Below you will find the classes currently being held at Insight Santa Cruz.
In this 3-week series, we will read some of the early Buddhist texts of the Pali Canon. We will consider how these ancient wisdom teachings apply in modern life. No prior experience is needed; the course is geared toward people interested in exploring the texts from which our meditation practices come.
Dates: Tuesdays, March 14, 21, and 28
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Cost: Dana (donation)
Teacher: Kim Allen
Refuge Recovery is a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. The meeting is open to all forms of recovery. There is no requirement for attendance and we welcome all those who are seeking freedom from addiction. We will explore how Dharma practice can deepen this process.
Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience with addiction. From a Buddhist perspective, we are all suffering and recovering from something.
“Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented, non-theistic recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery. In fact, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required. Recovery is possible, and this book provides a systematic approach to treating and recovering from all forms of addictions. When sincerely practiced, the program will ensure a full recovery from addiction and a lifelong sense of well-being and happiness.” – Noah Levine
When: Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted for Insight Santa Cruz.
Facilitator: Kara Haney
*Note: This weekly group is peer led by a group leader.
Registration: No registration required
Location: Insight Santa Cruz
In this group, we can share the truth of our experience living with pain or illness and find others who understand our situation. Through mindfulness practice we can learn to be present to our experience without reactivity and to be able to be with our joys and sorrows.
We will explore how the Dhamma helps us work skillfully with difficulties and how our difficulties can teach us wisdom and compassion. Some of the topics discussed included: developing greater acceptance, kindness, compassion for oneself, facing fear, working with anger and resistance.
Living examples of illness, aging and death, were 3 of the 4 heavenly messengers sent to the Buddha to awaken him to reality of the human condition. He saw that everyone is subject to impermanence in the form of sickness, old age and dying. The fourth messenger showed that there is a path to freedom and an end to suffering. Our culture says that you must be young and healthy to be happy; Buddhism tells us that happiness and freedom come from within, not from external circumstances.
When we are feeling fit and well we can easily forget this truth. When we experience illness or disability, then the limitations, vulnerability, and imperfection of existence and the brevity of our human life are obvious. We can take advantage of this to develop understanding and compassion and to reveal the deep teachings of the dharma.
In this monthly, ongoing, drop-in group, we look at these messengers in our own lives. You are welcomed to attend whether you have an illness, disability or chronic pain or are dealing with the usual array of physical or emotional challenges of human life.
When: First Tuesdays of the month 10:30am – 11:45am
*Starting January 2018, this group will meet the First and Third Tuesday of the month
at 10:00am – 11:30am.
Cost: According to the Buddhist tradition, the teachings of the Dhamma are priceless; therefore one is welcome to make an offering that is suitable for their means. No one will be turned away. Dana is accepted.
Teacher: Bob Stahl
This is a 6 week introduction to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation at Insight Santa Cruz. We will focus both on developing mindfulness through the regular practice of meditation and bringing/sustaining mindful awareness in daily life. Students will learn and practice […]
This is a 6 week introduction to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation at Insight Santa Cruz. We will focus both on developing mindfulness through the regular practice of meditation and bringing/sustaining mindful awareness in daily life.
Students will learn and practice meditations with focus on the breath, body, feeling tones, thoughts and emotions. The sessions will include discussion about: the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Four Noble Truths, the common obstacles to meditation, and cultivating wholesome mind states like loving kindness and compassion.
It will also include an introduction to the culture at Insight Santa Cruz.
Beginners, continuing beginners, and everyone welcome.
Date: Wednesdays April 12 to May 17
Time: 9:00am to 10:30am
Cost: Dana (donation)
How to Register: Yes registration required for the 6 week session.
Teacher: Karen Zelin