Dharma Friends

Peer-led Dharma Friends classes and events

Insight Santa Cruz offers peer-led classes and events to encourage community in our sangha. All sangha members and their friends are welcome to our Dharma Friends classes and events. Donations are welcome to support Insight Santa Cruz.

How to get involved

Sangha members are encouraged to organize dharma friends groups or activities, based on the following guidelines:

  • Dharma Friends events serve to build community among Insight Santa Cruz sangha members.
  • They meet offsite at people’s homes or other locations.
  • They are organized by people who have been with the sangha for at least one year, and who are known by one or more of the ISC teachers.
  • To suggest an event or group, please fill out this online form Dharma Friends Event Proposal, which asks for a one-paragraph summary of the event and other information. You will be contacted by a coordinator.

Dharma Friends: A Year to Live

This Dharma Friends group is peer-led and will meet once a month, for a year, to meditate then have discussion around the monthly group practices within the “A Year to Live” book.

The discussions will touch on the subjects of impermanence, dying, and living with the conscious awareness of death. The intention is to share ideas, feelings, experiences, concerns, honor death, and soften the social taboos around talking about death.

“All of the processes, from the life review, to the deepening introspection on our death,  to the investigation of practices such as noting and meditation for the development of depth consciousness, begin to drop seeds and take root from the moment the heart ponders this experience”. – Stephen Levine

This is a space where we can support each other in embracing this one precious life.

Location: 738 Chestnut Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060  “Body and Soul Yoga Studio”

Date: Third Sunday of every month starting January 17, 2016

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Cost: Donation, dana accepted.  Any donations collected will go towards rental of the space. Extra funds will be donated to Insight Santa Cruz.

Register: Please email Kara: email hidden; JavaScript is required to register.

All participants will need to have a copy of Stephen Levine’s “A Year to Live”, and have read this book prior to the first group meeting on January 17.

Everyone Welcome.

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Dharma Friends: Circle of Compassion

Each group will start with a silent meditation for at least 10 minutes. That will be followed by short check-ins by each member. Then the members of the circle will have a chance to take part in a reflection as the basis for longer and more in depth shares on how compassion both for self and others is experienced as part of their paths of everyday practice. As time allows at the end, we will review what more formal practices support our experiences of compassion, as well as how our time together went and if we   see the need for any changes. The group will be an hour and a half long.

The longer in depth shares are intended to provide members a safe and informal environment for applications and explorations of  the heart practices from the Dharma . The group will be peer-led.

Location: Please contact Andrew Pappin at email hidden; JavaScript is required for location information.

Date: The second Tuesday of every month

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30 pm

How to Register: No registration required, please contact Andrew to indicate your interest.

Everyone Welcome. 

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Tuesday Tea

Would you enjoy getting better acquainted with others in the sangha? You are invited to join others for tea or lunch after the Tuesday noon sit. Meet in the foyer of the Center after the sit; we will walk or drive across the street to New Leaf Market.

When: Every Tuesday at the conclusion of the noon sitting
Cost: Buy a drink, lunch, or snack at New Leaf
Registration: Not required
Location: 1010 Fair Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

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The Watsonville Outpost

This group meets every-other Saturday (9:30 – 11:00 AM) at a home in Watsonville. There is a 45 minute meditation followed by a discussion. The discussion topic will be suggested and agreed-upon at the previous meeting. This group is peer-led. […]

This group meets every-other Saturday (9:30 – 11:00 AM) at a home in Watsonville. There is a 45 minute meditation followed by a discussion. The discussion topic will be suggested and agreed-upon at the previous meeting. This group is peer-led. If you are interested, please contact Chris at (831) 763-7617 or by email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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