Common Ground Spring 2021

"A New Hope"

Upcoming Events

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Interfaith Opening Ceremony

Monday, April 5th at 5:00 p.m. (PDT)

Video Passcode: %n07z!w!


We invite you to join the Common Ground Opening Ceremony on April 5th with the UWest Chaplaincy Club. We will have a special keynote speaker to open Common Ground, David Woo.


David Woo is a Spiritual Care Provider at Homeboy Industries and Buddhist Seminarian, as well as a UWest Alumni. It is an honor to have this space to invite "A New Hope" for all and we look forward to seeing you.

Click the image on the left or Here to link to a recording of the event. Passcode: %n07z!w!

The Story Behind the Degree: How I Chose to Major in Business

Tuesday, April 6th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 225 928 2787

Panelists will be sharing their narratives: The story of how I chose my major, or how my major chose me; how the interests/passions of my youth are present in adulthood (and in my academic/career path); any advice I would have benefited from while working on my degree(s).

Click the image on the left or here to see a video of this event.

Contextualizing Buddhist Temple Vandalism

Wednesday, April 7th, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (PDT)

The Engaged Zen Class is organizing a panel discussion on temple vandalism and hate crimes against Asian Americans, featuring:

  • Bishop Noriaki Ito, (Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple)

  • Abbot Bhante Chaochu, (Rosemead Buddhist Temple)

  • Su Co Thich Minh Tu, (Huong Tich Temple)

  • Dr. Fune Hsu, (San Jose State University)

Zoom ID: 983 9083 4377, Passcode Zen2021

Next Generation Buddhism

Thursday, April 8th, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (PDT)

Zoom meeting details coming soon


Featuring new works by Chenxing Han and Drew Baker

Thursday, April 8th 4:00-5:30 pm

Click the image on the left or Here to register for the event..

The Story Behind the Degree: How I Chose to Major in Psychology

Monday, April 12th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 225 928 2787

Panelists will be sharing their narratives: The story of how I chose my major, or how my major chose me; how the interests/passions of my youth are present in adulthood (and in my academic/career path); any advice I would have benefited from while working on my degree(s).

Click the image on the left or Here to see the video of the event

Spiritual Care in the Wider World

Monday, April 12th, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (PDT)

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 974 1605 9902 / Passcode: SpLeaders

Discussion of how caregivers offer light amidst the darkness of life. And our willingness to hold another's hand in the darkness?

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A virtual book talk by Dr. John Campbell

The Esoteric Community Tantra with The Illuminating Lamp

Thursday, April 15th, 2:00 p.m. (PDT)

Regarded by Indo-Tibetan tradition as the esoteric scripture wherein the Buddha revealed in greatest detail the actual psycho-physical process of his enlightenment, The Esoteric Community Tantra is a preeminent text of the class of scriptures known to Indian Buddhist scholar-adepts as great yoga tantra, and later to their Tibetan successors as unexcelled yoga tantra.

In this talk, Dr. Campbell will provide an introduction to the scripture and its commentary by Master Chandrakirti, both of which proved enormously influential in the development of Mahayana Buddhism throughout Tibet, the Himalayas, and Mongolia.

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 992 7926 9509 Passcode: 011011

All the Same?

Thursday, April 15th, 6:00 p.m. (PDT)

Come join others in our community for a powerful event that addresses the uniqueness of our campus population.

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 957 5121 0890 Passcode: 181015

Three Acts of Goodness (TAG) Club

TAG Along!

Friday & Saturday, April 16th & 17th, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. (PDT)

The Three Acts of Goodness (TAG) club will host this event which aims to recruit new members for the TAG club. Students can get to know us by way of an exhibition of past, current, and future events hosted by the TAG club. The exhibition will be live on Zoom with interactions from the executive members. We will show the audience around the world what we have done and will play fun games with them during the event.

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 878 7183 1827 Passcode: 305813

The Story Behind the Degree: How I Chose to Major in English / Liberal Arts

Monday, April 19th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 225 928 2787

Panelists will be sharing their narratives: The story of how I chose my major, or how my major chose me; how the interests/passions of my youth are present in adulthood (and in my academic/career path); any advice I would have benefited from while working on my degree(s).

Click the image on the left or Here to video of the event as it happened.

Japanese Traditional Music: Lecture & Workshop

Tuesday, April 20th, 11:30 a.m. (PDT)

In this event hosted by Dr. Kanae Omura, the guest speaker, Mm. Katada Kimisen will share with us her story as a Kabuki-style musician and an educator of classic percussionists. Participants will have an opportunity to virtually learn the classic Taiko rhythm.

Born and trained in Japan, Katada Kimisen is one of the foremost experts in theatrical Kabuki-style music and dance. After living in Chicago, and New York, she moved to California, in 2012. Shortly thereafter, she formed a non-profit organization called “Fuji Japanese Music,” and began classes at the Oxnard Buddhist Temple in March 2013. She is now teaching classes in Gardena.

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 232 710 0366 No Passcode

WISDOM, Self-Knowledge Transformed

Tuesday, April 20th, 7:00 p.m. (PDT)

Dr. Lewis Lancaster

Topic: WISDOM: Self-knowledge Transformed

Dr. Lewis Lancaster's seventh "Buddhism as a Lived Experience" lecture focuses on Wisdom. This event is organized by the Department of Religious Studies and Religious Graduate Council.

Click here or on the image to the left for free registration for this event

The Religiosity of Newar Buddhism: Mahayana or Tantric Sravaka?

Tuesday, April 27th, 2:00 p.m. (PDT)

Newar Buddhism is not only the last form of Buddhism existing continuously on the subcontinent but also the only living Mahāyāna tradition practiced using the original Sanskrit texts. The Mahāyāna religiosity of the Newars is often described by onlookers as “book worship” or so-called Buchkult — that is, as mere totemism, of only local significance, and as (ironically) nonliterate.

Iain Sinclair (PhD, Monash University, 2016) is a Lecturer and Researcher at Nan Tien Institute and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. He studies the history of religion and art history using primary sources. His published research focuses on Buddhist tantra, medieval Asian history, Sanskrit manuscripts, Newar Buddhism and the Buddhism of the Malay Archipelago.

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 939 3363 6505 Passcode: 135290

Trauma & PTSD: From the perspective of first responders

Wednesday, April 28th, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (PDT)

A Panel of 5 First Responders from various local agencies including police, fire, and medical services will discuss their frontline experiences. Immediately followed by a discussion of strategies for using mindfulness and other methods to support them in mitigating the effects of daily exposure to traumatic experiences. Learn more about using mindfulness as the ultimate in self-care.

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 965 093 0650 No Passcode

VIRTUAL EMPOWERMENT: Self-Defense

Wednesday, April 28th, 5:30 p.m. (PDT)

On April 28, 2021, from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm (PDT) we will be hosting a FREE virtual self-defense class via Zoom! Come visit with us on screen, connect with others in a non-academic way, and get out of your chair as we learn some strategies to better keep us safe.

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Environmental Geography of Los Angeles

Thursday, April 29th, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (PDT)

A brief introduction to the Environmental Geography of Los Angeles including geology/geography, climate, ocean, rivers, mountains, wildlife, human impacts. Case studies of creative responses to human impacts will be presented.

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 965 093 0650 No Passcode

Virtual International Potluck & Recipe Exchange

Thursday, April 29th, 4:00 -5:00 p.m. (PDT)

The UWest Employee Council invites us to join in a virtual Potluck & recipe exchange! Instead of our conventional in-person Potluck, let's share a recipe for your favorite family dish. If possible, please go in-depth with the origins of the dish, why you chose it, and share your recipe techniques. If you don't have a recipe to share, tell us about your favorite restaurant and share the location and what makes it so special to you.

You can use PPT, Word, or screen share via zoom. There will be a Kudosboard so you can post your recipe for others to see.


Sign-Up here to participate in the Virtual Potluck & Recipe Exchange

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 846 5096 8466 / Passcode: 455961

RECIPES:

  1. Promo Video for International Virtual Potluck

  2. Ensalada de Nopales (Cactus Salad) y Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Iced Tea ala Mexicana)

  3. Eddie Escalante. (Chiles Rellenos), Stuffed Poblano Chiles

  4. Judy Hsu. (Dim Sum), https://www.99ranch.com/