For 18 years now I have been teaching ongoing meditation groups in the Santa Barbara area. As the guiding teacher of these groups I have been mentored and guided in my teaching for the past twelve years by Jack Kornfield, Ph.D. Coming from my 27-year practice as a Clinical Psychologist/Psychotherapist, and 37 years as mindfulness practitioner, I believe that we have to listen deeply to our contemporary concerns in order to translate ancient wisdom into a language that can be utilized in the West. This is a group, where all the paths of wisdom flow together.”
Typically we begin our evenings with a 20 min discussion, which will give an introduction into meditation philosophy and practice, explore themes in Buddhist & Western philosophy and psychology, and guide you in bringing your practice into your daily lives. Then we follow with 25 min carefully, but lightly guided meditation and 15 minutes of compassion practice. These mindfulness exercises will teach you the art of self-compassion and how to integrate a sense of warmth and caring into your lives in accessible and relevant ways. At times we conclude the evening with a brief discussion, poetry or music.
- Radhule Weininger