Upcoming Events

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

October 18: Comfortable Sitting, Relaxed Mind, Open Heart

When we are able to sit with greater ease, we practice kindness and care of the body, which allows the mind to relax, the heart to open and our practice to unfold. We will explore comfortable sitting through mindfulness of the body and learn principles of optimal posture and alignment. Modifications for different physical abilities and needs will be presented. Easy, accessible stretches will be taught to assist you in sitting with greater ease, and individual assistance will be available.

Event Date: 10/18/2014
Event Time: 10am-12:30pm
Event Cost: dana How to Register: no registration required
Everyone Welcome

About the Teacher: Jayla Klein has been teaching yoga and other movement forms for over 25 years at colleges, studios and community centers. Her love of insight meditation began at a weekend workshop with Jack Kornfield and Mary Grace Orr in 1992, and she recently completed Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners’ Program. She is a member of Insight Santa Cruz’ Teaching Mentoring program and also Spirit Rock’s Heavenly Messengers program. The cultivation of compassionate ease, awareness and connection of body, mind and heart is the focus of her teaching, and also her psychotherapy practice in Santa Cruz, CA.

Oct 25: Innate Wisdom & Compassion: Releasing Our Deepest Nature

Meditations of Innate Wisdom and Compassion (IWC) are based on practices from the Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma Dzogchen tradition and have been adapted for people from all backgrounds. The practice introduces two inter-related approaches: simple imagery to release our capacity for compassion and a silent awareness meditation to open to our natural state.

During this daylong we will practice the full range of the basic IWC approach. By the end of the retreat you will have the experience and understanding to practice on your own.

The morning will focus on the practice of “letting be” and open awareness meditation. During the afternoon we will add visualizations of our personally chosen “benefactors.” The afternoon session builds on the morning program.

Please plan to attend the entire retreat. You can bring your own lunch or purchase food nearby. This daylong is for both new and experienced students.

Event Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Event Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Event Cost: dana
How to Register: no registration required

About the Teacher: Carla Brennan is an authorized teacher of IWC with the Foundation for Active Compassion (FAC). Carla is also guiding insight meditation teacher for Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation in Santa Cruz County.  Lama John Makransky developed the IWC approach and is co-founder of FAC. You can learn more in his book, “Awakening Through Love.”

 

 

Oct 26: Rebel Dharma with Ruth King

Sunday, October 26, Ruth King will guest teach the Rebel Dharma group in an extended session from 6-8pm. This group is part of Dharma Punx Nation & Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.

Embracing the Mad Mind

When we meditate, what is often revealed is the mad mind disguising our broken heart. This tender yet insidious and persistent suffering shows up as mental hunger, anger, and wishful thinking, blocking our capacity for intimacy and freedom in our lives, relationships, and community.

In this mini-retreat, through sitting, guided meditation, and paired non-verbal exercises, we embrace the mad mind in its relational disguises and mental hindrances, and glimpse our innate goodness and shared humanity.

Rebel Dharma is a weekly mind-body awareness Insight (Vipassana) meditation group for Radicals, Rebels and Revolutionaries. Includes a 30-minute guided sit followed by discussion which is centered on the Buddha’s teaching of rebelling against the mind’s tendencies toward greed, hatred and delusion and finding freedom here and now. Everyone is welcome regardless of age, experience, race, sexuality or gender expression.

Taught by guest teacher Ruth King.
Ruth King is an Insight Meditation Teacher and Emotional Wisdom author and consultant. King teaches at Insight Meditation communities nationwide. She is a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, and a member of its Board of Directors. She is also the founder of Mindful Members Practice Community in Charlotte, NC.

When: Sunday, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Location: Insight Santa Cruz.

November 2: The Meditative Absorptions

This daylong course will provide an introduction to the Jhanas, or Meditative Absorptions, which are a method of one pointed concentration that is taught in Theravada Buddhism. This course will cover: what the jhanas are, how the Buddha intended them […]

This daylong course will provide an introduction to the Jhanas, or Meditative Absorptions, which are a method of one pointed concentration that is taught in Theravada Buddhism. This course will cover: what the jhanas are, how the Buddha intended them to be used, and a brief introduction to how one goes about entering these states. No one should expect to learn or experience a jhana during such a short course because a longer retreat is usually needed for that. But, the course will provide a detailed overview of the jhanas and will include time for meditation when the basic instructions will be practiced.

Event Date: Sunday, November 2nd
Event Time: Sunday, 10am to 5pm
How to Register: no registration required

About the Teacher: Leigh Brasington has been practicing meditation since 1985 and  is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema. She confirmed his practice and requested that he start to teach. Leigh has assisted Ven Ayya Khema since 1994 and has been leading retreats in Europe and in North America since 1997.

November 15: 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 […]

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, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Location: Insight Santa Cruz.

 

Nov 22: Supporting Our Vets

Mindfulness Meditation to Calm & Heal the Body & Mind A Day of Mindfulness Meditation for Veterans and Their Families You will be introduced to mindfulness practice through sitting and walking meditation.  There will be time to connect with others […]

Mindfulness Meditation to Calm & Heal the Body & Mind
A Day of Mindfulness Meditation for Veterans and Their Families

You will be introduced to mindfulness practice through sitting and walking meditation.  There will be time to connect with others in small and large group discussion. This event is open to veterans, their families and significant others.

When: Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:30-4:30

Teacher: Bob Stahl
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

Dec 1 – 6, 2014: Hold the Date for Insight Santa Cruz December Retreat

In addition to our annual May retreat around Memorial Day, Insight Santa Cruz will be offering a 5-day retreat from December 1st to 6th, 2014. This retreat will be held at Insight Retreat Center. Further details will be posted in […]

In addition to our annual May retreat around Memorial Day, Insight Santa Cruz will be offering a 5-day retreat from December 1st to 6th, 2014. This retreat will be held at Insight Retreat Center. Further details will be posted in Fall 2014.

December 12: Honoring Our Volunteers

All Insight Santa Cruz Volunteers are invited to be thanked and honored for all you do to support ISC! Come for a evening to sit, hear a Dhamma talk, and to celebrate. Snacks will be provided. Event Date: Friday, December […]

All Insight Santa Cruz Volunteers are invited to be thanked and honored for all you do to support ISC! Come for a evening to sit, hear a Dhamma talk, and to celebrate.

Snacks will be provided.

Event Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Event Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Teacher: Bob Stahl
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

 

 

December 13: Wise Speech & Wise Listening: The Art & Skill of Mindful Communication

In this daylong retreat, we will learn the principles of wise speech and wise listening to enhance our communication skills. The Dhamma teaches us that wise speech is honest, kind, beneficial, and timely. So, how do we put these qualities […]

In this daylong retreat, we will learn the principles of wise speech and wise listening to enhance our communication skills. The Dhamma teaches us that wise speech is honest, kind, beneficial, and timely. So, how do we put these qualities into practice?

Wise communication can be cultivated both through mindfulness practice and learning new skills that allow us to relate in more effective and positive ways. Through teaching, meditation, discussion and practice we will learn how to develop more awareness, compassion and skill within ourselves, leading to more successful and meaningful interactions with others. Applying this mindful communication with family members and others, during the holidays and year round, is vital for healthy, happy relationships.

Event Date: Saturday, December 13
Event Time:
9:30am – 4:30pm
Teacher:
 Bob Stahl and Vicki Assegued
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

About the teacher, Vicki Assegued: M.A.Vicki holds a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution & Restorative Justice

02-07-15_Walking The Path Toward the End of Life

We are all aware intellectually that we will die someday. But have we looked more carefully at our thoughts, feelings, and understanding of death? The morning program will consist of Buddhist teachings, reflections, and exercises that help us touch into […]

We are all aware intellectually that we will die someday. But have we looked more carefully at our thoughts, feelings, and understanding of death? 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: Death has a practical side, too. Regarding our own death or the death of a loved one, the process can proceed with more ease when are informed about our choices. 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.

Event Date: Feb 7, 2015
Event Time: Morning program 9:30-12:30, Afternoon program 1:30-4:00. People can attend either or both. Bring your lunch. Informal discussion during lunch period.
Event Cost: dana
Registration: No registration required

About the Teachers: 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 Los Gatos Insight and various 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 co-led several programs on death awareness.