Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery consists of a small house and a Dhamma hall in a converted garage on 250 acres of forested hills near the source of the Russian River. Monks and novices live in tents or small huts. As a branch of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery (England) and Wat Pah Nana - chat (Thailand), we conform to the tradi­tional standards of Theravada forest monastic life. Simple guest

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Bell Springs Hermitage is located on a re­mote 175-acre mountaintop in Mendoc­ino County. It has great views and abundant wildlife. When you’re paying hotel rates on retreats, watching your breath can too often lead to watching your wallet, so we offer basic accommo­dation at very affordable

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The Berkeley Thursday Night Vipassana Group has been meeting since 1980 under the guidance of James Baraz, a co­founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Cen­ter. Forty-five-minute sittings are fol­lowed by a Dhamma talk, discussion, and loving-kindness meditation. lames also offers a six-week beginning class in Berkeley two or three times a year.

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California Buddhist Vihara is home to the American Buddhist Seminary (ABS), established to provide the academic, reli­gious, and vocational training needed by monastic and secular Buddhist teachers in an English-speaking society. The em­phasis is on Theravada monastic training, although programs are being

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For additional information, please see listing for Vipassana Meditation Center in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. address: PO Box 1167, North Fork,

CA 93643-1167 PHONE: (209) 877-4386 FAX: (209) 877-4387 e-mail: mahavana@aol. com lineage: Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Burmese teacher Sayagyi U Ba Khin,

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We originally formed as a meditation group for Unitarians with an interest in Buddhism, but our practice has been shaped by a cadre of Sri Lankan friends who continue as active core members of our group. We meet weekly for medita­tion and dharma discussion. Once a month we plan a half-day “Morning of Mindfulness.” Many of our members also have roots in Zen and Tibetan prac­tice, and we welcome

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Dhammachakka Meditation Center was established to help Ven. U Silananda share his learning and insight with stu­dents in the West. A student of the late Burmese master Mahasi Sayadaw, he teaches Vipassana meditation in that tra­dition. A well-known scholar of Abhi - dhamma studies, Ven. U Silananda also offers retreats and courses in Buddhist

studies. We have an extensive tape library as well.

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Dhamma Dena is a high-desert sanctuary encircled by mountains and illuminated by constant changes of color. It is a silent, meditative space, permitting insight and

discovery of communion with all life. Since we live in close relationship with our desert environment, water conserva­tion is practiced. Accommodations

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Daily meditation practice; weekend re­treat every Friday to Sunday; three - day meditation course on the fourth weekend.

address: 5950 Heliotrope Circle, May­wood, CA 90270 PHONE: (213) 771-7435 FAX: (213) 771-7437 e-mail: vichak@aol. com lineage: Thai Theravada spiritual head: Phra Sudhamayanath - era. Phra Vichak Suddhivaro, Resident Teacher

contact:

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Urban monastery setting. We offer prac­tice instruction and distribute free books and magazines. Open membership. address: 1847 Crenshaw Boulevard,

Los Angeles, CA 90019 PHONE: (213) 737-5084 FAX: (213) 737-7915 lineage: Sri Lankan spiritual

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Generally about thirty-five people come together each week for sitting meditation, inquiry, discussion, or discourse. We are a “drop-in” group that changes fre­quently, although over twenty people have been coming weekly for many years. The teacher is Howie Cohn, who has been leading classes

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No description available. address: 1331 33rd Avenue, San Fran­cisco, CA 94122 PHONE: (415) 731-1941 lineage: Burmese Theravada spiritual heads: Sayama and Saya U Chit Tin

Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara Nonsectarian.

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Adapting (experimentally) verbal Vipas­sana to the frenetic Western pace. address: 14713 La Mesa Drive, La Mi­rada, CA 90638 phone: (714) 521-3046 fax: Same

e-mail: robertTHC@aol. com lineage: Burmese Theravada spiritual head: R. H. Hover contact: Same

affiliation: Autonomous; affiliated with U Ba Khin (deceased). established: Mid-1980s facilities: Sparse

meditation

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We offer the opportunity for men to or­dain and train as bhikkhus in a secluded natural setting—an avocado orchard sur­rounded by the hills and chaparral of northern San Diego County. We also wel­come lay visitors for solitary retreats. There is no charge for room or board, as all our activities are funded by donations. However, visitors are asked to observe the precepts

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Jim Hopper teaches Vipassana medita­tion as a systematic development of awareness of the mind-body process and as an opening of the heart to metta (lov - ing-kindness). Beginning classes and one-day retreats are offered in Pasadena and Riverside. Weekend and longer re­treats are offered at Dhamma Dena in Joshua Tree, California. Jim Hopper teaches with the authority and support of Ruth Denison.

address: 401 South Fischer

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MIMC is a community meditation center offering evening sessions of meditation and dharma talks. Introductory classes are periodically given in mindfulness and loving-kindness practice. One - and two - day retreats are offered throughout the year. Participation is informal and teach­ings are offered on a daily basis. address: 16060 Skyline Boulevard, Woodside, CA 94062 PHONE: (415) 599-3456 spiritual

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Mountain Stream Meditation Center is evolving out of the interest and participa­tion of sitting groups and individuals in the Sierra Nevada foothill communities and surrounds. Our vision is in process and includes Insight Meditation instruc­tion and support for practice, develop­ment of practice through intensive retreats,

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We are a very low-key organization ori­ented towards facilitating Dhamma teachings and interconnections. We “midwifed” the Sanghapala Foundation until its separate incorporation in 1995 for the support of a Thai forest tradition monastery in the Ajahn Chah/Ajahn Sumedho lineage. We facilitated the his­toric lewish-Tibetan Buddhist dialogues described in the book Jew in the Lotus,

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Saddhamma Foundation was formed by close students of U Pandita Sayadaw to organize meditation retreats under his guidance and to raise funds for dhamma projects such as the new eighty-acre for­est meditation center outside Rangoon, Burma. We hold a weekly sitting group where detailed Satipatthana meditation instructions

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The San Diego Meditation Community began in 1985 with four members and has grown to its present size of forty members. We meet for meditation fol­lowed by a member-initiated dharma talk, a video, an audiotape, or an invited speaker. Breakfast provided by members follows. Meetings are held in private homes and on alternate

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Mark Berger has been practicing Vipas­sana (Mahasi Sayadaw tradition) since 1974 and has been teaching since 1985. He blends the power of his shaktipot with the foundation of awareness to assist stu­dents to quickly deepen their meditation. Teaching is given on an individual basis through weekly interviews and guidance. Small classes are held for beginners. Group meditations on weekday evenings. Call for times.

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We have a weekly group that meets to meditate, hear dhamma talks, and discuss various aspects of traditional teachings and practice.

address: c/o Eugene Cash, 1865 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123 phone: (415) 979-4879 lineage: Theravada, Ajahn Chah, and Mahasi Sayadaw

spiritual head: Eugene Cash contact: Same

affiliation:

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The Sanghapala East Bay Sitting Group meets weekly for chanting (in Pali and English), sitting meditation, live or re­corded dhamma talks by monks in the forest monastery tradition of Ajahn Chah, and tea and conversation. The first week of each month we meet in San Francisco, the other weeks in Berkeley. address: Box 4951, Berkeley, CA 94704- 4951

PHONE: (510) 620-0936 FAX: (510) 234-9431

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We publish a free newsletter that contains articles by Southern California Buddhist meditation teachers, which are intended to help meditators cultivate clarity, wis­dom, and the skillful means needed to find their own path. Our primary en­deavor is to add to the depth and scope

of Vipassana meditation practice so that it may always be vital and fresh, and to include the fullest range

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Meditation retreat center in the hills of Marin County. Core teachings are Thera­vada Vipassana meditation with a Ma­hayana flavor. A collective of teachers presents different styles and emphases within the framework of mindfulness practice. Some focus on traditional teach­ings of liberation through intensive prac­tice; others, on integrating

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A longtime disciple of the Very Ven. Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Sayadaw Phaya of Upper Burma, Rina Sircar is cofounder of Taungpulu Kaba-Aye (World Peace) Monastery and a professor at the Califor­nia Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She is also founder of the Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Meditation Center in San Francisco, where she offers ongo­ing meditation sittings and healing work­shops.

Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Monastery is a mo­nastic training facility in the Theravada tradition. Training under resident monks emphasizes mindfulness and loving­kindness practices for the healing of self and others. Located in the redwood for­ests of Santa Cruz County, the monastery offers a peaceful environment

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