Resources for study + practice

Local sitting groups

Sit with others! Dharma friends are the best support you can have for consistent practice. A partial list of meditation groups in the Bay Area, here.

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Handouts, slides, chant sheets

Here’s a variety of handouts I’ve made for chanting & study. Feel free to download and use.

History of Yoga + further reading

Notes on the history of yoga, with primary texts (Original essay. Sharing ok, but please cite properly.)
Slides for History of Yoga lecture
Slides for lecture on Saiva Tantra + Hatha Yoga
Dharma and Yoga reading list

Hindu chanting

Chant sheet for yoga class
Sanskrit chants for kirtan

Hanuman Chalisa
Gayatri Mantra with melody by Deva Premal
Jaya Jagadisa Hare
Radhe Krsna Bolo Mukhase (bhajan from Calcutta)
Some kirtan chants with sargam and chords
Sargam (scale syllable) exercises

Buddhist chanting

Pali chants for kirtan
Pali refuges and five precepts
Metta chant and sutta
Invitation to the Devas
Setting the Wheel of the Dharma in Motion (whole sutta)
Refuge and Great Protector verses
Chant book from Amaravati monastery
Heart Sutra in Sanskrit and English (tr. by Red Pine)

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Sweat+Study class texts

Sweat+Study: Heart of Recognition

Heart of Recognition (Pratyabhijnamhrdayam) trans. by Harish Wallis
Notes on Tantra

Sweat+Study: Buddhist Sutras

1: Turning the Wheel of the Dharma
Here’s a long, beautiful commentary on the 8-fold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

2: Mindfulness of Breathing
This commentary by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli is technical, but excellent.
Larry Rosenberg’s book Breath by Breath is much more accessible, and very good.

3: The Heart Sutra
We’ll use the wonderful translation and commentary by Red Pine.

4: The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch
Again, we’ll use [excerpts from] Red Pine’s translation & commentary.

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Centers + Teachers

Here are links to centers, teachers, and peers I work with and have been blessed to know.

Insight Meditation

Spirit Rock: my Bay Area dharma home. Go on retreat! Go!
San Francisco Insight: Eugene Cash + Pam Weiss. My longtime SF sangha.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley: James Baraz.
Insight Meditation Center: Gil Fronsdal, Redwood City. Now with all-dana retreat center!
IMS: the mothership, Barre MA.
Metta Forest Monastery: Ajahn Thanissaro, San Diego.
Open Dharma: ditch your business suit, backpack in India or Spain, find these brilliant teachers.
Access to Insight: all the Theravada text resources you didn’t know you loved so much, you scholar, you.
Dharma Seed: listen. Stream to cross the stream.

Tibetan + Zen

Tara Mandala: Lama Tsultrim Allione, in Colorado.
Dharmata
: Anam Thubten, Rinpoche. Point Richmond.
Pundarika: Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Dzogchen.
Mt Baldy Zen Center: my first intensive training.
SF Zen Center: beat roots to beet roots. Our local treasure.

Yoga

Yoga Tree SF: where I teach most of my classes. Telegraph Studio.
Piedmont Yoga Studio: Venerable Bay Area studio now under new ownership.
Yoga Garden SF: I teach philosophy and history in their teacher training program.

Loka Yoga: Alice Joanou, a primary inspiring teacher for me. Oakland. Like no other.
David Moreno: my first teacher training. Bihar, Anusara + Astanga influence.
Rachel Shaw: longtime teacher, friend, peer. Also a doula, mama.
Isaac Milder: deepest yoga education of any teacher my age (and he’s younger than me by a bunch!). Beyond his years.
Karen Macklin: wonderful teacher, writer, and dharma friend. Also teaches yoga + writing.

Responses welcome