We provide educational programs in mindfulness, compassion and nature connection, creating safe refuge for the development of resilient community centered in love, support, and mindful practice.
We offer support in the journey of caring for ourselves, others and our world by transforming suffering, building resilience and deepening our capacity for serving and training others.
Weekly Meditation Groups
We offer weekly, lightly guided, meditation groups for Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation. Mindfulness is known as Insight or Vipassana Meditation and Compassion is known as Metta or Loving-Kindness Meditation. Learn to meditate in a safe place with other like-minded people. Everyone welcome, always free.
7 PM on Mondays
St Michael's Church ISLA VISTA 6586 Picasso Rd, Isla Vista, CA.
6 PM on Tuesdays
Macveagh House Museum of Natural History SANTA BARBARA 2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA
6 PM on Thursdays
The Sacred Space CARPINTERIA 2594 Lillie Ave, Summerland, CA
with Radhule Weininger PhD, and Michael Kearney MD
A monthly gathering of guest speakers from the community joining together to discuss ways of community healing during difficult times bringing together members of the leading faith traditions, as well as a variety of thinkers, visionaries and activists to share how their individual traditions’ and practices such as prayers, meditation, chants and philosophies help us deal with uncertainty, anxiety and fear during this challenging time in our country and our world.
Second Wednesday of the month at 7 PM in Parish Hall at The Unitarian Society 1535 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara
UPCOMING THIS MONTH : July 10th an Evening of Music and Poetry with Danjo San
We offer 2-4 Night Residential Meditation Retreats located In Santa Barbara. The daily rhythm of a retreat usually involves alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, eating and work meditations, as well as practice meetings, dharma talks and rest periods.
Mindful Heart Programs offers weekly lightly guided meditation groups for Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation. Mindfulness is known as Insight or Vipassana Meditation and Compassion is known at Metta or Loving-Kindness Meditation. Open to all who want to attend, regardless of your experience. Learn to meditate in a safe place with other like-minded people. Please go to the Meditation page for more information.
Suffering and an End to Suffering There is certainly no shortage of suffering in our world. Twenty-five hundred years ago the Buddha set forth some simple ideas about human suffering and how to end it. We can understand this suffering to include not only the big upsets that send our lives into turmoil, but also the smaller, low-grade challenges people encounter on a daily basis—what we might think of simply as irritations or stress. Mindfulness practice offers a way to work skillfully with everything that life throws in our path, the big issues and the small, so that we can experience the breadth of our lives, the ups and downs, with more ease, wisdom, compassion, and joy. This in turn can lead to the end of suffering, the liberation that the Buddha taught was possible for all of us.
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