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).
The weekly WHSSCMG schedule is suspended until further notice,
due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Current SLO County emergency information may be obtained here:
Mental health professionals advise to be aware of the distinction between social distancing and physical distancing, and recommend reaching out online to reduce the effects of loneliness, anxiety, boredom and depression while sheltering at home. Here are some California resources, listed in alphabetical order:
Insight Meditation South Bay | Online CoursesAdditional resources:
InsightLA | Online
San Francisco Zen Center | Online Programs
Shambhala Los Angeles | Sunday Morning Public Sitting - Online Meetings
Spirit Rock | Online Classes
American Psychiatric Association | Coronavirus Resources
American Psychological Association | Telepsychology
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies | Online Programs
The Chopra Center | Guided Meditations Online
glo | Meditation Online
Sahaja Yoga | Online Meditation
Self-Realization Fellowship | Online Meditation Center
Sounds True | Online Courses
Tara Brach | Guided Meditations Online
Tricycle | Online Classes
YouTube | Online Meditation Channel
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:
Date Opener Facilitator
Program Food for the Heart | Chapter 26 - THE MIDDLE WAY WITHIN Food for the Heart | Chapter 27 - THE PEACE BEYOND Extended Meditation (45 minutes)
Food for the Heart | Chapter 28 - CONVENTION AND LIBERATION
Food for the Heart | Chapter 29 - NO ABIDING Extended Meditation (45 minutes)
How is your practice going?
Food for the Heart | Chapter 30 - RIGHT VIEW - THE PLACE OF COOLNESS Extended Meditation (45 minutes)
Food for the Heart | Chapter 31 - OUR REAL HOME
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.
- Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (2010) translated by Gudo Wafu Nishijima, edited by Brad Warner
- 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
- Radical Acceptance Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (2003) by Tara Brach, forward by Jack Kornfield
- Tariki Embracing Despair, Discovering Peace by Hiroyuki Itsuki
- 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".