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Nick Van Kleeck


Developing Tranquility, Insight and Happiness Through Meditation and Mindfulness in Daily Life   - taught by Dharma Treasure Teacher Nick Van Kleeck

In this class you will learn meditation techniques to unify the mind and improve your mindfulness. You will also learn a great deal about the mental patterns that cause you dissatisfaction and distress and strategies to increase mindfulness in your daily life. This leads to more ease and happiness and ultimately creates insights into the true nature of reality.

Each class will consist of a 30 to 40 minute guided meditation, a short talk about meditation or mindfulness, and an opportunity for questions and discussion. Advanced registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome.

When: Thursday Evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Fee: $3-5 (sliding scale based on your financial situation)  - No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

Nick Van Kleeck:  has practiced meditation since 1987, first in the Zen tradition with Robert Aitken and John Tarrant, and later with Vipassana teachers including Gil Fronsdahl.  His related interests include inquiry as practiced in the Diamond Approach and Somatic Experiencing as taught by Peter Levine and Steve Hoskinson. He has been studying with Upsaka Culadasa since 2010.




Back Yard

About Chuong Tran:
 For 20 years I was a student of meditation in my home country, Viet-Nam, where I practiced the Mahayana form.  This was interrupted when I moved to the United States in 1991, which led to a state of depression.  Fortunately, I found my way to Mary McWhorther’s garage which was the first TCMC sangha.  I have been practicing Vipassana meditation ever since.  In 1999, I helped Mary run monthly workshops for beginners. In 2000, I lead some TCMC classes, and in 2001, I started the weekly Wednesday night Metta (Lovingkindness) class.   Shinzen Young is my main teacher.  My spiritual life has also been influenced by Eric Kolvig, Thich Nhat Hanh, Steven Smith and Sharon Salzberg.  This led to positive approach to my own practice and mentoring.

Back Yard
Back Yard

Back Yard

Lovingkindness and Mindfulness 6:30-7:30 PM


"Like a spring that flows naturally in the wilderness, True Love streams forth from the unfixated mind and body. "

 The three skill sets which help us to experience this Present moment are : "Concentration – Clarity – Equanimity ".

Each month, we will work with a different sense gate or a combination of sense gates, in motion or stillness with variety of techniques to enrich our daily life practice.

The class consists of guided meditations, and discussion.

 This approach to meditation is based on " The Five Ways " of Shinzen Young, which encourages the practice of creativity and Love.

 All are welcome .