Teaching, Practice, Community

This mandala represents the shared vision of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center community.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is founded to create an enduring Dharma retreat, practice, community and study center rooted in the Buddhist tradition. The teachings at Spirit Rock Meditation Center are based upon the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, as expressed in the suttas of the Pali Canon. These suttas offer clear, ethical, social and ecological teachings supportive of a wise and compassionate life in the world, as well as instruction in a range of meditative practices. The primary meditative practice taught at Spirit Rock is vipassana (insight) meditation, as described in the Satipatthana Sutta (the Four Foundations of Mindfulness) and other supportive practices including mindfulness of breathing (Anapanasati Sutta) and loving kindness meditation (Metta Sutta). The purpose of the teachings and practices is the realization of wisdom in the words of the Buddha, “the sure heart’s release.”

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is a place where these traditional teachings can flower in an American form. For centuries in Asia, most of Buddhist practice has been preserved in monasteries. In the west, the focus is shifting to a growing community of lay meditators, whose vision of spiritual practice includes preserving the depth of traditional wisdom and teachings while also developing an integrated and openhearted life of engagement in the world. Following the Buddha’s teachings of interconnectedness and non-duality, our commitment is to realize liberation by making the practice of mindful awareness the basis of our lives.

Message from Sylvia Boorstein about the Sangha of Thousands of Buddhas

“When leading, be generous with the community, honorable in action, sincere
in your words. As for the rest,
do not be concerned.”
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