All members of the Teachers Council at Insight Santa Cruz follow the Teacher Code of Ethics.
Bob Stahl – Guiding Teacher
Bob Stahl is a long-time practitioner of insight meditation who lived in a Buddhist monastery for over eight years. He now directs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in Bay Area medical centers. Bob is also a husband and a father of two sons.
Bob leads meditation and provides dharma talks on Mondays at 7:00 PM and Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
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 VSC in 1989 and was the Guiding Teacher for the first 22 years.
Jill Hyman has practiced yoga since 1974, Vipassana meditation with ISC since 2000. Her practice is influenced by the Thai Forest tradition (Ajahn Sumedho & Ajhan Amaro), Dzogchen (Tsoknyi Rinpoche), the many teachers from Spirit Rock & IMS, and especially Shinzen Young (Vipassana Support Institute). She has served as a volunteer chaplain at Salinas Valley State Prison since 2001, heading the program with Bruce since 2003. She completed the 2 & 1/2 year Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Program in January 2008. She teaches classes for beginners, those new to practice, metta, and established the family program.
Jill leads meditation and provides dharma talks on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Bruce Hyman is a retired physician after 30 years of practice. He has practiced yoga and meditation since 1974 and has been intensively involved in Buddhist practice since 2000. In addition, he has been a co-leader of a prison dharma program at Salinas Valley State Prison since 2003. Bruce also teaches beginners programs, mens retreats, new to practice programs for ISC. His practice is influenced by the Thai Forest Tradition, Dzogchen, Spirit Rock teachers and Shinzen Young.
Bruce leads meditation and provides dharma talks on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Dan Landry has been a Vipassana practitioner since 1999. During that time he has attended many retreats, participated in the Committed Students groups, acted as the Chair of the ISC Board, and substituted at various sittings when the teacher was absent.
Jason Murphy – Associate Teacher
Jason Murphy has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1994. He is a teacher and counselor who has been working with youth, families and adults for the past 15 years. Jason has taught mindful awareness in a variety of settings throughout the United States and now leads a weekly mindfulness group for young adults in Santa Cruz. He has implemented MBSR in educational systems, businesses and community organizations. He has taught at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, MAYA Retreats and Against the Stream Meditation Society. Jason has sat long-term residential retreats in the U.S as well as in Asia. Jason is empowered to teach by Noah Levine MA. author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, Mary Grace Orr Spirit Rock teacher and Bob Stahl, Ph.D., Director of the Santa Cruz Medical Foundation’s Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program.
Jason leads meditation and provides dharma talks on Sundays 6:00 PM
Marcy Reynolds – Associate Teacher
Marcy Reynolds joined Insight Santa Cruz in 1997 and has been a member of the teachers’ council since 2006. She began her meditation training at Tassajara Zen Center in 1984 with Katherine Thanas and in 1995 began studying with Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, who continues as her root teacher, even though her primary practice focuses on Vipassana and Metta. In recent years, her practice and teaching have been strongly influenced by the work of Shinzen Young. In addition to sitting meditation, Marcy also has a strong Qigong practice and has studied with a number of Chinese and American Qigong Masters, notably Bingkun Hu, who continues to act as her guiding teacher in Qigong. Marcy has taught Qigong since 1997. Her classes emphasize mindfulness of the body through both movement and stillness. In addition to teaching at Insight Santa Cruz, Marcy teaches qigong movement and mindfulness meditation throughout the Santa Cruz and South SF Bay Areas. She also teaches for the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.
Marcy teaches Qigong on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 PM
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.