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March 5: Sangha Celebration at the New Center

Come celebrate the opening of our new center. Please feel free to bring family
This event will include a 45 minute sit, a community program, and a vegetarian potluck to follow.
Please bring a vegetarian dish if you are attending the potluck.

*Note: The regularly scheduled morning and early afternoon sits will not occur on this day.

Event Date: Sunday March 5, 2017

Event Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Event Cost: Dana

Event Location: 740 Front Street Suite 240 Santa Cruz 95060

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Bob Stahl
Bob Stahl, teachers council, community of teachers and some members of the board will be present to participate in this community program.

Everyone Welcome.

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Start Date of September 25: The Eightfold Path Program

The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the breadth and depth of our lives.

The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors. Participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful.

Registration is required.

The main mentors are Kim Allen, Dan Landry, Leslie Tremaine, Bill Culman, and G Schulz.

Dates: Sundays

First Class will be  September 25, 2016 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
The rest of the classes will be Sundays from 1:30pm – 4:00pm on
Oct 16, Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 12, Mar 12, Apr 9, and May 14

Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm, except Sept 25 will be from 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register:  Eightfold Path Program Application

Teacher:  Kim Allen and other teachers.

Kim Allen has been practicing Insight meditation since 2003 and joined the ISC Teacher’s Council in 2015. She has spent cumulative two years in silent retreat, and lived for two years at the Insight Retreat Center. She teaches at ISC and other sanghas around the Bay Area, including study of the suttas. Her teachers include Gil Fronsdal and Joseph Goldstein, and she has some training in Zen and Tibetan practices. She has completed the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy training and a teacher training with Bob Stahl, and is the founder of the Buddhist Insight Network. She also has a Ph.D. in physics and a master’s degree in environmental and social sustainability.

Everyone is Welcome.

 

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March 4: In the Fullness of Emptiness

In the Fullness of Emptiness – The Doctrine of “No-Self” as a Healing Practice

How can the Buddha’s teaching of no-self, anatta, bring about healing?  After all, our desire to heal a certain condition requires a strong intention for a specific outcome, a strong desire to control our circumstances.  How, therefore, can the doctrine of ‘no-self’ be considered a medicine?  Let us resolve this paradox using the powerful meditation practices of Calm and Clarity.

Date: Saturday March 4, 2017

Time: 9:30am -4:30pm

Cost: Dana

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Anne Teich

Anne Teich Ph.D., was trained in satipatthana-vipassana Buddhist meditation under Rina Sircar and the late forest master Venerable Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Sayadaw of Upper Burma. Her teaching aims to promote the practical applications of Buddhist Psychology. She is founding board member of Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Monastery in Boulder Creek, CA, staff and adjunct faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies.

Everyone Welcome. 

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March 11: Unburdening the Mind

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 […]

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.

Event Date: Saturday March 11, 2017

Event Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Event Cost: Dana

How to Register: No registration required

Event 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 occasionally abroad. He is also the author of various articles and books in both the Tibetan and English language.

Everyone Welcome. 

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April 22: 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, and a lunch.

Event Date: Saturday April 22, 2017

Event Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara Haney has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1993. She has been in recovery from addiction since 1996. Kara has been active as a facilitator and mentor for the Refuge Recovery community since 2013. She is currently in the ATS Facilitator training.

Everyone Welcome.

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March 14, 21, and 28: Thematic Event – Introduction to Sutta Study

In this 3-week series, we will read some of the early Buddhist texts of the Pali Canon. We will consider how these ancient wisdom teachings apply in modern life. No prior experience is needed; the course is geared toward people […]

In this 3-week series, we will read some of the early Buddhist texts of the Pali Canon. We will consider how these ancient wisdom teachings apply in modern life. No prior experience is needed; the course is geared toward people interested in exploring the texts from which our meditation practices come.

Dates: Tuesdays, March 14, 21, and 28

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

Registration required: Please send email to email hidden; JavaScript is required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz 115 River Street South, Santa Cruz CA 95060

Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome.

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July 1: Silent Daylong Retreat

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, […]

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, participants are asked to enter at the beginning or ending of a sit.

Schedule: 9:30 Sit — 10:15Walk — 11:00 Sit — 11:30 Walk — 12:00 Sit — 12:30 Lunch — 1:30 Sit — 2:15 Walk — 3:00 Sit — 3:45 Stretch break — 3:55 Dharma talk — 4:30 End

Date: Saturday July 1 2017

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome.

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July 8: The Meaningful Life Daylong

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”~ T.S. Eliot “What makes life meaningful?” I would answer, “Being authentically yourself […]

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”~ T.S. Eliot

“What makes life meaningful?” I would answer, “Being authentically yourself in your relationships with other people and in the pursuit of your life’s work.”

This course looks at using your meditation practice as a way to come into radical acceptance of yourself as you are now (without wanting to change anything) and, using John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory as a model of how we connect with other people, how we can be completely ourselves in our relationships with others and with our work – living a meaningful life.

The meditation techniques offered in this workshop will be specific, simple and easy-to-do, so whether you already have an established practice or are just beginning you can benefit.

Date: Saturday July 8, 2017

Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: George Haas

George Haas began his path with a period of light-weight spiritual seeking (and heavy-duty drug and alcohol use). In 1978, he began a serious exploration of the 11th step of the 12-Step tradition, working primarily with concentration to reduce the anxiety of living sober. In an effort to make sense out of, and live with, the mounting AIDS deaths of the 1980s, Mr. Haas began walking the Red Road (traditional Native American spiritual practices) and reading Buddhist texts. Moving to Los Angeles from Manhattan in 1992 to work in the film and photography trades, George began sitting Vipassana at Ordinary Dharma in Venice, and reading extensively. In 1998, he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, and Vipassana Support International, where he is now a senior facilitator. George teaches regularly at ATS. He offers a guided-meditation via conference call Monday through Saturday mornings, 7:30-7:55am, and teaches privately via Skype, phone, email, text & IM, which Los Angeles Magazine included on its Best of LA 2011 list as “Best Online Buddhist Meditation.” For more information check out his website: http://mettagroup.org or call him at 213-820-7800.

Everyone Welcome.

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July 15: 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, and a lunch.

Event Date: Saturday July 15, 2017

Event Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara Haney has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1993. She has been in recovery from addiction since 1996. Kara has been active as a facilitator and mentor for the Refuge Recovery community since 2013. She is currently in the ATS Facilitator training.

Everyone Welcome.

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October 14: Silent Daylong Retreat

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, […]

This is a day of silent sitting and walking practice, with brief instructions in the morning and a Dharma talk in the afternoon, but no other talking. Individual practice discussion with the teacher is available. To maintain a quiet atmosphere, participants are asked to enter at the beginning or ending of a sit.

Schedule: 9:30 Sit — 10:15Walk — 11:00 Sit — 11:30 Walk — 12:00 Sit — 12:30 Lunch — 1:30 Sit — 2:15 Walk — 3:00 Sit — 3:45 Stretch break — 3:55 Dharma talk — 4:30 End

Date: Saturday October 14 2017

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome.

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October 21: 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, and a lunch.

Event Date: Saturday October 21, 2017

Event Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara Haney has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1993. She has been in recovery from addiction since 1996. Kara has been active as a facilitator and mentor for the Refuge Recovery community since 2013. She is currently in the ATS Facilitator training.

Everyone Welcome.

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