Classes

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

Weds, Sept 3 – Oct 1: In the Fire: Sitting with this Human Body

Is it possible to find comfort and ease with a body that aches or a mind that is assailed by worry?  Can we sit in the fire without denying our experience or exiling it?  Join us for this exploration of forging a different, more helpful relationship with our experience.

The techniques in this class are based on the work of Shinzen Young

When:  Wednesday evenings, from September 3 through October 1
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Registration: No registration required
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teachers: Jill Hyman and Bruce Hyman

Everyone Welcome

 

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

Listening to the Heavenly Messengers

Stories of the Buddha describe how he left his protected palace life and ventured out into the city, where his encounters with the Heavenly Messengers inspired him to pursue the path of spiritual practice and awakening. The first three of these messengers–aging, sickness and death–are often hidden or denied in our culture, yet can catalyze a deepening in our practice, helping us live into the richness of the present moment and experience our shared humanity.

The group will provide an opportunity for shared learning and practice focused on how all of us, regardless of age, health, or situation, can find the Heavenly Messengers in our own lives and use them to enrich our spiritual practice.

Dates: Third Tuesdays, January through June, 2014. Starts January 21, 2014
Time: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Teachers: Leslie Tremaine and Jayla Klein
Prerequisites: All are welcome
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

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

Sept 26, 2014 through May 15, 2015: 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 […]

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 will be my 9th year offering this class at Insight Santa Cruz and it has been 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.

Event Date: Introduction:  Sept. 26, 2014 (10:00-11:30)
Class Dates:  Oct. 3, 2014 – May 15, 2015* (10:00-11:30)
*Bob Stahl will be there at least one or more times a month to lead body part practices. Other Friday mornings will be peer led.

Free Intro Session: September 26, 2014
Event Dates: October 3, 2014 – May 15, 2015 *
Time: Weekly on Fridays, 10-11:30 am
Teacher: Bob Stahl
Prerequisites: All are welcome
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
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

Thursday Evenings: Buddhism 101: Essential Teachings and Practices

This series will cover the essential teachings and practices of Theravada Buddhism. The Series will include the story of the Buddha’s life, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, the Five Precepts, the Three Refuges, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, […]

This series will cover the essential teachings and practices of Theravada Buddhism. The Series will include the story of the Buddha’s life, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, the Five Precepts, the Three Refuges, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and the Brahma Viharas.

Each session will consist of a 45 minute meditation followed by a Dharma talk on that evening’s topic with time for questions and answers.

This series is appropriate for beginning as well as experienced students. It is recommended that students try to attend all sessions to obtain the most benefit; however this is not a requirement.

When: Thursday evenings (excluding the first Thursday of every month)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Registration: No registration required
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teachers: Kim Allen, Chris Basiletti, Jayla Klein, Vicky Mattson, Aryeh Nanas, Kirsten Rudestam, Leslie Tremaine

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