May Newsletter

On this month’s Solidarity and Compassion evening on the 8th, Dave Richo, author, Buddhist teacher and psychologist, will talk about the Shadow, personally and collectively. The Shadow is what is hard to look at in ourselves and in society. When I read spiritual and secular articles these days, it seems that many of us try to find out how to be with what is difficult. And when we think of the history of Buddhist philosophy, we see that the Buddha’s starting point was dukkha: suffering. He realized that there is too much suffering in life and set out to find relief from it. Meditation and Insight can help us live with balance and awareness. A few days ago, I was lucky enough to have an extended chat with Jack Kornfield, just about that question. He emphasized that practice helps us in understanding our LRPPS (Longstanding, Recurrent, Painful Patterns, say: Lurps) and that awareness practice assists us in not taking them so personal. But, he emphasizes, the only way to do this is through compassion, warmth and love. Detachment does not help our complexes to dissolve, individually and communally.  We need to bathe ourselves and our world in loving awareness, so we can heal. Having the intention to live with understanding and compassion is the first step. Gathering together in community is another. Seeing ourselves clearly with loving awareness is yet another step. Remembering the bigger reality of love and awareness that is a priority there, and which we can always touch into, is hugely important. Sharing our gifts with others through service: is what multiplies our learning and allows our world to heal. Let’s gather together and do good!

On May 8th we will be having our Solidarity and Compassion Project with Dave Richo on “Facing the Shadow with Loving Awareness”  at 7 pm at the Unitarian Society, Parish Hall.

On June 29th Dave Richo and I will be hosting a “Mindfulness and Loving Kindness in Relationships” from 10 am-3 pm. Location TBA

Only a couple men’s places are open in our four-day retreat, July 11-14, at Mt. Calvary Retreat House in Santa Barbara with Souken Danjo and me.

On September 20-22nd Harrison Heyl and I will offer a “Metta Retreat” practicing LovingKindness, Compassion, Forgiveness, and Gratitude within the container of Mindfulness.

On November 15-17 2019 Peter McGoey and I will co-facilitate a weekend meditation retreat for people in recovery & friends. Peter McGoey, MFT has been the director of Cottage Hospital’s recovery and rehab program for nearly 30 years.

We also want to announce that we are planning to give a Mindfulness and Compassion Facilitator program in 2020. This will be our third program of such kind in Santa Barbara.

With love,

Looking Ahead

July 11-14
Heart of Mindful Meditation
Weekend Retreat

Radhule Weininger
& Soken Danjo 

Mount Calvary Monastery, SB
September 20-22
Metta Retreat
Radhule Weininger
& Harrison Heyl
Mount Calvary Monastery, SB
Coming Soon
Ongoing offerings of One Dharma Sangha are meditation groups: 

  • Mondays at 7 PM at St. Michael’s Church In Isla Vista
  • Tuesdays at 6 PM at the Natural History Museum in the MacVeagh House
  • Second Wednesday at 7 PM “Solidarity & Compassion Project” at The Unitarian Society, Santa Barbara
  • Thursdays at 6 PM at The Sacred Space, Summerland
For more information, visit Radhule’s website
It contains an Events Calendar where you can find upcoming activities, who will be leading, as well as upcoming One Dharma Sanga gatherings and other useful information.
Weekly Sitting Groups
Led by Facilitators in our Heartwork Training Program
Mindfulness in Recovery” Wednesdays at 7:00 PM  at The Alano Club – drop-in meditation group for people in recovery. Lead by Arno Jaffe
Sound Bath and Aromatherapy Meditation”  Thursdays 8:15-9:15
at Yoga Soup – Lead by Anahita Holden
Everyone welcome – Always free

Radhule Weininger, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist psychology, is the founder and guiding teacher of the One Dharma Sangha as well as the founding teacher of Mindful Heart Programs in Santa Barbara, California.  She is mentored by Jack Kornfield in her teaching and by Joanna Macy in her interest in Engaged Buddhism. Radhule has a strong interest in the direct experience of the sacred and how this can inspire our service to others. Her book “Heartwork: The Path of Self-Compassion“, with a forward by Jack Kornfield is published by Shambala Publications. RadhuleweiningerPHD

“There is no healing without heartwork, intimately tending to the wounds we’ve been avoiding for so long. In this powerful and beautiful book, Radhule Weininger will help you find the courage, pathways and clarity needed to embrace this life with love.” – Tara Brach, Ph.D. Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge.

Michael Kearney, MD, a Palliative Care Physician with over 30 years experience. He has been interested in combining medical treatment with approaches that enhance the innate healing of body and mind, such as Buddhist meditation and Native Spirituality. Michael’s latest book, The Nest in the Stream: Lessons from Nature on Being with Pain was published by Parallax Press in February 2018. MichaelkearneyMD

The vision of Mindful Heart Programs is to provide sacred space to practice and cultivate sustainable caring for ourselves, for others and for our world through mindfulness, compassion and nature connection. Help us to offer retreat time and our programs to those in financial need and those are truly intending to dedicate themselves to sharing with their friends, family or community the skills gained in this program. MHP is committed to providing substantial financial support each year to our practitioners so that the benefits of the teachings are available to all.

Your generous gifts to our financial assistance program continue to make this possible.  Your donation is tax-deductible.