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Monday Night Sitting Group – 7:30-8:30 pm
Small Chapel,  Unity Church, 227 East Arrellaga Street (Between Garden and Santa Barbara Streets, parking lot behind church off Valerio St.).
 This group sits for 45 minutes (starting right on time, so please come a bit early).  The group visits briefly afterwards to share issues in meditation practice or in bringing the dharma into daily life. The first Monday of each month one of the members gives a short  talk to share their practice and leads a discussion.  Chairs provided. Please bring any other sitting materials needed


  Thursday Night Sitting Group – NEW TIME and location from Mar 1st  –  7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  same location as Monday night 

This group is led by several of the experienced members of our Sangha, offering more teaching. Each meeting includes a time of silent meditation, a short dharma talk, and a discussion period. Chairs provided.

Speaker schedule:

2/8 David

2/15 David •

2/22 John

3/1 Shelley – group will  meet in small Chapel on ground floor

3/8 Gary

3/15 Gary

3/23 Alison •

3/29 John

4/5 Cici

4/12 Shelley

4/19 Alice

4/26 Alison •

David and Alison will be working with the topics of racism,  white privilege, and Buddhist practice at the Thursday night sitting group on February 15, March 22, and April 26. They have suggested the following books for anyone interested:
What Does It Mean to be White by Robin DiAngelo (HIGHLY recommended)
Awakening Together by Larry Yang (from the perspective of Vipassana communities)
Deep Diversity by Shakil Choudhury
See you there.


NEW Half-day Retreats Twice a Month

1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

In order to offer opportunities for people to deepen practice during daily life, the Sangha will offer half-day silent retreats on the first and third Tuesday of each month.  We meet from 9-11:30AM in the Chapel at Unity Church. The retreats will be led by members of our teacher team or experienced students.  Each morning’s practice will follow this schedule:

  • 9:00 – 9:45 am Sitting
  • 9:45 – 10:30 am Walking
  • 10:30 – 11:15 am Sitting
  • 11:15 – 11:30 am Dharmette (Brief talk) or Q and A with a teacher, or dharma discussion facilitated by an experienced student.

After the morning’s practice, those who wish are invited to meet for a sack lunch in Alice Keck Park gardens—weather permitting. You are welcome to come for as much of the morning as your schedule allows. If you arrive when a sitting period has already begun, please do enter the Chapel quietly and find a seat. These retreats are offered freely, and your dana is gratefully welcomed.

   Thursdays Noon Sitting at UCSB – 12:10-12:50 pm

4301 Life Sciences Building (room across the breezeway from the elevator).  

Alice Alldredge, one of the Open Door Sangha’s experienced meditators, leads a 30-minute meditation with some guiding in the Vipassana tradition for UCSB staff, students, and practitioners from the near-by community.  All welcome. Chairs provided