Dharma Centers & Meditation Groups
Santa Barbara, California

BodhiPath Buddhist Center
Resident teacher, Dawa Tarchin Phillips

Now open  12-1pm   Monday - Friday for meditation.  
If you have been looking for a place to drop in to do your meditation  at lunch time, this is it.   The space is available.   And you are welcome.

Tuesday Meditation 6-7 pm

Thursday Meditation and teaching 7-9 pm

Third Sunday of month Meditation 10:30-12:30

Regular classes, Special Events & Retreats

Santa Barbara Bodhi Path offers a high quality curriculum of instruction in Buddhist meditation practice and philosophy. The Center was founded in 1997 at the direction of Shamar Rinpoche. Since then, hundreds of students have come to learn and practice in a modern, non-sectarian environment focused on authentic Buddhist teachings taught and practiced by authentic teachers. We are a diverse community of practitioners encompassing all ages and levels of practice. Dawa Tarchin Phillips is the resident teacher, and we regularly host visiting teachers. Everyone is welcome.

102 West Mission
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Tel: 805-284-2704


Santa Barbara Zen Center: Sitting & Special Events.

All Are Welcome
Beginners are invited to phone in advance to request zazen instruction: 213.479.9519

Sunday Morning Service, Zazen, & Dharma Talk
MacVeagh House, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol

8:30 Set-Up
9:00 Sutra Service
9:25 Zazen (Sitting Meditation)
9:55 Kinhin (Walking Meditation)
10:05 Zazen (Sitting Meditation)
10:35 Dharma Talk

For information about retreats, classes, special events, practice periods, and the Santa Ynez Valley Zen Meditation Group, please visit:http://www.santabarbarazencenter.or


Odiyana Institute: Tibetan Buddhist, Nyingma Lineage

Teacher: Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok
1524 Anacapa St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

Information: (805) 776-8018

Chenrezig Puja 10am Sunday mornings, occassionally Green Tara Practice instead

Daylong retreats & Special Events

email: ksodiyanainstitute@gmail.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OdiyanaInstitute/

Open Door Sangha

Buddhist Vipassana (Insight)/mindfulness meditation community primarily in the Theravadan tradition. We welcome all in an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and free of ritual.
Teachers: Alice Alldredge, David Dillinger, Gary Hill, John O’Conner, and Shelley Gault
Contact Information:  Hugh Michaels, opendoormeditation@gmail.com
Website:  http://insightmeditationsb.org

1. Monday Night Sitting Group
7:30-8:30pm Small Chapel, at the 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 first Monday of each month one of the members gives a short talk to share their practice and leads a discussion.

2. Thursday Night Sitting Group - 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Basement room under the small Chapel, Unity Church, 227 East Arrellaga Street (Between Garden and Santa Barbara Streets, parking lot behind church off Valerio St.). This group is led by several of the experienced members of the Sangha, many trained at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the Bay Area. It offers more teaching and guided meditation than the Monday night group. Each meeting will include a time of silent meditation, a short dharma talk, and a discussion.

3. Thursday Noon Sitting at UCSB 12:10-12:50 pm - 4301 Life Sciences Building (room across the breezeway from the elevator). Alice Alldredge 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 provide

II. Half-day Retreats Twice a Month The Sangha offers half-day silent retreats on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 9-11:30 AM in the Chapel at Unity Church 227 East Arrellaga St. People may join all or some of the morning.

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).

Special Events: Week end and daylong retreats with guest teachers, beginning meditation classes, programs for experienced practitioners, and social events are offered throughout the year.

One Dharma Sangha
Radhule Weinineger, PhD,
radhule@gmail.com, 805-455-6205
A mindfulness sitting group, integrating the Mahayana emphasis on “compassion and freedom for all” with a Theravadan sitting practice. Guided mindfulness meditations are complemented by Kindness, Compassion and Forgiveness practices. We encourage dialogue between Buddhist and Western psychology, and relevant and accessible ways to apply our practice in our daily lives.

Sitting/Practice times & places
Mondays 7-8.15pm St. Michael’s University Church, Isla Vista,
Tuesdays 6pm Museum of Natural History, Mac Vaigh House, EXCEPT for
First Tuesdays 7pm: Trinity Episcopal Church, SB, State and Micheltorena
Thursdays 6pm La Casa de Maria, loft, Montecito
One Sunday afternoon per month, 2.30-6pm: Mindfulness Practice Half-Day Retreat at La Casa lacasademaria.org


Carpinteria Meditation Group
Teachers: Robert Lehmann and Anne Fraser
Lehfras1@gmail.com and jigmepainter@gmail.com
La.shambhala.org - go to Open Sitting Hours
Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation in the Shambhala tradition
and ongoing classes and discussions based on the teachings of
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and
Pema Chodron.
Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Carpinteria Woman's Club - all are welcome, men and women
1059 Vallecito Road
Carpinteria CA 93013
Affiliated with the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles and
The Ojai Valley Shambhala Meditation Group
Meeting together since 2011.

Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies
B. Alan Wallace, President and Founder
Contacts: info@sbinstitute.com

Yearly Retreats in Santa Barbara. Podcast Series

Tara Ling Santa Barbara

Teachers: Vidya Gauci facilitates monthly dharma classes under the guidance of Her Eminence Sakya Dagmola. On special occasions, visiting Lamas from authentic Tibetan Buddhist lineages lead a class and offer special teachings and traditional empowerments.

Contact Information:Vidya Gauci, vidya@taralingsb.com

Website: sakya.org
Activities: Tibetan Buddhist Study—Sutrayana and Vajrayana meditation practices; Monthly/Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; at EMID, 224 Vereda Leyenda in Winchester Canyon, Goleta, CA.
Under the guidance of H.E. Jamyang Dagmo Sakya and Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, sakya.org, Tara Ling Santa Barbara meets each month to provide the opportunity to study and practice Tibetan Buddhist dharma together in depth. Lama Dagmola is one of a handful of revered Tibetan women teachers in the West, and she has asked Vidya Gauci to lead classes for Tara Ling Santa Barbara. Tara Ling Santa Barbara has been locally meeting for several years..

The class begins with a Vajrayana meditation practice, and then in the spirit of contemplative study, a chosen spiritual text is studied in class, with the opportunity to deeply reflect and discuss relevant questions that the text inspires. All classes are by donation and all are welcome to attend!

Deep Streams Zen Institute

Teacher: Joseph Bobrow Roshi

First and Third Wednesdays of the month 10:00am-11:30am

Friends Meeting House
2012 Chapala Street Santa Barbara, CA 93105

All are welcome. Please allow time to get settled.
There are two 25 minute periods of zazen (zen meditation).
Joseph also offers dokusan, an opportunity for a one-to-one exchange.

If you're new to Zen, email Larry Barber at lcbarber355@gmail.com.

Ocean Mist Sangha in Isla Vista.

Zazen: Zen Meditation for All
Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30pm
Chapel - St. Michael's University Church
6586 Picasso Road | Isla Vista, CA 93117

We invite people of all backgrounds in the community to join our zen meditation circle. We sit with moment to moment awareness, practice walking meditation and contemplate change and emptiness. Dress in comfortable, (preferably dark) clothing and bring your friends!

Led by Kim DeBacco kimdebacco99@gmail.com
Regular schedule:
5:10 – 5:35: Zazen ~ some guided meditation to start (re: posture, breathing)
5:35 – 5:45: Kinhin ~ walking meditation: slow, then faster
5:45 – 6:15: Zazen ~ and the Heart Sutra, the 4 Bodhisattva Vows
6:15 – 6:30: Circle ~ discussion; announcements & events.

“Bare Bones” zazen:
We sit 3 x 25 min periods with 5 min kinhin in between.
Bells & incense; no sutras or discussion circle. Deep silence.

For more information about visiting speaker & full moon schedules go to the website


Radio Show: KitchenTable, airs Saturday 6am. kcsb 91.9 fm santabarbara, kcsb.org,
archived on RadioFree America

Features dharma teachings & other wisdom traditions, guest speakers & more.

Emily Kadi: emily@12starsministry.com


Palyul West, a Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma Center.

Teacher: Norma Byrne, resident Buddhist Minister.

Contact information: Norma (805) 680-4826 call or text, email bynorma@cox.net

Ongoing Prayer Vigil for World Peace: Every Wednesday from 7 am to 7pm in private residence.
One and two hour shifts are available. Newcomers are cheerfully trained in a practice for the vigil.
Contact Norma.
Study Group: Khenpo Norgay's book on Nam Cho Ngondro, Buddha in the Palm of the Hand, titled,
"Dusting Off Your Buddha Nature." Every other Tuesday. Next classs is 4/18. Visitors are welcome, books
available for purchase.
Contact Norma for info.

Palyul West is part of a larger organization, Kunzang Osdal Palyul Changchub Choling in Poolesville, Maryland.
The resident Tulku is Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, an American woman who was recognized as a Tulku by
His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in 1987.


Mahakankala Buddhist Center, New Kadampa Tradition

Classes & Special Events
Resident teacher, Keli Vaughan
508 Brinkerhoff Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Rigpa - Santa Barbara
Sogyal Rinpoche
865 La Milpita
Santa Barbara CA 93103

Sitting, Study Group, Special Events

Contact Angelika: (805)687.5323


Goenka Vipassana
Anyone who has done a 10-day course
with the Indian teacher Goenka  is invited to join.

Part of a larger California Vipassana Group.
Call 209.877.4386 for newsletter and information
on retreats and other events.
Also see http://www.dhamma.org
Contact: Jim Smallwood 805.962.9953

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