Friday Dharma Class

Fridays offer various teacher-led and peer-led classes throughout the year. We meet at a sangha member’s home in Capitola.

January 12, 19 will be drop-in peer-led meditation sessions, 10:00-11:15 AM
Winter teacher-led class with Carla Brennan starts January 26. See below. For more info about Friday drop-in meditation, contact Bruce at:

FRIDAY TEACHER-LED WINTER 2018 – Starts Friday, January 26, 2018

5-week class, 10:00-12:30 Capitola
Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
Teacher: Carla Brennan

Registration is required and space is limited. Please only register if you can attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions. To reserve your spot, email Bruce at:

We will be using the book, Insight Dialogues: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom by Gregory Kramer. If you register, please purchase the book ASAP. If money is an issue, we have scholarship funds to cover the cost of the book. If you would like to request this, contact Isabelle:

This approach will help us integrate our Dharma practice into perhaps the most challenging area to remain mindful, open and nonreactive: while interacting with others. Each class will include silent meditation, mindful movement, discussion of the dharmic framework of Insight Dialogue, and the practice of interpersonal meditation using dharma topics.

Here is an excerpt from the Insight Dialogue book:
“Interpersonal meditation reveals the suffering associated with our relational lives, and in society as a whole, much more directly than individual meditation. It is exceptionally effective at revealing desires and fears about being seen, the dynamics of loneliness, and the powerful but hidden processes by which we construct a self-image. Interpersonal meditation also provides us with a more direct way to unbind the knots behind this relational suffering and confusion. Its dynamics are similar to those of traditional, personal meditation: we gradually cultivate mindfulness and tranquility; these qualities allow us to apprehend the moment-to-moment nature of experience; what we then realize, frees us. But because interpersonal meditation works with the moment-to-moment experience of interacting with another, it brings the liberating dynamic of meditation into our interpersonal lives. From there it migrates to society as a whole.

In Insight Dialogue, meditators encounter more stimulation to react or cling to than they would in silent practice. Along with this challenge, they discover the unique gift of mutual support for seeing things as they actually are. Because the guidelines, the practice, and the insights all address the dynamics of relating with other human beings, they follow us into our everyday lives easily and naturally. We also learn to recognize the spark of clear clear awareness present behind the clamor of human encounter. Each moment of human interaction becomes part of the path to awakening.”
– Gregory Kramer, Insight Dialogues: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom

By donation. No fee is charged. There is a suggestive sliding scale of 75-$125 for the 5 weeks. This amount also includes a donation to Roberta. You will need to have a copy of the book. There is scholarship money available for book purchases. 

FRAGRANCE FREE NOTE: Out of consideration for those with allergies to chemicals and fragrances, Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation events are fragrance-free. Please respect your friends in the Dharma and refrain from using fragrances and scented products when you attend programs. A good resource for finding fragrance-free products: