Mindfulness meditation at the water's edge.
Mindfulness meditation at the water's edge
Getting Here Safely

Where to Park
Please help our hosts at the hostel by parking only in designated areas.

Dana (generosity)
All teachings at Coastside Vipassana are offered freely according to the Buddhist tradition of Dana (the Buddhist word for 'giving').
Coastside Vipassana and its teachers are supported entirely by donations. There is an envelope on the table by the door.

Basic Meditation
Instructions:
You can download notes from Andrea's five-week introductory course, either week by week ...
Mindfulness of the Breath
Mindfulness of the Body
Mindfulness of Emotions
Mindfulness of Thoughts
Mindfulness in Daily Life
or all in one document ...
Introduction to Vipassana
All files are in PDF format.

Listen Online:
You can also download or listen to basic meditation instructions at AudioDharma.

Keep in Touch:
If you have questions about Coastside Vipassana or want to keep informed of future events, just ask to be included in our email list.

Links:
There are more resources about the Buddha's teaching and Vipassana at ..
Access To Insight
Coastside Vipassana Dharma Talk Archive
Dhamma Service Day Photos
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
San Francisco Zen Center

About Us:
Coastside Vipassana is informally associated with the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City.

Many of our speakers teach and practice there and are dedicated practitioners of insight meditation in the traditions coming out of Burma and Thailand. We also host members of the ordained sangha, and occasionally teachers from other lineages.

The Buddha, First Teacher of Mindfulness 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.

2016 (meetings are at the Montara Lighthouse unless otherwise stated)

Please check this website for any schedule changes.
You can also join our mailing list to receive notifications of changes.

    • January 6: Jennifer Block - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • 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.


    • January 13: Misha Merrill - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • 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.


    • January 20: Tony Bernhard - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • Rev. Tony Bernhard is a Buddhist chaplain and teacher. He maintains an active practice with inmates in Folsom Prison and hosts sitting groups in Davis. He sits on the board of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and teaches regularly around the bay area and central valley. His practice is non-traditional, guided by his chaplaincy work in prison, his teaching and by his study of the early Pali scriptures.


    • January 27: Lopon Namchak Dorji - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • Lopon Namchak Dorji is from Bhutan and has studied under many of the greatest living masters of Tibetan Buddhism. Lopon Namchak has taught at several monastic universities in Bhutan, India and Nepal. An erudite scholar practitioner, he strives to bridge the gap between traditional Buddhist philosophy and western life. He spends most of his time composing, editing, translating, and serving as a resident teacher of Ewam Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism.


    • February 3: Kaisa Puhakka - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • February 10: Kaisa Puhakka - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • Kaisa Puhakka, PhD, teaches psychotherapy and its integration with Buddhist practice as a core faculty member at California Institute of Integral Studies. She also works with clients and supervises students and interns in private practice. Her ongoing personal inquiry draws from Dzogchen texts, Krishnamurti, and vipassana and Zen practices, among others.


    • February 17: Misha Merrill - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • 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.


    • February 24: Tony Bernhard - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • Rev. Tony Bernhard is a Buddhist chaplain and teacher. He maintains an active practice with inmates in Folsom Prison and hosts sitting groups in Davis. He sits on the board of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and teaches regularly around the bay area and central valley. His practice is non-traditional, guided by his chaplaincy work in prison, his teaching and by his study of the early Pali scriptures.




        Lighthouse with Montara Mountain in distance.
      Lighthouse, fog-signal building and Montara Mountain in the distance.

      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.


      This page is usually updated at the end of the month.