May 20 – 25 : Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion: Insight Meditation Retreat 2015

Mindfulness meditation is a wonderful practice 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.

This is an Insight Santa Cruz Community Retreat, so please register asap.

Event Date: Wednesday May 20 to Monday May 25

Event Time:
May 20 at 2:00pm to May 25 at 2:00pm

Cost: dana accepted

Location: 
Insight Retreat Center

To Register:
Please use this link:http://www.insightretreatcenter.org/retreats/#event-68

Teachers: Bob Stahl, Dan Landry, and Jason MurphyMarcy Reynolds will lead qigong.

 Everyone Welcome.

Jan 23 and 24: Doing Equanimity – Mary Grace Orr

Doing Equanimity

This day will focus on the exploration and practice of the factor of equanimity, along with the factors of energy and patience.  We often think of these qualities as something we “have”;  during this two day retreat we will focus on them as something we actively “do”.

The retreat will consist of periods of sitting and walking, some small group interviews, sutta study, and exercises to explore our relationship to these qualities.  Open to both experienced and beginning students.

This is a Two Day Event

When: Friday, January 23 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, January 24 9:30am – 4:30am

Registration: No registration required

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted

Teacher: Mary Grace Orr

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 Insight Santa Cruz in 1989 and was the Guiding Teacher for the first 22 years.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome.

Feb 7: 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 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: 9:30am -12:15pm Afternoon program: 1:00 – 3:30pm.
People can attend either or both. Bring your lunch. Informal discussion during lunch period.

Event Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Registration: No registration required
Location: Insight Santa Cruz.

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.

 

Feb 14: 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, February 14, 2015   10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Location: Insight Santa Cruz.

More Info about the Teacher: Jason Murphy is an addictions counselor and psychotherapist. He has over 20 years of recovery from addiction and has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation since 1994.

Everyone Welcome.

Feb 21: Working with Difficult Mind States

Recognizing and understanding difficult mind-states allows us to gain insight into suffering and how it is perpetuated by patterns of thought and emotion. We will use the Buddha’s suggestions from MN #20 (the removal of distracting thoughts) to explore antidotes […]

Recognizing and understanding difficult mind-states allows us to gain insight into suffering and how it is perpetuated by patterns of thought and emotion. We will use the Buddha’s suggestions from MN #20 (the removal of distracting thoughts) to explore antidotes for working with difficult mind-states, cultivate practical steps to release suffering, open to compassion and move towards ease.

When: Saturday, February 21, 2015   10:00am -12:30pm

Teacher: Jayla Klein
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

More Info about the Teacher: Jayla Klein is a member of the Teaching and Mentoring Training at Insight Santa Cruz, a participant in the Heavenly Messengers Program at Spirit Rock and a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner’s Program. She has been a psychotherapist for over 20 years and also teaches mindful yoga.

Everyone Welcome.

Feb 22: Present Moment, Wonderful Moment – Ven. Pannavati

Venerable Dr. Pannavati will be making her annual visit to the Rebel Dharma group for an evening of Meditation and Dharma Discussion, please join us. Event Dates: Sunday February 22, 2015 Event Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm *Note: This Rebel Dharma event is […]

Venerable Dr. Pannavati will be making her annual visit to the Rebel Dharma group for an evening of Meditation and Dharma Discussion, please join us.

Event Dates: Sunday February 22, 2015

Event Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
*Note: This Rebel Dharma event is two hours.

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Venerable Pannavati
Ven. Dr. Pannavati is Co-Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage and a founding circle director of Sisters of Compassionate Wisdom, an international 21st century trans-lineage Buddhist Order. Ordained in both Theravada and Mahayana traditions, she teaches internationally and is known for her approachability and global humanitarian efforts with homeless youth, the Untouchables and bhikkhuni ordination in Thailand.

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Feb 28 and Mar 1 : Lama John Makransky

The Healing Power of Innate Love and Wisdom Meditation practices from Tibetan Buddhism are adapted for fresh access to Westerners, with special focus on a Dzogchen approach to bodhichitta, the essence of loving compassion and wisdom. To receive love deeply […]

The Healing Power of Innate Love and Wisdom

Meditation practices from Tibetan Buddhism are adapted for fresh access to Westerners, with special focus on a Dzogchen approach to bodhichitta, the essence of loving compassion and wisdom. To receive love deeply and extend it impartially can help the mind release into its most natural state—the wisdom of openness, simplicity and presence beyond self-clinging.

By resting in its natural state, the mind can further unleash its innate capacity of love.  When this unity of love and wisdom is embodied in relationships, service and action, it becomes a force to heal our world.  The ancient bodhisattva path of awakening is then rediscovered by paying new attention to the particulars of our lives.

This is a Two Day Event

When:
Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, March 1, 2015 10:30am-5:00pm

Teacher: Lama John Makransky

Registration: No registration required.
*Please note: Due to limited space, early arrival is recommended.

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

More Info about the Teacher: LAMA JOHN MAKRANSKY is a professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College and a Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher. John has practiced meditations of compassion and wisdom from Tibetan traditions for over thirty years and has developed new ways of bringing them into the worlds of social service and social justice by making them newly accessible to people of all backgrounds and faiths. He has also helped Western Buddhists deepen their contemplative experience of awareness and loving compassion. John is co-founder of The Foundation for Active Compassion and the author of, “Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness.”

Everyone Welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 7: 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.

When: Saturday March 7, 2015
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm

Registration: No registration required

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted

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 or 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. His books in English include The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem. To view Anam Thubten’s teaching and retreat schedule, please visit www.dharmata.org/events-calendar. Through the essential wisdom of Buddhism and his personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive the timeless teachings and invites everyone to participate.

 

 

Mar 21: Along the Ruby Road – Anne Teich

“Along the Ruby Road: The Buddha’s Path to Healing” Teachings in the Theravada Forest Tradition The “Ruby Road” is none other than the path to enlightenment.  The late Venerable Taungpulu Sayadaw of Upper Burma taught that the process of enlightenment […]

“Along the Ruby Road: The Buddha’s Path to Healing”
Teachings in the Theravada Forest Tradition

The “Ruby Road” is none other than the path to enlightenment.  The late Venerable Taungpulu Sayadaw of Upper Burma taught that the process of enlightenment is like walking along a road on a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, lightning flashes and in the palm of your hand a precious ruby you are carrying becomes visible.  In the realm of meditation practice, it is the occurrence of a ‘flash of insight’ and represents the mind which dwells in the darkness of ignorance suddenly being lifted to freedom through the realization of the precious Jewel of the Dharma.  In the Abhidhamma teachings, moving from ignorance to freedom is the greatest healing there is.

On this retreat we will walk the Ruby Road together, and get to know many of its travelers and techniques on the way.  We will practice the various healing techniques found in the Theravada Forest Tradition with particular emphasis on the teachings of Venerable Taungpulu Sayadaw.

When: Saturday, March 21  2015  10:00am – 4:30pm

Teacher: Anne Teich
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

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 Ca. Institute of Integral Studies.

Everyone Welcome.

 

March 27: Movie Night – When the Iron Bird Flies

“When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth.”  Guru Padmasambhava of Tibet, 8th century.                     […]

“When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth.”  Guru Padmasambhava of Tibet, 8th century.                                       In 1959, the Chinese invasion of Tibet threw open the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism.  Suddenly, this rich tradition was propelled into the modern world.  Half a century later, Padmasambhava’s prophecy has come true and the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are found in every corner of the earth. The film investigates the question, “In these increasingly challenging times, can these age-old teachings help us find genuine happiness and create a saner, more compassionate 21st century world?”   Join us for the screening and discussion.

Teachers: Victress Hitchcock and Tenzin Namsel

Date: Friday March 27, 2015

Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz.

How to Register: No registration required

Victress Hitchcock, an honors graduate from London Film School, began making Buddhist films 40 years ago, including award winning documentaries (What can I Tell You, Nicholas & the Baby, Song of the Open Road, and Blessings). She’s received a Creative Fellowship in Media and grants from the Ford Foundation, and both the Colorado and Arizona Humanities Councils. With her new film, When the Iron Bird Flies, she extends her exploration of Tibetan Buddhism to include its remarkable journey from the monasteries of Tibet to mainstream modern western culture.

Tenzin Namsel is an American Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition and has practiced since 2000.  He took novice ordination with HH Dalai Lama in 2008.  Namsel has studied under Buddhist masters within the Gelugpa and Nyingma lineages.  His primary teachers are Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche.  He currently lives in Crestone, Colorado.

Everyone Welcome.

Mar 28: Letting Be – Tenzin Namsel

The focus of this daylong is to transform our experience through opening and letting be.  Acknowledging, valuing and letting be with whatever we are experiencing can be a powerful tool for overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause unnecessary suffering.  […]

The focus of this daylong is to transform our experience through opening and letting be.  Acknowledging, valuing and letting be with whatever we are experiencing can be a powerful tool for overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause unnecessary suffering.  Please join us for a day of teaching, meditation, and discussion.

When: Saturday, March 28  2015  9:30am – 4:30pm

Teacher: Tenzin Namsel
Registration: No registration required
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

More Info about the Teacher: Tenzin Namsel is an American Buddhist monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.  Namsel met the Dharma in Boston, Mass. in his early twenties as a music student at the Berklee College of Music.  In 2008 Namsel had the fortune to take monastic ordination with His Holiness Dalai Lama in Mc Leod Ganj, India.  Over the years, Namsel has developed his Buddhist studies and practice under an array of well respected Tibetan Buddhist masters and in a variety of solitary retreats.  Through his down to earth approach and humor, Namsel makes the dharma more approachable and acts as a bridge for our modern times.

Everyone Welcome.