White Heron Sangha

Sitting Groups

First and Third Mondays 6:30 - 7:30pm - Awakened Parenting Group
The intention of this sitting group is to provide space for meditation and discussion and to help create a supportive community for parents of children of all ages and anyone interested in awakened parenting. Bob and Laura Liss will facilitate this group. Questions? Email lissfamily@comcast.net.

Tuesdays at 5:45 - 7pm - Meditation and Discussion
Our Tuesday evening meditation sessions are held at our White Heron Sangha Mediatation Center in Avila Village (maps).  We sit for 30 minutes. Then, those who choose to may stay for a discussion. The sittings are facilitated by long-time sangha members James Coleman and Arlene Winn.

Wednesdays at 6:00 - 7:00pm - Mindfulness for Everyone
"Mindfulness for Everyone" sittings occur on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 pm at our White Heron Sangha Mediatation Center in Avila Village (maps). The purpose of this group is to support one's ongoing mindfulness practice, both on the cushion and in daily life.  Teachings are presented using mainstream language in a way that is true to their deepest roots and fullness, with a view toward the integration of mindfulness into all aspects of our lives. 

During each meeting we meditate for 20 minutes, have a 5 to 10 minute presentation, then allow time for discussion.  This group is suitable for those new to mindfulness practice, as well as for more experienced practitioners.  It is appropriate for those from many walks of life and various belief systems.  It is a completely open drop-in group with no expectation of regular attendance.  Some come nearly every week and others drop in only occasionally.

These sittings are led by Mick Malotte. Mick has been studying and practicing mindfulness meditation for 20 years.  He is a physician and a graduate of Spirit Rock’s CDL teacher training program. If you have any questions email him at mjmalotte@gmail.com

Second and Fourth Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30pm - LGBTIQ+ Affinity Group
With the intention of fostering diversity and inclusion, White Heron Sangha is hosting a LGBTIQ+ Affinity group. The sitting group is primarily for meditators who identify as LGBTIQ+ (plus includes non-binary, asexual, allies, or other gender non-conformists). Many in this community have been injured in body or spirit due to intolerance and unskillful actions in regard to their sexuality from parents, relatives, coworkers, teachers, ministers, etc.  We meditate for 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes of social time. Questions? Email lgbtiq.whs@gmail.com.

Fridays 11:30am - 1:00pm - Socially Engaged Buddhist Study
The purpose of this study and practice group is to deepen our understanding of how Buddhist teachings can extend to and inform our social/environmental activism, which in turn can help us to be more effective in our various individual attempts to reduce societal and environmental suffering. We meet on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Facilitated by Sharon Rippner (srippner@msn.com).

Some Saturdays 10:30am to 12:00 pm - Tara Meditation
Tara is the embodiment of enlightened mind, a manifestation of our own deepest wisdom.  In this group, we do simple practices together that help us to connect with her awakened wisdom and to manifest her love and power in our daily lives.

Led by James Coleman occasionally on Saturday mornings -- check the schedule. Everyone welcome, but if you have never done visualization practices before, please contact James (jwcoleman1008@gmail.com) to first receive an orientation.

Third Saturday of Each Month 3:00 to 4:30pm - Reflective Insight Meditation
This gentle, open-hearted practice is suitable for  experienced or  beginning meditators and is compatible with many meditation practices.   We will have a  30 minute sit, then take 5 to 10 minutes to look back and review our sittings. We may have a short discussion and then another 20-30 minute meditation. Through reflection, we cultivate a self-honest and safe inner environment where we can learn to meet whatever our mind comes up with qualities such as awareness, kindness, patience, curiosity, and generosity.

These sittings are usually held at Crow's End Retreat Center (directions). For more information, email Wendy Liepman at wliepman@yahoo.com


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