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: 09-12-16

Monday Mobo Move Update: 09-26-16

Frequently Asked Questions:

FAQ about ISC New Location: 08-29-16

 

 

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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 of the Eightfold factors. Participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful.

Registration is required.

The main mentors are Kim Allen, Dan Landry, Leslie Tremaine, Bill Culman, and G Schulz.

Dates: Sundays

First Class will be  September 25, 2016 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
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 3:00pm – 4:30pm

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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October 1: Being Present for Your Life-Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

How much are you present for your own life? Most of us spend more time in our own inner world—worrying about the future, replaying the past, or lost in fantasy—than experiencing what life is offering to us right now. The present moment is where we can most directly be intimate with our life—touched by beauty and intimacy, while learning through the difficult lessons how to open our hearts.

In this daylong retreat, we will practice vipassana meditation practice and learn more about the principles on which it is based. There will be periods of silent sitting and walking meditation as well as discussion, providing a foundation for applying mindfulness practice to everyday life.
Suitable for both beginners and more experienced meditators.

Event Date: Saturday October 1, 2016

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Event Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: James Baraz and Kirsten Rudestam
More Info about the Teacher: James Baraz has been teaching meditation since 1978. He leads workshops internationally, is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif., and has taught his popular online Awakening Joy course since 2003. James coauthored Awakening Joy with Shoshana Alexander.

Kirsten Rudestam has been practicing insight meditation since 2000 and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program. Kirsten is also a part of the community teachers within Insight Santa Cruz.

Everyone Welcome.

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October 8: 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 Date: Saturday October 8, 2016

Event Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted. (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

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

Facilitator: Kara Haney

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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October 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, 2016

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 4 and 5: The Eight Wordly Dhammas

The Buddha taught that most of us are caught up much of the time with being blown around by the eight worldly dhammas, sometimes called the eight worldly “winds” or “concerns” – four pairs of opposites that we either constantly […]

The Buddha taught that most of us are caught up much of the time with being blown around by the eight worldly dhammas, sometimes called the eight worldly “winds” or “concerns” – four pairs of opposites that we either constantly seek or try to avoid.
These are pleasure and pain, gain and loss, praise and blame, and fame and disrepute.
We will have a chance to examine how these might affect our lives and how we can loosen the grip of their influence.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz –  115 River Street South Santa Cruz 95060

Event Date: Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5

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

Event Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher:  Ajahn Karuṇadhammo

Ajahn Karuṇadhammo born in North Carolina in 1955. He was trained as a nurse and moved to Seattle in his early twenties where he came in contact with the Theravada tradition. In 1992, he helped out with a monastic visit to the Bay Area and spent two months serving a winter retreat at Amarāvati Monastery in England. Ajahn Karuṇadhammo made the decision to ordain while visiting Thailand in 1995. He asked if he could be part of the prospective California monastery (the then unnamed Abhayagiri) and was part of the original group that arrived at Abhayagiri on June 1, 1996. After training for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera, he took full Bhikkhu ordination in May 1998 with Ajahn Pasanno as his preceptor.

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: Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi

Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi’s short bio can be found on her 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: Mindful Communication: Wise Speech and Wise Listening

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, group discussion and hands-on practice, we will learn how to develop more awareness, compassion and skills 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.

Vicki Assegued, M.A., has a Master’s degree in Restorative Justice and
Conflict Resolution and has been working in the field for over 20 years.
She is a Restorative Justice Program developer, director and trainer, for
the juvenile and criminal justice systems, various organizations and for
secondary and higher education. She also works privately, facilitating
mediation with families and other groups. This is Vicki’s third year
offering this well-attended daylong at ISC. Vicki can be reached at
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Everyone Welcome.

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Starts January 6: Integrating Dhamma Course 2017

Integrating Dhamma is an opportunity for experienced meditators to explore the ways in which practice serves to transform our entire life — how we might more fully embody our practice and hold the awareness that freedom is available in every […]

Integrating Dhamma is an opportunity for experienced meditators to explore the ways in which practice serves to transform our entire life — how we might more fully embody our practice and hold the awareness that freedom is available in every moment.
The 2017 program will take as a theme the Seven Factors of Awakening. Our work will include formal meditation, exploration of daily life, and attention to relationship in our practice communities; and we will use the suttas to nourish our engagement with the Buddha’s teachings.
A strong commitment will be asked. We will meet every two weeks and will support our work together through daily sitting, assigned readings, and inquiries. We will begin and end with a Friday and Saturday session at ISC, and the program runs from early January through the end of April, 2017.

Dates: January 6 and 7 (opening retreat)
January 20, February 3, February 17, March 3, March 17, March 31, April 14
April 28 and 29 (closing retreat)

Time: Friday/Saturday retreats: Friday is 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Saturday is 9:30am – 4:30pm.
All regular Friday nights are 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: Registration is required. Here is the link: http://goo.gl/VZG75T

Teachers: Dan Landry and Kim Allen

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March 11: Unburdening the Mind

The focus of the retreat is to unburden ourselves from mental habits that cause unnecessary suffering and to realize our natural state: the inner dimension of peace, joy, and love. Anam Thubten invites everyone to experience this spiritual transformation through meditation practice […]

The focus of the retreat is to unburden ourselves from mental habits that cause unnecessary suffering and to realize our natural state: the inner dimension of peace, joy, and love. Anam Thubten invites everyone to experience this spiritual transformation through meditation practice and the timeless teachings of the Buddha.

Event Date: Saturday March 11, 2017

Event Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Anam Thubten

Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Among his many teachers, his most formative guides were Lama Tsurlo, Khenpo Chopel, and Lama Garwang. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the U.S. and occasionally abroad. He is also the author of various articles and books in both the Tibetan and English language.

Everyone Welcome. 

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