We are a group of people that meet weekly for community and meditation. Our aim is to provide a place for us to meet with a foundation of non-harming to support each other in creating a more peaceful world. Beginners are always welcome. Each meeting will include meditation instructions, wisdom teachings and group discussion. Meditation will be done in chairs. The Insight Richmond meditation group welcomes all cultures and identities, and will offer meditation instruction and support for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Martin Luther King Jr
You might feel that you can't meditate because of an idea about yourself or about meditation. However to meditate we start where we are - with a busy mind or restless heart. Mindfulness meditation is not about coming to a kind of blank thoughtless state - in actuality, it is not about coming into any particular state at all. Mindfulness meditation is way of observing and experiencing the totality of our experience moment by moment. Mindfulness allows us to practice peace with everything that arises both during meditation and non-meditation times including impatience, grief or ease. We unlearn our old habits of judging our thoughts, feelings and experiences while developing new habits of non-judgmental awareness. When the mind is clear and free then wisdom and intuition arise naturally.
"There is no way to peace, peace is the only way." A.J. Muste
6:30-8pm Wednesday evenings
6226 Arlington Blvd Richmond, CA
Mary Davis fell in love with meditation in 1997 and has practiced and studied in Tibetan traditions before coming to Insight Meditation ten years ago. She is currently enrolled in Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program, and teaches beginning meditation at Mission Dharma in San Francisco as well as serves on its Board of Directors. Mary has taken the lead in bringing mindfulness classes and sitting groups for staff and physicians at Kaiser San Francisco where she works as an administrative manager. She has been a proud resident of Richmond for the past 24 years.
Wednesday evenings from 6:30- 8pm
Open Door United Methodist Church.
6226 Arlington Ave. Richmond.
Each evening includes meditation instructions, meditation, wisdom teachings and discussion
suggested donation: $5 - $20
no one turned away for lack of funds
Thomas Davis is an East Bay Area native, and has been committed to spiritual evolutionary practices for over 20 years. As a former minister in the Christian tradition, he has served in capacities as Youth / Adult Teacher and various roles as Community Support Volunteer and Activist.
For the past 5 years Thomas has been deeply committed to the practice of Meditation and Dharma Studies at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland. He has served as Coordinating Committee Member and Volunteer Coordinator and is a Co-Founder of the EBMC Men of Color Deep Refuge. Presently he is also studying in the Community Dharma Leader Training Program sponsored by Spirit Rock. Thomas also presently lives and works at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Thomas holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and brings a refreshing passion for understanding and integrating the Dharma into the living experience all of our communities
Ashley Sharp 500 E-RYT, is known for her wit, practicality, and tenderness as an instructor. She teaches yoga, meditation and wisdom around the Bay Area including at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has studied meditation in the United States, India, and Myanmar. She has also trained in yoga nidra (a reclining meditation practice). She completed the "Dedicated Practioner Program," (a two year intensive study and practice program) and the "Community Dharma Leader" (a two year teacher training) through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In addition to teaching retreats internationally and local immersions and trainings, she has sat in silent meditation retreat for just about one year. ashleysharp.net