Upcoming Events

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

July 12: A Day 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 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: July 12, 2014, 9:30-4:30
Teacher: Bob Stahl
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

July 13: Caring for our Sangha

This is an invitation to our Insight Santa Cruz members to volunteer with our Caring for our Sangha program.

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: July 13, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Teacher: Bob Stahl
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

July 26: Opening to Joy

Buddhist teachings describe  a path to the ending of suffering and a way to open our hearts to a deep well-being that goes beyond the realm of every day pleasures and pain.   Inclining the mind toward this wholesome sense of happiness  helps us  live with greater wisdom and compassion, not denying the  pain of life but supporting us in making a positive difference in the challenges of life.

Based on the rich work of James Baraz’  book and course on Awakening Joy  this day long will introduce  a set of practices that can  help us open us to a deeper sense of joy in our lives.

When: July 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Teacher: Leslie Tremaine has been an Insight Meditation practitioner for over 25 years. She has completed the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader program and is now in Insight Santa Cruz’ teacher development process. Retired two years ago as county Mental Health/Substance Abuse Director, Leslie currently volunteers teaching mindfulness in a range of community settings including prisons, schools and retirement facilities, as well as at Insight Santa Cruz.
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Aug 16: Stable Heart – Stable Climate

Stable Heart – Stable Climate: A Buddhist Response to Climate Change Join Ayya Santacitta and Ayya Santussika, two Theravada Buddhist nuns, for a day of exploration and cultivation. We will use the Buddha’s core teachings to bring forth the inner […]

Stable Heart – Stable Climate: A Buddhist Response to Climate Change

Join Ayya Santacitta and Ayya Santussika, two Theravada Buddhist nuns, for a day of exploration and cultivation. We will use the Buddha’s core teachings to bring forth the inner strength and resilience to wisely respond to the most important issue of our times. Connecting to our own true purpose and to one another, we rise together to a higher level of understanding, stability and action.

Please bring a vegetarian dish to share with the nuns for the meal at 12:00 noon. Since the beginning of Buddhism over 2500 years ago, Buddhist nuns and monks have depended on alms-food. In this spirit, you are invited to bring food to offer and to share with others.

When: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time:  9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: There is no charge, The teaching  is offered in the Buddhist tradition of dana.
Teachers: Bhikkhunis Ayya Santussika & Ayya Santacitta
Registration: No registration required.
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

About the Teachers
Ayya Santacitta Bhikkhuni was born in Austria and has a multifaceted background in hotel management, cultural anthropology and avantgarde dance theatre. Her first teacher was Ajahn Buddhadasa, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. She has practiced meditation for over 25 years and trained as a nun in both the East and West since 1993, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah under the guidance of Ajahn Sumedho and the Order of Siladhara.

Since meeting Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche in 2002, she also integrates Dzogchen teachings into her practice and teaching. Ayya Santacitta is co-founder of Aloka Vihara, where she resides since 2009 and received bhikkhuni ordination in 2011.

For more info, please visit www.saranaloka.org
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Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni began staying in monasteries in Asia in 1999 and learning from master teachers, particularly in Thailand. She first ordained as an anagarika in 2005 and trained in the Ajahn Chah tradition in both England, at Chithurst and Amaravati Buddhist Monasteries, and America at Aloka Vihara in San Francisco. She received samaneri and bhikkhuni ordination at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles. She currently lives at Karuna Buddhist Vihara in Mountain View, CA, a new monastery based on the teachings of Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. She is on the board of directors for Buddhist Global Relief. Before becoming a Buddhist nun, Ayya Santussika raised her son and daughter while working as a computer engineer in Silicon Valley. For more info, please visit www.KarunaBV.org.

Aug. 29-31: Insight Meditation Non-Residential Weekend

In this non-residential weekend, we will deepen the practice of Insight Meditation through an experiential exploration of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in the Satipatthana Sutta. Most of each day will be spent practicing silent sitting and walking meditation, with […]

In this non-residential weekend, we will deepen the practice of Insight Meditation through an experiential exploration of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in the Satipatthana Sutta.
Most of each day will be spent practicing silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instructions and opportunities for individual and group meetings with the teacher.  Open to all levels of experience.

Event Date: August 29-31
Event Time: Friday August 29: 7-9 pm
Saturday August 30: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday August 31: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How to Register: no registration required

About the Teacher: Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centers and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand. She recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in several long retreats and Buddhist study programmes, as well as offering weekly meditation classes at a nearby men’s prison.  She is currently a student in the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein, and divides her time between the US, Australia and New Zealand, teaching vipassana and brahma vihara retreats and offering ongoing study and practice groups focused on bringing the dharma into daily life.

 

Prerequisites: All are welcome
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Sept 6: Skills for Life & Liberation: The Five Spiritual Faculties

The skills needed to create a meaningful life and to walk the Buddhist path of liberation are already within us. The Buddha identified five natural faculties that all humans possess as the keys to channeling our energies toward our spiritual […]

The skills needed to create a meaningful life and to walk the Buddhist path of liberation are already within us. The Buddha identified five natural faculties that all humans possess as the keys to channeling our energies toward our spiritual goals. Everyone has some degree of confidence, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom. All that is needed is to harness these faculties and strengthen them.

In this day of practice, we will explore the Five Faculties as qualities that help us develop skill in life and meditation, and also point the way toward spiritual freedom. This day of silence will include sitting, walking, guided reflections, and a Dharma talk.

When: September 6, 2014, 9:30-4:30
Teacher: Kim Allen
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

More Info about the Teacher: Kim Allen has practiced Insight meditation since 2003, including intensive retreats up to 3 months in length. She teaches at Los Gatos Insight and various local sanghas, and has completed the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy training program. She serves as a spiritual caregiver in a hospital and is deeply involved in the Insight Retreat Center.

 

Sept. 19-21: Transforming the Judgmental Mind, Cultivating the Wise Heart

This event is a Non-Residential, Weekend Retreat Judgments of a reactive and often automatic nature are very strong in most of our lives, and in the dominant culture. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine […]

This event is a Non-Residential, Weekend Retreat

Judgments of a reactive and often automatic nature are very strong in most of our lives, and in the dominant culture. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine our work in the world. In this weekend retreat, we will explore the nature of such judgments (and their difference from non-reactive discernment) and how to transform them. We will cultivate mindfulness, inquiry, and heart practices such as loving kindness, forgiveness, and compassion. We will also explore the somatic and social dimensions of judgments and the role of cultivating awakened qualities in transforming judgments. These tools will help us to preserve the intelligence and energy often found in judgments, using them for discernment and compassionate action, while working through judgments’ destructive and compulsive aspects. This retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, including instructions for several guided practices, talks and group discussion, and some basic movement practices, all in the context of a small, supportive community.

Event Dates: Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21
Event Times: Friday, Sept. 19: 7-9
Saturday, Sept. 20: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 21: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Info about the Teacher: Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., is a member of the Teachers Council at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California, and has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook University, he currently teaches and writes on meditation, daily life practice, spirituality and psychology, and socially engaged spirituality. Donald is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World and is currently working on a book on Transforming the Judgmental Mind.

Prerequisites: All are welcome
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Nov 22: Supporting Our Vets

Mindfulness Meditation to Calm & Heal the Body & Mind A Day of Mindfulness Meditation for Veterans and Their Families This daylong will be a time to meditate and reflect on the fragility and preciousness of life. How do we […]

Mindfulness Meditation to Calm & Heal the Body & Mind

A Day of Mindfulness Meditation for Veterans and Their Families

This daylong will be a time to meditate and reflect on the fragility and preciousness of life. How do we live life with an open heart knowing that nothing lasts forever?

You will be introduced to mindfulness practice through sitting and walking meditation. There will be time to connect with others in small and large group discussion.

This event is open to veterans, their families and significant others.

When: Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:30-4:30
Teacher: Bob Stahl
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

Dec 1 – 6, 2014: Hold the Date for Insight Santa Cruz December Retreat

In addition to our annual May retreat around Memorial Day, Insight Santa Cruz will be offering a 5-day retreat from December 1st to 6th, 2014. This retreat will be held at Insight Retreat Center. Further details will be posted in […]

In addition to our annual May retreat around Memorial Day, Insight Santa Cruz will be offering a 5-day retreat from December 1st to 6th, 2014. This retreat will be held at Insight Retreat Center. Further details will be posted in Fall 2014.