A Concert by Sangeeta Kaur. Closing Reception
Sep
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

A Concert by Sangeeta Kaur. Closing Reception

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The Budart Festival comes to a close with a long anticipated concert by Sangeeta Kaur - a brilliant opera and mantra singer.

 

We celebrate the success of each and every participant the first Budart Festival and appreciate the support from all the partners, event organizers, sponsors, and volunteers.

 

Join us for the evening of wonderful music and beautiful conversations!

 

Location: Auditorium

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Lecture by Chris Peppe, great-grandson of William C. Peppe, the discoverer of the Piprahwa Relics of the Buddha
Sep
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lecture by Chris Peppe, great-grandson of William C. Peppe, the discoverer of the Piprahwa Relics of the Buddha

Over a century ago, archaeologists made a discovery that shook the world. At the border of India and Nepal, near Piprahwa village, British landowner William Peppe excavated a stupa with the ashes of the historical Buddha Sakyamuni. Never before and never after was there an archaeological find so unequivocally associated with the life of a founder of one of the world’s major religions. The authenticity of the Piprahwa relics is verified by an inscription in ancient Brahmi characters and is acknowledged by the majority of archaeologists, historians, and scholars of Buddhism. For more than 300 million Buddhists worldwide these relics are sacred objects that convey the energy and the blessing of the Buddha.

 

Where do these relics come from? How did they resurface after many centuries of being hidden by the impenetrable jungle of the North India? What are the proofs of their authenticity?

 

The Piprahwa relics of the Buddha have a long and fascinating record. We are fortunate that at the Budart Festival their story will be told by Chris Peppe, great-grandson of William C. Peppe, the discoverer of the Piprahwa Relics of the Buddha.

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The Wheel of Life Talk by Hector Marcel
Sep
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Wheel of Life Talk by Hector Marcel

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Get to know the fascinating story behind the Wheel of Life installation – a contemporary interpretation of ancient Buddhist iconography, which informed entire generations of a personal path to an ultimate freedom.

 

“The diagram (Wheel of Life), said to be designed by Buddha himself, depicts an inner psychological cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. It is much like a map of the world or the periodic table of elements, but it is a map of an internal process and its external effects.” (Jeffrey Hopkins, American Tibetologist) Read more

 

Location: Auditorium

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The Wheel of Life Workshop with Hector Marcel
Sep
21
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Wheel of Life Workshop with Hector Marcel

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The Wheel of Life Workshop is a unique and timely opportunity, right now, to develop a philosophical and visceral understanding on how the insights of the ancient Buddhist map of life can be brought into a modern world to remove suffering and bring about happiness.

 

Join us for this transformative and life-changing workshop. It is an experience for one and all!

 

Born in Argentina and educated in Australia, Hector Marcel is a social entrepreneur, public speaker and seasoned organizational change management professional specializing in performance, culture and service. He is also a teacher of eastern philosophy, linking ancient Asian ideas to modern western concepts for students in the United States, Asia and South America. He serves as the Director of theThree Jewels Outreach Center, a Buddhist Center teaching Dharma, Yoga, Meditation in the heart of New York City for over 20 years. He is the Founder and Director of the 108 Lives Project, a micro non- profit that cares for underprivileged communities in Nepal.

 

Location: Auditorium

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Meditation and Yoga Class with Danielle Tafeen Karuna
Sep
21
9:00am 9:00am

Meditation and Yoga Class with Danielle Tafeen Karuna

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Danielle intuitively customizes sequences of yoga asanas based on the needs of the students to create a more inhabitable place for both body and mind.

Class will begin with chanting Sanskrit mantra, letting the vibration and sound of this ancient language change your energetic body in a subtle but profound way. A vinyasa flow will follow that will be accessible and enjoyable for the avid yogi and the beginner alike. Danielle sprinkles spiritual insight and wisdom into each class based on her years of study in Yogic philosophy, Buddhism and Taoist Chinese theory. As a healer, Danielle is known for her hands-on assists to ensure safe aligned in each posture. 

Additionally we will use pranayama exercises to focus on the breath that is the foundation of the yoga practice and life itself.  After a restorative resting period, class ends with a meditation that allows you to fully integrate this work in well being.

Location: Yoga&Meditation Courtyard

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“Spark Your Creativity: Opening to Your Heart’s Wisdom” Meditation, Discussion & Interactive Experience with Sherab.Shey.Khandro
Sep
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

“Spark Your Creativity: Opening to Your Heart’s Wisdom” Meditation, Discussion & Interactive Experience with Sherab.Shey.Khandro

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The power to uplift our world and all the people in it lies in the palm of our hands. Like the power found in a single atom, the ability to create great change can be found in the smallest of acts.

Each one of us is a vibrant, pulsating center of creation, every thought, every word, every deed setting energy in motion.

How do we harness this magnificent creative power to pave a path to Peace?

Drawing on her experiences as a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition and the practice and study of meditation and mindful-awareness, Shey shares tools for creating lasting change.

 

Location: Auditorium

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Urbanity and New Manners: Lunch Practice with Katherine Patiño Miranda
Sep
20
2:00pm 2:00pm

Urbanity and New Manners: Lunch Practice with Katherine Patiño Miranda

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Join the LUNCH practice to explore possibilities of taking col­lective decisions in one of our daily life activities: eating. The performance starts right on time in the lobby where participants are welcome with a refreshing drink. Together as a group we will proceed to the tables, and tie our wrists to the people next to us throughout the whole a night. Drinking, eating and even moving through space are decisions tak­en communally.

 

There is so much knowledge to be gained in mixing up with new people from time to time and experience inter-being!

 

Katherine Patiño Miranda exhibited her art projects at the Migros Museum in Zürich, MANIFESTA11, Parallel Events, HnC - agency for the new contemporary art, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia and the III Biennale Nacional e Internacional de Arte, DESDE AQUÍ, Bucaramanga Colombia among other venues. Read more

 

Location: Patio at Ken Locke Hall

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Open Heart Yoga Class
Sep
20
9:00am 9:00am

Open Heart Yoga Class

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Could yoga exercises induce an embodied experience of such spiritual qualities as compassion, acceptance, and unconditional love?  By working with bones and muscle, blood and prana, you will find it easier to maintain these beautiful states of mind in everyday life.

 

Learn to infuse your daily yoga with metta in motion to grow in love and acceptance!

 

Ola Hikari studied Hatha Yoga under Bal Mukund Singh in the Dehli School of Yoga (India). She volunteers and takes regular meditation retreats in Kun Tanat monastery in Thailand. Ola is a certified yoga teacher with over 15 years of experience.

 

Location: Yoga&Meditation Courtyard

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Aluzarte “Art in Prison”: A Talk by Lucia Pichardo and Bertha González
Sep
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Aluzarte “Art in Prison”: A Talk by Lucia Pichardo and Bertha González

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Aluzarte is an endeavor to teach art and meditation in female prisons in Mexico, helping these women to heal trauma and prepare for the integration into their new society when they are released. Some of the incredible emotionally charged artworks produced by the students of Aluzarte will be shown at the Budart Exhibition.

Attend a talk by organizers of Aluzarte and learn the story behind this project and how it helps those who have lost hope to regain it.

Location: Auditorium

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Dynamic Metta Meditation with Venerable Sumitta
Sep
19
4:30pm 4:30pm

Dynamic Metta Meditation with Venerable Sumitta

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Experience one of the most joyful, fulfilling, and transformative spiritual practices - metta meditation. Metta is heartfelt wish that all living beings may live in peace, happiness, and prosperity. When this attitude arises spontaneously towards every person you meet in your daily life, you've achieved the mastery of metta meditation and there are truly few things that can bring you off balance.

Dynamic metta meditation is taught in combination with other traditional Buddhist practices - walking meditation and breathing meditation, which allows participants to attain the stage of deep concentration much easier.

 

Venerable Sumitta is an experienced meditation teacher, founder of UWest Pali Society, Chairman of Dhamma US Foundation, which is a highly valued partner of Budart.

 

Location: Fountain Plaza

 

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Konokol: The Joy of Rhythm. Denis Kucherov
Sep
19
2:00pm 2:00pm

Konokol: The Joy of Rhythm. Denis Kucherov

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Konokol is an Indian system of mastering rhythm without musical instruments – all you need is your voice and your hands. Under the guidance of Denis Kucherov, you will learn ancient secrets of konokol used by renowned musicians around the globe. This workshop will educate your ear to music, boost your sense of rhythm, and which is more, teach you how playing music can become a form of meditation.

Location: Ken Locke Hall

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Living Meditation: A Mindfulness Workshop with Sarah Barab
Sep
19
9:45am 9:45am

Living Meditation: A Mindfulness Workshop with Sarah Barab

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There are many forms of meditation from the spiritual to the mundane, each providing its own orientation and outcome.  Through meditation the mind can be trained to settle itself into the body in the present moment, and become stable enough over time to release its natural clarity, and strength.  This workshop will present meditation as a tool to synchronize body, mind and spirit in order to create a richer and more rewarding connection to our life, in real-time.

 

Sarah Barab graduated from Naropa University with a BA in Buddhist Psychology and a Masters Degree in Physical Theater. Sarah is a certified meditation instructor (certified through Shambhala International), a core energetics practitioner, a professional Astrologer, and a Documentary Filmmaker. She founded Naked Mind Productions in 2006, a non-profit film company dedicated to making Dharma-inspired films. 

 

Location: Yoga&Meditation Courtyard

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Yoga for Busy People with Vimala Sperber. A practice you can do in 30 minutes
Sep
19
8:00am 8:00am

Yoga for Busy People with Vimala Sperber. A practice you can do in 30 minutes

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If you loved the previous class or just would like to learn a shorter sequence when you have only 30 minutes before you start your day, this is an effective chakra series that will activate your inner body and create a flowing rest of your day.

 

Location: Yoga&Meditation Courtyard

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"Naked Mind" and "Heavily Meditated" Film Presentations and Q&A Session with Sarah Barab
Sep
18
11:00am11:00am

"Naked Mind" and "Heavily Meditated" Film Presentations and Q&A Session with Sarah Barab

Naked Mind Film is about the power of meditation to cure anxiety, depression and addiction are increasing. Woven into the narrative are interviews with world renowned meditation masters and researchers who are working together on the cutting edge of neuroscience to learn how meditation physically alters the brain to increase concentration, empathy, and happiness.

Heavily Meditated provides an intimate look at inmates from a youth correctional facility as they confront painful situations through meditation practices, to reframe how they see themselves and the world around them.

Location: Auditorium

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Art Metta Workshop with Ola Hikari and Ayhan Yavuz
Sep
18
6:00am 6:00am

Art Metta Workshop with Ola Hikari and Ayhan Yavuz

Can we use the power of art to live a more fulfilling and joyful life – to live with all one’s heart? Liana Moon distills her years-long experience of studying Eastern philosophy, traveling the sacred sites of the planet, and creating profound artworks into a beautiful three-hour workshop titled “Art Metta.” Come and learn how to reconnect with deeper sources of creativity and emotion in each of us.

Location: Auditorium

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Meditation Class with Dr. William Chu
Sep
18
2:00am 2:00am

Meditation Class with Dr. William Chu

Attend a class with a prominent scholar and meditation teacher and study two core Buddhist practices  – Samatha and Vipassana. Samatha meditation involves fixing one’s mind on one of the recommended objects and helps to develop concentration. It reduces the grossness of the mind step-by-step, inviting more and more calmness, peace, serenity, and purity to the heart and mind. Vipassana meditation is the method of investigating the conditioned things of the world from various angles. It not only brings peace of mind, but also opens the mind's eye to see the exact nature of oneself and others.

 

Dr. William Chu holds a PhD. in Buddhist Studies. He is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies, Religious Studies Department, University of the West; coauthor The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism; taught meditation for over 20 years.

 

Location: Auditorium

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Chakra Yoga and Meditation with Vimala Sperber
Sep
18
12:00am12:00am

Chakra Yoga and Meditation with Vimala Sperber

Vimala will teach a series of chakra yoga and meditation inspired by Lady Niguma, the most ancient recorded yoga series in history. Lady Niguma Yoga works with the inner body's chakras, channels and prana in order to reach high states of bliss and final enlightenment. 

Both beginners and advanced students will benefit greatly from this deep yoga practice.   

Vimala Sperber has been a serious yoga and meditation practitioner since 2003. She studied under Sri Pattabhi Jois's daughter Saraswathi Rangaswamy in Mysore, Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City, and Geshe Michael Roach in Arizona. She finished a 3 year 3 month 3 day Great Retreat in 2014 where she focused on both yoga and meditation. 

Location: Yoga&Meditation Courtyard

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Sound Healing. Kailash Kokopelli
Sep
17
11:00am11:00am

Sound Healing. Kailash Kokopelli

This sound healing journey offers sacred soundscapes to the source within where all the healing powers can be found. A yoga of song and silence. An inner journey on the soundscapes of the Medicine Drum, Spirit Chants, Native American Flute, Crystal Singing Bowls, Didgeridoo and devotional heart songs. Clarity of body mind and spirit through the power of mantra meditation and sound medicine. Welcome to the nectar pool of the heart flower blossoming - remember who you are. 

Location: Ken Locke Hall

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Colors of Music: Artist Collaboration
Sep
17
6:00am 6:00am

Colors of Music: Artist Collaboration

Artists are painting music, musicians are playing colors and forms... A three-hour musical art meditation done by celebrated artists and musicians is a truly spectacular sight. Nikolai Makarov, Sherab Khandro, Ola Hikari, Izabel Raa, Liana Moon and other Budart artists will create a collaborative piece together with the SAMHEY band. Witness the incredible art performance and see how the dividing lines between people, sounds and images disappear. 

Location: Yoga&Meditation Courtyard

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Journey to Your Future Self Workshop with Peter Oppermann
Sep
17
3:00am 3:00am

Journey to Your Future Self Workshop with Peter Oppermann

In this guided meditation we are leaving linear time and engage in an inner dialogue with your 'Future Self', the part of yourself which already has access to your future state. This can be helpful if you're working on a creative project or are calling in more desirable circumstances at work or in your personal life. You will be able to ask questions relevant to the outcome of your project and learn about the 'Secret Sauce' of your success. Walk away with less anxiety and greater clarity about what the future may hold for you and which inspired action you can take right now.

Peter Oppermann has practiced meditation for over 20 years and studied with some of the most renowned meditation teachers in the US and Asia, such as Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Lama Surya Das and Geshe Michael Roach. Peter has also been an entrepreneur for 20 years and founder of a non-profit organization in The Bronx, NY training ex-convicts in mindfulness and job skills. Read more

Location: Auditorium

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Daily Blessing by Venerable Mahindawansa Maha Thero, the Keeper of the Piprahwa Relics of the Buddha
Sep
17
2:00am 2:00am

Daily Blessing by Venerable Mahindawansa Maha Thero, the Keeper of the Piprahwa Relics of the Buddha

For Buddhists and all those who are interested in meditation, this is a unique opportunity to pay respect to the Piprahwa relic and get immersed into the atmosphere, which, quite possibly, could have been experienced in the presence of the Buddha himself over 2500 years ago.

The blessings are conferred twice a day:

Sunday, September 17 - 10:00 am – 11:00 am, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Monday, September 18 - 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 19 - 9:00 am – 10:00 am, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 20 - 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, September 21 - 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Ken Locke Hall

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Happy Morning Rituals with Luchezara, Diana Suemi and Lillele Alma
Sep
17
1:00am 1:00am

Happy Morning Rituals with Luchezara, Diana Suemi and Lillele Alma

What are Happy Morning Rituals? A well known fact: the way you start your morning affects the way you spend the rest of your day. So why not start it in a positive and happy mood to prevent depression, stress, aggression, and misfortunes? With Happy Morning Rituals, you will accumulate positive energy and learn to start your day with joy, calmness, strength, health and self-belief. 

Location: Yoga&Meditation Courtyard

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CROSSCURRENTS: A Concert by Denis Kucherov, Kailash Kokopelli, Rajib Karmakar and Amadou Fall
Sep
16
11:00am11:00am

CROSSCURRENTS: A Concert by Denis Kucherov, Kailash Kokopelli, Rajib Karmakar and Amadou Fall

Crosscurrents is built on the foundational duo of tabla virtuoso Denis Kucherov and brilliant kora maestro Amadou (Senegal), joined for this performance by a multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and producer Kailash Kokopelli, who offers his instruments as prayer tools and keys to initiate self-healing processes. His mystic songs and medicine chants expand perception and unlock the doors to commune with Source. Extraordinarily gifted sitar player Rajib Karmakar is an instrumentalist with a unique musical sensibility and innovative skills. Both at his Indian Classical Music Concerts and his World Music Concerts, he can almost immediately mesmerize the audience of all ages.

Location: Auditorium

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Opening Ceremony Intuitive Sand Drawing Meditation by Cansu Bulgu
Sep
16
5:00am 5:00am

Opening Ceremony Intuitive Sand Drawing Meditation by Cansu Bulgu

Join us at the Space of Stillness installation in the Exhibition Hall where we will together experience the transformative work of Cansu Bulgu as she offers her Intuitive Sand Drawing Meditation in honor of the Piprahwa Relic and the Opening Day Ceremony of the Budart Festival. Guests are welcome to sit, stand or walk around as Cansu translates the Unseen to the Seen in Sand over a two hour period. Her last drawing meditation of the day will remain with the exhibit throughout the festival for all guests to enjoy.

Location: Ken Locke Hall

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Exhibition Opening Reception
Sep
16
5:00am 5:00am

Exhibition Opening Reception

Is it possible to paint a meditation? How would it look like? Join us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the International Budart Exhibition and be among the first to see incredible meditative paintings, sculptures, and installations from all over the world. Don't miss a chance to meet in person some of the world-renowned Budart artists and get to know the fascinating stories behind their works!

Location: Ken Locke Hall

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Budart Festival Grand Opening
Sep
16
4:00am 4:00am

Budart Festival Grand Opening

Every journey has a beginning. We invite you to witness the beginning of our grand journey – a breathtaking six-day Budart festival of art, meditation, and infinite love. Inspiring talks, splendid music, an opportunity to meet like-minded dreamers and doers and much more at the Opening Ceremony!

Location: Auditorium

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Presentation of the Piprahwa Relics of the Buddha. Blessing Ceremony
Sep
16
1:00am 1:00am

Presentation of the Piprahwa Relics of the Buddha. Blessing Ceremony

It is a great privilege for us to present you rare relics of the Buddha from Piprahwa. Brought to the U.S. from a renowned monastery in Sri Lanka, the relics display an archaeological find of immense historical and cultural value. For millions of people worldwide, they are a symbol and material embodiment of the ultimate meditative achievement.

Venerable Mahindawansa Maha Thero will deliver a talk on the history and significance of the Piprahwa Relics. The presentation of the Relics will be attended by 100 monks from major Buddhist temples of Los Angeles, who will chant sacred texts and confer their blessings to the audience.

Don't miss a unique opportunity to see the Piprahwa Relics, learn their history and get immersed in the atmosphere of pure meditation! 

Location: Auditorium

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