Classes

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

The Boundless Heart : January 15, 22, 29 2015

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

 

 

Living in the Light of the Four Noble Truths : Thurs in Feb, Apr, & May

Living in the Light of the Four Noble Truths

Building on the foundations laid in recent Thursday night talks  on the   relevance of the eightfold path  for our everyday lives  we will  now explore  the profound  wisdom of the Four Noble Truths as our focus for February. — looking  from a range of perspectives at  what the Buddha taught about both  at  the realities of suffering  and our capacity for freedom from suffering .  Then in April and May, with that grounding,   we will look more closely at  the realm of emotions as both  a deep source of suffering and a key part of  our path to freedom.Talks will examine  how   the  practices of the four “divine abodes ( loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity) and mindfulness help us apply the wisdom of the Four Noble Truths in new ways to deal with the challenges of our 21st century lives

Event Dates: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30,5/14, 5/21, 5/28
Event Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
How to Register: No registration required
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teachers:
Kim Allen, Kirsten Redestam, Jayla Klein,
G Schultz, Chris Basiletti, Aryeh Nanas, Leslie Tremaine

February: Perspectives on the Four Noble Truths
2/12 Leslie Tremaine     2/19 Leslie Tremaine      2/26 Kim Allen

 April: The Truths of the Heart – Cultivating Loving Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy
and Equanimity
4/9 Kirsten Rudestam – Metta           4/16 Jayla Klein – Compassion
4/23 G  Schultz – Sympathetic joy     4/30 Chris Basiletti – Equanimity

May: Turning Toward –  Mindfulness Meditation and Difficult  Emotions
5/14 Aryeh Nanas    5/21 Aryeh Nanas    5/28 Aryeh Nanas

 Everyone Welcome.

Innate Wisdom and Compassion : 5-Week Series

This five week series teaching Innate Wisdom and Compassion (IWC) is a follow-up to the weekend retreat by Lama John Makransky at insight Santa Cruz at the end of February. This practice was adapted from Tibetan Buddhist approaches for people of all traditions by Lama John and is used by a variety of teachers and groups including, Pema Chodron, the Mind and Life Institute, and James Baraz’s Awakening Joy program. This series is progressive and each week builds on the previous one. However, you may attend all or any of the sessions and still benefit from the experience. This approach supports our mindfulness practice and the cultivation of the Brahma Viharas: lovingkindness, compassion, altruistic joy and equanimity.

The evening format will usually include two guided meditations as well as teaching and discussion. The practice has two components that enhance each other. One opens us to the expansive ground of formless awareness and the other unlocks our capacity for boundless love and compassion, allowing us to become a more loving and wise presence in the world. Covered in the five weeks will be learning to fully “let be” in meditation, visualizing receiving love and compassion from a benefactor, and extending this to loved ones, strangers and difficult people.

Event Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 2

Event Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Carla Brennan

More Info about the Teacher: Bloom Of The Present (BOTP) is in Santa Cruz County. BOTP offers weekly drop-in groups, classes, retreats and other programs. Carla has trained for 40 years in the Zen, Insight Meditation and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. She is an authorized teacher of Innate Wisdom and Compassion (IWC) with Lama John Makransky and the Foundation for Active Compassion.

 

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

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

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