Upcoming Events

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

Friday Night Insight

For more detailed information, please refer to “Friday Night Insights” tab at the left.

Each Friday Night discussion will feature different speakers and invite the community to explore into topics such as: Food and Animals, Prison Life, Business, Social Services, Education, Health, Psychology, Aging, Science, and other aspects of our life.

We’ll sit together, learn together, and have the opportunity to engage in conversation. (And of course, eat together!) We will inquire into mindfulness and its ability to offer insights, compassion, relief from suffering, and the cultivation of more skillful and peaceful living.

There will be time for snacks and connecting with the community from 9:00pm-9:30pm.
Please bring a vegetarian snack to share.

Event Dates: Fridays – June 19, July 31, Aug 28, Sept 11, Oct 23, Nov 20, Dec 18

Event Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teachers / Speakers: We have invited people from the wider mindfulness and Dharma communities in addition to the Insight Santa Cruz sangha.

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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:     *registration closed Feb 10th*
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.

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May 30: Living without Enemies – Shaila Catherine

The Buddha said, “The world may quarrel with me, but I do not quarrel with the world.” How can we live our lives without causing conflict and without making anyone into an enemy? This day long program will blend sitting and walking meditations with teachings and reflection to discover how unpleasant experiences might lead an untrained mind toward anger, blame, prejudice, and hatred. We will consider how anger can develop into violence and learn ways to transform this tendency so that we meet pain, and even abuse, with a balanced, kind, and wise attention. Meditative insights can change our life and free the mind from the underlying tendency to hate.

Date: May 30, 2015

Event Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Shaila Catherine

Shaila Catherine has been practicing meditation since 1980, with more than eight years of accumulated silent retreat experience. She has taught since 1996 in the USA, and internationally. She is the author of Focused and Fearless: A Meditation Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity, and Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana. She is the founder of Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley www.imsb.org and Bodhi Courses (bodhicourses.org), an online Dhamma classroom.

Everyone Welcome.

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June 7: ISC Contingent in the Annual Pride Parade

Come assemble and walk with the Insight Santa Cruz contingent in the annual Pride march. This is our first year marching as a group with our new, beautiful banner. Participating in the march both represents the inclusive values of Insight […]

Come assemble and walk with the Insight Santa Cruz contingent in the annual Pride march. This is our first year marching as a group with our new, beautiful banner. Participating in the march both represents the inclusive values of Insight Santa Cruz and represents our intent to be more visible in our outreach to the community.

Date:  Sunday, June 7, 2015

Location: 
Start: Pacific Avenue and Church Street, Santa Cruz
End: Cathcart Street and Center Street, Santa Cruz

Assemble: 10:00am
Step off time: 11:00am

We also need a few people to attend one hour of monitor training at the Diversity Center:
Thursday, May 28th @ 5:30 – 6:30pm  or
Monday, June 1st @ 6:00 – 7:00pm

For more Information, Please contact: Aryeh Nanas
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Everyone Welcome.

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June 12-14: Turning Poison into Medicine – Working with the Mind’s Challenges

During this non-residential insight meditation weekend retreat, we will use the Four Foundations of Mindfulness to explore the difficult energies in the heart-mind; what causes them to arise, and techniques for transforming them from obstacles into resources that support the […]

During this non-residential insight meditation weekend retreat, we will use the Four Foundations of Mindfulness to explore the difficult energies in the heart-mind; what causes them to arise, and techniques for transforming them from obstacles into resources that support the development of wisdom and compassion.

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.

It is encouraged that participants attend the entire event.

Event Dates: Friday June 12 – Sunday June 14

Event Time:
Friday 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:30am – 5:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Jill Shepherd

Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centres 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.

Everyone Welcome.

 

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June 20: Refuge Recovery Day Long

This daylong will consist of sitting and walking meditations, a Refuge Recovery meeting, 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 sitting and walking meditations, a Refuge Recovery meeting, 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/paper, a lunch.

When: Saturday June 20, 2015

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Peer Led Facilitator: Kara Haney

Kara began practicing Buddhist meditation in 1993 and has been in recovery from addiction since 1996. Kara has been active as a facilitator and mentor for the Refuge Recovery community since 2013.

Everyone Welcome.

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June 28: Rebel Dharma Community Day

Come join Santa Cruz Rebel Dharma and San Jose Dharma Punx for a day of fun and connection.  This is a family event – all of the Insight Santa Cruz sangha, family, and friends are welcome. We will spend the […]

Come join Santa Cruz Rebel Dharma and San Jose Dharma Punx for a day of fun and connection.  This is a family event – all of the Insight Santa Cruz sangha, family, and friends are welcome. We will spend the day at Harvey West Park for a potluck, kickball, and other outdoor activities. Then afterwards, all who would like, can come to the Rebel Dharma group at Insight Santa Cruz and sit together for a dharma talk.

Please attend any portion of this event.

For the potluck-
If your last name begins with:
A-H bring a side dish
I-P bring a dessert
Q-Z bring non-alcoholic drinks

Event Date: Sunday June 28, 2015

Event Time:
1:00pm – 5:00pm  Potluck and games at Harvey West Park
6:00pm – 7:30pm  Rebel Dharma sit at Insight Santa Cruz

Event Location:
Harvey West Park: 326 Evergreen St SC 95060
Insight Santa Cruz Center: 1010 Fair Ave SC 95060

Event Charge: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Jason Murphy

 

Everyone Welcome.

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July 11: Meeting Our Rebellious Nature with Compassion

A day of practice and discussion aimed at unpacking the rebellious nature of our personalities. How we resist the three characteristics of existence and how we can learn to turn toward our suffering with Compassion and Equanimity. We will explore […]

A day of practice and discussion aimed at unpacking the rebellious nature of our personalities. How we resist the three characteristics of existence and how we can learn to turn toward our suffering with Compassion and Equanimity.

We will explore this topic through silent meditation, guidance, walking practice and general discussion. This daylong is appropriate for all levels of practice.

At the end of the day we will have a potluck and celebrate Jason’s birthday.

Event Dates: Saturday July 11, 2015

Event Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.

How to Register: No registration required

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Jason Murphy

Everyone Welcome.

 

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