Upcoming Events

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

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 – June 19, July 31, Aug 28, Sept 11, Oct 23, Nov 20, Dec 18

Event Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

 

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September 13: Caring for our Sangha – Supporting Community

This is an invitation to our Insight Santa Cruz members who volunteer or would like to volunteer with our Caring for our Sangha program.   Let us spend some time together to talk about Caring for our Sangha.

We are seeking volunteers who will provide part-time volunteer support to our community members who are experiencing significant health or other life challenges.  This support includes visits, meals, rides to and from sittings and other simple tasks. It would not involve nursing care.

When: Sunday September 13, 2015

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Bob Stahl

 

Everyone Welcome.

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September 25: Working With Tyranny – Vinny Ferraro

An exploration of how to skillfully work with our inner critic, judgment and sometimes tyranny. Through the practice of kind awareness, it calls into question not only how we’ve motivated ourselves in the past, but distinguishing what needs to be let go of and what still may be useful to us now.

When: Friday September 25, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Vinny Ferraro

Vinny Ferraro is the Senior Trainer for Mindful Schools in Oakland, he’s a meditation instructor and a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk youth.

In 2001, he began teaching for Challenge Day, teaching emotional intelligence and other social skills, eventually becoming their Training Director, leading workshops to more than 100,000 youth. He then became the Training Director for the MBA Project, a non-profit that teaches meditation to the incarcerated.

He’s a Guiding Teacher for Against the Stream, and leads a Friday night meditation group in SF, and doesn’t like talking about himself in the 3rd person.

Everyone Welcome.

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September 26: Coming Home, the Practice of Arrival – Vinny Ferraro

Coming Home, the Practice of Arrival: Welcoming ourselves back to the present moment This Daylong will be focused on the Insight meditation practices of Mindfulness and the Heart practices of the Buddha. Life presents us with the challenge of living […]

Coming Home, the Practice of Arrival: Welcoming ourselves back to the present moment

This Daylong will be focused on the Insight meditation practices of Mindfulness and the Heart practices of the Buddha. Life presents us with the challenge of living from a place of wisdom and its resulting true happiness, rather than from delusion and its corresponding suffering. This path of awakening leads us towards the wisdom on how to live skillfully.

By simply observing our bodies and minds, we begin to know experience as it presents itself. As understanding deepens, we learn to live life with a wiser and more loving heart. Led by Vinny Ferraro the programs aim will be guiding us towards developing a personal practice of coming home, and a greater sense of how to care for ourselves.  Strengthening our own understanding, enabling us to use everything in life as food for freedom.

The program will guide the participants in practicing mindfulness in many different modalities. Whether it’s formal sitting, walking or sharing in a small group setting.

When: Saturday September 26, 2015

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Teacher: Vinny Ferraro

Vinny Ferraro is the Senior Trainer for Mindful Schools in Oakland, he’s a meditation instructor and a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk youth.

In 2001, he began teaching for Challenge Day, teaching emotional intelligence and other social skills, eventually becoming their Training Director, leading workshops to more than 100,000 youth. He then became the Training Director for the MBA Project, a non-profit that teaches meditation to the incarcerated.

He’s a Guiding Teacher for Against the Stream, and leads a Friday night meditation group in SF, and doesn’t like talking about himself in the 3rd person.

Everyone Welcome.

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October 3: 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 it’s […]

“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, Warriors, priests, merchants, and craftsman, The outcasts and the scavengers, 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 3, 2015

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Bob Stahl

Everyone Welcome.

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October 9 and 10: Attending to the Ordinary

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All sensory events contain a feeling tone (vedana).  They are either pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral (neither pleasant nor unpleasant).  The neutral is so common, so ordinary and so incapable of grabbing our attention that we rarely attend to it.  Instead, we tune out to the quiet, unpretentious, boring sensory events.  Yet without noticing the neutral, we bypass an extraordinary opportunity to deeply penetrate our experience and to be a knower of the world.

Meal offering will be at 11:30am until 1pm.  Please bring a pot-luck dish to share.


Event Date:
Friday October 9 and Saturday October 10

Event Time: Friday 7pm – 9pm   Saturday 9am – 5pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Teachers: Ajahn Jotipalo  and Ajahn Naniko

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Ajahn Jotipālo was born in 1965 in Indiana. He received a B.A. from Wabash College and worked for six years in technical sales. He became interested in Theravada Buddhism after sitting several Goenka retreats. While on staff at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, he met Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Punnadhammo. After leaving IMS, he spent three months with Ajahn Punnadhammo at the Arrow River Forest Hermitage in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Ajahn Jotipālo came to live at Abhayagiri in 1998 and subsequently spent two years training as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera. He ordained as a Bhikkhu with Ajahn Pasanno as preceptor on Ajahn Chah’s birthday, June 17, 2000. Since that time, Ajahn Jotipālo has also stayed at Ajahn Chah-branch monasteries in Thailand, Canada, and New Zealand. He has returned to Abhayagiri for the vassa of 2012.
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Ajahn Ñāniko hails from Northern California. At age 20 he read “A Still Forest Pool” by Ajahn Chah and decided that he would like to take Bhikkhu ordination. Ajahn Ñāniko began training at Abhayagiri in 2001. After training for a year as an Anāgārika and a year as a Sāmaṇera, he received Bhikkhu ordination on July 13, 2003. He spent his third year training in Thailand and returned to live under the guidance of Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro until after his fifth year. Ajahn Ñāniko returned to Thailand for the next four years, spending most of his time at Wat Pah Poo Jom Gom, a remote monastery in Ubon Ratchathani province, overlooking the Mekong River and Laos. He returned to Abhayagiri in 2012.
Registration: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome.

October 11: ISC Fall All-Sangha Gathering

Dear Insight Santa Cruz Community, You are invited to an all community gathering to support each other in practice. The Buddha said that the Community (Sangha) is the whole of the holy life. Please come to get to know your […]

Dear Insight Santa Cruz Community,

You are invited to an all community gathering to support each other in practice. The Buddha said that the Community (Sangha) is the whole of the holy life. Please come to get to know your community. There will be a time to sit, listen to a Dhamma talk, connect with each other, and share snacks.

Please bring a vegetarian snack to share.

Event Date: Sunday October 11, 2015

Event Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Bob Stahl

Everyone Welcome.

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October 24: 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 October 24, 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: 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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November 7: Cultivating Abundance – In our Hearts and in the World.

Cultivating Abundance and Gratitude This daylong will explore the Buddha’s teaching of abundance and gratitude. Through meditation, silent reflection, dharma instruction, and group process we will begin to unpack our habitual tendencies toward Scarcity vs. Abundance. One of the ways […]

Cultivating Abundance and Gratitude

This daylong will explore the Buddha’s teaching of abundance and gratitude.
Through meditation, silent reflection, dharma instruction, and group process we will begin to unpack our habitual tendencies toward Scarcity vs. Abundance. One of the ways this plays out is the misperception “I’m not enough” or “there isn’t enough”.  As well, we will discuss gratitude and the relationship with manifesting a gracious and open heart. This day will have a mix of silent reflective times and community sharing times.

In honor of abundance and gratitude: please bring a vegetarian dish to share, we will have a community lunch.

Event Dates: Saturday November 7, 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: Jason Murphy

Everyone Welcome

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Cultivating Wisdom & Compassion : Insight Meditation Non-Residential Retreat 2015

We really want to support you being there so please feel free to come to the whole retreat or any part of it. This traditional insight meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga as […]

We really want to support you being there so please feel free to come to the whole retreat or any part of it.

This traditional insight meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga as well group and individual teacher interviews. Teachers will also offer daily talks and systematic meditation instructions that are embedded with the spirit of loving-kindness. These teachings and practices will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice.

The final day (Sun Dec 13) will have a vegetarian potluck lunch following this event. Please bring a dish to share if attending the potluck.

Event Dates: Tuesday, December 8 until Sunday, December 13  2015

Event Times:
Tuesday, Dec 8 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Wednesday thru Saturday, Dec 9 to12 at 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, Dec 13 10:00am – 12:00pm   *with vegetarian potluck lunch to follow

Event Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

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Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teachers: Bob Stahl, Jill Hyman, Bruce Hyman, and Karen Zelin (yoga)

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

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Valerie Nelson has been a Vipassana practitioner for 15 years and has extensive retreat practice. She has been on Buddhist pilgrimage to India and Bhutan. Val’s life experience and practice inspired her to enter and complete the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy training program. She is the chaplain for Bloom of the Present Sangha and a volunteer chaplain at Dominican Hospital.

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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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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