John Martin

John Martin has been devoted to dharma practice since 2001. His practice includes both long retreat practice and an engaged practice in the world. In his teachings, he emphasizes the aliveness of practice in everyday life, as well as the cultivation of the beautiful heart qualities (brahmaviharas). John teaches Vipassana, Metta and LGBTQI-themed meditation retreats. John's spiritual path has also included volunteer service work, including over 12 years as a hospice volunteer. He completed the SRMC/IMS/IRC 4-year teacher training in 2016, and now serves on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council. 

John leads a Monday night sitting group in San Francisco. For more information, visit

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Featured Audio Talk
February 25, 2020 - Wise Intention - February Monthlong

When we practice with wise intention, we both bring more happiness into our lives, more happiness into the lives of people around us. Intention includes three aspects: renunciation, or letting go of sense desires, loving kindness, which counters ill will, and compassion, which counters cruelty.

Renunciation—letting go of needing things to be different than they are, loving kindness, and compassion all deeply support our practice of waking up and realizing a deeper happiness. Practicing wise intention is a gift both for the world and for our own practice right here.

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