Coastside Vipassana has been meeting weekly at the Montara Hostel in the Fog Signal Building since 2008.
The hostel is perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is run by a nonprofit, member organization founded on an enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around. Coastside Vipassana is grateful to the hostel staff for their support.
Coastside Vipassana is informally associated with the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City.
What to Expect
Folding chairs are provided. The floor is carpeted if you want to bring your own cushion or pad to sit on.
The Fog Signal Building is heated by a pellet stove, but can be chilly on cold foggy evenings. Please dress accordingly.
Vipassana meditation is also called mindfulness or insight meditation. It was first taught by the Buddha 2500 years ago and has spread all over the world. In this style of meditation, one learns to pay attention to what arises without judgment or reaction. In so doing, the mind can become clear and steady, and we can begin to see things as they really are, without the distortion of our hopes, fears and confusion. Some apply mindfulness to reduce stress and control pain, and many find the practice a help with daily life, but the Buddha’s purpose was clear: this way of seeing leads to freedom from suffering.