Upcoming Events

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

April 19: 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.

About the Teacher
Jayla Klein is part of the ISC teaching mentoring program. She completed the Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock and has taught yoga and other movement forms for over 30 years.

 When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Registration: No registration required
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

 

Apr 27: Opening Our Hearts to Others

In each moment we have a choice:  to open to the present circumstance or to close down into our familiar patterns.  Truly opening our heart to others is a process.  The Dharma, in its multitudes of methods offers us a wealth of material to apply to that process.  Through periods of teaching, meditation and discussion, we will explore various Buddhist methods for opening our heart to others and healing emotional patterns that may be subverting our efforts.

Tenzin Namsel is an American Buddhist monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Namsel met the Dharma in Boston, MA in his early twenties as a college student at Berklee College of Music. Over the years Namsel has developed his Buddhist studies and practice under a number of well respected teachers within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, though primarily with his main teachers, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. In 2008 Namsel took novice monastic ordination with His Holiness Dalai Lama in McLeod Gange, India. Upon returning to the United States Namsel moved to \’Land of Calm Abiding\’, a retreat center located on California\’s central coast. There, under the guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Namsel engaged in various retreats over a three year period. In 2011 Namsel moved to Crestone, CO and under the guidance of Tsoknyi Rinpoche is continuing his practice and studies.

When: Sunday, April 27, 2014 (10:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Teacher: Tenzin Namsel
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

May 3: Yoga Dharma Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Workshop

Mindfulness in Stillness and Movement – Being aware of Body and Mind.

The Yoga -Dharma  Mindfulness Yoga-Meditation workshop aims to develop awareness and clarity to Body-Mind. It is a moment-to-moment intimate exploration with our body and mind experiences, tendencies, needs and qualities. The workshop combines the practice and approach of both Yoga and the Buddha Dharma.

“Yoga and Dharma are the two wings of the bird who wishes to fly.” Anat encourages the growth of intuitive understanding and insight through steady practice, creative yoga sequences and sitting meditation.

Dates: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Teacher: Anat Zahor comes to us from Tel Aviv, Israel, to offer us her gracious understanding of what she calls Yoga Dharma. Anat teaches yoga through the eyes of the Buddha Dharma. She focuses on alignment of body and mind and inquiry into patterns of breath, and movement, and their effect on  body and mind.
Prerequisites: All are welcome
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

May 17: 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. Morning program: Reflections: We are all aware intellectually that we will die someday. But have we looked more carefully at our thoughts, feelings, […]

Join us for a two-part exploration of End-of-Life issues. Bring your lunch. Informal discussion during lunch period.

Morning program: Reflections: 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 more easefully 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

Date and Time: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Morning Program: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Afternoon Program: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Please feel free to attend either or both)
Teachers:
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.

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.
Prerequisites: All are welcome
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz
Co-sponsored with Bloom of the Present Moment

May 21 – 26: Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion: Insight Meditation Retreat

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 own practice, and formal […]

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 own practice, and formal presentations. It will be suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

The brochure is available here. Online registration is available here.

Dates: Wednesday, May 21 — Monday, May 26.
Teachers:

  • Mary Grace Orr has practiced Vipassana since 1983. Prior to that she followed western contemplative practices and worked as a therapist from 1977 to 1995. She was trained to teach by Jack Kornfield, and now teaches classes and retreats in Santa Cruz and throughout the United States. She founded VSC in 1989 and was the Guiding Teacher for the first 22 years.
  • Bob Stahl is a long-time practitioner of insight meditation who lived in a Buddhist monastery for over eight years. He now directs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in Bay Area medical centers. Bob is also a husband and a father of two sons.
  • Jason Murphy has been studying and practicing insight meditation since 1994. He has taught mindful awareness in a variety of settings throughout the United States and now leads a weekly mindfulness group for young adults in Santa Cruz. He has taught at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, MAYA Retreats and Against the Stream Meditation Society. Jason has studied in monasteries and retreat centers in the U.S as well as in Asia.

Qigong: Marcy Reynolds joined Insight Santa Cruz in 1997 and has been a member of the teachers’ council since 2006. She has a strong Qigong practice and has studied with a number of Chinese and American Qigong Masters, notably Bingkun Hu, who continues to act as her guiding teacher in Qigong. Marcy has taught Qigong since 1997 in Santa Cruz and the southern SF Bay area. Her classes emphasize mindfulness of the body through both movement and stillness.

Prerequisites: All are welcome.
Registration: Registration is required. Registration may be done by filling out the paper brochure and returning it to Insight Santa Cruz or by filling out our online form available here.
Waiver: Filling out a waiver form is required. Please download the form here, print it out and return it with your deposit check.
Cost: There is a $300 deposit which must be received by mail with your waiver in order to hold your reservation and there are costs associated with housing requests. Details are in the brochure. Deposit checks and waiver forms may be mailed to Carol Morgan, PO Box 47, Davenport, CA 95017. Make checks out to Insight Santa Cruz.
Location: Land of Medicine Buddha, 5800 Prescott Rd. Soquel.

June 15: Refuge of Sangha—Kalyana Mitta Groups

This half day will explore the role of building community as part of the refuge of sangha as a rich part of our practice.   With a foundation of dharma teachings on sangha, we will focus on the specific part smaller […]

This half day will explore the role of building community as part of the refuge of sangha as a rich part of our practice.   With a foundation of dharma teachings on sangha, we will focus on the specific part smaller groups of spiritual friends can play.  Several members of current kalyana mitta (spiritual friends) groups in our sangha will share how their groups developed, what sustains them, and the benefits and challenges they’ve experienced.  The day will include time for meditation and information on resources and guidelines available through sources such as Spirit Rock to help people who may be interested in adding new kalyana mitta activities to the gifts of sangha at Insight Santa Cruz.

Dates: Sunday, June 15, 2014
Time: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Teachers: Leslie Tremaine and  Linda Neher
Prerequisites: All are welcome
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

 

Aug. 29-31: Insight Meditation Non-Residential Weekend

In this non-residential weekend, we will deepen the practice of Insight Meditation through an experiential exploration of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in the Satipatthana Sutta. Most of each day will be spent practicing silent sitting and walking meditation, with […]

In this non-residential weekend, we will deepen the practice of Insight Meditation through an experiential exploration of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in the Satipatthana Sutta.
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.  Open to all levels of experience.

Event Date: August 29-31
Event Time: Friday August 29: 7-9 pm
Saturday August 30: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday August 31: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How to Register: no registration required

About the Teacher: Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centers 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.

 

Prerequisites: All are welcome
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Sept. 19-21: Transforming the Judgmental Mind, Cultivating the Wise Heart

This event is a Non-Residential, Weekend Retreat Judgments of a reactive and often automatic nature are very strong in most of our lives, and in the dominant culture. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine […]

This event is a Non-Residential, Weekend Retreat

Judgments of a reactive and often automatic nature are very strong in most of our lives, and in the dominant culture. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine our work in the world. In this weekend retreat, we will explore the nature of such judgments (and their difference from non-reactive discernment) and how to transform them. We will cultivate mindfulness, inquiry, and heart practices such as loving kindness, forgiveness, and compassion. We will also explore the somatic and social dimensions of judgments and the role of cultivating awakened qualities in transforming judgments. These tools will help us to preserve the intelligence and energy often found in judgments, using them for discernment and compassionate action, while working through judgments’ destructive and compulsive aspects. This retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, including instructions for several guided practices, talks and group discussion, and some basic movement practices, all in the context of a small, supportive community.

Event Dates: Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21
Event Times:Thursday, Sept. 19: 7-9
Saturday, Sept. 20: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 21: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Info about the Teacher: Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., is a member of the Teachers Council at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California, and has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook University, he currently teaches and writes on meditation, daily life practice, spirituality and psychology, and socially engaged spirituality. Donald is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World and is currently working on a book on Transforming the Judgmental Mind.

Prerequisites: All are welcome
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted
Location: Insight Santa Cruz

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.