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
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.

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.

    • May 4: Enrique Collazo - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • 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.

    • May 11: Keith Wiley - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • My interest in meditation began way back and became consistent in the early 90's, when I regularly meditated at SF Zen Center. Soon, I migrated to Crystal Springs Sangha where I was Darlene Cohen's student and now, Sarita Tamayo's. I looked for more involvement in my Sangha. I took the two year Shogaku Priest Ongoing Training Course (SPOT), and continue with summer intensives. I spent a winter practice period at Tassajara (2012), priest ordained (2013), was shuso (2015) and that permitted me to teach. I now lead Crystal Springs Sangha with Sarita. In all this, what I love most is the belonging to Crystal Springs Sangha and its mysterious connection to the whole world.

      This week I will talk about the scriptures of the famous early Lay teacher, Vimalakirti. One monk in the story tries to shake off flower petals which have stuck to him. ".these flowers are not proper for religious persons and so we are trying to shake them off." As meditators, it is important not to stick to being holy, or holier than thou.

    • May 18: 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.

    • May 25: Diana Clark - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • June 1: Diana Clark - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • June 8: Diana Clark - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • Diana Clark teaches graduate-level courses on Theravada Buddhism at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley and Introduction to Meditation at IMC. She has cumulatively spent more than a year in silent meditation retreats, has a Master's degree in Buddhist Studies and is a graduate of the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy program. She is also trained as a scientist and serves the dharma community by being the former treasurer of IMC, the current treasurer of IRC and on the board of the Buddhist Insight Network.

    • June 15: Meeting Canceled

    • June 22: Misha Merrill - at the Montara Lighthouse
    • June 29: 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.

        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.