Classes

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

*August 6: Insight Santa Cruz is Moving*

Dear ISC Sangha

The move has begun!
On Friday, July 15 volunteers took the first step in a multi-step process of moving the Sangha. Many items have been packed and moved for storage while we are in temporary location at affectionately known as Mobo Dharma. We will be located near Trader Joe’s, next door to the Mobo Sushi restaurant within the Galleria building complex.
On Saturday August 6,  we will move downtown to our temporary location.
There are many ways to stay involved.  Please sign up at the center or by sending an email
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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 Address: 115 South River Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The first sit at the new location will be 9:30am on Sunday August 7th with a special blessing for our temporary center. 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.

 

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FAQs about ISC new location

Parking description:
The large Trader Joe’s / CVS parking lot is free with a 2-hour restriction. They do tow cars if parked longer than 2 hours, so be aware of this.

The much smaller Galleria parking lot on the other side of the building is free with no time limit.
There is a large, multi-story city parking lot right next to the Galleria lot ($1.00 for up to two hours, $5 daily maximum). There are parking meters on the streets.

Security/Storage:
ISC does not have indoor bike storage.  We suggest public bike lockers for the highest level of security.  All bicycle lockers in Santa Cruz require the use of a ParkCard.

For Bicycle Locker usage and ParkCard information please click on the following:
http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/departments/public-works/traffic-and-parking/bicycle-pedestrian-facilities-and-programs/bicycle-parking-programs/bicycle-locker-rentals

http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/home/showdocument?id=2491

The following video begins with use of the ParkCard at a parking meter, then continues to show use of the ParkCard with a bike locker:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX4rhCUnB74

At the River/Front parking garage there are eight bike lockers. The other closest bike lockers:

  • 19 lockers at the Cedar/Church St. garage
  • 16 lockers at the Locust St. garage
  • 20 lockers at City Hall
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August 19: Sutta Study – See for Yourself (three week series)

The Buddha had much to say about Wisdom, the natural quality of mind that sees things as they are and brings about liberation. In this 3-week series, we will explore ways to see more clearly — in our daily life and on the cushion — which can lead to greater ease and harmony, and wiser choices.

We will read early Buddhist texts (suttas) to support our study and practice. No prior experience is required. Please register with the teacher in order to receive the readings.

Date: Fridays: Aug 19, 26, and Sep 2

Time: 5:30pm – 6:45pm

Cost: Dana

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

How to Register: Please register by sending email to email hidden; JavaScript is required

Teacher: Kim Allen

Kim Allen has been practicing Insight meditation since 2003 and joined the ISC Teacher’s Council in 2015. She has spent cumulative two years in silent retreat, and lived for two years at the Insight Retreat Center. She teaches at ISC and other sanghas around the Bay Area, including study of the suttas. Her teachers include Gil Fronsdal and Joseph Goldstein, and she has some training in Zen and Tibetan practices. She has completed the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy training and a teacher training with Bob Stahl, and is the founder of the Buddhist Insight Network. She also has a Ph.D. in physics and a master’s degree in environmental and social sustainability.

Everyone Welcome.

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August 20: Silent Daylong Retreat

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, […]

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, participants are asked to enter at the beginning or ending of a sit.

Schedule: 9:30 Sit — 10:15 Walk — 11:00 Sit — 11:30 Walk — 12:00 Sit — 12:30 Lunch — 1:30 Sit — 2:15 Walk — 3:00 Sit — 3:45 Stretch break — 3:55 Dharma talk — 4:30 End

Event Date: August 20, 2016

Event Time: 9:30am4:30pm

Event Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted

How to Register: no registration required

Teacher: Kim Allen

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

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August 27: 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 27, 2016

Event Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz at 115 River Street South Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Teacher: Enrique Collazo and assistant Kara Haney

Enrique Collazo is a Buddhist meditation instructor and group facilitator trained by Noah Levine at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles. He has over 10 years of sobriety, sponsorship and meditation training, and has been involved in teaching Refuge Recovery since 2000.

Kara Haney has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1993. She has been in recovery from addiction since 1996. Kara has been active as a facilitator and mentor for the Refuge Recovery community since 2013.

Everyone Welcome.

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September 2 & 3: Mudita – Cultivating Appreciative Joy

During this evening talk and one-day workshop we will explore the practice of mudita (appreciative joy), cultivating gladness and gratitude in a variety of different ways that support insight practice and lead to greater happiness and freedom. Most of the […]

During this evening talk and one-day workshop we will explore the practice of mudita (appreciative joy), cultivating gladness and gratitude in a variety of different ways that support insight practice and lead to greater happiness and freedom.
Most of the day will be spent practicing silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instruction and dyad (pairs) meditation practice.  There will also be optional opportunities for individual meetings with the teacher.
Open to all levels of experience.

Event Date: Friday Sept 2 and Saturday Sept 3, 2016

Event Time: Friday 7:00pm – 9:00 pm and Saturday 9:30am – 4:30pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Jill Shepherd

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 programs, as well as offering weekly meditation classes at a nearby men’s prison.
She is a graduate of the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal, and is also an Insight Dialogue teacher-in-training under the guidance of Gregory Kramer and Mary Burns.
Currently, she 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.

Everyone Welcome.

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Starting September 25: The Eightfold Path Program

The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the breadth and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each […]

The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the breadth and depth of our lives.

The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors. Participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful.

Registration is required.

Dates: Sundays
First Class will be  September 25, 2016 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
The rest of the classes will be Sundays from 1:30pm – 4:00pm on
Oct 16, Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 12, Mar 12, Apr 9, and May 14

Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm, except Sept 25 will be from 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register:  Eightfold Path Program Application

Teacher:  Kim Allen and other teachers.

Kim Allen has been practicing Insight meditation since 2003 and joined the ISC Teacher’s Council in 2015. She has spent cumulative two years in silent retreat, and lived for two years at the Insight Retreat Center. She teaches at ISC and other sanghas around the Bay Area, including study of the suttas. Her teachers include Gil Fronsdal and Joseph Goldstein, and she has some training in Zen and Tibetan practices. She has completed the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy training and a teacher training with Bob Stahl, and is the founder of the Buddhist Insight Network. She also has a Ph.D. in physics and a master’s degree in environmental and social sustainability.

Everyone is Welcome.

 

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Oct 22: 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 […]

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. Part of the day will be held at a local cemetery to practice. Please bring a bag lunch since we will be eating at the cemetery.  It is suggested to commit for the full 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, 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 22

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Bob Stahl

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

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November 12: Big Love – Teachings on the Four Immeasurables

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has often commented that the essence of spiritual practice is cultivating a good heart. As important as meditative quiescence and insight meditation are within the Buddhist tradition, it is crucial to balance such practices with […]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has often commented that the essence of spiritual practice is cultivating a good heart. As important as meditative quiescence and insight meditation are within the Buddhist tradition, it is crucial to balance such practices with the cultivation of altruism; practice of the Four immeasurables is the ideal technique for achieving this goal. The Four Immeasurables, or the Four Brahmaviharas, as they are called in the Pali tradition, are loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. These characteristics are essential qualities to develop on the spiritual path. This daylong retreat will include teachings, discussion, and guided meditations, and is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners wanting to deepen their experience of the Four Immeasurables.

Event Date: Saturday November 12, 2016

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: no registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Tenzin Chogkyi

Tenzin Chogkyi a short bio can be found on his website, http://ventenzinchogkyi.com/an-introduction/

Everyone Welcome.

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November 19 : The Thinning of the Self – Exploring and Practicing Anatta

The teaching of anatta (“not-self”) points to one of the three fundamental areas of liberating insight taught by the Buddha (along with the teachings on impermanence and on suffering or dukkha). Yet anatta can very challenging and confusing for contemporary […]

The teaching of anatta (“not-self”) points to one of the three fundamental areas of liberating insight taught by the Buddha (along with the teachings on impermanence and on suffering or dukkha). Yet anatta can very challenging and confusing for contemporary practitioners. Is there “no self” (as anatta is sometimes translated)? How do we make sense of our feelings of individuality, identity, ancestry, and vocation? How do we address our own personal experiences of woundedness, trauma, and oppression? Are these all simply to be “transcended”? How is a sense of self, as the Buddha taught, in many ways important for spiritual development, and how is working with our own individual conditioning, whether psychological or social in origin, central to our liberation? How do we integrate attending to such conditioning with opening as well beyond the habitual sense of self?

In this daylong, we will explore these vital questions primarily in a practical way. Using the metaphors of “thinning the self” and working with a “thick” sense of self, we will cover three aspects of practice: (1) cultivating, in several ways, the “thinning” of the self, both in meditation and in everyday life, including working with the Five Skandhas or “aggregates” of experience; (2) tracking and working with different manifestations of a “thick” sense of self, both as appearing in experience and as hidden to awareness; and (3) opening to experiencing beyond a fixed sense of self, as awareness, compassion, and responsiveness deepen.

Date: Saturday November 19, 2016

Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Donald Rothberg

Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice and the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. He regularly teaches insight and lovingkindness meditation, transforming the judgmental mind, mindful communication and wise speech, working skillfully with conflict, and socially engaged Buddhism. He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World.

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Everyone Welcome.

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November 29 – December 4: Insight Meditation Retreat – Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion

This traditional insight meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga as well group and individual practice discussions. Each day, there will be Dhamma talks and systematic meditation instructions embedded with loving kindness that emphasize […]

This traditional insight meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga as well group and individual practice discussions.

Each day, there will be Dhamma talks and systematic meditation instructions embedded with loving kindness that emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

Location: Insight Retreat Center, 1906 Glen Canyon Rd, Santa Cruz, CA  95060

Retreat Dates: Tuesday November 29 – Sunday December 4, 2016

Retreat Times:  check in – Tuesday Nov 29 at 2pm,  retreat ends – Sunday Dec 4 at 1pm

Cost: Dana

How to Register: Please use this link: http://www.insightretreatcenter.org/retreats/#event-68

Teachers:  Bob Stahl, Jill Hyman, Bruce Hyman, Kim Allen, and Karen Zelin (Yoga)

Everyone Welcome.

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December 10: Silent Daylong

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, […]

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, participants are asked to enter at the beginning or ending of a sit.

Schedule: 9:30 Sit — 10:15 Walk — 11:00 Sit — 11:30 Walk — 12:00 Sit — 12:30 Lunch — 1:30 Sit — 2:15 Walk — 3:00 Sit — 3:45 Stretch break — 3:55 Dharma talk — 4:30 End

Event Date: Saturday December 10, 2016

Event Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

Event Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Kim Allen

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

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December 17: Wise Speech & Wise Listening – The Art & Skill of Mindful Communication

In this daylong retreat, we will learn the principles of wise speech and wise listening to enhance our communication skills. The Dhamma teaches us that wise speech is honest, kind, beneficial, and timely. So, how do we put these qualities […]

In this daylong retreat, we will learn the principles of wise speech and wise listening to enhance our communication skills.

The Dhamma teaches us that wise speech is honest, kind, beneficial, and timely. So, how do we put these qualities into practice? Wise communication can be cultivated both through mindfulness practice and learning new skills that allow us to relate in more effective and positive ways. Through teaching, meditation, discussion and practice we will learn how to develop more awareness, compassion and skill within ourselves, leading to more successful and meaningful interactions with others.

Applying this mindful communication with family members and others, during the holidays and year round, is vital for healthy, happy relationships.

Event Date: Saturday December 17, 2016

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

How to Register: No registration required

Event Cost: Dana

Event Teachers: Vicki Assegued, M.A. and Karen Zelin

Vicki holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution & Restorative Justice

Everyone Welcome.

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