Sandpoint Sangha is an evolving work in progress. We are a diverse, dedicated and widespread practice community that come from all walks of life, all faiths and five different countries. The Sangha is a resource, a community of spiritual friendships that support us on our journey to discovering an abiding trust in the deeper dimensions of our nature.
Frank Ostaseski, founder of the Metta Insititute and Zen Hospice Project in San Fransisco, first came to North Idaho in 1994, to work with Bonner Community Hospice’s staff and volunteers in developing a mindfulness practice as a foundation for their work with the dying. Our current group, Sandpoint Sangha, took shape as we grew into the practice of Insight Meditation with Frank generously offering to guide us in that practice. We meet on a regular basis for meditation and discussion, with several longer practice opportunities throughout the year, including a yearly, week-long Vipassanna retreat, lead by Frank and his assistant Terry Iddins.
Our hope is that this web site will serve as a resource for study, learning and teachings. We look forward to sharing Frank and Terry’s teachings, our calendar of events, poetry and photography, creating an online home that demonstrates the depth and vitality of the group and the teachings.
“At the heart of it the practice is the true teacher. And the practice is living our lives with integrity and love, meeting whatever arises with as much wisdom and compassion as we can muster – attempting, as we are able, to be of service to all beings. Sangha helps us discover how to do that.” Frank Ostaseski
We welcome anyone who has an interest, whether a beginning or experienced meditator, in this radical and deeply transformative journey of discovery, inquiry and mindfulness.
“THE SOUND OF THE TEMPLE BELL CONTINUES”