Classes

Below you will find the classes currently being held at Insight Santa Cruz.

ISC has moved – All sits are now at the new location

Dear ISC Sangha,

Please come and check out our new temp space!
All sittings and events will continue as usual. We plan on moving into our permanent space upstairs in the Galleria in the Fall.

To keep the entire sangha connected, the communication committee will send a weekly message to share updates.  These notices will also be added to the website and posted on the bulletin board.

This is an exciting time for ISC.  We hope you will stay connected.

Metta,

The Move Committee

New Physical Address: 115 South River Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
New Mailing Address: 740 Front Street, Suite 240 Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Please Click the links below for more detailed information.

Monday Mobo Move Update: 08-01-16

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Frequently Asked Questions:

FAQ about ISC New Location: 08-29-16

 

 

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Starting 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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December 10: 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, 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 — 3:00 Sit — 3:45 Stretch break — 3:55 Dharma talk — 4:30 End

Event Date: Saturday December 10, 2016

Event Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

Event Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted

How to Register: No registration required

Teacher: Kim Allen

Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Everyone Welcome

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December 17: Mindful Communication: Wise Speech and Wise Listening

In this daylong retreat, we will learn the principles of wise speech and wise listening to enhance our communication skills. The Dhamma teaches us that wise speech is honest, kind, beneficial, and timely. So, how do we put these qualities […]

In this daylong retreat, we will learn the principles of wise speech and
wise listening to enhance our communication skills.

The Dhamma teaches us that wise speech is honest, kind, beneficial, and timely. So, how do we put these qualities into practice? Wise communication can be cultivated both through mindfulness practice and learning new skills that allow us to relate in more effective and positive ways.

Through teaching,meditation, group discussion and hands-on practice, we will learn how to develop more awareness, compassion and skills within ourselves, leading to more successful and meaningful interactions with others. Applying this mindful communication with family members and others, during the holidays and year round, is vital for healthy, happy relationships.

Event Date: Saturday December 17, 2016

Event Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

How to Register: No registration required

Event Cost: Dana

Event Teachers: Vicki Assegued, M.A.

Vicki Assegued, M.A., has a Master’s degree in Restorative Justice and
Conflict Resolution and has been working in the field for over 20 years.
She is a Restorative Justice Program developer, director and trainer, for
the juvenile and criminal justice systems, various organizations and for
secondary and higher education. She also works privately, facilitating
mediation with families and other groups. This is Vicki’s third year
offering this well-attended daylong at ISC. Vicki can be reached at
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Everyone Welcome.

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Starts January 6: Integrating Dhamma Course 2017

Integrating Dhamma is an opportunity for experienced meditators to explore the ways in which practice serves to transform our entire life — how we might more fully embody our practice and hold the awareness that freedom is available in every […]

Integrating Dhamma is an opportunity for experienced meditators to explore the ways in which practice serves to transform our entire life — how we might more fully embody our practice and hold the awareness that freedom is available in every moment.
The 2017 program will take as a theme the Seven Factors of Awakening. Our work will include formal meditation, exploration of daily life, and attention to relationship in our practice communities; and we will use the suttas to nourish our engagement with the Buddha’s teachings.
A strong commitment will be asked. We will meet every two weeks and will support our work together through daily sitting, assigned readings, and inquiries. We will begin and end with a Friday and Saturday session at ISC, and the program runs from early January through the end of April, 2017.

Dates: January 6 and 7 (opening retreat)
January 20, February 3, February 17, March 3, March 17, March 31, April 14
April 28 and 29 (closing retreat)

Time: Friday/Saturday retreats: Friday is 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Saturday is 9:30am – 4:30pm.
All regular Friday nights are 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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

Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: Registration is required. Here is the link: http://goo.gl/VZG75T

Teachers: Dan Landry and Kim Allen

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January 15: Introduction to the Pali Canon

The meditation practices taught at Insight Santa Cruz trace their origins to the earliest known teachings of the Buddha. These discourses are part of the scriptures called the Pali Canon. This session offers an overview of the texts of the […]

The meditation practices taught at Insight Santa Cruz trace their origins to the earliest known teachings of the Buddha. These discourses are part of the scriptures called the Pali Canon. This session offers an overview of the texts of the Pali Canon and some historical background on the development of Buddhism. We will also read some suttas (discourses) demonstrating a number of different styles.

Event Date: Sunday, January 15 2017

Event Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Event Cost: Dana (donation)

Event Location: Insight Santa Cruz, at 115 River Street South

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teacher: Kim Allen

Everyone Welcome. 

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January 22: Awake in the New Year – Setting Conscious Intentions for our Lives in 2017

“Energy is our most precious resource, for it is the means by which we transform our creative potential into meaningful action.” Tarthang Tulku This day-long retreat is an invitation to take a sacred pause as we transition into the New […]

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

This day-long retreat is an invitation to take a sacred pause as we transition into the New Year…  to bring possibility and transformation to our lives in 2017. 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. This is both an opportunity to deepen in the practice of meditation and mindfulness and to align your energy with your deepest intentions for the year ahead.  We will harvest the lessons of 2017; release limiting beliefs, connect with our deepest intentions, and vision for the year ahead.

Awake in the New Year involves: meditation, mindful inquiry, writing, and a dharma talk.

If you want to transition into the new year with clarity, presence, and authentic power, this daylong retreat is not to be missed.

Event Date: Sunday, January 22

Event Time: 11:00am -5:00pm, with a 1 hour lunch break.

Event Cost: dana

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Location: Insight Santa Cruz

Event Teacher: Deborah Eden Tull

Deborah Eden Tull is the founder of Mindful Living Revolution, she teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, public speaker, author, activist, and sustainability educator. She has been traveling to, living in, or teaching about conscious, sustainable communities internationally for the last 23 years, and she trained for seven years as a Buddhist monk at a silent Zen monastery in Northern California. She currently resides in Ojai, California and offers workshops, retreats, and consultations nationally. Eden’s teaching emphasizes the connection between personal awareness practice and global sustainability. Her teachings of engaged awareness practice stem from her personal life-long pursuit of meditation and freedom from the mind of separation, personal and ecological sustainability, and social justice.

Everyone Welcome.

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January 28: 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 January 28, 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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January 29: Cultivating Wise Concentration

Wise Concentration is identified by the Buddha as a crucial step on the Eightfold Path. Such states of concentration are now central in the teachings of several leading Vipassana teachers including Leigh Brasington, Shaila Catherine, and Richard Shankman. Using these resources we will share an […]

Wise Concentration is identified by the Buddha as a
crucial step on the Eightfold Path. Such states of concentration are now
central in the teachings of several leading Vipassana teachers including
Leigh Brasington, Shaila Catherine, and Richard Shankman. Using these
resources we will share an introduction to this rich topic. The focus
will be on practical guidelines as well as benefits, with time for
sitting and walking practice as well as discussion. We will also look at
the parallels now emerging between these traditional teachings and more
contemporary neuroscience and psychology, including the work of Mihaly
Csikzentmihaly on “Flow.”

Event Date:  Sunday January 29, 2017

Event Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Event Cost: Dana (donation)

How to Register: No registration required

Event Teachers: Leslie Tremaine and Bill Culman

Everyone Welcome.

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February 25: 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 February 25 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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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 […]

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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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 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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