Providing a refuge in the heart of Santa Cruz


Kim Allen

Saturday, Aug 3, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PT
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT
In Center and Online

Laypeople often gloss over the term “renunciation” in Buddhist teachings, assuming it is meant only for monastics. Perhaps there is also some uneasiness with this term. Closer examination of Buddhist teachings reveals that nekkhamma (“renunciation”) is linked to wisdom, joy, happiness, and even freedom. This daylong explores the fullness of renunciation, sometimes called letting go, in our meditation practice, daily life, and in the suttas. Letting go is the very basis of the Buddhist path, and leads to ever-increasing well-being. The day will be held mostly in silence in order to deepen our inner experience.

Register online here by August 7
Retreat dates Nov 17 – 24
Insight Retreat Center, Glen Canyon Road

Come join your Santa Cruz Sangha for our annual residential retreat at IRC. Both beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome. The silent mindfulness retreat includes alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teacher. Insight Retreat Center is managing registration for the lottery which is open between July 17 and August 7.

Buddhist Basics Four Week Course 


Bill Culman

Thursday, August 8
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PT
In Center and Online

This is a 4-week introduction to the practice of Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation at Insight Santa Cruz. We will focus on developing mindfulness through the regular practice of meditation and also informally, by bringing mindfulness into daily life. Topics include Benefits of meditation, Five Hindrances, Four Noble Truths and Eight-fold path, Metta. You will also learn about the ISC Sangha and moving forward with your practice after the course. The course is appropriate for anyone new to mediation or interested in rekindling their practice.

Daily Schedule

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