In The Arts

June 11, 2010

Buddhist monk to speak Saturday

Gen Kelsang Rigpa, an American Buddhist monk and resident teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center California, will present the work of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the first American edition of "Eight Steps to Happiness" at 4 p.m. Saturday at Latitude 33 Bookshop, 311 Ocean Ave.

Due to the author's age and Tibetan accent, he requested that Rigpa speak on his behalf.

The book explains how to meditate on eight verses that comprise one of Buddhism's best-loved teachings, Eight Verses for Training the Mind. Composed by the Tibetan Bodhisattva Geshe Langri Tangpa, the poem shows how to transform difficulties into spiritual insights. Gyatso is an accomplished meditation master and internationally known teacher of Buddhism. He has published a series of books on Buddhism and meditation, from basic introductory books to advanced philosophical texts and meditation manuals.

For more information, call (949) 494-5403 or e-mail

Collector's Choice event is Saturday

Laguna College of Art and Design's 21st annual Collector's Choice Fine Art Event and Auction will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.


The evening will feature a fine art raffle and auction, in addition to a variety of fine artwork contributed by local and regional professional artists, which includes original paintings and drawings, sculpture and hand-blown glass.

All proceeds will benefit student scholarships and provide funds to enhance college facilities.

"Collector's Choice is the principal fundraising event of the college each year. We are always honored to be the recipients of the extraordinary collection or artworks donated by well-known artists who generously support our students and programs," said trustee and event co-Chairwoman Mary Ferguson.

Tickets are $150 per person, and include an opportunity to win artwork in the raffle. For more information, call (949) 376-6000, ext. 241 or e-mail

Tea party at Mandarin

Linda Louie, tea enthusiast and student of tea culture, will host a Chinese tea ceremony" from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Mandarin Fine Art Gallery, 1294 S. Coast Hwy., where she will share her knowledge about Pu-erh tea and her traveling experiences in pursuit of fine teas.

Pu-erh tea is unlike any other tea in that as it ages, its flavor becomes enhanced, according to Louie.

The cost to attend is $30. To attend, call (949) 376-9608.

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