We Are Building American Buddhism

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

P.O. Box 169
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Woodacre, CA 94973
Telephone: (415) 488-0164, ext. 224
Website: www.spiritrock.org
Attn: Jack Kornfield and Louise Franklin

Description of Organization

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. We provide silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds with a willingness to develop their own practice.

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2005, the Foundation funded a $15,000 grant to benefit the "Path of Engagement" program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, located in Northern California. This two-year training program was designed to cultivate greater wisdom and compassion in community and business leaders, service providers and activists, in an effort to help them develop the capacity to sustain momentum and involvement in the important issues of our day. Structured around a series of silent meditation retreats, the program worked to illuminate the connection between individual, relational and social transformation; providing a bridge between the secular perspective on outer change and more traditional Buddhist teachings focusing on inner change. Emphasis has been on developing an approach to and understanding of the world’s problems in a manner that maintains connection rather than the belief that we are alone in our efforts.

In 2019, A grant was awarded for $12,500 to support The Fierce Urgency of Now: A Gathering of Buddhist Teachers of Black African Descent. This is a seven-day retreat for taking refuge at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, developing community, and sharing the experience of being both black and Buddhist in America. This retreat will have three focus areas: 1) providing mutual support, sharing pedagogy and establishing a new-cross lineage sangha; 2) centering the needs of the black community and the role that Buddhist teachers of African descent can play in the pursuit of a collective healing and liberation; and 3) celebrating shared rich black heritages.


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