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Inner Way LA is an inclusive community and space
to connect with others and ourselves,
to explore creativity in a meaningful way, and
to allow for inner growth for the benefit of all.
  • Featured event

    Open, Spacious, and Relaxed
    Webinar with Lama Marut

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    Saturday June 15 & Sunday June 16 at 5 - 6:30pm

    Open, Spacious, and Relaxed:

    Keys for Understanding Emptiness and Interdependence

    Live Webinar - Streamed live at Inner Way LA
    In this two-part, interactive webinar we’ll investigate the central philosophical teachings of Mahayana Buddhism and how they are applicable to our spiritual lives.  Drawing on fifteen years of translation and study of Nagarjuna’s master text, Lama Marut will lay out a set of simple arguments that get to the heart of the doctrines of emptiness and interdependence.  The keys to understanding these deep insights into the nature of reality need not be overly complicated and putting them into practice results in an “open, spacious, and relaxed” state of mind we can bring to even the most difficult of circumstances

    Suggested donation: $35 per class or $55 for both

    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.  
    He has served for the past seventeen years as a spiritual teacher to students around the world, and is currently the Spiritual Director for the Inner Way, LA, center in Los Angeles.“
    In addition to several scholarly studies and translations based on Sanskrit materials, he is the author of the popular and award-winning book, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life and of Be Nobody (both published by Beyond Words).  His audio and video podcasts reach hundreds of thousands of people around the globe.
    With his unique mixture of erudition and earthiness, intensity and humor, conviction and openness, Lama Marut’s message is easily accessible and potentially life changing.
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    June 15, 2019 at 5pm
    $35.00 USD · 11 rsvps
  • Featured event

    Community Drum Circle

    With Dario Sanchez

    Please join us as we celebrate life, community and music-making while living in the present moment. Drum circles are known to create a sense of community and a powerful shared experience while integrating body, mind and spirit. Studies have shown that drumming lowers blood pressure and stress hormones, releasing endorphins in the human brain that cause feelings of happiness and euphoria. Absolutely no musical experience necessary. The only prerequisite is an intention to have fun!

    All are welcome. We encourage you to bring your own drum if you have one.

    About the Teacher

    Drum Circle Facilitator Dario Sanchez earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and music. Since 2014 he has served the community working with non-profits tackling social issues, such as mental health, homelessness, and drug addiction. in 2015 he discovered the dharma and has since incorporated his practice into both his personal and professional life.

    Suggested Donation $10

    WHEN
    June 17, 2019 at 7pm
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  • Featured event

    Meditation day

    Join us at Inner Way LA for an all day urban meditation retreat - a perfect opportunity for meditators of all levels and backgrounds to kick start their practice or simply to relax and set their stress aside.

    Come treat yourself to a day of serenity and inner exploration, from morning to evening. Feel free to come and leave at your convenience or practice strong determination and commit for the whole day.

    This event will have no meditation teacher and mostly provides space for your own inner work. There will be an after lunch discussion of traditional Buddhist scriptures.  Please bring your own lunch.

    This will be facilitated by Andrew Berezin, who is the member of Inner Way LA community. 
     
    Cost: Donation based.
    WHEN
    June 23, 2019 at 10am
    WHERE
    Inner Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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  • Featured event

    Girlie Stories

    Girlie Stories

    Drop into a Girlie Stories Gathering to join an instant community of womyn-identifying folks empowering themselves and each other via personal storytelling! 

    Every last Saturday of the month, we'll check in with each other, experience some playtime with a community building activity, and then we'll share our stories! 

    Please RSVP to girliestories@gmail.com if you'll be in attendance. Please prepare a personal story (about your life), no longer than 10 minutes. 

    You are welcome to tell your story with or without notes. Girlie Stories believes that all of us have stories worth hearing and that all of us are storytellers! We welcome womyn with all levels of performance/writing experience, including none!

    Come to tell a story or just to listen and share space with other womyn. Please bring a snack or drink to share.

    $5 suggested donation or whatever you can afford, though all are welcome regardless of ability to pay and nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds.

    FACILITATOR BIO: Johanna Middleton is an artist and arts educator with a passion for creating spaces for others to share their own stories. She is the creator of Girlie Stories, which provides a platform for women and girls to empower themselves via personal storytelling through monthly gatherings, workshops, and productions. Johanna has performed her original pieces as a storyteller with KPCC's Unheard LA, Rogue Machine's Rant and Rave, iO West, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Last Bookstore, and even the Long Beach Transit! She debuted her first solo theatre piece, Timeline:27, a participatory storytelling show, at the Santa Monica Playhouse. As an arts educator and arts-based facilitator, she has worked with students of all ages in Chicago and Los Angeles.  She is currently the Student Program Coordinator at Greenway Arts Alliance. She has facilitated storytelling and theatre workshops for UCLA, Black Women for Wellness, WeRise LA, and more.

     

    Johanna Middleton
    WHEN
    June 29, 2019 at 8pm
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  • Featured event

    Carrying Practice into Daily Life
    with Shinzen Young

     

    The purpose of this daylong meditation workshop is: TO CLOSE THE GAP between the life we live on the cushion and the one we live on the street. In meditation sits and retreats we seem to be able to connect with our best selves – calm, present, open-hearted. Then we step into the urban chaos and stress and all our hard-won composure is forgotten. How do we work with this? What simple strategies can be used in daily life – at work, with the family, at the gym, or out at a bar. How do we close the gap more generally between the life we live on the cushion and the one we live on the street?





    Shinzen Young is an American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant. His systematic approach to categorizing, adapting and teaching meditation, known as Unified Mindfulness, has resulted in collaborations with Harvard Medical School, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Vermont in the bourgeoning field of contemplative neuroscience. Shinzen’s interest in Asia began at the age of 14 when he decided to attend Japanese ethnic school in his native city of Los Angeles. After majoring in Asian languages at UCLA, he entered a PhD program in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin. As a part of his thesis research, he lived as a Shingon (Japanese Vajrayana) monk for three years at Mount Koya, Japan. It was then that he received the name Shinzen (真善). Also during that time, he became friends with Father William Johnston (author of Christian Zen). Fr. Johnston helped broaden Shinzen’s interests to include comparative world mysticism and the scientific study of meditative states. Upon returning to the United States, his academic interests shifted to the dialogue between Eastern meditation and Western science. Shinzen is known for his interactive, algorithmic approach to mindfulness, and often uses mathematical metaphors to illustrate meditative phenomena. He is the author of The Science of Enlightenment, Natural Pain Relief and numerous audio offerings. Shinzen leads residential retreats throughout North America. In 2006, he created the Home Practice Program. These phone-based mini-retreats are designed to make deep meditation practice accessible to anyone in the world regardless of their location, health situation, and time or financial constraints.


    To learn more about Shinzen Young, visit About Shinzen Young

    WHEN
    June 29, 2019 at 10am
    WHERE
    Middle Way LA
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  • Featured event

    Yoga - All Levels


    Yoga - All Levels

    Class is inspired by Baptiste yoga, which is a vinyasa flow with ujjayi breath. If that means nothing to you, don't worry! Each class is designed to be for all levels - brand new to yoga or flipping into handstands! Each student is encouraged to be their authentic selves and connect to the fun workout that is inherent in yoga. Come move, mediate, and connect.

    Bio:

    Caroline is a yoga teacher with 5 years of teaching experience instructing people 18 months to 80 years old. She is certified to work with people of trauma. She has used that to create classes for under served children and prison inmates. The typical sequence she follows is inspired by Baptiste yoga, which is a vinyasa flow with ujjayi breath. If that means nothing to you, don't worry! Each class is designed to be for all levels - brand new to yoga or flipping into handstands! Caroline holds an MFA in acting, which allows her to blend in lessons about presence, play, listening, and personal connection - all fundamental in the practice of yoga, art, and life. Her understanding of trauma and acting inform her ability to encourage each student to connect with their authentic selves without sacrificing the fun and refreshing workout that is inherent to yoga.

    Price - $10

    WHEN
    July 07, 2019 at 11:15am
    WHERE
    Inner Way LA
    6512 Arizona Ave
    Playa Vista, CA 90045
    United States
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Weekly Events

Wednesday 7-8pm Moving Meditation (Tai Chi)
Thursday 7:30-9:30pm License to Chill