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Lions Roar : March 2012
A DIRECTORY OF MEDITATION, RETREAT, AND YOGA CENTERS SHAMBHALA SUN Network california AGAINST THE STREAM BUDDHIST MEDITATION SOCIETY 4300 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029. (323) 665- 4300, Fax: (323) 665-4404, email@example.com, www.againstthestream.org • Founded by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against The Stream has two cen- ters in Los Angeles and Santa Monica offering weekly classes, daylong retreats, and special class series. CALIFORNIA TENDAI MONASTERY PO Box 811, Cobb, CA 95426. (707) 295-7733, keisho@ xprs.net, www.caltendai.org • Japanese Mantrayana. HOSHU-IN is the goma-do and daily life is modeled on SEKIZAN ZEN-IN in Kyoto. VK Leary Keisho, Abbot. DHAMMAKAYA MEDITATION CENTER OF SAN JOSE 19198 De Havilland Dr, Saratoga, CA 95070. (408) 490- 4448, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dmc.tv/en • Home of Dhammakaya Meditation in Northern California. Weekend Meditation classes and retreats. Sunday Buddhist ceremonies. Please contact us for details. FRESNO RIVER ZEN Unitarian Church, 2672 East Alluvial, Clovis, CA 93611. (559) 877-2400, Fax: (559) 877-4570, Fresno@emptynest zendo.org, www.emptynestzendo.org • Meditation and discussion Monday evening and Saturday mornings; Abbess Grace Schireson and Rev. Peter Schireson teach- ing. Retreats and Buddhist precepts. INSIGHTLA 1430 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404. (310) 774- 3325, www.insightla.org • InsightLA offers classes, sitting groups, retreats and special events dedicated to opening minds and hearts. Buddhist wisdom inspires all our pro- grams in Vipassana meditation and secular-mindfulness education in Los Angeles. JIKOJI ZEN CENTER 12100 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033. (408) 741-9562, email@example.com, www.jikoji.org • Sunday program, work- shops, day-long sittings & sesshins. Available for group & individual retreats. Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi lineage. Resident teacher, Shoho Michael Newhall. Details on website. LAND OF MEDICINE BUDDHA 5800 Prescott Rd, Soquel, CA 95073. (831) 462-8383, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.landofmedicinebudha. org • Tibetan Buddhist Center, Study Programs, Workshops & Retreats, Facility Rentals, Guest Accomodation, Hiking Trails, Sauna, Bookstore, Santa Cruz County. LION’S ROAR DHARMA CENTER 1809 19th St, Ste A, Sacramento, CA 95811. (916) 565- 6314, Fax: (916) 492-9396, email@example.com, www.lionsroardharmacenter.org • LRDC provides medita- tion instruction and Dharma designed specifically for all level of practitioners with daily life commitments. Founder, Geshe Lobsang Gyatso. Director, Lama Yeshe Jinpa. LOS ANGELES SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER 963 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041-1705. (323) 255-5472, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.la.shambhala.org • Free meditation instruction available: Sundays 9 am- noon, Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Extensive programs in Buddhist teachings and practice, Shambhala Training, and Contemplative Arts. For further information please call or check our website. LOST COIN ZEN San Francisco, CA 94117. (800) 731-5061, contact@lost coinzen.com, www.lostcoinzen.com • Modern, interna- tional Zen group. Koan study with Doen Sensei in person or by skype. Zazen. Weekly groups, retreats. Rooted in traditional practices, Lost Coin harnesses the power of “The Way” to remove barriers to seeing your true nature and to achieving goals and joy in everyday life. MODESTO VALLEY HEARTLAND ZEN GROUP Modesto Church of the Brethren, Rm 5, 2301 Woodland Ave, Modesto, CA 95358. (209) 535-6750, modesto@ emptynestzendo.org, www.modestozen.org • Zen medita- tion and teaching Thursday 6:30 - 8:30 p.m . Zen Recovery group first Saturday monthly (9:30 - 11:00 a.m .) . PACIFIC ZEN INSTITUTE Based in Sonoma County, CA, and the San Francisco Bay area. (707) 544-0540, www.pacificzen.org • Meditation, Koan Study and the Arts. Weekly gatherings, regular semi- nars, seasonal long retreats. John Tarrant Roshi, Director. RANGJUNG YESHE GOMDE CALIFORNIA 66000 Drive Thru Tree Rd, PO Box 162, Leggett, CA 95585-0162. (707) 925-0201, email@example.com, www.gomdeusa.org • Dzogchen meditation and retreat center under the direction of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Teachings, study and practice with teachers in the Chokling Tersar lineage. RISSHO KOSEI-KAI INTERNATIONAL OF NORTH AMERICA DHARMA CENTERS 4255 Campus Dr, University Center A-245, Irvine, CA 02612. (949) 336-4430, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rkina.org • Founded in Toyko 1938. Bodhisattva practices: Sutra Study, Chanting, Calligraphy, Hoza, Meditation. Located in HI, CA, OR, WA, TX, CO, OK, IL OH, FL, NY. SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER SAN FRANCISCO/ SHARCHEN DZONG 1231 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA 94103. (415) 796- 2507, email@example.com, www.sfshambhala.org • Newly opened! FREE MEDITATION & INSTRUCTION: Tues & Wed 7:30 pm-9 pm (Tuesday’s Beginner’s Night) & Sun 9 am-Noon (w/dharma talk). See website for classes. Shambhala Buddhist, Kagyu & Nyingma Teachings. TIBETAN NYINGMA INSTITUTE 1815 Highland Place, Berkeley, CA 94709. (510) 809- 1000, Fax: (510) 649-9774, nyingma-institute@nyingma. org, www.NyingmaInstitute.org • Home of Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye), Nyingma Psychology and the Time, Space, and Knowledge Vision. Offering retreats, workshops and classes. VAJRAPANI INSTITUTE FOR WISDOM CULTURE PO Box 2130, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. (800) 531-4001, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vajrapani.org • A meditation retreat center offering Tibetan Buddhist retreats and pri- vate meditation retreat cabins. Available to rent for your spiritual group. ZEN CENTER OF SAN DIEGO 2047 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109. (858) 273-3444, www.zencentersandiego.org • Teachers: Elizabeth Hamilton, Ezra Bayda. Daily sitting sesshins, teacher consultations. northwest CANYON MOUNTAIN CENTER 511 SE Hillcrest St, John Day, OR 97845. (541) 932-2725, email@example.com, www.bodysoulalignment.com • the renunciate lifestyle is a very power- ful way to teach people to rethink their ordinary relationship to their lives and their possessions.” At the Garrison Institute in July, Sogyal Rinpoche, the author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, spoke about Mingyur Rinpoche’s retreat as a wandering yogi. “In the future, Sogyal Rinpoche said, “he’ll be someone we all look toward as a guide and refuge.” MINGYUR RINPOCHE’S close students knew he aspired to become a wandering yogi. What they didn’t know was when he would leave. “I think that was very inten- tional,” says Cortland Dahl. “Rinpoche obviously wants and wanted to be on his own. But it would have been next to impossible for him to do that if he’d actu- ally told anybody when he was leaving. His Tibetan students—out of a mixture of devotion and caring and fear—would have forced an attendant on him.” The reverence accorded to wandering yogis in the Tibetan tradition is often in the abstract, says Pitkin. In practice, people don’t generally want their own guru to leave, so the biographies of the wanderers are peppered with people trying to pin them in place. “It’s great that Milarepa wandered,” Pitkin jokes, “but it’s much better if my teacher stays here with me.” Mingyur Rinpoche is expected to wander for three to five years, possibly longer, and to come back in the same way he left. Without warning. Meanwhile, Myoshin Kelley believes that Mingyur Rinpoche is spending or will spend at least part of his time in the mountains. “This is not only for his love of them,” she says, “but because they are such a conducive environment for med- itation. He has frequently told stories of yogis coming down from the cave to test their practice in the marketplace. Maybe he will first head for the mountains and then find his way to the chaos of a big city. Really, Mingyur Rinpoche could turn up anywhere and I find this a fun thought. Keep your eyes open and treat everyone as if they are your guru!” ♦ SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2012 91