandemic and social upheaval, we can still take care of ourselves wisely and kindly through a nourishing spiritual practice. Now is the perfect time to join us, online, for Inner Way LA’s half-day virtual retreat, appropriate for meditators of all backgrounds and experience levels. This retreat will give you an opportunity to pause, breathe, check in with yourself, and get more grounded. In our time together, we will focus especially on cultivating mindful presence, inquiry, and a compassionate relationship toward ourselves and others.

    We will be led by Jeremy Graves, co-author of the bestselling meditation manual The Mind Illuminated. Jeremy is a long-time contemplative practitioner, with years of intensive silent retreat experience. He has studied mindfulness of breathing, vipassana in the Mahasi and Goenka traditions, and the divine abodes, and enjoys helping other meditators with these practices.
    September 27, 2020 at 9am