Margarita Loinaz

Guest Teacher

Margarita Loinaz began buddhist practice in 1977 with Kalu Rimpoche and trained in the Theravada and Tibetan traditions. Her Dzogchen teacher is Lama Drimed Norbu. She began teaching in 1997 leading the Women of Color Sitting group with Marlene Jones and co organizing the first People of Color Retreat at SRMC in 1999. She worked as a public health physician in San Francisco serving the homeless and Latinx communities. Her current teaching blends Dzogchen practice with social justice and environmental awareness. She was born in the Dominican Republic and is a grandmother.

Margarita Loinaz
After the three traditional refuges, sometimes I use a fourth refuge: taking refuge in the great mother. I take refuge in the supreme mother, the perfection of sublime knowing, that straddles both the understanding of the empty nature of things, and the relative way in which we work. It is a bridge between the relative and the absolute, and is called “the mother of all Buddhas,” because it is through this depth of understanding that Buddhas become Buddhas—understanding saṃsāra and nirvāṇa, the absolute and the relative, and how they are inseparable.
Margarita Loinaz, Refuges, Meaning, and Awareness

Margarita Loinaz's Upcoming Programs

Retreat Online

Sunday, August 18 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Staying Open at the Edge of Experience

Finding freedom in the midst of intense experience is possible when our hearts remain open right at the edge of the unfolding. This process is facilitated by our recognition of our essential nature from which insight, tenderness, compassion, and deep understanding arise. Together—through movement, stillness, and inquiry—we will explore ways to recognize and abide in this essential nature.

Margarita Loinaz

Margarita Loinaz

Dharma Library

Can't join us live online or on the land? Study and practice at your convenience with Margarita Loinaz through our new library of recordings, articles, and self-paced online courses.

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