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“There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the
bloom of the present moment to any work, whether of
the head or hand . . . 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.

Sangha News!

• Starting April 5: Four-Week Class, “AWARE AND AWAKE: Mindfulness in Meditation and Daily Activity.” Register Now! More info
• Starting April 6: Weekly Drop-in Meditation and Dharma Talk
. Thurs. 6:30-8:00 PM, Ocean Gate Zen Center.
• Starting Monday March 20th: 6-week class, “The Buddha’s Mindfulness.”
More info.
Weekend Residential Retreat: “Fearless Presence: The Practice of Radical Mindfulness,” Friday April 21 – Sunday, April 23, Teacher: Carla Brennan, Jikoji Zen Center, Los Gatos. More Info.
• Five-Night Retreat, July 24-29, “Nature and Buddha-Nature,” Sattley, CA. More info.

You can now list Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation as the recipient of Amazon Smile donations! If you register for Amazon Smile and buy anything from Amazon when logged onto Amazon Smile, .05% of your purchased cost will go to Bloom of the Present. Go to:
• You can now donate to BOTP online! Click here.
• Volunteer for the Center for Farmworker Families. More info.
• Join the Santa Cruz Zen Center, Fridays. Help cook lunch for Homeless Garden Project. More info.