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“Equanimity – Freedom Beyond Identity and Preference”
Sat., February 10, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Insight Santa Cruz
740 Front Street, Suite 240 Santa Cruz, CA
TEACHERS: Carla Brennan and Lisa Dale Miller
“The entire world is disturbed with insanity,
due to the exertions of those who are confused about themselves.”
– Shantideva
“The Great Way is not difficult for those with no preferences.”
– Hsin Hsin Ming
Equanimity (upekkhā)—a stance of neutrality toward all internal and external phenomena—is fundamental to genuine wisdom and well-being. Yet of all the Brahmavihāras (lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity), it can be the most difficult to comprehend and practice. The view of equality requires a foundational grasp of the empty nature of all phenomena and direct experience of non-self. This day of teachings offers a unique opportunity to dive deeply into the clear, still, unimpeded ocean of equality and identitylessness through a variety of equanimity practices designed to cut through deluded grasping at preference, separateness and self. Participants must attend the entire day.
Carla Brennan, M.Ed., is guiding teacher for Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation and has been practicing meditation for over 40 years in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan traditions. She is also a teacher with the Foundation for Active Compassion. Carla was a psychotherapist in private practice and taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for 18 years.
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.
No pre-registration required.
Offered on a donation basis.
Everyone Welcome.


We are planning another nature-based retreat for July 2018.
July 23 – 28, 2018. Mark you calendars!
More details to come . . .







































Magic of Awareness
Residential Retreat with Anam Thubten and James Baraz
Nov 27 – Dec 2, 2017
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Woodacre, CA
More Info:

Bloom of the Present students are encouraged to attend at least one weeklong or longer retreat a year and several weekend retreats if possible. We are now fortunate to have the Insight Retreat Center in our neighborhood near Scotts Valley with many retreats with Gil Fronsdal and others. Spirit Rock Meditation Center is not far away in Marin County.


Cloud Mountain Retreat Center
South of Seattle, WA.

Mountain Stream Meditation Center
Centered in Nevada City, CA. Guiding Teachers, John Travis and Heather Sundberg

Insight Meditation Society
The original insight meditation retreat center in the US in Barre, MA.

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
Retreats combining study and practice.

Forest Refuge
For longer self-retreats in Barre MA.

Vallecitos Mountain Ranch
A lovely remote retreat center in northern New Mexico

Southern Dharma Retreat Center
A small retreat center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, mostly insight meditation.

Desert Dharma – Sky Mind Retreats
Nature-based insight meditation retreats. Guiding teacher Susie Harrington.

Gaia House
Main retreat center in England

Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC (Tara Brach)

Garrison Institute
Offers a variety of programs, mostly Buddhist related. On the Hudson River in New York.