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Voices of the East-West Meditation Program

Mercy Center's East-West Meditation program has been in existence for more than 30 years. A selection of spiritual talks recorded at Wednesday evening meditation, Center Day, zen sesshins and silent retreats are described and linked below.

Click listen to hear the talks. You may download MP3s to your computer, but please do not upload them to other websites or social media. If you would like to share the talks with your meditation group, please contact us for permission.

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Sr. Judy Cannon


Sr. Judy Cannon, RSM, leads Wednesday evening meditation. Sr. Judy has been studying and practicing meditation since 2000. She has made silent retreats at Mercy Center Burlingame with Fr. Thomas Hand and Fr. Greg Mayers, and also at The Insight Retreat Center and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

An Inquiry into Karma

As meditators, how do we understand the concept of karma, and how is it relevant to our practice?


Margaret Gainer

Margaret Gainer leads Center Day at Mercy Center. Margaret began Buddhist meditation practice in 1995. She completed Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training, and since 2005 has taught weekly meditation classes in a county jail. Margaret teaches at several Bay Area meditation groups and churches.  

Tilopa's Six Nails

Six precepts to transform your practice: Don't recall. Don't imagine. Don't think. Don't examine. Don't control. Rest.




Mercy Center maintains an archive of recorded talks given by emeritus East-West Meditation program director and teacher Fr. Gregory Mayers. Click the links to hear a selection of talks by Fr. Greg.

2018 retreats

zen sesshins

silent retreats

on the triune

self and other

emptiness and love

what is kensho?