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|Cultivating Compassion in Santa Monica||
By Lookout Staff
March 23, 2012 -- Compassion will be the theme of a month-long series of events at the Fairview Branch of the Santa Monica Public Library.
The series will launch with "Cultivating Compassion," a lecture by Diana Winston, director of Mindfulness Education for UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) April 12 at 7 p.m.
The co-author of "Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness," Winston has practiced mindfulness since 1989, including a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma, and "believes that compassion is a profound state of heart and mind that can actually be developed," organizers said.
Other programs include:
The programs are sponsored by Santa Monica Public Library, the Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition, and UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and are supported by a Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility, and Compassion grant from the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute. Santa Monica Public Library is one of thirty libraries in the U.S. to receive the grant.
All programs will take place at the Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard. Admission is free, and seating is first come, first served.
The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair-accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at 310.458.8606 at least one week before the event. The Fairview Branch Library is served by Big Blue Bus line 8. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.For more information about this and other Library programs, visit www.smpl.org or call the Santa Monica Public Library at 310.458.8600.
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