Upcoming Events

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

May 21: Vesak – Buddha’s Birthday Community Gathering

Join us for a celebration of the thrice blessed day of the Buddha’s birth,
enlightenment and death.

There will be time for sitting and walking meditation and a Dhamma talk on the
Buddha and what he realized sitting under the Bodhi Tree.

You are welcome to bring your Buddha statue and place on our altar for blessings.

Pot Luck Lunch:  Please bring some vegan lunch food to share with our community.

Event Date:  Saturday May 21, 2016

Event Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Bob Stahl.

Everyone Welcome

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May 25 – 30: Insight Retreat – Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion

Mindfulness meditation is a simple technique offered by the Buddha for awakening the mind and heart. This retreat will be a time of silence, with periods of sitting and walking practice, opportunities to talk about your practice, and formal presentations. This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

Retreat Dates: Wednesday May 25 – Monday May 30, 2016

Retreat Time: Wednesday afternoon check-in until Monday after lunch check-out.

Retreat Location: Land of the Medicine Buddha – 5800 Prescott Road Soquel, Ca 95073

Registration and Cost:
Please open the link below. Complete and return the form by mail.

2016 Retreat Registration

Note: The release forms mentioned in the registration will be filled out at the retreat.

Retreat Teachers:
Bob Stahl, Mary Grace Orr, Jason Murphy, Dan Landry
and assisted by Kim Allen.
Qigong taught by Marcy Reynolds.


Everyone Welcome.

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May 13, June 3, June 24 and June 25: Sutta Study: Lovingkindness and Wisdom

The Sutta Nipata is a short text in the Pali Canon that is likely to contain some of the earliest teachings of the Buddha. This profound collection includes the well-known Metta Sutta, as well as a wide range of discourses spanning ethical conduct, methods of practice, and right view. We will explore some of the main themes in this text. Prior experience with Buddhist scripture is not required, but all students will be expected to read suttas as homework and discuss in the group. Most readings will be online; students are also encouraged to purchase a book.

Event Date: May 13, June 3, June 24 (Fridays), and a Saturday daylong June 25

Event Time: Fridays: 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Sat: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted

How to Register: Please register by sending email to email hidden; JavaScript is required. Class will close to new students at the second session.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher:  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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May 14: Unburdening the Mind – Anam Thubten

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 […]

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.

Dates: Saturday May 14, 2016

Time: 10:00 – 5:00 (Rinpoche will take a 2 hr break: from 12:30 – 2:30)

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

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 abroad.  He is also the author of articles and books in both Tibetan and English.  (The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem).  Through the essential wisdom of Buddhism and his personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive the timeless teachings.  He invites everyone to participate.

Everyone Welcome.

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May 15: Mindfulness in Nature

How do we relate and respond to our earth when we have the space and silence to do so? Nature’s movements and rhythms are quite different from those produced by our modern technologies, and yet, as earth beings, they are […]

How do we relate and respond to our earth when we have the space and silence to do so? Nature’s movements and rhythms are quite different from those produced by our modern technologies, and yet, as earth beings, they are a central part of the human experience. It can take time to slow down and open to the subtle changes and textures of the natural world. In this day-long retreat, we take this opportunity, alternating between periods of insight practice and solo time in nature, where we will be invited to wander, watch, listen and feel into the richness of our earthly inheritance.

Event will start and end at ISC, and will mostly transpire at Natural Bridges State Park.

Event Date: Sunday May 15, 2016

Event Time: 10:30am – 3:00pm

Event Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: no registration required

Event Teacher: Kirsten Rudestam

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Kirsten Rudestam has been practicing insight meditation since 2000, and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program. She is an avid earth lover, and teaches experiential environmental education and leads wilderness expeditions.

Everyone welcome.

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June 5: 2016 Santa Cruz Gay Pride March

The 2016 Gay Pride parade will be held again in downtown Santa Cruz. The parade begins at 11am. We will march in the parade with our Insight Santa Cruz banner. This year, we will have a booth as well, from 11am […]

The 2016 Gay Pride parade will be held again in downtown Santa Cruz.
The parade begins at 11am. We will march in the parade with our Insight Santa Cruz banner.

This year, we will have a booth as well, from 11am to 4pm, to let people know about us and what we offer.

More Info about the Location: Downtown Santa Cruz,
The parade is down Pacific Avenue. The booth is at the Downtown Farmer’s Market site, at Cedar between Cathcart and Lincoln Streets.

Event Date: Sunday June 5, 2016

Event Time: 11:00am, arrival time is 9:30am

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted

How to Register: no registration required

Everyone Welcome.

 

 

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June 11: Effort and Ease: What needs to be done?

This day-long will explore the vital role of skillful effort in meditation practice. Skill in effort is not a matter of doggedly trying harder. Relaxation, commitment, ease, trust, inspiration, as well as diligent perseverance are needed to bring balance to […]

This day-long will explore the vital role of skillful effort in meditation practice. Skill in effort is not a matter of doggedly trying harder. Relaxation, commitment, ease, trust, inspiration, as well as diligent perseverance are needed to bring balance to our effort and enable meditation practice to succeed.

Dates: Saturday June 11, 2016

Time: 10am – 5pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Shaila Catherine

Shaila teaches meditation internationally. She founded Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley (www.imsb.org), and Bodhi Courses (bodhicourses.org), an online Dhamma classroom. She is the author of two highly acclaimed books on concentration and insight- “Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity” and “Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana”.

Everyone Welcome.

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June 26: On the Wings of Wisdom and Compassion

Traditional Buddhist teachings refer to wisdom and compassion as two wings of our practice; like those of a bird these wings must be in balance for “flight” to be possible. This day long will offer us an opportunity to explore these […]

Traditional Buddhist teachings refer to wisdom and compassion as two wings of our practice; like those of a bird these wings must be in balance for “flight” to be possible. This day long will offer us an opportunity to explore these rich dimensions of our practice, and how they relate to our own everyday experience, as well as how they may be reflected also in contemporary research in neuroscience and well being. The time together will include experiential practices, reflective inquiry and time for sharing, along with an overview of some key teachings.
Come spread your wings with the support of sangha!

Event Date: Sunday, June 26

Event Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Leslie Tremaine

Everyone Welcome.

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July 9: Community Daylong and Gathering – Lovingkindness and Impermanence

The People who practice together Move Together: A day of meeting change with an Open Heart This will be a community daylong to say fare-thee-well to our home for the last 10 years. A time to honor our feelings as […]

The People who practice together Move Together:
A day of meeting change with an Open Heart

This will be a community daylong to say fare-thee-well to our home for the last 10 years.
A time to honor our feelings as we begin to step into our new home. The daylong will be a time to meditate and reflect on the fragility and preciousness of life.
Just how do we live life with an open heart knowing that nothing lasts forever?

By cultivating awareness of impermanence and loving kindness, one can develop deeper wisdom and compassion to meet life with greater freedom and ease.

This one-day retreat will offer a Dhamma talk, periods of sitting and walking meditation, and time for discussion at the end of the day.

Event Date: Saturday July 9, 2016

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher:  Bob Stahl

Everyone Welcome.

 

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July 10: LGBTQ Half-Day Retreat

In this half-day retreat we will explore the Buddha’s teachings and meditation practice and how they can support our lives as LGBTQ people. This retreat is appropriate for those in the LGBTQ community who have been practicing meditation and for […]

In this half-day retreat we will explore the Buddha’s teachings and meditation practice and how they can support our lives as LGBTQ people.

This retreat is appropriate for those in the LGBTQ community who have been practicing meditation and for those who are new to meditation.

Event Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016

Event Time: 11:00am3:00pm

Event Cost: dana accepted.

How to Register: no registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: G Schulz

More Info about the Teacher: G Schulz has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 2003 after attending his first retreat while traveling in Southeast Asia. He became involved with Insight Santa Cruz shortly after his return. He has attended many retreats since then including a month long at Spirit Rock, two retreats in Burma and several stays at a Thai forest monastery. G has completed a teacher training program led by Bob Stahl and will complete the two year Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioner Program in the spring of 2016.

Everyone Welcome

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July 20-23: Finding the Freedom Within: A “Come and Go” Retreat

This traditional meditation retreat will offer periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, as well as teacher practice discussions. Teachers will offer daily talks and systematic meditation instructions that are pervaded with the spirit of loving-kindness. These teachings will emphasize […]

This traditional meditation retreat will offer periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, as well as teacher practice discussions. Teachers will offer daily talks and systematic meditation instructions that are pervaded with the spirit of loving-kindness. These teachings will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice.

Event Date: July 20-23

Event Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted

How to Register: no registration required

Event Teacher: Bob Stahl, Jill & Bruce Hyman, and Kim Allen

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome.

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July 24: In the Embrace of the Natural World

The Buddha is said to have found enlightenment in sitting under the bodhi tree, in the embrace of the natural world. Connecting to nature as a source of wisdom for many of us has been an important part of our practice of the […]

The Buddha is said to have found enlightenment in sitting under the bodhi tree, in the embrace of the natural world. Connecting to nature as a source of wisdom for many of us has been an important part of our practice of the dharma. Letting trees, rivers and mountains be our teachers. These experiences also often connect us to a rich creative energy, which also then can be another way to nourish our practice and to embody a deeper wisdom. Come share an experience of these interconnections in a half day of exploring nature as source of wisdom via sitting practice, simple creative expressions, and sharing. No need for art experience — just bring your love of nature!

Event Date: Sunday July 24, 2016

Event Time: 11am – 3 pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teachers: Leslie Tremaine, with Julia Pinsky

Julia Hamblin Pinsky MFT is a marriage and family therapist, artist , parent, meditator, and lover of nature- particularly trees, snails, dogs and clouds. She has drawn, painted, designed, and collaged for over 30 years, inspired by the state of “flow” in the creative act.

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

Event Teacher: Enrique Collazo

Enrique has been practicing in the Vipassana tradition since 2005. Since 2009, he has offered daylongs, workshops, and classes for youth and adults in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. He is a graduate of the Against the Stream teacher training. Enrique is also involved as a leader and teacher in Challenge Day and iBme teen retreats every year. His personal story is written within the Refuge Recovery book and he is active in bringing Refuge daylongs to the Oakland/SF area. Enrique shares Dharma in a straightforward and practical manner.

Everyone 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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