Tim Grobaty: Dalai Lama to offer his meditations in Long Beach
DALAI LAMA IN L.B.: The Dalai Lama is breezing through Long Beach again, which is always kind of a big deal. his Holiness is huge hereabouts and commands ticket prices for his public talks that rival a Clapton concert.
The Dalai Lama talk on “Secular Ethics and Meditation” will take place at 2:30 in the afternoon on May 1 at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, in an event hosted by (and hang on while we gas up the spell-checker) Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling, a center for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism that is based, though you’d never guess by its name, on Fourth Street and Newport Avenue in Long Beach.
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster and the Long Beach Performing Arts box office. Prices range from $37 to $94.
There are three events at the Performing Arts Center’s Center Theater leading up to the Dalai Lama finale at the Terrace.
On April 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., “Journey to the Roof of the World,” a performance by the renowned Gaden Shartse monks, will give you the opportunity to hear the famous multiphonic throat chanting of Tibet, plus sacred dancing and more music. The monks will also create a giant sand mandala at the event. General admission is $16.
On April 29 at 7 p.m., Khen Rinpoche Jangchub Choeden, the abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery, will outline the basics of tantra and give Refuge Vows to anyone wishing to take them. General admission is $16.
And, at 7 p.m. on April 30, longtime translator to the Dalai Lama, Geshe Thubten Jinpa, will cover topics ranging from secular ethics to the effect of meditation on our well-being, which sounds like he’s copying from his boss’s notes, but we won’t get into the ethics of that. General admission is $24.
A SAMPLING OF THE GOOD LIFE: a lot of people are in the throes of cruise-ship/ocean-liner fever right now, which is unfortunate because no one has the sort of money that’s required to cure cruise-ship/ocean-liner fever right now.
Here’s a little event though that might take the edge off.
If you can brave the bridges (or take the ridge route) to San Pedro, swing by Mishi’s Strudel Bakery & Cafe at 309 W. Seventh St. in Pedro, where the Maritime Research Center will recreate selections from menus of the ships of the Italian Line starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
The three-course tasting will include an entree of three sauces over gnocchi (a good title for a spaghetti western) representing the Italian flag, and appetizers, dessert and coffee/tea are also included.
For info and reservations, call 310-521-0175.
THE VAMPIRE GOAT PROBLEM (cont.): So, our What’s Hot! Ministry of Science, Gompers K-8 Science Dept. chair James Wilkie checks in as he regularly does, this time with a fantastic – seriously, fantastic – answer to the vampire goat problem in our backyard.
Mnstr. Wilkie tells us that “Jim Butcher, in his book `Small Favor,’ which is part of his `Dresden Files’ series, …” and here we temporarily nod off, because nothing makes us sleepier than someone’s discussion of fantasy fiction with wizards in it. Wizards. from our oh-so-about-to-be-fired science minister! Our ministry is falling apart.
Anyhow, while we’re asleep, Wilkie continues: “… mentions an attack by `weregoats,’ which turn out to be `gruffs’ created from faerie magic….” (we have never slept this soundly in our life, or at least since the Sunday afternoons when the Dynamite Gangbusters used to conduct Tequila Services at the old Ren Lee’s in the old Marina Pacifica in the old days, though one could hardly call that sleep).
“If you ever experience such a problem again,” continues Wilkie as we drool quietly on our pillow, “they are susceptible to iron and steel. Just in case you wish to revisit that topic.”
Tim Grobaty can be reached at email@example.com or 562-499-1256.
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