Isla Vista Meditation

'If you want to know the path on the mountain, You must be the one who comes and goes on it.' -Hori, V. S. (2003). "Zen Sand". Capping Phrase #10.207.


During Fall 2019, our schedule is:

Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm
St. Mike’s Chapel
6586 Picasso Road
Isla Vista, CA 93117

We invite all people in the community to join our Zen meditation practice. We will sit in silence, practice walking meditation, and join in informal discussion. Dress in comfortable, (preferably dark) clothing and bring your friends!

Our group is lead by Zen practitioner Margarita Juteki Delcheva who is also a poet and a PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature. Margarita has practiced with Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara at The Villge Zendo in New York since 2008 and has recently moved to Santa Barbara, where she has connected to the Santa Barbara Zen Center.

Affirmation of Welcome

Walking the path of liberation, we express our intimate connection with all beings. Welcoming diversity, here at Ocean Mist Sangha, the practice of mediation is available to people of every race, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. May all beings realize their true nature.

It’s part of our practice to serve our community.

Del Playa Beach Clean Up, 04/27/14

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IV Community Freebox Clean Up, 01/18/14


Friday January 18th 2014, some of us gathered at  the I.V. Community Free Box – a clothing exchange hub in Isla Vista.  Lifting, inspecting and sorting clothing into trash or treasure was a mindful activity, leaving us wondering:  Which party was this top left behind at? Are there children small enough to wear this sock? Where were these jeans first made and what was their journey to this bin?  It was a very human connection.  We needed to concentrate, notice, see patterns, match. As our overseer Michael commented, “It is a great job for those who want to exercise their OCD!”  Quite a few folk dropped by to chat or look for clothing as we worked through the piles of items.

The Community Free Box is now a less daunting source of perfectly fine clothes for protection, warmth, and modesty or fun!

The IV Community Free Box may need some regular or occasional maintenance, so this could become a once-a-month activity.

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