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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2016 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 – Jan 15, Feb 12, Mar 4, Apr 15, May 20, June 17,
July 15, Aug 12, Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 11, Dec 16

Event Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

 

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January 30: Mindfulness, Concentration & Insight – One Path of Meditation

Insight meditation is often viewed and taught as a practice separate and distinct from concentration meditation.  People are often confused about how these two aspects of the practice fit together.  Should they be doing insight meditation or concentration practices?  How does concentration fit into insight meditation?

In this daylong we will explore how they can be brought together in a mutually supportive way as a single style of meditation practice.

We will learn to practice so the mind becomes more collected and centered, leading to deepening states of concentration, peace, clarity and calm abiding, and culminating in states of unification of mind known as jhana. At the same time, awareness will be guided to open into mindfulness of the body and states of the heart and the mind, revealing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.  This integration of concentration, calm, mindfulness and jhana builds a strong foundation for the arising of insight.

The day will include time for questions, discussion and a talk.

Event Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Event Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: no registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Richard Shankman

Richard Shankman lives in Oakland, CA.  He has been a meditator since 1970 and teaches at dharma centers and groups throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally, including Spirit Rock Meditation Center and IMS.  Richard is a co-founder of both the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and Mindful Schools.  Richard is the author of “The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation” and “The Experience of Samadhi”.

Everyone Welcome.

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February 6: Walking the Path Toward the End of Life

Join us for a two-part exploration of End-of-Life issues. Bring your lunch. Informal discussion during lunch period. Please feel welcome to come to the morning, the afternoon, or both. Morning program: Reflections –  The morning program will consist of Buddhist […]

Join us for a two-part exploration of End-of-Life issues. Bring your lunch. Informal discussion during lunch period. Please feel welcome to come to the morning, the afternoon, or both.

Morning program: Reflections –  The morning program will consist of Buddhist teachings, reflections, and exercises that help us touch into the idea of our own death.

Afternoon program: Practicalities – The afternoon program will introduce us to forms such as POLST, the Five Wishes form for end-of-life decisions, and other helpful organizational tools to assist in walking this path.

Dates:  Saturday February 6, 2016

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teachers: Valerie Nelson and Kim Allen

More Info about the Teachers:

Valerie Nelson has been a Vipassana practitioner since 1998, including extensive
retreat and study experience. She has had the privilege of going on Buddhist
pilgrimages to India and Bhutan.  Val’s life experience and practice
inspired her to enter and complete the Sati Chaplaincy Training Program. She
is chaplain for BOTP sangha and a volunteer chaplain at Dominican Hospital
since 2013.

Kim Allen has practiced Insight meditation since 2003, including intensive retreats up to 3 months in length. She teaches at ISC, Los Gatos Insight and other local sanghas, and has completed the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy training program. She serves as a spiritual caregiver in both hospice and hospital settings and has led multiple programs on death awareness.

Everyone Welcome.

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February 13: Applying the Noble Truths by Feeding Your Demons

The Buddha‘s fundamental teaching of the Four Noble Truths provides the key to relief from suffering and stress. This daylong will focus on applying the first three Noble Truths: understanding or knowing our suffering, letting go of its cause, and […]

The Buddha‘s fundamental teaching of the Four Noble Truths provides the key to relief from suffering and stress. This daylong will focus on applying the first three Noble Truths: understanding or knowing our suffering, letting go of its cause, and realizing its cessation, using Lama Tsultrim Allione’s method for Feeding Your Demons. 
Ayya Santussika will discuss the Four Noble Truths and guide us through this experiential process. You can find out more about Feeding Your Demons by checking out the book, this article or this 

Meal offering will be at 11:30am.  Please bring a vegetarian pot-luck dish to offer.

Event Dates: Saturday February 13, 2016

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Ayya Santussika

Ayya Santussika entered monastic life in the Theravada tradition in 2005.  Her faith in the Dharma developed during many visits to Thailand beginning in 1998. She trained as a nun in large and small monasteries in both England and America. In 2012, she co-founded Karuna Buddhist Vihara, where she currently lives, located in Mountain View, California. She teaches Dharma as it applies to life experience and serves on the board of directors for Buddhist Global Relief.

Everyone Welcome.

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February 21: Mindfulness and Climate Change Half-Day

Practice with the Planet: Bringing Mindfulness to taking Action on Climate Change This will be a day of practice and reflection with a view towards noticing how our meditation practice can support us as we take action for the planet. […]

Practice with the Planet: Bringing Mindfulness to taking Action on Climate Change

This will be a day of practice and reflection with a view towards noticing how our meditation practice can support us as we take action for the planet. The greatest challenge of addressing climate change is that the issue is overwhelming. This workshop will help make it approachable and sustainable.

We will do four practices throughout the day:

– Bringing our awareness to the present

– Bringing awareness to “the news” and information

– Practicing in nature

– Practicing compassion for victims of climate change (i.e. all of us)

Date: Sunday February 21, 2016

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Facilitator: Kerry Nelson

Kerry Nelson is a Spirit Rock Meditation Center Retreat Manager and workshop facilitator. A graduate of Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley she worked with civil society groups in the US and southern Africa for over two decades. She offers One Small Difference and One Small Planet workshops through her website placeforpeace.org, and helped start half a dozen affinity groups including Spirit Rock’s Green Group. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program, and has trained as an instructor in Qigong, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Everyone Welcome.

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February 27 : Sutta Study – The Path of Transformation

In this day of Dhamma reflection and practice, we will look at teachings from the early discourses of the Buddha on the topic of the transformation that occurs through Buddhist practice. In particular we will read and discuss the Angulimala […]

In this day of Dhamma reflection and practice, we will look at teachings from the early discourses of the Buddha on the topic of the transformation that occurs through Buddhist practice. In particular we will read and discuss the Angulimala Sutta (MN 86), in which a murderer becomes enlightened, and the Paссa Sutta (AN 8.2), which lists eight conditions for acquiring wisdom. Previous experience with Buddhist texts is not required.

Event Dates: Saturday February 27, 2016

Event Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location:Insight Santa Cruz

Event 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 another 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.

Everyone Welcome.

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March 11: Going Beyond Dogma

Having a spiritual practice that is fresh and vibrant can be a challenge we all face.  In a culture where outer consumption is king, it can be difficult to navigate our inner world.  In this evening talk, we’ll explore various […]

Having a spiritual practice that is fresh and vibrant can be a challenge we all face.  In a culture where outer consumption is king, it can be difficult to navigate our inner world.  In this evening talk, we’ll explore various approaches for overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause unnecessary suffering, while keeping our practice open and joyful.

Date: Friday, March 11, 2016

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00 PM

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: no registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Tenzin Namsel

Tenzin Namsel is an American Buddhist monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.  He met the Dharma in Boston, Mass. In his early 20’s at Berklee College of Music.  In 2008 he took ordination from HH Dalai Lama in Mc Loed Gang, India.  Over the years, he has developed his Buddhist studies and practice under an array of well respected Tibetan masters and in a variety of solo retreats.  As a teacher, Namsel has facilitated group retreats and dharma talks throughout the U.S.  Through his down to earth approach and humor, Namsel makes the dharma more approachable and acts as a bridge for our modern times.

Everyone Welcome. 

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March 19: 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

Date: Saturday March 19, 2016

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: no registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome.

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April 2: 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 April 2, 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: 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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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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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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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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