Classes

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

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 Teachers: 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.

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 materials.

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

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

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Leslie Tremaine

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 […]

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