THE ORIGINS OF WATCH NIGHT{jcomments off}Many of you who live or grew up in Black communities in the United States have probably heard of "Watch Night Services," the gathering of the faithful in church on New Year's Eve. The service usually begins anywhere from 7 p.m. To 10 p.m. and ends at midnight with…

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THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS one knows what day Jesus Christ was born on. From the biblical description, most historians believe that his birth probably occurred in September, approximately six months after Passover. One thing they agree on is that it is very unlikely that Jesus was born in December, since the…

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A Secret Garden

A Secret GardenA visit to a local treasure reveals secrets to creating a garden that is both peaceful and energizing.Hidden on Adams Blvd. is a serene garden where one can rest and recharge in nature.  Developed by the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA, or Peace Labyrinth, as it is more…

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Pastor Eklund on Jesus and the Poor

Pastor Eklund on Jesus and the Poor Born in a barn, in a box that livestock fed from, to an unwed mother and father, in a strange land. What does Jesus' story have to say about the poor? Pastor Brian Eklund's bio is evidence of a long and dedicated life of spiritual service and influence. He most…

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Soulful: An Interview with John Morton Spiritual Director of the Movement for Spiritual Inner Awareness

Soulful: An Interview with John Morton Spiritual Director of the Movement for Spiritual Inner AwarenessWest Adams Blvd. between Arlington and Crenshaw has been called Church Row, famous for its many places of worship. A recent edition to the fold is the Movement for Spiritual Inner Awareness.  When I called MSIA to request an interview with its Spiritual Director, John Morton, I was told he was…

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Seiju of Rinzai-ji Zen

Seiju of Rinzai-ji Zen When people consider meditation they often respond with "I need to do that but I can't sit still for 5 minutes!" or "What happens when you meditate?" Seiju is a Zen monk and the Shika, or manager, of the Rinzai-ji Zen Centerin West Adams. He has been studying and practicing in…

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The Art of Living, Happiness As An Option

The Art of Living, Happiness As An Option If you look south while passing Hoover on the 10 freeway, you can easily see the huge dome of the Art of Living’s Los Angeles headquarters in the near distance. Located at Adams and Hoover this impressive building once housed the Second Church of Christ, Scientist. Built from 1907 to…

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The Origins of Christmas Traditions

Many of our holidays have their roots in Pagan celebrations and Christmas is not an exception. Based on biblical description of events occuring at the time, many historians place Jesus’s birth sometime in September not December. Winter solstice, which occurs between Dec. 20 and 23, is the longest night of…

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The Origins of Valentine's Day

The origin of Valentines Day is shrouded in mystery but most likely has its roots in early Roman pagan celebrations and the activities of early Roman Christians.  Valentinuswas a popular Roman name and the Church claimed at least three saints by that name.  One story has it that in the 3rd…

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102 Year Old Zen Master, Kyozan Joshu Sasaki, Roshi

102 Year Old Zen Master, Kyozan Joshu Sasaki, RoshiBuddha In The Hood     Cimarron Zen Center   Perhaps some quiet evening near the corner of 25th Street and Cimarron you might hear the repeated sound of a heavy piece of wood being struck. That sound is the kai-han and it is struck every day at first light and at the close…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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