Living the Dharma in Daily Life
Marin Sangha is an insight meditation (vipassana) group in Northern California, dedicated to offering the teachings of the Buddha and guidance in Buddhist spiritual discipline with an emphasis on direct experience and a special focus on living the dharma in daily life. Marin Sangha was established in 1998 with just a dozen members; we now have over one hundred regular participants.
Sangha means community. The Marin Sangha holds the intention of building community by creating a space where dharma students may gather to explore the unfolding of the teachings in their lives in a safe and welcoming environment. Everyone who attends is a valued member with a place in our community. This is an open group. People with all levels of meditation experience are invited to attend. New students are especially welcome.
Sundays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
St. Luke Presbyterian Church
10 Bayview Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901
Chairs are provided, but bring your own meditation cushions. Wheelchair accessible.
Dana (generosity) PracticeIn the Buddhist tradition, the teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless; therefore, there is no fee for attending the Marin Sangha weekly meditation meeting. However, in the Buddhist tradition we also practice dana, or generosity, by giving offerings in gratitude for the Dharma. Dana is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is given from the heart. Your generosity is a gift that supports the Sangha, the larger Dharma community, and your own spiritual practice. Dana also pays for our rent, insurance, and other operational costs.
Service OpportunitiesA substantial amount of effort goes into ensuring that each meeting goes smoothly. Sangha members are encouraged to volunteer to help set up before the meeting and straighten up afterwards. You may help on a regular or occasional basis. Jobs include setting up chairs, hanging Buddha's portraits, greeting new sangha members, and more. This is another opportunity to make friends, practice dana, and participate in the Sangha.
Dinner GroupAn ever-changing contingent of Sangha members goes out for dinner after the meeting. Anyone with an appetite for food and the company of dharma friends is welcome. If you are interested, please ask the greeters for more information.
Metta (loving-kindness) PracticeMetta means unconditional loving-kindness. It is cultivated and practiced as one of the four sublime states known as the brahma-viharas. It is also one of the ten paramitas, or perfections of character. There are many versions of metta; here are the phrases we use:
May you be safe from internal and external harm.
May you have a calm, clear mind and a peaceful, loving heart.
May you be physically strong, healthy, and vital.
May you experience love, joy, wonder, and wisdom, in this life, just as it is.