Sacred Circles


Sacred Circles foster a safe and trusting small group community that delves deeper into the principles of Unitarian Universalism and shares challenges and opportunities for manifesting them in our daily life.  The monthly Sacred Circle meetings begin in October and continue through May. We have facilitators who have generously offered their time and home.

Contact: Linda Giannelli Pratt at

Contact: Livia Walsh

Buddhist Meditation Groups

UUFSD sponsors two Buddhist meditation groups that have been meeting on Thursday evening and Friday morning for more than twelve years. The Thursday group meets in the Palmer Library from 5:30-6:45 pm. The Friday morning group meets in the Palmer Library from 10:30 am to 11:45 am, with an optional meditation period from 10 to 10:30 am. Once a month, the Friday group hosts extended meditation practice until 3 pm.

Both the Thursday and Friday groups are open to drop-ins and follow the same format. They start with an opening reading, followed by 10 minutes of meditation. A chapter from the book that is being studied is then read aloud by passing the book around with each participant reading a paragraph. This is followed by a discussion of the chapter, a closing reading, and 10 minutes of meditation. While we study a variety of Buddhist traditions, we are especially fond of Pema Chodron, an American nun in the Tibetan tradition. Once or twice a year, we hold an additional series of weekend meetings to watch recordings of her teachings and to host dharma talks from teachers in various traditions.

For Thursday, contact:
For Friday, contact:

Mindful Meditation Practice

Sitting and Walking Meditation Practice

Loving Kindness and Compassion Meditation Practice

Livia Walsh has been a meditation practitioner for almost 50 years and is trained in several different forms of meditation practices.  She is ordained in the Mahayana Zen Buddhist tradition and was a student in the Vajrayana tradition for 20 years.  She is a certified senior teacher of  Mindfulness programs and interventions at UCSD’s Center for Mindfulness as well as in her private Psychotherapy practice.

The Mindful Meditation Group meets on Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00.  All are welcome whether you are new to meditation or have an established practice.  Please contact Livia at if you are interested in attending.

Buddhist Sangha

This meditation Sangha meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the UUFSD Library. The Sangha is based on the Vipassana tradition. Each session will provide guided meditation instructions and discussion, a talk on Buddha’s teachings, a question and answer time, and practice assignments that call for applying the teachings to everyday life. We are open to newcomers.

Contact: Bob Isaacson

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