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“There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the
bloom of the present moment . . . I grew like corn in the night.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden


Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation

is a Buddhist community dedicated to bringing greater wisdom and compassion into the world. Mindfulness meditation, talks, classes, and retreats are held throughout Santa Cruz County, CA. Carla Brennan is the Guiding Teacher. We are open to anyone who wishes to study contemplative practices and develop more freedom in their lives. BOTP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

We welcome, accept and affirm people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, classes, religions, abilities and ages. We are committed to providing a safe place for all people to explore the dharma and awaken to their true nature. BOTP is a member of Out in Our Faith, an interfaith organization in Santa Cruz that supports LGBTQI people in their spiritual practice.

Sangha News!

• NEW DATES! Monthly Sunday Morning Practice and Talk. First Sundays, Ocean Gate, 9/1. Third Sunday, Insight Santa Cruz, 9/15. More info.
• Sat. October 5. “Meditating with the Redwoods” daylong retreat outdoors. Register now:  More info.
• Starting in September, Carla will teach 3rd Sunday morning at Insight Santa Cruz and 1st Sunday Morning at Ocean Gate Zen Center.
• Individual meetings with Carla.
More info.

• Help the Center for Farmworker Families. More info.
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