Classes

Below you will find the classes currently being held at Insight Santa Cruz.

March 14, 21, and 28: Introduction to Sutta Study

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)

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Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome.

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Refuge Recovery

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: Tuesdays, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted for Insight Santa Cruz.
Facilitator: Kara Haney
Note: This weekly group is peer led by a facilitator

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

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First Tuesday of Each Month – A Dharma Inspired Book Group

Dharma-inspired books offer ways to support our practice, and sharing those books in a small group setting can further enrich this part of our path. This group is for those who share an interest in exploring these resources and engaging in reflections on their relevance for how we live the dharma.

We are beginning with Joanna Macy’s inspiring book “Active Hope”, which offers a dharma-based model for living our caring and compassion in a larger world of social and environmental challenges. Future readings will follow this theme of dharma inspired social engagement.

In our meetings we will share reflections on the readings, with  sitting practice and guided reflections to help guide and ground us in our social engagement

Date: First Tuesday of each month.
Begins March 7th and continues until November 7th, 2017.

Time: 2:00pm -3:30pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Community Room at Insight Santa Cruz
740 Front Street Suite 240 Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Teacher: Leslie Tremaine

Everyone Welcome.

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New To Practice – Concentration and Awareness: Partners in Meditation Practice

Many of us bring ideas to class that may not serve us well.  We may believe that concentration demands great effort with a narrow, specific focus, unwavering in its steadiness. We may not know that it’s no different the concentration when […]

Many of us bring ideas to class that may not serve us well.  We may believe that concentration demands great effort with a narrow, specific focus, unwavering in its steadiness. We may not know that it’s no different the concentration when we’re absorbed in activity or projects we love, find easy, or pleasant. We might not know that insights can arise early in practice, and that a relaxed awareness is what allows both concentration and insight to emerge.

Date: Wednesday nights:  February 15, 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Jill and Bruce Hyman

Everyone Welcome.

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Support Group for those Living with Pain or Illness

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 […]

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
then, you are welcome to join us for the noon sit.

Teacher: Bob Stahl.
Registration: no registration required.
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.
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

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.

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Teacher: Karen Zelin

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32 Parts of the Body Meditation

We are happy to announce a special opportunity to practice the 32 Parts of the Body meditation, which is rarely taught in the West. This practice deepens insight into impermanence and non-self by penetrating into the true nature and wonders […]

We are happy to announce a special opportunity to practice the 32 Parts of the Body meditation, which is rarely taught in the West. This practice deepens insight into impermanence and non-self by penetrating into the true nature and wonders of the body.
We will also explore how the body interrelates with the four primary elements of earth (solidity), air (motion), fire (temperature), and water (liquidity).

This methodical practice of the 32 Parts of the Body Meditation can build immense levels of concentration, potentialities for healing, and experience the taste of deep freedom and peace.

This is the 11th year of offering this class at Insight Santa Cruz and it has been truly wonderful.
It will be taught by Bob Stahl and assisted by Kara Haney.

People have frequently reported developing a whole new relationship to their body with greater wisdom and compassion. We will also be doing a tour of the Cabrillo Anatomy lab to get a deeper experience of the body.

Date: Introduction Class on Friday September 30, 2016
Weekly Classes: Fridays October 7, 2016 – May 19, 2017
*Note: No class November 25 and December 30

Time: 10:00am – 11:30 am

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Bob Stahl and assisted by Kara Haney

Everyone Welcome.

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