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Summer Sangha Spiritual Cinema # 4: Our Connection to Christian Science

2099081714_e83d6c2aed_mCSL’s summer Wednesday morning Sangha classes are open to all – because of summer schedules, you may attend one, some or all of the Sangha classes at the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills.

Join us! It’s Summer Sangha Spiritual Cinema at CSL Granada Hills!

Our Sangha community meets on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM sharp in the Sanctuary. We begin with meditation and watch a film or two to spark our discussion.

Enjoy thought provoking cinema, stimulating discussion, and great snacks at Summer Sangha Spiritual Cinema!

“Dharma is great compassion, understanding, and love. To realize these qualities, we need a sangha… When a sangha shines its light on our personal views, we see more clearly. In the sangha, we won’t fall into negative habit patterns.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

This Wednesday, August 5, 2015, our Sangha topic is “Exploring Our Connection to Christian Science.”

Explore how the Centers of Spiritual Living (formerly Church of Religious Science) are connected to the Christian Science philosophy. We will watch a film (or two) and have a discussion afterwards. No book is required.

Call the Center at 1-818-363-8136 to register to attend or sign up in Sparks Fellowship Hall. Please arrive on time and even earlier to find parking. You may park in the back parking lot or on the street. If you park in 2 hour parking on the street, we will break so that you can move your car. Our Sangha class ends at 12 noon.

The complete Summer Sangha Spiritual Cinema Schedule for 2015 is:

  • July 15, 2015 – Survival of Consciousness – the mystical approach
  • July 22, 2015 – Survival of Consciousness – the scientific approach
  • July 29, 2015 – Exploring end of life and Buddhism
  • August 5, 2015 –  Exploring our connection to Christian Science
  • August 12, 2015 – Exploring the Inquisition in the 20th Century
  • August 19, 2015 – Exploring God in Government

For more information about our Sangha program, or about other classes, workshops, and opportunities to join our CSLGH community, please call our Center at 1-818-363-8136 or use our contact form to send an email.

 

New Summer Sangha Community Starts at CSL Granada Hills July 15

Liberation is in the MindA new six-week Sangha class is starting this summer at the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills on Wednesday, July 15, at 9:30 AM!

What is a sangha? Why should you attend? Learn more about sanghas in our previous post here.

Rev. Jeanne Hoffman has picked out six subjects for us to explore through video, writing, and discussion. The subjects are somewhat controversial, so this Sangha is sure to include some meaningful dialogue!

Remember to bring beginner’s mind along with respect and confidentiality for all who share.

We hope to see you on the 15th when this Sangha begins. Sign up in advance by calling our Center at 1-818-363-8136 or by adding your name to the sign-up list in Sparks Fellowship Hall.

We meet in the sanctuary. PLEASE BE ON TIME so that you are a part of setting the intention for our time together (it begins at 9:30 sharp; arrive earlier to find parking and find your perfect seat) .

We will break in approximately one hour from our start time, so anyone who needs to move their car can do so. Please consider carpooling if that is an option for you.

For more information about our Sangha community and other classes, workshops, and opportunities to join our CSLGH community, please call call our Center at 1-818-363-8136 or use our contact form to send an email.

Photo by Khanthachai Chaitrakulpiboon on Flickr. Some Rights Reserved.

New Sangha Community “Waking Up!” Begins June 3, 2015

Waking Up!A new, six-week Sangha community begins at the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 9:30 AM. Attendance at the first meeting is required to reserve your seat in the class.

This new Sangha is titled “Waking Up!” and requires use of the book Awareness by Anthony DeMello. The Sangha is facilitated by Reverend Jeanne Hoffman, and is very popular with many of our members.

NEW SANGHA: Waking Up!

June 3, 2015 from 9:30-12:00

6 weeks; CLOSED after week ONE

Everyone is welcome! Please set your intention to arrive on time, and we will complete class at 12:00 promptly. We practice confidentiality, loving-kindness and beginner’s mind as we share food, fellowship and inspiration in the community of the Sangha. Please join us!

“Dharma is great compassion, understanding, and love. To realize these qualities, we need a sangha… When a sangha shines its light on our personal views, we see more clearly. In the sangha, we won’t fall into negative habit patterns.”

Thich Nhat Hahn, The Heart of The Buddha’s Teaching

Sign up in Sparks Hall or call the office at 818-363-8136 to be signed in. If you need us to order you a book, please let the office know. The Sangha meets in the Sanctuary and/or in the classroom in Sparks Fellowship hall at the Center. Parking is on the street or in the back parking lot directly behind our Center.

For more information about our Sangha community and other classes, workshops, and opportunities to join our CSLGH community, please call call our Center at 1-818-363-8136 or use our contact form to send an email.

Join Our Supportive Sangha Community in Granada Hills

Start Where You AreThe Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills offers ongoing 6-week Wednesday morning Sangha programs from 9:30 AM to noon. The Sangha is one of our most popular classes, and the next one starts on April 15, 2015.

“Dharma is great compassion, understanding, and love. To realize these qualities, we need a sangha… When a sangha shines its light on our personal views, we see more clearly. In the sangha, we won’t fall into negative habit patterns.”

— Thich Nhat Hahn

Join us at the Sangha for a great learning opportunity in a loving and supportive community facilitated by Reverend Jeanne Hoffman. Our learning and discussion topic for this next 6-week program is based on the book Start Where You Are by the American Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, Pema Chodron. You can order one from the Center in advance or purchase it used online.

Sangha members are required to attend the first meeting – the class is closed after the first class so that the intimacy the group begins with will not be interrupted. To RSVP, call Marlene at the Center office (818-363-8136) to reserve your spot and order your book so that there are enough materials for everyone.

See you at the Sangha!

Learn more about our Sangha community in this previous blog post.

 

CSLGH Announces New Six Week Sangha Program

Friendship in the SanghaFor years the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills has sponsored a Sangha group on Wednesday mornings.

The Sangha typically starts at 9:30 AM and ends at noon. The group meets in the Sanctuary and/or in the classroom in Sparks Fellowship hall at the Center. The Sangha is facilitated by Reverend Jeanne Hoffman, and is very popular with many of our members.

What is a Sangha?

According to Wikipedia, a sangha is a “is a word in Pali and Sanskrit meaning “association”, “assembly,” “company” or “community” and most commonly refers in Buddhism to the monastic community of ordained Buddhist monks or nuns.”

A sangha in Colorado states this in a blog post:

“The importance of sangha cannot be overestimated…. Opening yourself to others, supporting and being supported, is critical to loosening the fetters of ego and selfishness.”

In his book The Heart of The Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hahn wrote,

“Dharma is great compassion, understanding, and love. To realize these qualities, we need a sangha… When a sangha shines its light on our personal views, we see more clearly. In the sangha, we won’t fall into negative habit patterns.”

Chogyam Trungpa  wrote this about sangha:

“The sangha is the community of people who have the perfect right to cut through your trips and feed you with their wisdom, as well as the perfect right to demonstrate their own neurosis and be seen through by you. The companionship within the sangha is a kind of clean friendship— without expectation, without demand, but at the same time, fulfilling.”

The CSLGH current Sangha is titled Let Your Life Speak and is a six-week series. Sangha members are required to attend the first meeting – the class is closed after class one so that the intimacy the group begins with will not be interrupted.

For more information about our Sangha program, please call Reverend Jeanne Hoffman at 1-805-584-8727. For information about other classes, workshops, and opportunities to join our CSLGH community, please call our Center at 1-818-363-8136 or use our contact form to send an email.

Photo Friendship in the Sangha on Flickr by nyana_ponika. Some rights reserved.