Classes

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

Support Group for those Living with Pain or Illness

Please note new starting time of 10:30 AM.

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 10:30 – 11:45, 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

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

Jason Murphy is a Buddhist meditation teacher, a psychotherapist, and a published author. He has over 25 years of recovery from addiction and has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation since 1994.

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

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Teacher: Jason Murphy
Note: this weekly group is peer led by a facilitator
Registration: No registration required
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

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Turning Toward: Mindfulness Meditation, Anxiety and other Difficult Emotions

The Buddha stated that his teachings were about suffering and the end of suffering. For many of us anxiety and other difficult emotions are a cause of much of our suffering. Following the model of the Four Noble Truths, mindfulness practice can give us the tools to work with our most difficult emotions including anxiety. The sessions will be didactic, experiential and interactive. Participants will have the opportunity to practice teachings immediately after short presentations. For consistency of practice, there will be three sessions.

Event Dates: Thursdays  May 14, 21, and 28

Event Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Aryeh Nanas

More Info about the Teacher: Aryeh Nanas has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1975, and has worked in the mental health profession his entire adult life. He is a long time practitioner of mindfulness meditation and is passionate about its clinical application to a variety of problems of life and specifically its impact on depression and stress. As a consultant Aryeh has trained therapists in the Mindfulness-based approaches to treatment and stress reduction. Mr. Nanas has worked in a wide variety of mental health and practice settings both as a clinician and as an administrator. He retired in 2008 as the Vice-President of Front St. Inc, a Santa Cruz based behavioral health agency.

Everyone Welcome.

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Aging with Wisdom

Join us in exploring together how our experiences with aging can become a rich part of our life path. The group will be a chance to share both the supports of our practice as well as readings and helpful resource […]

Join us in exploring together how our experiences with aging can become a rich part of our life path. The group will be a chance to share both the supports of our practice as well as readings and helpful resource materials.

This group’s final meeting will be Monday June 8, 2015

Event Day: The second and fourth Monday of every month until June
Event Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Cost:
 There is no charge, dana accepted.
Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Leslie Tremaine

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Natural Wisdom and Compassion

In this monthly drop-in practice group we will be learning meditations that evoke the love and wisdom that are innate to our deepest nature. The compassion meditations will use simple imagery to help release the wellspring of love in our […]

In this monthly drop-in practice group we will be learning meditations that evoke the love and wisdom that are innate to our deepest nature. The compassion meditations will use simple imagery to help release the wellspring of love in our hearts. The wisdom meditations will train us to relax into open spacious awareness. Instruction and short teachings will be given. These meditations are based on practices from the Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma tradition and have been adapted for people from all backgrounds. Both experienced and new meditators are welcomed.

When: 1st Thursday of every month, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Teacher: Carla Brennan is an Insight Meditation teacher in the Santa Cruz area and is an authorized teacher of Meditations of Natural Wisdom and Compassion (NWC) with The Foundation for Active Compassion (FAC). She has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1975 in the Theravada, Zen and Tibetan traditions.
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Registration: No registration required
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

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Refuge Recovery

This 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. Refuge Recovery is a […]

This 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.

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.

When: Tuesdays, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Teacher: Jason Murphy
Registration: No registration required
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

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June 9, 16, 23: Tuesdays – Sutta Study as a Support for Practice

The Pali Canon is a body of texts containing teachings that may be close to what the historical Buddha taught. Many practitioners find it meaningful to explore the teachings as practice instructions, discovering ways in which this ancient wisdom is […]

The Pali Canon is a body of texts containing teachings that may be close to what the historical Buddha taught. Many practitioners find it meaningful to explore the teachings as practice instructions, discovering ways in which this ancient wisdom is still relevant in their modern lives.

Whether you are new to the written discourses of the Buddha (called suttas), or looking for fresh ways to re-engage, this 3-part series offers a chance to read early Buddhist texts and learn in a group setting. The aim is to learn to use the suttas as an ongoing support for meditation and daily life practice.

Please note: This class will be held in the small room, Suite B, not the main meditation hall.

Event Dates: Tuesdays June 9, 16, and 23

Event Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz Suite B

Event Teacher: Kim Allen

Kim Allen has practiced Insight meditation since 2003, with Gil Fronsdal as her primary teacher. She leads the Los Gatos Insight sangha and teaches at other local sanghas. Her practice also includes intensive retreat, sutta study, and managing retreats at the Insight Retreat Center. She has completed the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy training program and volunteers as a hospital chaplain. Interested in both natural and human systems, she has also served as a sustainability consultant and mindful movement instructor.

Everyone Welcome.

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Living Our Practice Off the Cushion: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Thursdays in June and July

For many of us practice “off the cushion” is a rich part of how we live the dharma.  This everyday practice may be expressed in  our everyday relationships, work life and “householder” / community roles. We may also reflect our […]

For many of us practice “off the cushion” is a rich part of how we live the dharma.  This everyday practice may be expressed in  our everyday relationships, work life and “householder” / community roles. We may also reflect our understanding of the dharma  as activists in larger social issues like the environment, peace, or social justice This practice in the world of daily life can be both challenging and rich for all of us, giving us an opportunity to deepen both our wisdom and compassion.  This series of teachings will examine  how we  can cultivate this   rich integrative sense of our path.

Event Dates: Thursdays  June 11, 18, 25 and July 9, 16, 23, 30

Event Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Aryeh Nanas, Chris Basiletti, G Schulz, Kim Allen, Kirsten Rudestam, Leslie Tremain, and Santussika Bhikkuni

June 11: Kirsten           July 9 : Santussika Bhikkuni       July 30: G
June 18: Leslie             July 16: Kim
June 25: Chris             July 23: Aryeh

Everyone Welcome.

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