What we're about

Infinite Smile Sangha is a non-profit organization (501[c]3) that endeavors to integrate a relevant spirituality with 21st century living. Our mission is to expose ourselves, and others, to spiritual teachings that integrate stillness, wisdom, and compassion into our day-to-day lives. As we walk this path, we intend to embody the transformation that we wish to see in the world through the Zen-inspired, meditative practices that are led and taught by Michael McAlister.

In 2002, we started as a group of people taking Michael’s class on meditation. We initially met at the Community Center in Lafayette, California, but in a short time we noticed that we had evolved into something more than just a collection of meditators. We had become a community of people that were sharing a Path toward an ever deepening stillness, balance, and awareness of ourselves and others. And this community continues to grow at an amazing speed.

Currently Infinite Smile Sangha is enjoying sharing Michael’s teaching with fellow practitioners all over the globe, as the podcasts of his talks are now reaching over 100 different countries.We deeply appreciate the contributions from everyone who has been touched by this teaching. From Podcast listeners around the world, to the people who regularly attend sittings, to the people who simply like what it is that we are doing in relation to Awakening ourselves and each other to Spirit, we humbly offer our thanks.

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Upcoming events (5)

Infinite Smile Sangha online using Zoom

Online event

Dear Dharma friends, In an effort to manage the safe and peaceful space of our "Virtual Zendo" we have changed our code to get into Infinite Smile Sangha's Monday Zoom Sittings. The codes will not be made public. Details of how to access this event are listed below. This online event will open at 6:45. Come join us to say hello and connect with other participants. At 7:05 our meditation and dharma teacher, Michael McAlister, will begin the evening program. Michael has studied in Thailand and Nepal and was a monk at the San Francisco Zen Center's Green Gulch Farm. He is the author of Awake In This Life and has worldwide followers of his podcasts. Each meeting includes a 15 minutes meet and greet, an introductory talk (by Michael), group silent meditation and longer dharma talk, followed by Q & A. Thank you for supporting Infinite Smile with a monetary contribution ($15 is the suggested offering per event). Since we do not have a physical donation bowl we appreciate your extra step in helping to cover our running costs. Here's how: #1: go to our website www.infinitesmile.org and press the donate button or #2: mail a check to: Infinite Smile, PO Box 636, Lafayette, CA 94549 Until we are able to meet in person - please mark your calendar for every Monday night and join us online! Our love and appreciation to you all. The Infinite Smile team Due to security issues with zoom please contact us for the zoom access codes by: #1: register on our website so that you can receive email updates: www.infinitesmile.org #2: send an email identifying yourself to: [masked] There are two ways to join this meeting: #1: via your computer (you must download the newest version of the app first or make sure your version is updated). You will have audio and visual access #2: via your phone (no app is required for the phone option). You will have audio access only VIA PHONE Stay connected to our sangha through our social media platforms: infiniteSmile.org Facebook.com/InfiniteSmile Twitter.com/infinitesmile Instagram.com/InfiniteSmileSangha

Infinite Smile Sangha Weekly Meetup

Lafayette Christian Church

Infinite Smile sangha welcomes you to meditation and dharma talks led by Michael McAlister, who has studied in Thailand and Nepal and was a monk at the San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm. Michael is the author of Awake in This Life (2008), and people worldwide listen to his podcasts. New and established sitters are welcome. Full schedule and other information is available at: http://infinitesmile.org For information on our meditation retreats, please see: http://infinitesmile.org/retreats/ Podcasts are available at: http://infinitesmile.org/podcast/ or through iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/infinite-smile/id1107308475?mt=2 Thank you for leaving a review! You can find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or sign up online for our quarterly newsletter.

Infinite Smile Sangha online using Zoom

Online event

Dear Dharma friends, In an effort to manage the safe and peaceful space of our "Virtual Zendo" we have changed our code to get into Infinite Smile Sangha's Monday Zoom Sittings. The codes will not be made public. Details of how to access this event are listed below. This online event will open at 6:45. Come join us to say hello and connect with other participants. At 7:05 our meditation and dharma teacher, Michael McAlister, will begin the evening program. Michael has studied in Thailand and Nepal and was a monk at the San Francisco Zen Center's Green Gulch Farm. He is the author of Awake In This Life and has worldwide followers of his podcasts. Each meeting includes a 15 minutes meet and greet, an introductory talk (by Michael), group silent meditation and longer dharma talk, followed by Q & A. Thank you for supporting Infinite Smile with a monetary contribution ($15 is the suggested offering per event). Since we do not have a physical donation bowl we appreciate your extra step in helping to cover our running costs. Here's how: #1: go to our website www.infinitesmile.org and press the donate button or #2: mail a check to: Infinite Smile, PO Box 636, Lafayette, CA 94549 Until we are able to meet in person - please mark your calendar for every Monday night and join us online! Our love and appreciation to you all. The Infinite Smile team Due to security issues with zoom please contact us for the zoom access codes by: #1: register on our website so that you can receive email updates: www.infinitesmile.org #2: send an email identifying yourself to: [masked] There are two ways to join this meeting: #1: via your computer (you must download the newest version of the app first or make sure your version is updated). You will have audio and visual access #2: via your phone (no app is required for the phone option). You will have audio access only VIA PHONE Stay connected to our sangha through our social media platforms: infiniteSmile.org Facebook.com/InfiniteSmile Twitter.com/infinitesmile Instagram.com/InfiniteSmileSangha

Infinite Smile Sangha online using Zoom

Online event

Dear Dharma friends, In an effort to manage the safe and peaceful space of our "Virtual Zendo" we have changed our code to get into Infinite Smile Sangha's Monday Zoom Sittings. The codes will not be made public. Details of how to access this event are listed below. This online event will open at 6:45. Come join us to say hello and connect with other participants. At 7:05 our meditation and dharma teacher, Michael McAlister, will begin the evening program. Michael has studied in Thailand and Nepal and was a monk at the San Francisco Zen Center's Green Gulch Farm. He is the author of Awake In This Life and has worldwide followers of his podcasts. Each meeting includes a 15 minutes meet and greet, an introductory talk (by Michael), group silent meditation and longer dharma talk, followed by Q & A. Thank you for supporting Infinite Smile with a monetary contribution ($15 is the suggested offering per event). Since we do not have a physical donation bowl we appreciate your extra step in helping to cover our running costs. Here's how: #1: go to our website www.infinitesmile.org and press the donate button or #2: mail a check to: Infinite Smile, PO Box 636, Lafayette, CA 94549 Until we are able to meet in person - please mark your calendar for every Monday night and join us online! Our love and appreciation to you all. The Infinite Smile team Due to security issues with zoom please contact us for the zoom access codes by: #1: register on our website so that you can receive email updates: www.infinitesmile.org #2: send an email identifying yourself to: [masked] There are two ways to join this meeting: #1: via your computer (you must download the newest version of the app first or make sure your version is updated). You will have audio and visual access #2: via your phone (no app is required for the phone option). You will have audio access only VIA PHONE Stay connected to our sangha through our social media platforms: infiniteSmile.org Facebook.com/InfiniteSmile Twitter.com/infinitesmile Instagram.com/InfiniteSmileSangha

Past events (576)

Infinite Smile Sangha Weekly Meetup

Lafayette Christian Church

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