The South County Meditation Group meets in Oceano on Sunday mornings from 9:00am ‑ 10:15am for meditation and study in the Gudrun Hus Studio at Tierra Nueva Cohousing, adjacent to the town of Halcyon (see Maps) (see Brochure).
Our meditation practice is informed by the wisdom tradition of Buddhism. All levels of meditation experience are welcome, and it is not necessary to be an active participant of White Heron Sangha to attend. If someone is new to meditation, and new to the group, the facilitator, or one of our group members, may guide the meditation for the first 10 minutes or so.
We are a peer-led group, in the tradition of kalyanamittata ("admirable friendship", or "spiritual friends").
The usual meeting format is: start with reading the Beginning Practice, meditate for 30 minutes, read the Ending Practice, then announcements and discussion. On the first and third Sundays of each month, we extend the meditation period to 45 minutes.
When there is a White Heron Sangha weekend retreat, Gudrun Hus Studio will be available for meditating, but there will not be a Program.
Books that we have read include:
- The Sound of Silence: The Selected Teachings of Ajahn Sumedho by Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Amaro
Date Opener Facilitator
Program (updated 2/16/2020) Feb 23 Chris Kathy Special Pre-Program Yoga led by Chris - 8:15am to 8:45am
Food for the Heart | Chapter 23 - WHAT IS CONTEMPLATION
Mar 1 Lois Lois Extended Meditation (45 minutes)
Food for the Heart | Chapter 24 - DHAMMA NATURE
Mar 8 Steph R Lucia Food for the Heart | Chapter 25 - LIVING WITH THE COBRA Mar 15 David Steph W Extended Meditation (45 minutes)
How is your practice going?
Mar 22 Lois Lois Food for the Heart | Chapter 26 - THE MIDDLE WAY WITHIN Mar 29 Kathy Nancy Hilyard Nancy co-founded WHSSCMG in 2007, and will be sharing a reading in advance for discussion Apr 5 David Mary Extended Meditation (45 minutes)
Food for the Heart | Chapter 27 - THE PEACE BEYOND
4/12-6/28 various various WHSSCMG Gudrun Hus Clipboard Sheet
The Book Queue As we approach the end of Food for the Heart, this is the list of books that have been submitted for consideration to read next. WHSSCMG participants are invited to forward their suggestions.
- Most Intimate A Zen Approach to Life's Challenges (2014) by Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara
- Naked in the Zendo Stories of Uptight Zen, Wild-Ass Zen, and Enlightenment Wherever You Are (2019) by Abbess Grace Schireson, forward by Joan Halifax
- The World Could Be Otherwise Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path (2019) by Zoketsu Rinsho Norman Fischer
The Google Group White Heron Sangha - South County Meditation Group [whsscmg] is at http://goo.gl/zxJXUD
Clarification on WHS use of the term, "membership" -- This WHS website is powered by Wild Apricot membership management software; however, WHS itself is not a membership-based organization, and WHS is not a Buddhist church. White Heron Sangha is a California nonprofit religious corporation, without members (Bylaws, Item 7). Where the words "members" and "membership" appear on other pages of this WHS website, WHS intends for these terms to be interpreted as "active participants".