"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Sitting Groups Led by Spirit Rock Teachers


Ayya Anandabodhi
3rd Sundays, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley Ave, near Bancroft & Berkeley High School.
Tea & Conversation (5:30 - 6:45pm) Meditation, Refuges & Precepts, Dhamma Teaching (7:00 -9:00pm)
For more information:

James Baraz
Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley Ave, near Bancroft & Berkeley High School.
For further information see

Will Kabat-Zinn
Sunday evenings 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley at Studio 38
933 Parker St., #38 BAY 5
For more information:

Marin County

Phillip Moffitt, Guiding Teacher
Marin Sunday Sangha
Sundays, 6 - 8 pm
St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Drive, San Rafael, CA, 94901
For further information visit Handicap/wheelchair accessible, newcomers always welcome. Introductory course for beginners is offered 2 times a year.

Nevada City, CA

John Travis
Mountain Stream Meditation Center, 710 Zion Street
Local meditation center and affiiiated sitting groups across the Sierra Foothills
Info at


Larry Yang and other Alphabet teachers
Alphabet Sangha of Oakland (LGBTIQ-SGL)
Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm
East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC), 2147 Broadway, Oakland
For Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Same-Gender Loving (Alphabet) communities.

Palm Springs

Larry Yang and others
Insight Community of the Desert
Sundays, 4:30 - 7 pm
at 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg. C, 2nd Floor, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Visit or contact or (888) 280-6777 for more info.


Ayya Anandabodhi & Ayya Santacitta
Aloka Vihara, 2409 Tolowa Trail Placerville, CA 95667
Saturdays - 7pm - 9:30pm: Chanting, silent meditation and Dhamma sharing.
Sundays - 5:30pm: Tea and Dhamma. 7pm Chanting and Meditation, with an opportunity to take the Refuges and five precepts
2nd Sundays at Main St. Yoga, Placerville, CA 95667   Tel: 530-748-3513 5pm - 7pm Meditation (with instruction) & Dhamma Teaching
All are welcome. (530) 647-8262

Redwood City

Gil Fronsdal
Insight Meditation Center, 108 Birch Street (at Hopkins Ave), Redwood City
For further information visit
email or call (650) 599-3456.

San Francisco

Anushka Fernandopulle (and other younger female teachers)
Monday, 7 - 9 pm - Open to all to attend
For more info:

Eugene Cash
Sundays, 7 - 9 pm
First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St (at Geary). (2nd Sunday of month: 6 - 7 pm, orientation/review instructions).
Info or call (415) 994-5951.

Howard Cohn
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, 1661 15th Street at Julian (between Valencia & Mission)
entrance on Julian St, through the garden.
Call (415) 447-7761 or visit for more info.

Todos Santos, Baja, CA

Robert Hall
Info at

Tucson, AZ

Anna Douglas
Clear Sky Sangha
Ongoing group meets twice monthly.
For info, call Kelcy at (520) 577-7084.