Mindfulness meditation at the water's edge.
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
(by donation)
Getting Here Safely
North-bound drivers take note!
Map & directions...

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

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

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.

Spring 2014 (meetings are at the Montara Lighthouse unless otherwise stated)
    • March 26th, April 2nd: Kaisa Puhakka
    • Kaisa Puhakka 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.

    • April 9th: Misha Merrill
    • 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.

    • April 16th: Daniel Bowling
    • Daniel Bowling is a mediator and mediation trainer for the US District Court for Northern California. He co-edited/co-authored Bringing Peace into the Room -- the first book on mediation to focus on the importance for resolving conflict of the mediator's personal qualities. He helped start mediation in South Carolina, where he practiced law after graduating from Harvard Law School.</p>
      <p>He was the first yoga teacher in Charleston, SC and started a spiritual educational center there in the 1980s. He was also a teacher and General Counsel for Kripalu Yoga Center, in Lenox, Massachusetts and founded the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association. He has practiced meditation since 1976 and participated in Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders Training. He currently is on the Spirit Rock Board of Directors and Ethics and Reconciliation Committee.

    • April 23rd: Robert Cusick -
    • April 30th: Robert Cusick - NOTE: offsite meeting, fog building not available
    • May 7th: Robert Cusick -
    • 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.

        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.