Mindfulness meditation at the water's edge
Fog Signal Building,
Pt. Montara Lighthouse Hostel
16th Street and Highway 1
Montara, CA 94037
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
Vipassana, or mindfulness meditation, was first taught by the Buddha 2,500 years ago. In this style of meditation, widespread today in Southeast Asia and increasingly popular in the West, one learns to watch what arises without judgment or reaction. In so doing, the mind can become clear and steady, and we begin to see things as they really are, without the distortion of our hopes, fears and confusion. Some apply mindfulness to reduce stress and control pain, and many find the practice a help with daily life, but the Buddha's purpose was clear: this way of seeing leads to freedom from suffering.
We gather on Wednesdays, and welcome others ... the merely curious, the earnest
beginner, the dedicated practitioner ... to join us. We generally begin with
30 minutes of silent meditation with enough guidance to introduce visitors
to the basics. Afterwards we hear a dhamma talk from a visiting teacher (most,
but not all of whom, are primarily grounded in the Theravada
tradition of Buddhist practice). There is usually time for Q&A
at the end of the evening, or for another short sitting. There is no charge
for the teachings, but we welcome
donations to support the teachers and our hosts at the hostel.
Teachers and Topics -- Sometimes we know the topic of a dhamma talk ... such as when we have arranged a series of talks on a specific topic ... but often a visiting teacher will talk on whatever is foremost in their life and practice at the moment.
Winter 2015 (meetings are at the Montara Lighthouse unless otherwise stated)
Robert Cusick is a long time student of Gil Fronsdal. He was a Buddhist monk in Burma,trained by the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw. He also trained in the Soto Zen tradition at Tassajara Zen Center in 2001. He participated in the Diamond Heart program with Hameed Ali (A.H. Almaas), in the Sati Center's Buddhist Chaplaincy training and completed the Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP) at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2003, where he served as Retreats Program Manager. Robert also sits on the board of directors at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.
Robert also teaches Compassion Cultivation Training, which is an 8-week course to train your mind to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions. For more information you can contact Robert through his website at The Compassion Train and register online for his new courses beginning in January at Compassion Cultivation Courses for 2015.
Enrique Collazo will be speaking on the subject of addiction and Buddhism. He has been practicing in the Vipassanna tradition since 2005. In 2009 he joined a training with Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro with the Against The Stream Buddhist meditation society and since then has offered daylongs, workshops, and classes as a facilitator and meditation instructor for people in recovery, youth and the general population in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Enrique shares Dharma in a straightforward and practical manner and finds that he receives the most joy when bringing the Dharma into the world of addiction and recovery.
Tony Bernhard is one of Spirit Rock’'s community dharma leaders and is a board member of the Sati Center. He hosts sitting groups in Davis and periodically teaches around the bay area and central valley. Tony'’s practice is guided by study of the Pali scriptures and by contemporary scholarship of these texts.
SPECIAL 3 WEEK SERIES OFFERED: Jennifer Block will be teaching for three weeks at the Montara Lighthouse. She will be offering an introduction to Vipassana meditation. This series will be helpful for beginning meditators, but more experienced meditators will also appreciate refreshing their practice.
Jennifer Block provides spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring to caregivers and teaches people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She is a longtime dharma practitioner and Buddhist chaplain. A nationally-recognized educator and consultant, Jennifer teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program with Paul Haller and Gil Fronsdal at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.
Misha Merrill was ordained a Zen priest in 1988 by Les Kaye Roshi in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi of the San Francisco Zen Center. She received Dharma Transmission from him in 1998 and has been leading a meditation group in Redwood City since 1993. She also teaches young children at the Peninsula School of Menlo Park. She lives in the hills above Stanford with her husband and joyfully cultivates a large garden.
Kim Allen has practiced Buddhist meditation since 2003, and currently serves as president of the board at IMC and as a mentor for new meditators. Inspired by a deep interest in nature, she practices and teaches tai chi and qigong, and studied the Western science of materials physics. She works as an environmental business consultant.
Pt. Montara Lighthouse Hostel is located on Highway 1 at 16th Street in Montara. We meet in the Fog Signal building next to the lighthouse. (The building is heated by a wood fire, but can still be a bit chilly on cold, foggy days; dress appropriately. The floor is carpeted, but you might want a pad or folded blanket if you plan to sit on a cushion. There are also plenty of chairs available.)
Please see these directions for getting here safely!
The hostel is run by a non-profit organization with the intent of "helping all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hosteling." Guests of all ages stay at Pt. Montara and at hostels world-wide. We are grateful to the hostel staff for their support.
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