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

JULY 20 – Teacher: Carla Brennan
Talk: “Equanimity: The Ultimate factor”
Carla will complete the series on the Seven Factors of Awakening.

JULY 27 – Teacher: Nicola Amadora
Talk: “Cultivating the Courageous Heart”
Nicola Amadora PhD. is a Dharma Teacher and Hakomi Therapist. She has been leading retreats and trainings for 25 years in Europe and the USA. Nicola lived and studied with Thich Nhat Hahn, is initiated in the tibetan Karma Kagyu lineage and trained in Vipassana at the Spirit Rock Center as a Dharma leader. She has been practicing daily meditation since 1983 and has been teaching Dharma & Mindfulness for beginning and advanced students at different centers. Her joy is to support people to awaken, to live present and wholeheartedly in their relationships and our world. Nicola teaches with a warm heart, humor and depth.
AUGUST 3 – Teacher: TBA
AUGUST 10 – Teacher: Carla Brennan
AUGUST 17 – Teacher: Carla Brennan
AUGUST 24 – Teacher: Lisa Dale Miller
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: