Shantideva’s Wishes


Dear friends,

We offer Shantideva’s Dedication on this last day of the month and the 2nd day of the Lunar New Year. One can turn to these verses for inspiration during times that challenge the heart. Choose any verses that resonate with you and they can be the perfect way to begin or end your meditation – offering your heartfelt wishes to benefit and serve, to “dispel the misery of the world.”

May no living creature suffer… or ever fall ill.

May no one be afraid or belittled,

With a mind weighed down by depression.

May those whose bodies are worn with toil

Be restored on finding repose.

May the naked find clothing,

The hungry find food.

May the thirsty find water

And delicious drinks.

May the poor find wealth,

Those weak with sorrow find joy.

May the forlorn find hope,

Constant happiness and prosperity.

May there be timely rains

And bountiful harvests.

May all medicines be effective

May all who are sick and ill

Quickly be freed from their ailments.

Whatever diseases there are in the world,

May they never occur again.

May the frightened cease to be afraid

And those bound be freed.

May the powerless find power

And may people think of helping each other.

For as long as space remains,

For as long as sentient beings remain,

Until then, may I too remain,

To dispel the misery of the world.

Chapter 10, Dedication – Bodhicharyavatara, The Way of the Bodhisattva – Shantideva




10 Famous Buddha Statues

Buddhist Art News

January 21, 2014

The study of Buddhism has inspired some of the world’s most beautiful contributions to the world of art, most notable in the form of statues known as Buddharupa (literally, the form of the Awakened One) that adorn Buddhist temples of worship. Listed here are ten of the world’s most famous and beautiful statues celebrating the Awakened One and his message of peace.

10  Hussain Sagar Buddha Statue
Hussain Sagar Buddha Statue

The Buddha statue situated at the center of an artificial lake in the city of Hyderabad is one of India’s most famous Buddha statues. This figure stands at a full 17 meters (56 feet) tall and weighs 320 tons. The single largest monolithic statue in all of India, it was sculpted by a group of artisans from a single piece of stone. Tragically, during the statue’s installation in 1992 the figure tipped over and fell into the…

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Introducing the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism – University of the West, Rosemead


Hi folks!

Here is another announcement for the book launch for the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism.
This one is at the University of the West in Rosemead, Tuesday January 28, Noon – 1:30 pm.
Lunch will be provided.   🙂 Yummy!

University of the West 1409 Walnut Grove Ave. Rosemead CA 91770 – Room AD 208

Expressions of the Inexpressible: The Princeton Dictionary Of Buddhism

SAAC+Book+Launch+invitationIn an event launching the recently published book The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, two eminent scholars of Buddhism—Robert E. Buswell, Jr. and Donald S. Lopez, Jr.—come to LACMA to present their process and research in developing the book. The publication features over 5,000 entries totaling over a million words—the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. Buswell and Lopez also speak about how Buddhism can be understood through resources presented in the book. A book signing follows the lecture.

Robert E. Buswell, Jr. is the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies and the founding director of the Center for Buddhist Studies.

Donald S. Lopez, Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan.


Special Benefit Performance for The Yokoji Zen Mountain Center


Hello friends!

I thought this might be of interest to some of our community. This is a benefit performance for the Yokoji Zen Mountain Center in Idyllwild. The center was devastated by the wildfires and mudslides last year. Pasadena Bodhi Path held a 5-day retreat at the center a few years ago. A wonderful place. Tickets are $30.00 and all proceeds go to the center.

Here’s a press release of the production:

Hope to see you there!

February 16, 2014 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Atwater Village Theater
3269 Casitas Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
To order tickets, click here
For Facebook link,  click here
Yokoji Zen Mountain Center fire

Yokoji Zen Mountain Center fire

New book available – The Buddha Meets Socrates

The Buddha Meets Socrates

The Buddha Meets Socrates

“The Buddha Meets Socrates” was re-edited and re-released by Bird of Paradise Press recently and is now available.  The author is Harry Pemberton, retired professor of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA.

As you may know, the book relates to Harry’s encounters with the 17th Karmapa in India.  You can see the link to Amazon below where you can use the “look inside” feature.

We have a few books that we are selling for $10.00 if you would like to purchase a copy. It is a wonderful book. Please contact me at our Wednesday night meetings if you would like one.

– cesar

Why 2014 Will Be The Year Of Mindful Living


Courtesy of The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 01/02/2014 9:06 am EST  |  Updated: 01/02/2014 2:38 pm EST

Mindfulness, it seems, is having a moment. 2013 saw a significant spike of interest in holistic health and mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation (not to mention a number of celebrities and CEOs hopping on the mindfulness bandwagon) and it’s a trend that will likely continue to gain momentum in 2014.

“What the culture is craving is a sense of ease and reflection, of not needing to be stimulated or entertained or going after something constantly,” Soren Gordhamer, founder of the Wisdom 2.0 conference, told the New York Times. “Nobody’s kicking out technology, but we have to regain our connection to others and to nature or else everybody loses.”

Here are five reasons that mindfulness will change the world this upcoming year.

1. Trendspotters are going all in for 2014.

According to JWT Worldwide, one of the world’s largest marketing communications brands, 2014 will be characterized by a movement toward mindful living. A number of the items on JWT’s “100 Things to Watch for in 2014” list reflect a growing interest in mindfulness — that is, the cultivation of a focused awareness on the present moment — and mindful living was named one of 10 trends that will shape the world in 2014 and beyond.

“Mindfulness is part of a much larger trend we’ve been observing called mindful living,” Ann Mack, director of trendspotting at JWT, told the Huffington Post. “It’s kind of a counter-trend to the past decade of overly stimulated, ADD-afflicted, tech-saturated culture that we’ve been living in. What was once the domain of the spiritual set has filtered into the mainstream as more people are drawn to this idea of shutting out distractions and focusing on the moment.”

Related trends forecasted on JWT’s 2014 list include “survival of the focused,” “rage against the machine” — a movement characterized by a fear and resentment of technology, and desire for more human experiences — and mindfulness in the classroom.

But just because mindfulness has been labeled a trend, don’t expect the movement to fizzle out any time soon.

“[Mindful living] has staying power, because our world is only going to become more saturated with technology, and therefore people have to find ways to counteract that,” says Mack. “We’re reassessing our relationship with technology. Over the last decade, we’ve allowed technology to rule us. Now we’re trying to be more mindful in the way we use technology and find more balance.”

2. People are Googling it like crazy.

It’s a movement that began gaining steam in 2013, making headlines around the web — from Rupert Murdoch’s announcement that he was taking up Transcendental Meditation to the University of Wisconsin’s groundbreaking finding that mindfulness meditation actually alters gene expression in the body — and searches for the term soared on Google.

3. Major corporations are getting on board.

Silicon Valley may be at least partially responsible for turning mindfulness from a niche New Age practice to a pop culture buzzword. In November, a New York Times Magazine cover story profiled the “hunger to get centered” and influx of mindfulness practices in the tech world and beyond.

“It seems counterintuitive, since technology is perhaps the biggest driver of mindlessness and distraction… but the drive to mindfulness is becoming more prominent in places were tech immersion is more prominent,” says Mack. “A lot of Silicon Valley companies, for instance, are banning technology during meetings in an effort to reign in focus.”

Google even offers its employees a program called Search Inside Yourself (SIY), a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training program. Chade-Meng Tan, the program’s founder and author of “Search Inside Yourself,” told the Huffington Post that mindfulness can help build compassion, which can be beneficial to not only individuals and community, but also to corporate bottom lines.

“The one thing [that all companies should be doing] is promoting the awareness that compassion can and will be good for success and profits,” said Tan.

4. Leaders are identifying themselves with it.

A number of high-powered executives — from LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner to the late Steve Jobs to Oprah — have touted meditation as their secret to success. Even several years ago, you’d never expect to hear a billionaire hedge fund founder admit to meditating daily, but it’s becoming a lot more common.

“Meditation more than anything in my life was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had,” Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio claimed, while Oprah has said that meditation helps her to create her best work and best life.

5. Science has proven it’s worth the hype.

Mounting research on the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness has contributed to and helped to legitimize this growing interest in meditative practice. Recent studies have linked mindfulness with emotional stability and improved sleep, increased focus and memory, enhanced creativity, and lower stress levels, among a host of other positive health outcomes.

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