Thursday Night Drop-in


Weekly Teacher-led Meditation and Dharma Talk

Bloom of the Present is offering a weekly teacher-led meditation and dharma talk.
Everyone Welcome!

6:30 -8:00 PM

Ocean Gate Zen Center
920 41st Ave., Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
Please enter the building from the parking lot side.

Each week on Thursdays there will be a drop-in meditation period followed by a dharma talk and discussion. Carla Brennan, BOTP Guiding Teacher, will usually be leading the session. When Carla is unable to teach, there will be a guest teacher or senior student. New and experienced students are welcome to attend.

6:30 – 7:10 Silent Meditation
7:15 – 8:00 Dharma Talk and Discussion

AUGUST 17 – Teacher: Carla Brennan 
Talk: “Emptiness and Natural Awareness”
AUGUST 24 – Teacher: Lisa Dale Miller
Talk: “Awakening in the World”
Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP, is licensed to practice psychotherapy in California, New York and Oregon. She specializes in Integrative Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing Therapy and Embodied Presencing skills for complex trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, stress disorders and relational discord. She is the author of a highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health professionals, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence. Her greatest joy is training clinicians in the applications of mindfulness and Buddhist psychology. She is a dharma teacher and has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades.
AUGUST 31 – Teacher: Carla Brennan
SEPTEMBER 7 – Teacher: Carla Brennan
DONATIONS: This program is offered on a “dana” basis. There is a suggested sliding scale of $5-15 for the evening. More or less is gratefully accepted. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Non-monetary donations are also welcomed.

Please arrive on time and stay for the entire program.

PARKING: 920 41st Ave. is at the corner of Bain Ave. and 41st. It is near the Family Cycling Center and across Bain from Betty’s Burgers. There is a parking lot behind the 920 41st building and there is parking on Bain Ave. Please enter the building from the parking lot side.

NOTE TO THE SANGHAOut 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: