BOTP Organization

Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation
Mission Statement

The boundless heart of the Buddha inspires us to share his teachings of wisdom, compassion, loving-kindness, mindfulness, ethical behavior and liberation from suffering.  Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation is dedicated to offering these teachings through classes, meditations with dharma talks, retreats, and by encouraging daily meditation practice.  An emphasis is placed on bringing compassion and loving-kindness into our daily lives.  We invite all who are interested to join us on this path to freedom.  The core teachings of Bloom of the Present are based in the Theravada lineage of Buddhism.  We also integrate approaches from other Buddhist traditions.

We recognize that all people hold unexamined beliefs, assumptions, fears and prejudices about others, and especially those who seem different from themselves. These beliefs are a great source of suffering for individuals and societies. We welcome 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.

Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

THE GUIDING CIRCLE

ISABELLE copyIsabelle Rosenlund (President) started her practice in earnest in 2000 at Vipassana Santa Cruz under the guidance of Mary Grace Orr. During those years, she co-founded a local chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. She has been involved with Carla Brennan & Bloom of the Present since its beginnings and particularly enjoys Carla’s nature retreats. Her practice has also been inspired by the teachings of Ajahn Amaro, Joanna Macy, Pema Chodron, Lama John Makransky, & Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Serving on the Guiding Circle of BOTP is an expression of her gratitude towards the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.

HOLLYHolly Thomas (Treasurer) was first introduced to insight practice fifteen years ago and began a more committed study to this practice about six years ago. Her appreciation for the natural beauty of the world, and her curiosity about the nature of things, led her to explore  Buddhist tradition and discover the rich teachings of  Carla Brennan and Bloom of the Present. As a new member of the Bloom of the Present Guiding Circle, she is thrilled to be able to express her gratitude for this wisdom and to acknowledge the interconnection that we all share. Holly is dedicated to support the teachings of wisdom, loving-kindness and compassion through her participation with Bloom of the Present.

Guiding Circle Contact Information:
Isabelle Rosenlund: isarosenlund@gmail.com • 831-662-0144
Holly Thomas: holsthomas@gmail.com • 831-535-9449
Carla Brennan: brennan.carla@gmail.com • 831-212-6641

A Special Thanks to Our Emeritus Circle members: Carol Van Den Bos, Ann Russell, Jim Powell, Joyce Nicholson, Nancy Noel, JoAnn King, Laura Marini, Martin Carver.