The South County Meditation Group meets in Oceano on Sunday mornings from 9:00am ‑ 10:15am for meditation and discussion in the Gudrun Hus Studio at Tierra Nueva Cohousing, adjacent to the town of Halcyon (see Maps) (see Brochure).
Our meditation practice is informed by the wisdom tradition of Buddhism. All levels of meditation experience are welcome, and it is not necessary to be a member of White Heron Sangha to attend. If someone is new to meditation, and new to the group, the facilitator, or one of our group members, may guide the meditation for the first 10 minutes or so. Individualized meditation instruction is available upon request.
We are a peer-led group, in the tradition of kalyanamittata ("admirable friendship", or "spiritual friends").
The usual meeting format is: start with reading the Beginning Practice, meditate for 30 minutes, read the Ending Practice, then announcements and discussion. Sometimes, we extend the meditation period to 45 minutes.
We do not meet when there is a White Heron Sangha weekend retreat.
Generally, after the first sitting of each month, for those who are so inclined, we have a casual social time with tea and light refreshments.
Books that we have read recently include:
The book that we are currently reading is:
Date Opener Facilitator Program (updated 10/13/2018) Oct 14 Susan Susan 4. The Eternal Present | Touching the Eternal Present • Notice Now • Moral Mathematics of the Moment • Beginner's Mind • How Then Shall We Live? • Finding Sanctuary • Timelessness of the Natural World • Lover of the Moment • That's for You
Practice: Open to Timelessness
Oct 21 Steph Kat 5. Fear of Freedom | Trauma, Fear, and Freedom • Self-Hatred • Trying to Please • Fear of Falling • Acting Flawlessly • Lean into the Wind
Practice: Entering Difficulties with an Open Mind and an Open Heart
Oct 28 6. Forgiveness | Forgiving Yourself and Another • Your Spirit Is Not Bound by Your History • Honoring the Past • Heart of Forgiveness • Courage and Clarity • True Release • I'm Going to Kill You • Letting Go: The Chord That Completes the Song
Practice: Forgiveness Meditation
Nov 4 Tea Time Sunday - Extended Meditation (45 minutes), followed by free-form discussion and social time. Nov 11 7. Freedom from Troubled Emotions | Praying for Our Enemies • Powerful Inner Forces • Befriending the Trouble • Resolving Conflicts • Facing Demons • Dawn of Compasion
Practice: Compassion • Practice with Troubled Emotions
Nov 18 David 8. Elegance of Imperfection | Invitation to Care • Tyranny of Perfection • Wild, Uncharted, Imperfect Glory • Eyes of Love • What You Have Left • Mastery • It's Already Broken
Practice: I See You, Mara • Practicing Imperfection
In addition to our regular Sunday morning meditation and discussion, we also have other get‑togethers from time to time.