Heart of Awareness - A Day of Mindfulness Meditation

This will be an Insight Meditation Daylong that emphasizes the cultivation of the beautiful heart qualities of loving kindness and compassion, while letting go of the forces that cloud the heart and mind. The qualities of loving kindness, compassion, and letting go together constitute Wise Intention on the Eightfold Path. During this daylong there will be guided meditations, instructions, and sitting and walking periods. The teachings will emphasize bringing these qualities into our daily lives to support clarity, calm, and sense of living in harmony with our heart’s deepest wishes.

John's daylongs are part of a series of 4 activities in March and April offering a "dive deep" into the Brahmaviharas.

John Martin has been devoted to dharma practice since 2001. His practice includes both long retreat practice and an engaged practice in the world. In his teachings, he emphasizes the aliveness of practice in everyday life, as well as the cultivation of the beautiful heart qualities (brahmaviharas). John teaches Vipassana and Metta (loving kindness) meditation retreats. John's spiritual path has also included volunteer service work, including over 12 years as a hospice volunteer. He serves on both the Spirit Rock Guiding Teachers Council and the Teachers Council. He leads both a Dedicated Practitioners Study Group and a continuing Advanced Practitioners Study Group.

Date & Time:

March 23, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Sign-in starts at 8:30 am)


First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Diego, CA. Bard Hall

Parking will be validated

What to Expect and Items to Bring:


Bring your own zafu and zabuton if preferred - there will be chairs and several zafus and zabutons available. Bring your lunch and water (no refrigerator or microwave).

Registration Info:

Registration is required for this event. The cost is $30.00. Please note that none of the registration fees go to the teacher. At the end of the retreat you will be invited to offer dana, or donations, to the teacher. Additional details are found on the registration page.

Should finances be an obstacle, please visit our scholarships page for information about financial assistance. To be considered for a scholarship, applications need to be submitted no later than March 11, 2019.

Additional Info:

For questions contact Alby at alby@insightsd.org

The four Brahmavihāras, also known as the Four Immeasurables, are a series of virtues and Buddhist meditation practices designed to cultivate those virtues. The Brahmavihāras are:

  • loving-kindness or benevolence (metta)
  • compassion (karuna)
  • empathetic joy (mudita)
  • equanimity (upekkha)

Join Insight San Diego as we explore the Brahmavihāras. Everyone is welcome. Attend any or all parts of this series:

  1. March 5 - April 23, 2019. Compassion Cultivation Training offered by Richard Avery. 8 Tuesday evenings
  2. March 22, 2019. Dharma talk by John Martin
  3. March 23, 2019. Heart of Awareness - A Day of Mindfulness Meditation with John Martin. This Insight Meditation Daylong will emphasize the cultivation of the beautiful heart qualities of Loving Kindness and Compassion that are key supports in the practice.
  4. April 27, 2019. Daylong: Equanimity as a Support for Compassion by Richard Avery