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Our Sangha (gathering of spiritual friends) was founded in 2012 by John Blackburn, Ph.D.  John has practiced meditation for over fifty years, practicing intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen and Dzogchen traditions. John continues to lead the Sangha, teach the classes and provide private meditation instruction.  For many years he served as chair of the Board of Directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC.

Our Sangha offers a refuge where our innate capacities for kindness, wisdom, peace, and joy are nurtured and can find expression. We support each other in the process of healing and awakening.  Some of us are new to the practice of meditation; others have decades of experience. Our members come from all walks of life and a variety of spiritual traditions. 


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Our community is particularly inspired by the example and teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Our aspiration is to practice the way of awareness in order to benefit others. 

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