Resources for study + practice
Local sitting groups
Sit with others! Dharma friends are the best support you can have for consistent practice.
Here’s a selective list of meditation groups in the Bay Area, mostly Theravāda Buddhist, with some Zen and Tibetan I know and value.
Introduction to Buddhist texts
Here’s a syllabus for serious beginners to start reading the Pāli Canon, perhaps the earliest extant Buddhist texts that have been preserved. The discourses in this list are among the most central and important in the tradition, and are a great intro to the beauty and depth of the tradition. They were made for a sutta study class at the East Bay Meditation Center in 2014, and I’ll add to this page over time with other recommendations.
Handouts, slides, chant sheets
Here’s a variety of handouts I’ve made for chanting & study. Feel free to download and use. If you want to use them in a teacher training or other commercial setting, that’s cool, but please let me know. A lot of work went into these, and I’m happy to offer them in the spirit of dāna.
Texts, outlines, and notes – Buddhist
another version of notes on the Dhammacakka, longer & more detailed
A chart of Theravāda meditation lineages (author unknown – if you know, lmk!)
Texts, outlines, and notes – Yoga & Śaiva Tantra
Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali (Sanskrit & English, Hartranft trans.) – this pdf is a very compact version of this. and notes & study guide for the YS
History of Yoga + further reading
Notes on the history of yoga, with primary texts (Original published essay. Sharing ok, but please cite.)
Trauma, Somatic Experiencing, Organic Intelligence
Chant sheet for yoga class
Sanskrit chants for kirtan
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
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)
Centers + Teachers
Here are links to centers, teachers, resources, and peers I work with and have been blessed to know.
Spirit Rock: my Bay Area dharma home. Go on retreat!
East Bay Meditation Center: focused on social justice & liberation for all beings. A treasure.
San Francisco Insight: Eugene Cash & Pam Weiss. My longtime SF sangha.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley: James Baraz & Kate Janke
Insight Meditation Center: Gil Fronsdal, Redwood City. Now with all-dāna retreat center!
Insight Meditation Society: the mothership of American vipassanā, Barre MA.
Metta Forest Monastery: Ajahn Thanissaro, San Diego.
Open Dharma: ditch your business suit, backpack in India or Spain, find these brilliant teachers.
Tibetan + Zen
Dharmata: Anam Thubten, Rinpoche. Point Richmond.
Pundarika: Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Dzogchen.
Tara Mandala: Lama Tsultrim Allione, in Colorado.
Mt Baldy Zen Center: my first intensive training.
SF Zen Center: beat roots to beet roots. Our local treasure.
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 & Aṣṭānga influence.
Rachel Shaw: longtime teacher, friend, peer. Also a doula, mama.
Isaac Milder: deepest yoga education of any teacher my age. Beyond his years.
Karen Macklin: wonderful teacher, writer, and dharma friend. Also teaches yoga & writing.