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Inner-peace movement

Many in L.A. turn to Eastern spiritualism to be 'interior designers' of their minds. It's a tonic for frenzied lives.

March 25, 2004|Anne-Marie O'Connor | Times Staff Writer

A Western Buddhist meditation temple with a peace garden, meditation room and bookstore. Classes for beginners and guided meditations, $7-10. Also events in Glendale, Studio City, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, West Hollywood. 1492 Blake Ave., L.A. (323) 223-0610 or www.meditateinla.org.

SHOPS

Bodhi Tree: This shop bills itself as the "world's finest collections of instructive and challenging spiritual books from all disciplines, Eastern and Western." The store also offers statuary, incense, greetings cards. 8585 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (310) 659-1733 or (800) 825-9798. Also has an extensive calendar of spiritual events on its website, www.bodhitree.com.

Shiva Imports: Extensive selection of Eastern-related items, including statues of laughing Buddha, dancing Shiva, Ganesch and Lakshmi, spiritual candles. 1335 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. (310) 394-1191.

Now & Zen: Mail-order and online house offering fountains, chimes and gongs, as well as Zen alarm clocks and telephones. (800) 779-6383 or www.now-zen.com.

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