The Buddha said that Generosity brings joy at every stage: in the intention, in the act of giving, and in the reflection afterwards. In my own practice, generosity has become more and more important over the years. I’ve found a rich practice in bringing attention to the impulse to give and having an underlying intention to act on that impulse--regardless of what form of giving it might be. We can also cultivate an intention to notice subtle layers of expecting something in return. And, we can further cultivate a practice that fully recognizes and honors the generosity of others, even for the smallest acts.

John's dharma talk is 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:


Friday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St., San Diego, Bard Hall

Parking is validated in the ACE parking lot adjacent to the church. We encourage carpooling.

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Following a 2,500 year tradition in which the community financially supports the offerings provided, the teachings and meditation sessions in this event are offered on a generosity (Dana) basis. No one is turned away because they cannot give. We are encouraging members to give what their budget and hearts of generosity allow, and/or to sign up for monthly giving on our Donations page.

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

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

Join Insight San Diego as we explore the Brahmaviharas. 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