Weekly Tuesday Evening Meditation Class 7:00pm - 8:45pm.
Open To Everyone: Beginners or Advanced Meditation Practitioners.
Our group utilizes a vipassana practice of “insight awareness” meditation which offers us the opportunity to slow down and look within. "The depth of sitting in stillness with a compassionate heart is limitless.”
The evening consists of a 35/40 minute sitting, talk and discussion.
The meditation class/group is offered on a dana/donation basis. We are supported by the practice of shared generosity. Classes are for everyone to gain new insights into life, themselves and inner healing.
The group is led by Rik Center Co-Founder of the MCC/Mindfulness Care Center. Rik is mindfulness meditation teacher, a SE/Somatic Experiencing Stress and Trauma Counselor/Practitioner, plus he serves as a Buddhist/Interfaith Chaplain at San Francisco General Hospital. Rik began his meditation practice in the late 80’s and has sat over 300 days in Meditation Retreats. He's been a community member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and now regularly practices at Abhayagiri a “Theravada Thai Forest Monastery” in Redwood Valley practicing in the Ajahn Chah Lineage with his teacher Ajahn Pasanno. He has a private practice working one-on-one with clients, focusing on healing high levels of stress, unresolved traumatic anxiety and PTSD along with offering grief and spiritual counseling.
Guest Teacher Yvonne Ginsberg substitutes ffrom time to time. She began practicing Vipassana meditation in 1970 with V. R. Dhiravamsa. Yvonne organized the Vipassana Fellowship East in 1972 and has taught many weekend and three-month retreats. She has taught undergraduate psychology at Yale University and has worked as a therapist for 35 years in the San Francisco/Marin County area. She has lead the Mission Dharma sitting group on many occasions over the last eleven years and co-taught Search Inside Yourself, seven week courses at Google for six years. . Yvonne is also the producer/director of a documentary distributed by PBS entitled, "Landmines of the Heart" which is a meditation on reconciliation through the story of Cambodia and Maha Ghosananda.