Upcoming Events

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

April 18: Refuge Recovery Half Day

An exploration of recovery through meditation and Buddhist thought.

“And what is the cause by which suffering comes into play?
Craving is the cause by which suffering comes into play”-  The Buddha

We crave to have things be other than they are. We often feel that life is unsatisfactory, and so we develop strategies to avoid this feeling of dissatisfaction. Often these strategies lead to unskillful behavior. For example, we become addicted to drugs, alcohol, food, sex or shopping in an attempt to find satisfaction and happiness.

The Buddha called this craving Tanha meaning thirst. This thirst cannot be quenched externally.

Teacher: Jason Murphy
When: 
Saturday April 18, 2015   10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Location: Insight Santa Cruz.

More Info about the Teacher: Jason Murphy is an addictions counselor and psychotherapist. He has over 20 years of recovery from addiction and has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation since 1994.

Everyone Welcome.

April 18: Investigating Body-Mind as a Key to Enlightenment

Anat Zahor comes to Insight Santa Cruz from Tel Aviv, Israel, to offer her understanding of the Dharma as a path of  liberation. As the Buddha said in the Jata Sutta: “Untangle the tangle” (“Samyutta Nikaya”, Chapter 7, Sutta 6).
Through our own experience, of sensing and knowing, questioning and investigating with curiosity we start to understand the endless and timeless patterns of mind and “solve” ourselves.
You are most welcome to join Anat for a session developing mindfulness and clarity moment to moment of postures, actions, mind tendencies and patterns.

Seeing clearly (Vipassana) is the practice of cutting delusion, seeing truth is to overcome “Dukkha”, accept “Anicca” and realize “Anatta”.  The workshop will include: walking and sitting practice, as well as dharma talk and inquiry.

Event Date: Saturday April 18
Event Time: 3:00 – 5:30pm
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
How to Register: No registration required
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Anat Zahor

Anat has been practicing Yoga and Meditation since the early 1980’s. In 1994 she attended her first Vipassana Meditation retreat as taught by S.N. Goenka. Since then Buddhism has become the basis of her life view and action. She frequently stays a monthly retreat at the Chom Tong monastery in Northern Thailand practicing Vipassana Meditation under the guidance of Venerable Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo, and her teachers Kate and Tanath Chindaporn.

 

Everyone Welcome.

 

April 19: Mindfulness and Creativity

For many artists, as well as others who engage in a range of everyday forms of creativity, the experience of engaging with an inspiration, expressing it in concrete form, and sharing it with others, can bring deep experiences of “flow” and focus akin to concentration and mindfulness meditation. Similarly, meditation practice can fuel a strong sense of creative inspiration and support follow up expression. These  experiences and mind states can be  mutually supportive  in what  often is felt as  a rich cycle of growth. This program will explore these connections, using sitting practices and short creative  experiences. The day will also include sharing by members of our sangha who are artists with deep mindfulness practices.

Event Date: Sunday April 19, 2015

Event Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Leslie Tremaine

 

Everyone Welcome.

 

May 2: Singing the Dharma

Mindfulness and music have both been shown to bring real replenishment and peace to heart, mind, and body. In this daylong event, enjoy singing along and/or listening as we sing Dharma teachings set to music! Chants, short songs, and familiar […]

Mindfulness and music have both been shown to bring real replenishment and peace to heart, mind, and body. In this daylong event, enjoy singing along and/or listening as we sing Dharma teachings set to music! Chants, short songs, and familiar songs with Dharma themes have been collected into a songbook by Dharma teacher and musician Eve Decker. We will alternate silent and guided meditation with music, reflection, and short dharma talks. All levels welcome!

Event Date: Saturday May 2, 2015

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: Eve Decker

Eve Decker began practicing Vipassana meditation in 1991. She has been teaching dharma since 2006. She has released two CDs of original, dharma based music. She leads groups on ‘Metta-for-Self’ and a monthly ‘Sit-and-Sing-Sangha’ in her hometown of Berkeley CA. She is a graduate of the Path of Engagement and Community Dharma Leader training programs at Spirit Rock Center in California. For more on Eve see her website at www.evedecker.com

Everyone Welcome.

May 9: Awakening Joy as A Path of Happiness – James Baraz

The Buddha was known as The Happy One. Though Joy is one of the Seven Factors of Awakening and one of the four Divine Abodes with so much emphasis on working with suffering joy can sometimes seem frivolous or unspiritual. […]

The Buddha was known as The Happy One. Though Joy is one of the Seven Factors of Awakening and one of the four Divine Abodes with so much emphasis on working with suffering joy can sometimes seem frivolous or unspiritual.

Today, as we are bombarded with messages that heighten our fear and sadness about the world, more than ever it is vital to understand the importance of joy as a central aspect of spiritual practice. We need to remember how to stay connected to that place inside that makes life worth living. Our own cultivation of well-being and joy can become our gift to a troubled world.

In this daylong workshop you will learn practical tools to incline the mind towards joy through silent meditation as well as interactive experiential processes.

Please note: You do not have to be a “joyful person” to benefit from this workshop, though you might have fun anyway.

Event Date: Saturday May 9
Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
How to Register: No registration required
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teachers: James Baraz and Kirsten Rudestam

James Baraz is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He’s been teaching the popular online Awakening Joy course since 2003. James started Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader program, the Kalyana Mitta (Spiritual Friends) Network, is teacher-advisor to the Spirit Rock Family program and serves on its Board of Directors. James is co-author of Awakening Joy, which is based on the course. He is an advisor to One Earth Sangha, a sangha website devoted to Buddhist responses to Climate Change. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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. She has trained as a facilitator in Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects, and as a rites of passage guide with the School of Lost Borders. She currently lives in Santa Cruz, California, where she is completing a PhD in Environmental Sociology.

Everyone Welcome.

May 18 (Monday): Eleven Steps to Freedom – Ajahn Chandako

Freedom (Vimutti in the language of the Buddha) has its proximate causes.  In one of his teachings, the Buddha outlines a beautiful and systematic path, incremental steps that culminate in liberation of the heart and mind. Event Date: Monday, May 18 […]

Freedom (Vimutti in the language of the Buddha) has its proximate causes.  In one of his teachings, the Buddha outlines a beautiful and systematic path, incremental steps that culminate in liberation of the heart and mind.

Event Date: Monday, May 18

Event Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Ajahn Chandako

More Info about the Teacher: Ajahn Chandako is abbot of Vimutti Buddhist Monastery in New Zealand.  He ordained in 1990 in the lineage of Venerable Ajahn Chah of the Thai Forest Tradition.  He graduated from Carleton College in Religious Studies, then went to Asia to devote himself to the Dhamma.  After spending 5 years at Wat Pah Nanachat (The International Forest Monastery), he began wandering, seeking forest masters and studying with them.  He is the author of A Honed and Heavy Axe.

Everyone Welcome.

May 20 – 25 : Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion: Insight Meditation Retreat 2015

Mindfulness meditation is a wonderful practice 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 own practice, and formal presentations. It will be suitable for both […]

Mindfulness meditation is a wonderful practice 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 own practice, and formal presentations. It will
be suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

This is an Insight Santa Cruz Community Retreat, so please register asap.

Event Date: Wednesday May 20 to Monday May 25

Event Time: May 20 at 2:00pm to May 25 at 2:00pm

Cost: dana accepted

Location: 
Insight Retreat Center

To Register:     *registration closed Feb 10th*
Please use this link:http://www.insightretreatcenter.org/retreats/#event-68

Teachers: Bob Stahl, Dan Landry, and Jason MurphyMarcy Reynolds will lead qigong.

 Everyone Welcome.

May 30: Living without Enemies – Shaila Catherine

The Buddha said, “The world may quarrel with me, but I do not quarrel with the world.” How can we live our lives without causing conflict and without making anyone into an enemy? This day long program will blend sitting […]

The Buddha said, “The world may quarrel with me, but I do not quarrel with the world.” How can we live our lives without causing conflict and without making anyone into an enemy? This day long program will blend sitting and walking meditations with teachings and reflection to discover how unpleasant experiences might lead an untrained mind toward anger, blame, prejudice, and hatred. We will consider how anger can develop into violence and learn ways to transform this tendency so that we meet pain, and even abuse, with a balanced, kind, and wise attention. Meditative insights can change our life and free the mind from the underlying tendency to hate.

Date: May 30, 2015

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: Shaila Catherine

Shaila Catherine has been practicing meditation since 1980, with more than eight years of accumulated silent retreat experience. She has taught since 1996 in the USA, and internationally. She is the author of Focused and Fearless: A Meditation Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity, and Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana. She is the founder of Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley www.imsb.org and Bodhi Courses (bodhicourses.org), an online Dhamma classroom.

Everyone Welcome.

June 21: Rebel Dharma Community Day

Come join Santa Cruz Rebel Dharma and San Jose Dharma Punx for a day of fun and connection.  This is a family event – all of the Insight Santa Cruz sangha, family, and friends are welcome. We will spend the […]

Come join Santa Cruz Rebel Dharma and San Jose Dharma Punx for a day of fun and connection.  This is a family event – all of the Insight Santa Cruz sangha, family, and friends are welcome. We will spend the day at Harvey West Park for a potluck, kickball, and other outdoor activities. Then afterwards, all who would like, can come to the Rebel Dharma group at Insight Santa Cruz and sit together for a dharma talk.

Please attend any portion of this event.

Potluck-
If your last name begins with:
A-H bring a side dish
I-P bring a dessert
Q-Z bring non-alcoholic drinks

Event Date: Sunday June 21, 2015

Event Time:
1:00pm – 5:00pm  Potluck and games at Harvey West Park
6:00pm – 7:30pm  Rebel Dharma sit at Insight Santa Cruz

Event Location:
Harvey West Park: 326 Evergreen St SC 95060
Insight Santa Cruz Center: 1010 Fair Ave SC 95060

Event Charge: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Jason Murphy

 

Everyone Welcome.