Classes

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

ISC has moved – All sits are now at the new location

Dear ISC Sangha,

Please come and check out our new temp space!
All sittings and events will continue as usual. We plan on moving into our permanent space upstairs in the Galleria in the Fall.

To keep the entire sangha connected, the communication committee will send a weekly message to share updates.  These notices will also be added to the website and posted on the bulletin board.

This is an exciting time for ISC.  We hope you will stay connected.

Metta,

The Move Committee

New Physical Address: 115 South River Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
New Mailing Address: 740 Front Street, Suite 240 Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Please Click the links below for more detailed information.

Monday Mobo Move Update: 08-01-16

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Monday Mobo Move Update: 08-29-16

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Monday Mobo Move Update: 11-07-16

Monday Mobo Move Update: 11-21-16

Monday Mobo Move Update: 12-05-16

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

FAQ about ISC New Location: 08-29-16

 

 

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Beginning Mindfulness Meditation

This is a 6 week introduction to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation at Insight Santa Cruz.  We will focus both on developing mindfulness through the regular practice of meditation and bringing/sustaining mindful awareness in daily life.

Students will learn and practice meditations with focus on the breath, body, feeling tones, thoughts and emotions.  The sessions will include discussion about: the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Four Noble Truths, the common obstacles to meditation, and cultivating wholesome mind states like loving kindness and compassion.

Beginners, continuing beginners, and everyone welcome.

Date: Wednesdays, January 18 to February 22 2017

Time: 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: Yes, registration is required. Please email: Karen at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Teacher: Karen Zelin

 

Everyone Welcome.

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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 […]

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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Themes on Thursdays: An Extended Tour Through the Four Noble Truths

This series presents a variety of Insight Santa Cruz Teachers discussing each truth and their relationship to the truth as an active life practice. Each month we will discuss a different truth and will end in December with a discussion […]

This series presents a variety of Insight Santa Cruz Teachers discussing each truth and their relationship to the truth as an active life practice. Each month we will discuss a different truth and will end in December with a discussion on the Noble Eightfold Path.

Dates: Thursdays
August 11, and 25 –  First Noble Truth
Sept 15, 22, and 29  – Second Noble Truth
Oct 6,13, 20, and 27 – Third Noble Truth
Nov 10, and 17  – The Eightfold Path
Dec 8, 15,22, and 29 – The Eightfold Path

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Community Teachers:
Kim Allen: Aug 11, Sept 29, Oct 20, and Dec 8
Aryeh Nanas: Aug 18, Sept 22, Oct 13, Nov 10, and Dec 15
Chris Basiletti: Aug 25 Sept 8, and Dec 22
Kirsten Rudestam: Sept 15 and Oct 27,
Leslie Tremaine: Nov 17
Dec 29, TBA

Everyone Welcome.

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32 Parts of the Body Meditation

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 is the 11th year of offering this class at Insight Santa Cruz and it has been truly wonderful.
It will be taught by Bob Stahl and assisted by Kara Haney.

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 30, 2016
Weekly Classes: Fridays October 7, 2016 – May 19, 2017
*Note: No class November 25 and December 30

Time: 10:00am – 11:30 am

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Bob Stahl and assisted by Kara Haney

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.

Date: Held regularly on the First Thursday of every month

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Cost: Dana (Donation)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

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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