Classes

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

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 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

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 and Joe Clements
Note: This weekly group is peer led by a facilitator

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

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Wednesday: Beginning Mindfulness and Intro to Insight Santa Cruz

This is a 6 week introduction to the practice of mindfulness at Insight Santa Cruz. We will focus on developing and sustaining mindfulness through the regular practice of meditation and bringing mindful awareness to our daily life.
Students will practice meditating with the breath and the body, developing wholesome mind states like loving kindness and compassion, working with thoughts and emotions, and dealing with obstacles to peaceful meditation.

Event Date: New Dates will be posted soon for the next series

Event Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: Please register for this class by going to https://goo.gl/wtjisw

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Dan Landry and Karen Zelin

Everyone Welcome.

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Wednesday: Working With the Inner Voice — New to Practice

Have you ever noticed the presence of an internal dialogue, the silent voice that narrates what’s happening, judges events and others, or evaluates your activities?  Learning to recognize, practice with, and understand this internal speech is key to helping us […]

Have you ever noticed the presence of an internal dialogue, the silent voice that narrates what’s happening, judges events and others, or evaluates your activities?  Learning to recognize, practice with, and understand this internal speech is key to helping us respond rather than react, in ways that are helpful rather than habitual.  We’ll learn to focus on sound, silence, internal speech and  quiet (the absence of internal speech). All are worthy objects of attention. It is in this way that we can work with mental and/or emotional discomfort and learn what the Buddha describes as cessation.

Techniques based on the work of Shinzen Young Appropriate for ALL levels of practice.

Event Date: Weds. 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6

Event Time: 6:30 – 8:00

Event Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Event Teacher: Jill and Bruce Hyman

Register: no registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome.

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Themes on Thursdays: Balanced Practice

The art of Dharma practice includes engaging skillfully with complementary aspects of practice. Sometimes, we are called to actively cultivate qualities, while at other times, letting go is more appropriate. Practice also asks that we engage both inwardly and in […]

The art of Dharma practice includes engaging skillfully with complementary aspects of practice. Sometimes, we are called to actively cultivate qualities, while at other times, letting go is more appropriate. Practice also asks that we engage both inwardly and in the outer world. This series explores the art of keeping our practice balanced amidst some seeming paradoxes found in the classical instructions.

Date: Thursdays, June 9 (with keeping our practice balanced amidst some seeming paradoxes found in the classical instructions. G Schulz) and June 16, 23, and 30 (with Kim Allen)

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: no registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: G Schulz and Kim Allen

G Schulz began a committed meditation and Buddhist practice in 2003 after returning from his first trip to Southeast Asia that also included his first retreat. He became involved with ISC that same year and has served in various roles with ISC in the years since. G has completed the teacher mentorship program and is currently enrolled in the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioner Program.

Kim Allen has been practicing Insight meditation since 2003 and joined the ISC Teacher’s Council in 2015. She has spent cumulative two years in silent retreat, and lived for two years at the Insight Retreat Center. She teaches at ISC and other sanghas around the Bay Area, including study of the suttas. Her teachers include Gil Fronsdal and Joseph Goldstein, and she has some training in Zen and Tibetan practices. She has completed the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy training and a teacher training with Bob Stahl, and is the founder of the Buddhist Insight Network. She also has a Ph.D. in physics and a master’s degree in environmental and social sustainability.

Everyone Welcome

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Spanish Dharma Group

This session is for all Spanish speakers interested in learning and practicing the basics of meditation from a Buddhist perspective. Do you know any Spanish speakers who might benefit from the group? Do you work with the Hispanic population and […]

This session is for all Spanish speakers interested in learning and practicing the basics of meditation from a Buddhist perspective.

Do you know any Spanish speakers who might benefit from the group? Do you work with the Hispanic population and could help distribute flyers? Please help us support this new group by spreading the word.

Location: 1010 Fair Avenue, Suite E

Dates: Held regularly on the First Thursday of every month starting in 2016:

Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 3, April 7, May 5, June 2
Jul 7, Aug 4, Sep 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, and Dec 1

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Cost: dana

How to Register: no registration required

Teacher:  Andrea Castillo

Andrea Castillo, who was born in Mexico, began as a performer and ballet teacher; then became a musician and musicologist, teaching at the University of the Americas Puebla, Mexico, and at Stanford University as part of the Ph.D., which she completed in 2009. Now she teaches Dharma in Spanish, and has done so at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City for four years and at Against the Stream in San Francisco for half a year. Andrea has practiced Insight Meditation with her teacher, Gil Fronsdal, since 1998 and has participated in many residential retreats.

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. […]

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: Sessions will be held at Insight Santa Cruz on Fair Avenue and at Insight Retreat Center on Glen Canyon.

*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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