Upcoming Events

Below are upcoming Insight Santa Cruz events, including daylongs, classes, and special events.

December 31 – January 1: Entering the New Year with a Fierce Heart

You are cordially invited to the Fierce Hearts New Year’s Eve Intention Ceremony.
Together we will celebrate, meditate, set intentions for the coming year, and recommit to our spiritual practices with an opportunity to take the Buddhist Refuges & the Five Precepts.

All are welcome to this special evening of practice and celebration of our Community, regardless of spiritual or religious beliefs

Date:
 Sunday December 31 – Monday January 1 2018

Time: Sunday at 6:00pm – Monday at 12:30am

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Facilitator: Kara Haney

Everyone Welcome.

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January 6: Awake in the New Year – Setting Conscious Intentions for 2018

“Energy is our most precious resource, for it is the means by which we transform our creative potential into meaningful action.” Tarthang Tulku

This daylong retreat is an invitation to take a mindful pause as we transition into the New Year… to deepen in the practice of engaged meditation and to bring possibility and power to our lives in 2018. This is a radically fresh approach to New Year’s “resolutions” that is not about self-improvement. Instead, it is about self-acceptance, conscious choice, and a celebration of who we really are. We will reflect on the lessons of 2017; release limiting beliefs and obstacles; connect with our deepest intentions, and vision for the year ahead.

Awake in the New Year involves: meditation, reflection and mindful inquiry, writing, and a dharma talk.
All are welcome. This retreat is open to both experienced meditators and those who are new to practice. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal with pen.

Event Date: Saturday January 6, 2018

Event Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Event Cost: Dana

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Deborah Eden Tull

Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, activist, and sustainability educator who teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She spent 7 years as a monastic at a silent Zen Monastery and offers retreats, workshops, and consultations nationally. Eden’s teaching style is grounded in compassionate awareness, experiential learning, mindful inquiry, and an unwavering commitment to personal transformation. She is a teacher for UCLA’s Mindfulness Center and also facilitates The Work That Reconnects, which was created by Buddhist activist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. deborahedentull.com

Everyone Welcome.

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January 5: Integrating Dhamma – Starting from Within

Dharma Integration is a process of study, practice, and reflection that invites both greater integration of heart/mind/body and the integration of the Dharma into our life.

This 3-week series will explore skillful intention as we set our course for the new year. We will read and contemplate suttas and other teachings, as well as practice together.

Dates: Fridays, January 5, 12, and 19 2018

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (donation)

Registration is required: Email Kim Allen at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome.

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January 13: Walk with Me – Movie and Discussion

“Walk with Me” is a beautiful documentary about life in Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery. Enter the world of dedication to mindfulness, kindness, and truthful communication that he has crafted to help open hearts and bring peace to our world. The […]

“Walk with Me” is a beautiful documentary about life in Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery. Enter the world of dedication to mindfulness, kindness, and truthful communication that he has crafted to help open hearts and bring peace to our world.

The afternoon includes meditation, the film, and discussion. Please come for the whole time.

Date: Saturday, January 13th

Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome.

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January 20: 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.

Date: Saturday January 20, 2018

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

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 has also been trained to facilitate Mindfulness and Buddhist meditation through the Against the Stream Meditation Society. Kara leads various meditation groups in the Santa Cruz and San Jose areas.

Everyone is Welcome.

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Fridays in September thru May: 32 Parts of the Body Meditation

We are happy to announce a special opportunity to practice the 32 Parts of the Body meditation, which is rarely taught in the West. This practice deepens insight into impermanence and non-self by penetrating into the true nature and wonders […]

We are happy to announce a special opportunity to practice the 32 Parts of the Body meditation, which is rarely taught in the West. This practice deepens insight into impermanence and non-self by penetrating into the true nature and wonders of the body. We will also explore how the body interrelates with the four primary elements of earth (solidity), air (motion), fire (temperature), and water (liquidity).

This methodical practice of the 32 Parts of the Body Meditation can build immense levels of concentration, potentialities for healing, and experience the taste of deep freedom and peace.

This is the 12th year of offering this class at Insight Santa Cruz and it has been truly wonderful. It will be taught by Bob Stahl and assisted by Kara Haney.

People have frequently reported developing a whole new relationship to their body with greater wisdom and compassion. We will also be doing a tour of the Cabrillo Anatomy lab to get a deeper experience of the body.

Dates: Fridays Sept 15, 2017 – May 19, 2018
Introduction Class: Sept 15
Regular Classes: Sept 29 – May 19
*No Classes on Nov 24, Dec 1, or Dec. 29

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

 Cost: Dana (donation)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Bob Stahl and assisted by Kara Haney

Everyone Welcome.

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Starting January 24: Beginning Meditation – 6 week Course

This is a 6-week introduction to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation at Insight Santa Cruz.  We will focus both on developing mindfulness through the regular practice of meditation and bringing/sustaining mindful awareness in daily life. Participants will learn and practice […]

This is a 6-week introduction to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation at Insight Santa Cruz.  We will focus both on developing mindfulness through the regular practice of meditation and bringing/sustaining mindful awareness in daily life.

Participants will learn and practice meditations with focus on the breath, body, feeling tones, thoughts and emotions.  The sessions will include discussion about: the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Four Noble Truths, the common obstacles to meditation, and cultivating wholesome mind states like loving kindness and compassion.

Dates: Wednesdays January 24 to February 28, 2018

Time: 9:00am to 10:30am

Cost: Dana (donation)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

How to Register: Please register with: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Teacher: Karen Zelin

Everyone Welcome.

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January 27: Silent Daylong

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 — 10:15 Walk — 11:00 Sit — 11:30 Walk — 12:00 Sit –12:30 Lunch — 1:30 Sit — 2:15 Walk – 2:45 Sit — 3:15 Stretch break –3:25 Dharma talk — 4:00 End

Date: Saturday, January 27 2018

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation hall

Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome. 

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February 10: Equanimity – Freedom Beyond Identity and Preference

“The entire world is disturbed with insanity, due to the exertions of those who are confused about themselves.”  – Shantideva “The Great Way is not difficult for those with no preferences.” – Hsin Hsin Ming Equanimity (upekkhā)—a stance of neutrality […]

“The entire world is disturbed with insanity, due to the exertions of those who are confused about themselves.”  – Shantideva

“The Great Way is not difficult for those with no preferences.” – Hsin Hsin Ming

Equanimity (upekkhā)—a stance of neutrality toward all internal and external phenomena—is fundamental to genuine wisdom and well-being. Yet of all the Brahmavihāras (lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity), it can be the most difficult to comprehend and practice. The view of equality requires a foundational grasp of the empty nature of all phenomena and direct experience of non-self. This day of teachings offers a unique opportunity to dive deeply into the clear, still, unimpeded ocean of equality and identitylessness through a variety of equanimity practices designed to cut through deluded grasping at preference, separateness and self.
Participants must attend the entire day.

Date: Saturday, February 10  2018

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

How to Register: No registration required

Teachers: Carla Brennan and Lisa Dale Miller

Carla Brennan, M.Ed., is guiding teacher for Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation and has been practicing meditation for over 40 years in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan traditions. She is also a teacher with the Foundation for Active Compassion. Carla was a psychotherapist in private practice and taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for 18 years. bloomofthepresent.org

Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP, is licensed to practice psychotherapy in California, New York and Oregon. She specializes in Integrative Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing Therapy and Embodied Presencing skills for complex trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, stress disorders and relational discord. She is the author of a highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health professionals, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence. Her greatest joy is training clinicians in the applications of mindfulness and Buddhist psychology. She is a dharma teacher and has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades.

Everyone Welcome.

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February 23: The Gift of Dukkha – Transforming Obstacles to Vehicles

Developing a wise relationship to dukkha (unsatisfactoriness, stress, distress, suffering) is both the crucial first step of the path and an ongoing journey.  In this evening talk, we will explore some of the many approaches the Buddha offered for freeing […]

Developing a wise relationship to dukkha (unsatisfactoriness, stress, distress, suffering) is both the crucial first step of the path and an ongoing journey.  In this evening talk, we will explore some of the many approaches the Buddha offered for freeing ourselves from dukkha so that we can live with greater calm, clarity, and compassion.

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

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 is a graduate of the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal, and she currently teaches retreats and workshops in the USA, Australia, and New Zealand.

Everyone Welcome.

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March 7, 14, and 21: A Mindful Approach to Anxiety and other Difficult Emotions

The Buddha stated that his teachings were about suffering and the end of suffering. For many of us, anxiety and other difficult emotions are a cause of much of our suffering. Following the model of the Four Noble Truths, mindfulness […]

The Buddha stated that his teachings were about suffering and the end of suffering. For many of us, anxiety and other difficult emotions are a cause of much of our suffering. Following the model of the Four Noble Truths, mindfulness practice can give us the tools to work with our most difficult emotions including anxiety. The sessions will be didactic, experiential and interactive. Participants will have the opportunity to practice teachings immediately after short presentations. For consistency of practice, there will be three sessions.

Date: Wednesdays March 7, 14, and 21 2018

Time: 10:00AM – 11:30AM

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: Please register by emailing Aryeh at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Teacher: Aryeh Nanas has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1975, and has worked in the mental health profession his entire adult life. He is a long time practitioner of mindfulness meditation and is passionate about its clinical application to a variety of problems of life and specifically its impact on depression and stress.

Everyone Welcome.

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April 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.

Date: Saturday April 21, 2018

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

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 has also been trained to facilitate Mindfulness and Buddhist meditation through the Against the Stream Meditation Society. Kara leads various meditation groups in the Santa Cruz and San Jose areas.

Everyone is Welcome.

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June 16: Silent Daylong

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 — 10:15 Walk — 11:00 Sit — 11:30 Walk — 12:00 Sit –12:30 Lunch — 1:30 Sit — 2:15 Walk – 2:45 Sit — 3:15 Stretch break –3:25 Dharma talk — 4:00 End

Date: Saturday, June 16 2018

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation hall

Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome. 

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July 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.

Date: Saturday July 21, 2018

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

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 has also been trained to facilitate Mindfulness and Buddhist meditation through the Against the Stream Meditation Society. Kara leads various meditation groups in the Santa Cruz and San Jose areas.

Everyone is Welcome.

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October 6: Silent Daylong

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 — 10:15 Walk — 11:00 Sit — 11:30 Walk — 12:00 Sit –12:30 Lunch — 1:30 Sit — 2:15 Walk – 2:45 Sit — 3:15 Stretch break –3:25 Dharma talk — 4:00 End

Date: Saturday, October 6 2018

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation hall

Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome. 

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October 20: 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.

Date: Saturday October 20, 2018

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

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 has also been trained to facilitate Mindfulness and Buddhist meditation through the Against the Stream Meditation Society. Kara leads various meditation groups in the Santa Cruz and San Jose areas.

Everyone is Welcome.

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August 4: Relax, Let Go, Keep Trying!

Balanced and skillful effort is a vital meditative skill. This daylong program will cultivate relaxation, letting go, and persistence as we learn a how gentle diligent effort supports the deepening of concentration and insight. This day long retreat is suitable […]

Balanced and skillful effort is a vital meditative skill. This daylong program will cultivate relaxation, letting go, and persistence as we learn a how gentle diligent effort supports the deepening of concentration and insight.
This day long retreat is suitable for both new and experienced practitioners.

Event Date: Saturday August 4, 2018

Event Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

Event Cost: Dana (Donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online Dhamma classroom (bodhicourses.org), and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley (imsb.org). She has been practicing meditation since 1980, accumulating more than eight years of silent retreat experience, and has taught internationally since 1996. Her first book is a guide to concentration and jhana meditation: Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. From 2006-2015 Shaila practiced under the direction of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw and authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhāna and Vipassanā to help make this traditional approach to samadhi and vipassana accessible to western practitioners.

Everyone is Welcome.

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