Upcoming Events

Below are upcoming Insight Santa Cruz one-time events (like day-long sits)…

Friday Night Insight

For more detailed information, please refer to “Friday Night Insights” tab at the left.

Each Friday Night discussion will feature different speakers and invite the community to explore into topics such as: Food and Animals, Prison Life, Business, Social Services, Education, Health, Psychology, Aging, Science, and other aspects of our life.

Event Dates: Fridays – June 19, July 31, Aug 28, Sept 11, Oct 23, Nov 20, Dec 18

Event Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

 

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July 11: Meeting Our Rebellious Nature with Compassion

A day of practice and discussion aimed at unpacking the rebellious nature of our personalities. How we resist the three characteristics of existence and how we can learn to turn toward our suffering with Compassion and Equanimity.

We will explore this topic through silent meditation, guidance, walking practice and general discussion. This daylong is appropriate for all levels of practice.

At the end of the day we will have a potluck and celebrate Jason’s birthday.

Event Dates: Saturday July 11, 2015

Event Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Jason Murphy

Everyone Welcome.

 

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July 12: Aging with Wisdom

Buddhist teachings describe a path that can support our aging with greater ease and wisdom, opening our hearts to deep sources of compassion and insight. This half day long program will focus on how aging  can be  seen as a spiritual practice.  We will include  the perspectives of sangha members who have been part of a study  group on aging. They will share their own experiences with cultivating the wings of wisdom and compassion, offering the fruits of this learning as elders for our community.

The day is intended not only for older sangha members, but also for those for whom the life learnings of elders can be of deep value. As the Buddha taught, we are all aging from the moment we are born– come share how these changes can deepen our practice.

Note: People are encouraged to bring a lunch.

When: Sunday July 12, 2015

Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Leslie Tremaine

Everyone Welcome.

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July 19: It Hurts! Working with Uncomfortable Body Sensation

Some sensations seem to be purely physical in origin, while others are tinged with emotional distress.  We’ll learn to identify each AND to distinguish these difficult body sensations from our reactions to them. *All levels of practice welcome *Based on […]

Some sensations seem to be purely physical in origin, while others are tinged with emotional distress.  We’ll learn to identify each AND to distinguish these difficult body sensations from our reactions to them.

*All levels of practice welcome
*Based on the work of Shinzen Young

Event Dates: Sunday July 19, 2015

Event Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Bruce and Jill Hyman

Jill Hyman has practiced yoga since 1974, Vipassana meditation with ISC since 2000. Her practice is influenced by the Thai Forest tradition (Ajahn Sumedho & Ajhan Amaro), Dzogchen (Tsoknyi Rinpoche), the many teachers from Spirit Rock & IMS, and especially Shinzen Young (Vipassana Support Institute). She has served as a volunteer chaplain at Salinas Valley State Prison since 2001, heading the program with Bruce since 2003. She completed the 2 1/2 year Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Program in January 2008. She teaches classes for beginners, those new to practice, metta, and established the family program.

Bruce Hyman is a retired physician after 30 years of practice. He has practiced yoga and meditation since 1974 and has been intensively involved in Buddhist practice since 2000. In addition, he has been a co-leader of a prison dharma program at Salinas Valley State Prison since 2003. Bruce also teaches beginners programs, mens retreats, new to practice programs for ISC. His practice is influenced by the Thai Forest Tradition, Dzogchen, Spirit Rock teachers and Shinzen Young.

Everyone Welcome. 

 

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August 8: Making Peace – The Art & Skill of Reconciliation

This daylong will guide us toward our capacity to live fully in the present and to meet life with openness and reconciliation.  It is pertinent for anyone wanting to heal their heart and make peace with themselves and others. As […]

This daylong will guide us toward our capacity to live fully in the present and to meet life with openness and reconciliation.  It is pertinent for anyone wanting to heal their heart and make peace with themselves and others.

As our meditation practice matures, we see the importance of relinquishing opinions, grudges, judgments and resentments through honest reconciliation that may lead to deep forgiveness. Since this is not always easy to do, we can adopt practices that help us discover the liberating experience of authentic reconciliation that may lead to forgiveness.

The morning will focus on self-reconciliation – the harm we have brought to ourselves through feelings of shame, unworthiness or deficiency and in the afternoon we will explore reconciliation to those we’ve hurt and to those who’ve hurt us.

This daylong will include a talk on loving kindness and reconciliation as well as silent and guided meditations, and small and large group discussion.

When: Saturday  August 8, 2015

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Bob Stahl

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August 15: Refuge Recovery Daylong

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience […]

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more.

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

Please bring: a copy of the book Refuge Recovery, a notebook/paper, a lunch.

Event Dates: Saturday August 15, 2015

Event Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Jason Murphy

Jason Murphy is a Buddhist meditation teacher, a psychotherapist, and a published author. He has over 25 years of recovery from addiction and has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation since 1994.

Everyone Welcome.

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August 29: Truth and Trust

Some people are drawn to meditation practice as a search for truth. Others are looking for something to trust. Both of these terms – “truth” and “trust” – carry many associations from science, religion, and Western culture. In this day […]

Some people are drawn to meditation practice as a search
for truth. Others are looking for something to trust. Both of these terms –
“truth” and “trust” – carry many associations from science, religion, and
Western culture.

In this day of practice, we will explore how truth and trust function in
Buddhist wisdom and practice, where they are considered to be internal and
experiential. The day will include sitting, walking, reflection, and
teachings. We will consider our own search for what is true and what is
trustworthy.

When: Saturday August 29, 2015

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Kim Allen

More Info about the Teacher: Kim Allen has practiced Insight meditation
since 2003, with Gil Fronsdal as her root teacher. She has lived and taught
in Santa Cruz since 2012, leads the Los Gatos Insight sangha, and teaches at
other local sanghas. Her practice also includes intensive retreat, sutta
study, and managing retreats at the Insight Retreat Center. She has
completed the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy training program and
volunteers as a hospital chaplain.

Everyone Welcome.

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September 13: Caring for our Sangha – Supporting Community

This is an invitation to our Insight Santa Cruz members who volunteer or would like to volunteer with our Caring for our Sangha program.   Let us spend some time together to talk about Caring for our Sangha. We are seeking […]

This is an invitation to our Insight Santa Cruz members who volunteer or would like to volunteer with our Caring for our Sangha program.   Let us spend some time together to talk about Caring for our Sangha.

We are seeking volunteers who will provide part-time volunteer support to our community members who are experiencing significant health or other life challenges.  This support includes visits, meals, rides to and from sittings and other simple tasks. It would not involve nursing care.

When: Sunday September 13, 2015

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Bob Stahl

 

Everyone Welcome.

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September 25: Working With Tyranny – Vinny Ferraro

An exploration of how to skillfully work with our inner critic, judgment and sometimes tyranny. Through the practice of kind awareness, it calls into question not only how we’ve motivated ourselves in the past, but distinguishing what needs to be […]

An exploration of how to skillfully work with our inner critic, judgment and sometimes tyranny. Through the practice of kind awareness, it calls into question not only how we’ve motivated ourselves in the past, but distinguishing what needs to be let go of and what still may be useful to us now.

When: Friday September 25, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Vinny Ferraro

Vinny Ferraro is the Senior Trainer for Mindful Schools in Oakland, he’s a meditation instructor and a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk youth.

In 2001, he began teaching for Challenge Day, teaching emotional intelligence and other social skills, eventually becoming their Training Director, leading workshops to more than 100,000 youth. He then became the Training Director for the MBA Project, a non-profit that teaches meditation to the incarcerated.

He’s a Guiding Teacher for Against the Stream, and leads a Friday night meditation group in SF, and doesn’t like talking about himself in the 3rd person.

Everyone Welcome.

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September 26: Coming Home, the Practice of Arrival – Vinny Ferraro

Coming Home, the Practice of Arrival: Welcoming ourselves back to the present moment This Daylong will be focused on the Insight meditation practices of Mindfulness and the Heart practices of the Buddha. Life presents us with the challenge of living […]

Coming Home, the Practice of Arrival: Welcoming ourselves back to the present moment

This Daylong will be focused on the Insight meditation practices of Mindfulness and the Heart practices of the Buddha. Life presents us with the challenge of living from a place of wisdom and its resulting true happiness, rather than from delusion and its corresponding suffering. This path of awakening leads us towards the wisdom on how to live skillfully.

By simply observing our bodies and minds, we begin to know experience as it presents itself. As understanding deepens, we learn to live life with a wiser and more loving heart. Led by Vinny Ferraro the programs aim will be guiding us towards developing a personal practice of coming home, and a greater sense of how to care for ourselves.  Strengthening our own understanding, enabling us to use everything in life as food for freedom.

The program will guide the participants in practicing mindfulness in many different modalities. Whether it’s formal sitting, walking or sharing in a small group setting.

When: Saturday September 26, 2015

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Vinny Ferraro

Vinny Ferraro is the Senior Trainer for Mindful Schools in Oakland, he’s a meditation instructor and a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk youth.

In 2001, he began teaching for Challenge Day, teaching emotional intelligence and other social skills, eventually becoming their Training Director, leading workshops to more than 100,000 youth. He then became the Training Director for the MBA Project, a non-profit that teaches meditation to the incarcerated.

He’s a Guiding Teacher for Against the Stream, and leads a Friday night meditation group in SF, and doesn’t like talking about himself in the 3rd person.

Everyone Welcome.

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October 3: Mindfulness of Death

“Doesn’t everything die at last and too soon? Tell me what is it you want to do with your one wild and precious life?”– Mary Oliver In Buddhist meditation there are profound practices on the mindfulness of death.  Perhaps it’s […]

“Doesn’t everything die at last and too soon?
Tell me what is it you want to do with your one wild and precious life?”– Mary Oliver

In Buddhist meditation there are profound practices on the mindfulness of death.  Perhaps it’s time to reflect on “your one wild and precious life”.  By cultivating awareness of impermanence, you can begin to make peace with the inevitable and develop a deeper wisdom and compassion.

This one-day retreat combines periods of sitting and walking meditation and some discussion at the end to integrate this day of practice.

From the Path of Purification:
“As though huge mountains made of rock, so vast they reached up to the sky.  Were to advance from every side, grinding beneath them all that lives, So age and death roll over all, Warriors, priests, merchants, and craftsman, The outcasts and the scavengers, Crushing all beings, sparing none.  And here no troop of elephants, No charioteers, no infantry, strategy in form of spells, No riches, serve to beat them off.
This is how death should be recollected.”

Event Date: Saturday October 3, 2015

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Bob Stahl

Everyone Welcome.

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October 24: Refuge Recovery Daylong

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of background or experience […]

This daylong will consist of detailed Buddhist teachings, meditations, Q & A, group discussion, an outline of the inventory process from the book “Refuge Recovery” by Noah Levine, and more.

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

Please bring: a copy of the book Refuge Recovery, a notebook/paper, a lunch.

Event Dates: Saturday October 24, 2015

Event Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Jason Murphy

Jason Murphy is a Buddhist meditation teacher, a psychotherapist, and a published author. He has over 25 years of recovery from addiction and has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation since 1994.

Everyone Welcome.

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