September 2018

Buddhist Insight Meditation (also known as Vipassana) is a comprehensive approach to awakening the heart and mind. At the heart of Insight Meditation is the cultivation of a moment-to-moment attention that is clear, stable, nonjudgmental, and kind. Insight or Vipassana refers to “clear seeing.”

Seeing clearly refers to seeing things as they truly are, minus our projections and the interpretations that can cause us suffering and stress. The practice, beginning with focusing on the breath, steadies and calms the mind so that, in seeing our experience more clearly, we begin to relate to it in a way that brings more calm and peace to our lives. It may well support us in coping more effectively with the pressures of daily life, reducing stress responses, bringing more kindness to our relationships, managing difficult emotions, or even increasing energy and creativity.

Insight Meditation is a process of continual discovery that can lead us to the full development of our wisdom and compassion. In cultivating an open and clear awareness, we wake up to what is below the image of ego, and what is beyond the ups and downs of experience. We see that life has a much deeper texture, if only we look in a different way.

Carrie Tamburo, Ph.D., has practiced meditation in the Insight and other Buddhist traditions for over 30 years. Carrie has spent much time in silent retreat, including retreat periods of up to two months in length. She translates Buddhist teachings into Spanish and teaches meditation in both English and Spanish in San Diego and other parts of California. Carrie is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program, as well as a former Spanish professor and Latin Dance instructor.


Sept. 13, 7 pm - 9 pm:Intro/Breath
Sept 20,7 pm - 9 pm: Body
Sept 27,7 pm - 9 pm: Emotions
Oct 11,7 pm - 9 pm: Thoughts
Oct 18,7 pm - 9 pm: Wrap up/daily life
Oct 25,7 pm - 9 pm: Practice

If you have already taken this course, you are welcome/encouraged  to deepen your understanding by attending again - especially if you have a year or less of practice.  Even if you are a meditator with an established practice, but wish to review the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, you are most welcome.

First Unitarian Church, 4190 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92103, Room 323. Parking permits will be available.


Additional Info:

Chairs will be available for seated meditation. If you already have a cushion that you like to use, feel free to bring it.

For questions please contact Carrie at carriemarí

Registration Information


Following a 2,500 year tradition in which the community financially supports the offerings provided, the teachings and meditation sessions in this class are offered on a generosity (Dana) basis. No one is turned away because they cannot give. Insight San Diego and dharma teachers are solely supported by the generosity of attendees.

At the end of the class, you will be given the opportunity to offer dana. We are encouraging attendees to give what their budget and hearts of generosity allow. Insight San Diego also accepts donations online on our donations page.

Introduction to Meditation Class
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