Upcoming Events

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

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 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.

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Monday May 4: Buddha’s Birthday Celebration

Come to Insight Santa Cruz to celebrate the thrice blessed day.  The full moon on May is a time to honor the Buddha’s birthday, enlightenment, and parinibbana (the day he died).

Please bring your Buddha for blessings.

This is an all community gathering so please bring a snack to share and at the end of the evening we will clean the meditation hall.

Event Dates: Monday May 4, 2015

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: Bob Stahl

Everyone Welcome.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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June 12-14: Turning Poison into Medicine – Working with the Mind’s Challenges

During this non-residential insight meditation weekend retreat, we will use the Four Foundations of Mindfulness to explore the difficult energies in the heart-mind; what causes them to arise, and techniques for transforming them from obstacles into resources that support the […]

During this non-residential insight meditation weekend retreat, we will use the Four Foundations of Mindfulness to explore the difficult energies in the heart-mind; what causes them to arise, and techniques for transforming them from obstacles into resources that support the development of wisdom and compassion.

Most of each day will be spent practicing silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instructions and opportunities for individual and group meetings with the teacher.

It is encouraged that participants attend the entire event.

Event Dates: Friday June 12 – Sunday June 14

Event Time:
Friday 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:30am – 5:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

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 centres 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 programmes, as well as offering weekly meditation classes at a nearby men�s prison.  She is currently a student in the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein, and 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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June 20: Refuge Recovery Day Long

This daylong will consist of sitting and walking meditations, a Refuge Recovery meeting, 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 sitting and walking meditations, a Refuge Recovery meeting, 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.

When: Saturday June 20, 2015

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Peer Led Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara began practicing Buddhist meditation in 1993 and 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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June 28: 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 28, 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.

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