Classes

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

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 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

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 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

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

Thursday Eve–Every Dharma: The Eightfold Path in Daily Life

What do teachings of the Buddha that came from half way around the world more than 2500 years ago have to do with the ordinary events of our lives today?  Everything!  The Buddha provided the Noble Eightfold Path as a […]

What do teachings of the Buddha that came from half way around the world more than 2500 years ago have to do with the ordinary events of our lives today?  Everything!  The Buddha provided the Noble Eightfold Path as a guide to help us avoid getting caught up in the greed, hatred and delusion that cause our suffering.  The typical ups and downs of our daily lives—relating to friends and family, getting stuck in traffic, choosing what we eat, juggling responsibilities—all provide rich opportunities to practice.  And, as we bring our practice into the ordinary activities of our day, we develop the wisdom, ethics and concentration that serve us when life becomes especially challenging.

In this series, we’ll take a look at how we can apply the Eightfold Path to our lives “off the cushion.” We will explore how those situations in which we’re impatient, angry or afraid can be great opportunities to practice and to let go of views and desires that lead to unhappiness.  We’ll see how bringing mindfulness to our intentions and actions can help us to make choices that cause less harm. And we’ll learn ways to practice with pleasant and positive experiences too, in order to cultivate gratitude and enjoy life.

Event Date: Thursdays, Oct. 9,16, 23, 30; Nov. 13, 20; Dec. 11,18; Jan 8
Event Time: 7-8:30 pm
Event Cost: dana
How to Register: no registration required

 

January 15, 22, 29 2015 The Boundless Heart

Meditation practice opens the heart to experience some of the most beautiful and sublime states possible for a human being. Our simple, kind intention can blossom into Loving Kindness, Compassion, Altruistic Joy, and Equanimity, also called the Brahma-Viharas. These states […]

Meditation practice opens the heart to experience some of the most beautiful and sublime states possible for a human being. Our simple, kind intention can blossom into Loving Kindness, Compassion, Altruistic Joy, and Equanimity, also called the Brahma-Viharas.

These states are immediately accessible through both daily life and sitting practice, and they can also be developed and deepened without bound. In this 3-part series, we will explore the Brahma-Viharas as pathways to concentration, insight, and a harmonious daily life.

More Info about the Teacher: Kim Allen has practiced insight meditation since 2003 with Gil Fronsdal as her primary teacher. She leads a group in Los Gatos and teaches at other centers around the Bay Area. Her practice also includes intensive retreat and sutta study, and she has completed the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy training program. She has also worked in environmental sustainability and organizational systems.

Event Date: Jan 15, 22, and 29, 2015 (Thurs)
Event Time:   7:00-8:30pm
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Registration: No registration required
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome