Day of Compassion

with Rick Avery

  • Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Diego, CA.
  • Date: June 10, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join Insight San Diego and Rick Avery, for a Day of Stillness, Noble Conversation and Compassionate Action: The perfect antidote to mental restlessness. Everyone is welcome.


Have any of you noticed an increase in mental restlessness, numbness or free floating anxiety? Through a combination of embodied, heart opening meditation practices, small and large group experiential exercises, we will each have an opportunity to personally explore what helps us to cope with this epidemic of mental restlessness and pervasive anxiety we all face in our current situations. Come be among like-minded people who share a common noble wish to develop their open heartedness and increase their clarity in their daily actions.

Rick started meditating about 35 years ago when he realized "the pursuit of happiness" as he understood it was only making him more unhappy. In his journey to understand his and others’ heart/minds, he has been fortunate enough to have been a psychotherapist, organizational consultant and clinical instructor for the past 45 years. He is also a Certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer of the CCARE program associated with Stanford University. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty, Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego Medical School.

What to Expect and Items to Bring: This event will take place indoors in Bard Hall on the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego campus. Chairs and some zafus and zabutons will be provided. Feel free to bring your sitting cushions if you like. Bring a bag lunch, snacks, and water. Wear comfortable clothing.

Event cost: $30.00 advanced registration. Scholarship funds are available should finances be an obstacle to attending; information can be found on the registration page.

Parking is validated. We encourage carpooling

Registration and check-in: begin at 8:30.

Registration is required for this event.

For questions contact Irene at

Dharma Talk
Discover What Death Teaches About Living Fully

with Frank Ostaseski

  • Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Diego, CA. Meeting House
  • Date: July 7, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Dying is inevitable.

It is the most intimate of all experiences.

We can’t be truly alive without maintaining an awareness of death.

In this talk, Frank will explore how ordinary people develop profound insights and, as a result, are transformed in the dying process. Both the person dying and their caregiver(s) often find profound love and a deep capacity within themselves that they didn't know existed or had access to. Frank reveals how caregivers during this process discover an innate trust and reliable goodness in themselves. They also discover how they emerge as someone more expansive than the small, limiting, and separate self they had previously taken themselves to be.

Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He co-created the 2-year Heavenly Messenger program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Frank has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people and trained countless clinicians and caregivers in the art of mindful and compassionate care. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom.2.0, and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. His work has been highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, featured by Bill Moyers in his PBS television series, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. More info:

Event cost: Following a 2,500 year tradition known as Dana, this Dharma Talk is offered on a generosity (dana) basis. No one will be denied because they cannot pay. We are encouraging members to donate what their budget and hearts of generosity allow, and/or to sign up for monthly giving on our Donations page.

Parking is validated. We encourage carpooling

For questions contact Cindy at

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Other Upcoming events

Stay tuned for more information

  • 2-day Non-residential Retreat

    • Title: At Once Here and Disappearing
    • Teacher: Frank Ostaseski
    • Dates: July 8-9, 2017
    • Details found on our Retreats page
  • Dharma Talk

    • Teacher: Donald Rothberg
    • Date: September 22, 2017
    • Check back soon for topic and other details
  • Dharma Talk

    • Teacher: Carol Wilson
    • Date: October 19, 2018
    • Check back soon for topic and other details