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June 2007
Volume 6/Number 5

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Lights of LA: Profile — Brad Warner: Prepare to be Bored
By FELICIA M. TOMASKO

A monk with a day job talks about meditation, and doing nothing with zest.

A group sits on zafus facing the wall, silence settles within the room. A copper bell is struck three times with a wooden mallet to mark the beginning of the first of two seated sets of zazen. Read article...

 

Lights of LA: Ocean Keepers — It takes surfers and a foundation.
By LORI DENMAN

Ocean activist Paul Jenkin fights to clean the water where he surfs, through his work with the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
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Aikido: the practice — the experience
As demonstrated by O Sensei Robert D. Bryner assisted by Darrach McCarthy
and told by Bob Belinoff.

the practice — Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, often referred to as ‘O Sensei.’ Students of Aikido focus on learning to use their own energy; emphasis is placed on motion and the dynamics of movement. O Sensei emphasized the moral and spiritual aspects of this art, placing great weight on the development of harmony and peace.
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QiGong: the practice — the experience
As demonstrated by Master Tang Wei-Zhong and told by Amy Wong.

the practice — QiGong is made up of two Chinese words: Qi (pronounced chee), maning vital energy and Gong (pronounced gung) meaning accomplishment through steady practice. Whether for martial, medical or spiritual purposes, all styles have three things in common: posture (moving or stationary), breathing techniques and mental focus. The gentle rhythmic movements are designed to reestablish a body/mind/soul connection.
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Tai Chi: the practice — the experience
As demonstrated by Master Zi and told by Matthew Raymond Cohen.

the practice — Tai Chi Chuan is translated as ‘The Supreme Ultimate Force.’ Originally derived from the martial arts, Tai Chi aims to foster the movement of Chi (the vital force) within the body. Tai Chi – itself a soft internal style of QiGong – has many forms, each of which consist of a sequence of movements. These movements are performed slowly, gracefully and softly with smooth and even transitions between them.
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Ayurveda Q&A:
By DR. JAY APTE
Ayurveda has been practiced in the U.S. only about 25 years, yet it is the 5000 year old Indian system of medicine and yoga's sister science. Readers are invited to submit questions for "Ayurveda Q & A" to ayurveda@layogamagazine.comom

Q: I am a 30-year-old pitta/kapha [fire and earth elements] woman. I have seasonal al-lergies: They are worse at the beginning of the year, after windy days, in the morning or if I stay up late.

I don’t take pharmaceuticals. Is there anything Ayurvedic I can do? Read article...

Sitting Down With: Lou Reed
By BOB BELINOFF

Lou Reed is a singer, songwriter and poet, the other man in black.

He is a denizen of the ’60s; Andy Warhol’s Factory scene and groundbreaking albums beginning with the legendary Velvet Underground.

Alive, kicking and exploring, Reed still inhabits the avant-garde fringes in this, the first decade of the new century. Lou Reed is a Grammy winner and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A long-time pioneer in experimental music, this year Lou has broken new ground in what has long been a somewhat familiar meditation music scene. His new album, Hudson River Wind Meditations, with spare, hypnotic techno-harmonics is a change of pace for him, anyone who listens to meditation music and anyone who is a Lou Reed fan.

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Living with a High Tibetan Lama — And Learning about the Panchen Lama in our California home.
By RUTH HAYWARD, Ph.D

It is 5:30 in the morning at the Yoga of Los Altos Studio where Khen Rinpoche Kachen Lobzang Tsetan, Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo in exile, has been invited to give a short teaching and lead a meditation.

He has already told me that yoga and meditation are very complementary and especially beneficial when practiced together. He used to practice Ashtanga. He says that yoga makes the body healthy and flexible just as meditation does for the mind.

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Suffering is Optional
By PICO IYER

“You’ve got to take a negative and transform it into a positive.” That was the simple mantra the Dalai Lama repeated when he came to my Japanese hometown of Nara not so long ago. See yourself as the center of the world (he could have said, but didn’t), and every small problem in the workplace becomes a cataclysm; see yourself as part of a much vaster canvas than you can ever imagine, and it can look like an opportunity.

Friends pass away every day, he conceded (when I asked him once about death); yet every day brings new friends, the possibility of a fresh start. With a logic that emphasized that this was almost a process of Newtonian physics, again and again he stressed how good acts can be as empirically supported as the laws of quantum mechanics. He argues for the power of the mi

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Lights of LA: The Tibet Fund Turns 25 — Preserving a culture in stories, song and dance.
By FELICIA M. TOMASKO

Every year, approximately 3,000 Tibetans flee their high-mountain homeland, an exodus that began with the Chinese occupation in the 1950s. Now 150,000 Tibetans are living in exile. Those who undertake the arduous journey trekking over mountain passes often arrive at their destination with severe medical problems, including frostbite. Along with treasured belongings, fingers and toes may be left behind. Many are young adults or even children sent by their parents to seek a better life. Frequently, they arrive in Katmandu, Nepal, where they receive medical care before traveling to available reception centers, including Dharamsala, India, the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration.

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Towering Buddha Statues grace Southern California grounds of Lieu Quan Meditation Center.
By LORI DENMAN

In search of grandeur, we often stumble upon illusion. The Buddhist meditation center, Lieu Quan, offers a way to honor the beloved Buddha through larger than life representations.

Travel to Temecula, head in a southeast direction, and drive 30 miles until you reach Warner Springs. Scan the horizon and soon some of the largest Buddha statues in America will come into view.

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