Meditation Resources

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs are designed for people who are experiencing the signs of stress in daily life and who want to achieve more balance. The programs also complement the medical management of illness, chronic pain, and stress-related disorders. Training in mindfulness meditation; gentle movement such as yoga, qigong, and walking meditation; and group support are explored. The curriculum is designed to promote healthy living, renewal, and stress management for those who yearn for more balance in day-to-day life.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Classes:

San Francisco:
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF
1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150 at Sutter St., San Francisco
Register/Info: (415)353-7718

Kaiser MBSR – Open to the public
San Francisco Medical Center
Register: (415) 833-3450

San Rafael:
Kaiser MBSR – Open to the public
San Rafael Medical Center
Register: (415) 444-2173

MBSR Classes also taught by:

Carolyn Bennett, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
San Rafael and Berkeley

Sheryl Morgan Ph.D. MFT
San Rafael
(415) 226-6071

South Bay:
Local mindfulness programs offered in hospitals in Mountain View, San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Monterey.
Bob Stahl, MFT
(831) 469–3338

East Bay:
MBSR East Bay

Mindfulness Meditation Audio CDs
John Kabat-Zinn Ph.D.

Center for Mindfulness
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Founding Director: John Kabat-Zinn Ph.D.

Shambhala Meditation Centers

Shambhala is an international community of 150 meditation centers, that draws on a wide variety of contemplative traditions with the core practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation from the Tibetan lineage. According to the Shambhala tradition, there is a natural source of radiance and brilliance in the world, which is the innate wakefulness of human beings. This is the basis, in myth and inspiration, of the Kingdom of Shambhala, an enlightened society of fearlessness, dignity and compassion. Shambhala offers an excellent training program in how to meditate.

Berkeley Shambhala Center

(510) 841-3242

San Francisco Shambhala Center
(415) 731-4426

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group
San Rafael
(415) 457-4157

Sitting groups are offered in other local areas.

Vipassana Meditation Centers

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

PO Box 169, Woodacre, CA 94973 (West Marin County)
(415) 488-0164
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight or Vipassana Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. The Center hosts a full program of ongoing classes, daylong programs, and residential retreats.

Insight Meditation Center of the Mid-Peninsula

1205 Hopkins Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94062
(650) 599-3456

Vipassana San Jose

Vipassana Santa Cruz

Insight Meditation Community of San Francisco

East Bay Dharma Center

Zen Meditation Centers

The Zen Meditation Centers make accessible and embody the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha as expressed in the Soto Zen tradition established by Dogen Zenji in 13th-century Japan and conveyed to us by Suzuki Roshi and other Buddhist teachers. Our practice flows from the insight that all beings are Buddha, and that sitting in meditation is itself the realization of Buddha nature, or enlightenment.

San Francisco Zen Center
Practice Locations: City Center (San Francisco), Green Gulch Farm (Marin), Tassajara (Carmel Valley)

Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center

Mountain View

Santa Cruz Zen Center

Foundation for the Preservation
of the Mahayana Tradition Meditation (FPMT) Centers

The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) transmits the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through Tibetan Buddhist teachings, meditation, community service, 142 Buddhist retreat centers, and projects that preserve the tradition. FPMT is based on the Gelugpa Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsong Khapa of Tibet as taught by the founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Land of Medicine Buddha

A Center for Healing and Developing a Good Heart
Soquel, CA
(831) 462 8383

Vajrapani Institute

Boulder Creek, CA
(831) 338 6654

Gyalwa Gyatso Buddhist Center

San Jose, CA
(408) 792 3460

Tse Chen Ling Center

San Francisco, CA

Tsa Tsa Studio/Center for Tibetan Sacred Art

San Francisco, CA
(415) 503 0409

Other Meditation Instruction

Adyashanti’s nondual teachings have been compared to those of the early Zen masters and Advaita Vedanta sages. Expressing both the infinite possibilities and the ordinary simplicity of a spiritually realized life, Adyashanti’s teachings are directed to those who are sincerely called to awaken to their true nature and embody this life-changing realization.
Bay Area satsangs, intensives, retreats, books and tapes.
(408) 356-5554


What is Qigong?
Qi (Chi) means life energy and gong means cultivation and its benefits. Qigong, an ancient technology and revitalized science of energy healing, is developed through more than 5000 years of Chinese history. Through gentle movement, visualization, sound, breathing and conscious intention, the ancient practice of Qigong energy healing dynamically restores the life energy and creative power within oneself.

Wisdom Healing Qigong
Master Teacher Mintong Gu
Grand Master Dr. Pang Ming of the the world’s largest medicine-less Qigong hospital in China.
Basic DVD: Qigong for Energy Healing
Teacher referrals for your area.

Meditation CDs

Pema Chödron CD Sets:

  •  How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends Wtih Your Mind
  • Pure Meditation: The Tibetan Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace
  • Awakening Compassion: Meditation Practice for Difficult Times
  • Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality
  • Noble Heart: A Self-Guided Retreat on Befriending Your Obstacles

Relaxation CDs

Emmett Miller M.D.
As a physician, health educator, and a pioneer in mind-body medicine that is now on the cutting edge of modern medicine, Dr. Miller brings an understanding of how the mind and body can work in harmony to produce healing, balance and wellness. A variety of CDs is available.
Letting Go Of Stress: Four Effective Techniques for Relaxation & Stress Reduction

Abundant Well Being Series
with Nischala Joy Devi
Deep Relaxation; Dynamic Stillness; Sojourn to Healing; Relax, Move, & Heal

Mindfulness Meditation Practice CD’s & Tape s

with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Series One: Body Scan Meditation, Mindful Yoga, Sitting Meditation
Series Two: S itting Meditations, Lying Down Meditations
Series Three: Breathscape, Soundscape, Choiceless Awareness, Heartscape

Wisdom Healing Qigong
Master Teacher Mintong Gu
Grand Master Dr. Pang Ming of the the world’s largest medicine-less Qigong hospital in China.
Basic DVD: Qigong for Energy Healing

Meditation Books

• Wherever You Go There You Are – Jon Kabat-Zinn
• Sacred World: The Shambhala Way to Gentleness, Bravery, and Power – Jeremy Hayward
• Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior – Chögyam Trungpa
• The Wisdom of No Escape: and the Path of Loving Kindness – Pema Chödron
• Start Where You Are – Pema Chödron
• When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advise for Difficult Times – Pema Chödron
• The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times – Pema Chödron
• Practicing Peace in Times of War – Pema Chodron
• Noble Heart: A Self Guided Retreat on Befriending Your Obstacles (tape/CD set) – Pema Chödron
• The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness – Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
• Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life – Thich Nhat Hanh
• The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation – Thich Nhat Hanh
• The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – Sogyal Rinpoche
• Zen Mind, Beginners Mind – Shunryu Suzuki
• Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts – Reb Anderson
• Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains: Dharma Talks on Zen Meditation – Reb Anderson
• A Path With Heart: A Guide through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life – Jack Kornfield
• A fter the Ecstasy, the Laundry : How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path – Jack Kornfield
• Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There : A Mindfulness Retreat with Sylvia Boorstein – Sylvia Boorstein
• It’s Easier Than You Think : The Buddhist Way to Happiness – Sylvia Boorstein
• The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation – Joseph Goldstein

Meditation Magazines

Shambhala Sun: Buddhism, Culture, Meditation, Life

Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

Mandala Magazine

Meditation Supplies and Catalogs

Yoga Props (San Francisco)

Hugger-Mugger Yoga Product s

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