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Young-ish Adults Sitting Group (for 20s, 30s or 40s)

Mindfulness meditation in a supportive hybrid in-person/online community of peer practitioners. Join us either by Zoom online or in-person at the Santa Monica Meditation Center, within beautiful nature-rich environs. Share the collective wisdom related to sitting meditation practice.

**All meetings beginning January 7th, 2024, will be held Sunday’s weekly from 7pm-830pm PST. Attendees will have optional time for connection from 8:30-9pm after the session finishes.**

Young-ish (in your 20s, 30s or 40s)?
What’s most alive in your practice? What are you struggling with? In a supportive group environment, we will meditate and explore practical application of the Buddhist wisdom tradition in daily life.

We’ll focus most on the challenges you might be facing as a Young-ish Adult including; how to live the teachings of mindfulness and compassion in daily life, navigating transitions, relationships, and careers.

If you have a topic that you would like to bring more mindfulness to, bring it to the group!

Who is this practice group for?
The Young-ish Practice Group is for people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who would like to deepen their mindfulness practice and understanding of Buddhist psychology in community. All are welcome, regardless of previous mindfulness or meditation experience.

Our intentions:

  • Explore Buddhist psychology and mindfulness science to support practical integration in daily life (no need to identify as Buddhist; all are welcome)
  • Foster ongoing development of inclusive community and supportive friendship among younger practitioners
  • Practice in support of the cultivation of wisdom and alleviation of suffering for all beings, without exception

Typical Group Activities/Format:

  • Welcome and introductions
  • 30-40 min guided mindfulness meditation
  • Variation of Buddhist dharma talk, exploration of mindfulness science, small group discussion, or other experiential exercise

Scheduled Teachers:
June 9: Elliott Law and Robert Lurye
June 16: Michael Karakashian
June 23: Eileen Ybarra
June 30: JD Lloyd
July 7: Lulu Toselli
July 14: Michael Karakashian
July 21 and 28: Eileen Ybarra

Where is this event located? 
This event takes place in person at the Santa Monica Meditation Center and via Zoom online. As weather permits, expect to be mostly outdoors. 

For those attending in-person, find directions and accessibility information here. Please consider carpooling and click Sign Up to the left for ride-share options.  

In keeping with the principles of the dharma that underlie our activities, primarily non-harming, we are requiring that all attendees be fully vaccinated in order to attend this in-person event. Masks are optional as all attendees are fully vaccinated. Attendance is limited to 30 to allow for social distancing.

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Donation Based
Although this is a donation-based class, registration is required.

Suggested donation: $20.

If you cannot make it, please cancel your reservation so that others may attend in your place. Space is limited.

 

Michael Karakashian, PhD Teacher

Michael joined the InsightLA community in 2014 and has been practicing insight meditation and a commitment to inner self-development since 1998. His initial/primary teacher at that time was a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, among others. He has a deep commitment to inner self-development and to bringing practice from the cushion into daily life. Michael’s... Read more

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