Upcoming Events

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

Jan 9-11: Rebel Dharma New Year’s 3-day Retreat

Rebel Dharma Begin Again New Year’s Retreat

You are invited to attend Rebel Dharma’s first annual New Year’s retreat.

Held at the beautiful Land of Medicine Buddha Retreat Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is not a fully silent retreat; there will be periods of silence through out the weekend.

This retreat will consist of a blend of silent meditation practice, interconnection, as well as reflective intention setting. This weekend retreat is a great way to deepen ones practice and reflect on life’s-intention. Perfect for any level of experience.

Hope to see you there!
Jason Murphy Pedulla

When: Friday January 9th – Sunday January 11th 2015
Time: Friday 3-5pm  check-in until Sunday 12pm check-out
Cost: $300 for shared room, $375 double room, $495 single room
Teacher:  Jason Murphy
Where: Land of Medicine Buddha 5800 Prescott Rd Soquel, CA 95013  landofmedicinebuddha
Register: Email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and a registration will be emailed to you to fill out and return.

January 16 – 18 Exploring Equanimity

Exploring Equanimity: finding balance, ease and freedom

Equanimity, the balanced heart-mind, is an important aspect of the Buddha’s teachings, but often seems to be elusive in the busyness of our daily lives.

During this non-residential weekend retreat, we will explore many different facets of equanimity, using both insight and brahma vihara practices to cultivate more balance, ease, and freedom of heart and mind. Each day will be spent alternating between periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, guided meditations and group discussion, with some optional opportunities to meet individually with the teacher.

We encourage people to attend the entire event

Time and Date:
7:00-8:00 pm Friday January 16
9:00-5:00 pm Saturday January 17
10:30-5:00 pm Sunday January 18

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

More Info about the Teacher: 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.

 

 

 

 

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

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 […]

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 9:30-12:30, Afternoon program 1:30-4:00. People can attend either or both. Bring your lunch. Informal discussion during lunch period.
Event Cost: dana
Registration: No registration required

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 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
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.

 

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.