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Please come and join other meditators at these regular meditation and discussion group meetings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm every Wednesday evening.

Currently, in these Covid days, we are meeting via Zoom.

Please write to to have your name added to our local sangha list, and you will receive weekly reminder with the zoom link.


Tempel Smith has recently moved to Victoria, B.C. with his wife, Kristina Bare, who is an Insight Meditation Teacher-in-training.

He is looking forward to connecting with the sangha’s of BC, Alberta and the US Pacific NorthWest.

Tempel Smith began practicing insight and loving-kindness meditation in 1989 at Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. Tempel focused his younger years on activism within nuclear disarmament, environmental protection, and service working in crisis shelters for homeless and abused youth. In 1997 he spent a year in Myanmar (Burma) as an ordained monk with both Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita and Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and later practiced in silence for a nine month retreat back at the IMS.

Since 2001 Tempel has to taught meditation and Buddhist psychology to a wide variety of people including prisoners, activists, youth, service providers, and those with severe and chronic illnesses. He founded the B.A.S.E. House in San Francisco – a residential community dedicated to living a socially engaged Buddhist life. Tempel spent a year in volunteer service for Zen Hospice, and in 2003 he initiated an international meditation retreat and program for teenagers and young adults which became iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education). Tempel worked for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship in Berkeley coordinating the B.A.S.E. and Young Adults programs, and also has lead pilgrimages in Thailand, Burma, and India for the past ten years.

In 2010 Tempel graduated from a four year teacher training program run by Jack Kornfield, and now leads Spirit Rock’s 2-year Dedicated Practitioner Program at SRMC. The Buddha’s teachings Tempel offers is greatly informed by his time in Myanmar, years of activism and front line social services, western neuroscience and psychology, and modern somatic based trauma healing.  It is his hope to help transmit the ancient wisdom traditions from Asian countries in accessible forms to western communities.


Residential Retreats:

Due to the Covid Pandemic our next residential retreat is being offered ONLINE.  It is our annual Experienced Students’ retreat led by Heather Martin and Tempel Smith, and will run from Friday March 19th to Wednesday, March 24th, 2021.    Please go to ‘Retreats‘ for more info and to register.

Kalyana Mitta

See more detailed description under menu item Offerings.  These monthly meetings are now being held in the Ganges Yoga Studio. For current information please contact Christine Mauro, who facilitates the group, at