Classes

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

The Seven Factors of Awakening: Inclining the Mind Toward Freedom

At the very heart of the Buddha’s teachings lie what are referred to in some texts as the “seven treasures ” — the seven factors of awakening that counteract the forces of the mind that keep us in delusion. These seven qualities of the mind are mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, calm, concentration and equanimity. These teachings will serve as the rich focus for our Thursday night series in October, November and December, as we wrap up 2015 and lay a strong foundation for our paths into the new year.

Dates:  Thursdays October 8, 15, 22 and 29 November 12 and 19, and December 10 and 17

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30 pm

Event Cost:  dana accepted

How to Register: no registration required

Class Teachers: Aryeh Nanas, Chris Basiletti , Leslie Tremaine, Kim Allen , G Schultz, Kirsten Rudestam

Everyone Welcome.

 

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The 32 Parts of the Body Meditation Training

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 10th. year of offering this class at Insight Santa Cruz and it has been truly wonderful.

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 25, 2015

Classes:  Fridays October 2 – May 20, 2016
*Note: No Classes on Nov. 27, Dec. 25, & Jan. 1

Time: 10:00am 11:30 am

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: no registration required

Teacher: Bob Stahl and assisted by Kara Haney.

Everyone Welcome.

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Sutta Study Group

This study group is a facilitated exploration of the Early Buddhist texts that inform our practice in the Insight tradition. The Pali Canon contains discourses attributed to the Buddha and his close disciples that were spoken some 2600 years ago. They include meditation instructions, glimpses of Indian society and religious practice, and timeless wisdom that points toward liberation of the heart.

The group communicates by an email list to learn of ongoing meeting times and the next session’s reading. To get on the list, send email to Kim Allen (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

No experience is necessary, but participants are expected to learn the names of the main Buddhist texts as well as some Pali terms, and to read and reflect between sessions.

Location: Most sessions will be held at Insight Retreat Center on Glen Canyon and some sessions will be held at Insight Meditation Center on Fair Ave.

*Note: Future dates and locations will be sent via email.

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Registration: No registration required

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. She has spent nearly two years in silent retreat, and lived for another two years 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 also serves as an organizational consultant and is the founder of the Buddhist Insight Network. Her teaching draws on wisdom texts to emphasize clarity and simplicity in modern life.

Everyone Welcome.

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The Creative Path

Visual arts, music and dance, writing and many other expressions of creativity in our daily lives can be important parts of our spiritual path, helping us develop and express  mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion.  This group will explore this rich convergence […]

Visual arts, music and dance, writing and many other expressions of creativity in our daily lives can be important parts of our spiritual path, helping us develop and express  mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion.  This group will explore this rich convergence of creativity and insight practice. Our get-togethers will begin with a brief sitting practice, then focus on experiential explorations of mindful creativity.  Participants will be invited to help co-create our creative practices based on their own interests. Come help us explore this rich form of practice!!

When: July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13 (second Tuesdays)

Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Leslie Tremaine

Everyone Welcome.

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Practicing with the Five Hindrances

  The Five Hindrances in our tradition are negative mind states that can be challenges in our practice and can lead us to unskillful actions. We’ve all had experiences of these states — often described as desire, aversion, sloth and […]

 

The Five Hindrances in our tradition are negative mind states that can be challenges in our practice and can lead us to unskillful actions. We’ve all had experiences of these states — often described as desire, aversion, sloth and torpor, restlessness and doubt — both in our meditation practices and in our everyday lives.
In this series we will examine each, look at how they show up, and share how they can be transformed into more wholesome states.

Dates: This group will meet the second, third and fourth Thursday evenings in Aug and Sept.

August 13, 20, 27 & September 10, 17, and 24

Time: 7pm – 8:30 pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teachers: Leslie Tremaine, Aryeh Nanas, Chris Basiletti, and others

Everyone Welcome.

 

 

 

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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 […]

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 […]

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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July New to Practice – Opening the Door:  Working with Pain as a Pathway to Freedom

New to Practice Series In this 5 week series, we’ll learn to differentiate between physical and emotional pain and our reactions to them, the tendency to push them away: negate them ignore them.  We can investigate the full range of […]

New to Practice Series

In this 5 week series, we’ll learn to differentiate between physical and emotional pain and our reactions to them, the tendency to push them away: negate them ignore them.  We can investigate the full range of intensity, from mild discomfort to strong sensation. This is no less than working with the Four Noble Truths:  suffering and the ending of suffering.

Class Dates: Wednesday nights in July:  7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29

Class Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

 Teachers: Jill and Bruce Hyman

 

Everyone Welcome.

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Sept. New To Practice – Metta:  Liberation through Love

New To Practice Series “It is in this way that we must train ourselves, by liberation of the self through love.  We will develop love, we will practice it, we will make it both a way and a basis, take […]

New To Practice Series

“It is in this way that we must train ourselves, by liberation of the self through love.  We will develop love, we will practice it, we will make it both a way and a basis, take our stand upon it, store it up, and thoroughly set it going.”  The Buddha

Metta has been translated as loving-kindness, universal friendliness, kind regard or simply kindness.  It is not separate from insight  (vipassana) but is integral to it.  Learn how it’s practice impacts your sense of well being, and in turn the world at large.

Class Date: Wednesdays in September –  9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30

Class Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Event Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

How to Register: no registration required

Teachers: Jill and Bruce Hyman

Everyone Welcome.

 

 

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Nov. New to Practice – Anchoring in the Outer World

New To Practice Series “Herein Bahiya, you should train yourself thus:  ‘In the seen will be merely what is seen; in the heard will be merely what is heard; in the sensed will be merely what is sensed…’  The Buddha […]

New To Practice Series

“Herein Bahiya, you should train yourself thus:  ‘In the seen will be merely what is seen; in the heard will be merely what is heard; in the sensed will be merely what is sensed…’  The Buddha

Have you ever wondered how to stay present, how to live in this moment, rather than slipping into past memory or future fantasy?  This series, ANCHORING IN THE OUTER WORLD, will use specific techniques* to focus on sight, sound, and physical touch, developing the qualities of clarity, concentration and equanimity (balance of mind).                                                                                                      *Techniques based on work of Shinzen Young

Class Date: Wednesdays in November – 11/4, 11/18   *(no class 11/11 or 11/25)

Class Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Event Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

How to Register: no registration required

Teachers: Jill and Bruce Hyman

Everyone Welcome.

 

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Dec. New to Practice – The “Self”…  Exploring the Inner World of Reactivity

New To Practice Series During this 5 week exploration, we will learn to identify and penetrate thought in it’s two forms:(imagery and verbal narrative) and emotionally charged body sensation. To notice is to understand how the sense of self arrises, […]

New To Practice Series

During this 5 week exploration, we will learn to identify and penetrate thought in it’s two forms:(imagery and verbal narrative) and emotionally charged body sensation. To notice is to understand how the sense of self arrises, what the Buddha teaches to be a primary source of suffering (dukkha).

Class Date: Wednesdays in December – 12/2,12/16, 12/23, 12/30  (*no class 12/9)

Class Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Event Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

How to Register: no registration required

Teachers: Jill and Bruce Hyman

Everyone Welcome.

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What Really Matters: Practicing with Impermanence

In our culture, talking about the inevitability of aging, illness, and death can be seen as grim or dark -yet awareness of these realities can in many ways add a tremendous depth and clarity to our lives.  Stephen Levine, one […]

In our culture, talking about the inevitability of aging, illness, and death can be seen as grim or dark -yet awareness of these realities can in many ways add a tremendous depth and clarity to our lives.  Stephen Levine, one of the pioneers in this field and author of “A Year to Live”, describes what he sees as a process of healing and renewal possible in practicing with greater awareness of impermanence

This class is intended to help us in focusing our attention on what really matters to us. Letting the knowledge that every moment matters become a support for a richer and more meaningful life, enriched by cultivating the “two wings” of wisdom and compassion described in the dharma.  We will use the class time for sitting meditation,  contemplative practices, and shared reflection to help support each other  in this exploration. Readings and suggestions for further practice between group meetings will also be offered, as will individual times with the teacher as helpful .

Class Dates: Six sessions. The second and fourth Mondays from Aug 10 – Oct 26, 2015
*Aug 10th, Aug 24, Sept 14, Sept 28, and Oct 26   Note: Center is closed Mon Oct 12.

Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Leslie Tremaine

Everyone Welcome.

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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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