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In this Very Life – Fridays
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Studying, contemplating, and practicing the liberating teachings of the Buddha brings greater peace and happiness in this very life, and can open to the profound freedom beyond the conditions of the world. This group reads and reflects upon the suttas as part of our path to Awakening. It is fine to drop in, but for , ...
45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Fridays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Weekly 30 to 45-minute group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition followed by a dhamma talk or short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 922 4558 95 , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Sundays
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Weekly 45 minute meditation with some guidance in the Insight Buddhist tradition, finishing with a short metta practice, followed by a short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Attend either online or in person , ...
Death Cafe – Sundays
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Offering an opportunity once a month to gather and talk about death. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. We will talk about death in a safe and confidential space in order to make , ...
Unlocking True Happiness: Keys to Personal Healing and Global Transformation – First and Third Sundays
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Unlocking True Happiness is an opportunity for newcomers and old friends to explore the Buddha’s teachings as they are applied in our daily lives, to deepen our experience of genuine well-being and meaning.Unlocking True Happiness topics combine ideas from Buddhism with those from the fields of positive psych , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Mondays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Practicing daily with others provides an easy opportunity to deepen your meditation commitment. No need to sign up ahead. Your commitment is to yourself. Your presence strengthens all. For many, the Sangha at noon provides the opportunity for more consistent practice, in the meditation hall or online. Dedicated and , ...
Dharma Friends : Living with Disability or Chronic Illness
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Shakti and I would like to invite all people who want to participate who live with a chronic illness or disability. We have each lived for decades with Multiple Sclerosis and have both symptoms and coping mechanisms we have adapted from this disease. We are hoping to partake in a group where we will all share our strug , ...
Mindful Movement: Qigong – Mondays
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Many people find that mindful movement is a great support to their sitting meditation practice. For 25 years Insight Santa Cruz has offered qigong on Thursday evenings. Now that Thursday evening class is shifting to Mondays. This is a drop-in class. No previous experience is required to participate. We hope that you wi , ...
People of Color Group – Mondays
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This weekly gathering is intended to create a safe space for self-identified people of color. Each week there will be a 30-minute guided sit followed by a 30-minutemindful check-in circle and tea. Everyone who identifies as a Person of Color is welcome to attend. Please return to the calendar to , ...
All Community Practice (Sit and Walking) – Mondays
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Includes Sit and walking meditation, short Dhamma talk, and discussion & connection. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 996 9334 8493 Dial-in Passcode: 924729 Jo , ...
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Dhamma of Illness Support Group for those Living with Pain or Illness – 1st Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:30 am
In this group, we can share the truth of our experience living with pain or illness and find others who understand our situation. Through mindfulness practice, we can learn to be present to our experience without reactivity and to be able to be with our joys and sorrows. We will explore how Dhamma helps us work skillfu , ...
*All Community Sit – Tuesdays
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition, includes a Sit, short Dhamma talk, and discussion & connection *Guest Teacher Carol Morgan will lead the sit and offer a Dharma Talk 3/5/24. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Te , ...
Mindfulness Meditation – Watsonville Tuesdays
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
We are a group of meditators who practice liberation and healing through community. Our group is inter-generational, multi-ethnic, LGBTQ+ friendly, and open to Insight Meditation practitioners old and new. The Tuesday evening offering is from 6:00-7:30 PM and includes a 30-minute sit with a dharmette and check-in after , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Wednesdays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Practicing daily with others provides an easy opportunity to deepen your meditation commitment. No need to sign up ahead. Your commitment is to yourself. Your presence strengthens all. For many, the Sangha at noon provides the opportunity for more consistent practice, in the meditation hall or online. Dedicated and , ...
32 Parts of the Body Meditation: The Original Body Scan
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
We are happy to announce an 8-week class to practice the 32 Parts of the Body meditation, which is rarely taught in the West. This practice deepens insight into impermanence and non-self by penetrating into the true nature and wonders of the body. We will also explore how the body interrelates with the four primary ele , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Thursdays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Weekly 30 to 45-minute group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition followed by a dhamma talk or short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 934 6699 5876 , ...
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In this Very Life – Fridays
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Studying, contemplating, and practicing the liberating teachings of the Buddha brings greater peace and happiness in this very life, and can open to the profound freedom beyond the conditions of the world. This group reads and reflects upon the suttas as part of our path to Awakening. It is fine to drop in, but for , ...
45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Fridays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Weekly 30 to 45-minute group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition followed by a dhamma talk or short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 922 4558 95 , ...
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Buddhism in a Nutshell — The Four Noble Truths: A Dharma Practice Series
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Why do we put so much energy into chasing after happiness, only to be disappointed? How can we relate to our lives in ways that increase peace and contentment? The Buddha taught that true freedom and happiness can only be found within, by transforming our own minds. In this course, we explore the essential Buddhist , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Sundays
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Weekly 45 minute meditation with some guidance in the Insight Buddhist tradition, finishing with a short metta practice, followed by a short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Attend either online or in person , ...
Eightfold Path Program
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Class starts 9/10/23. Second Sunday monthly until May 15. Hybrid.  Registration recommended (see below) The Eightfold Path Program is returning to the meditation hall at Insight Santa Cruz as a hybrid offering beginning on September tenth. This traditional ISC program offers the opportunity to explore practice , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Mondays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Practicing daily with others provides an easy opportunity to deepen your meditation commitment. No need to sign up ahead. Your commitment is to yourself. Your presence strengthens all. For many, the Sangha at noon provides the opportunity for more consistent practice, in the meditation hall or online. Dedicated and , ...
Mindful Movement: Qigong – Mondays
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Many people find that mindful movement is a great support to their sitting meditation practice. For 25 years Insight Santa Cruz has offered qigong on Thursday evenings. Now that Thursday evening class is shifting to Mondays. This is a drop-in class. No previous experience is required to participate. We hope that you wi , ...
People of Color Group – Mondays
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This weekly gathering is intended to create a safe space for self-identified people of color. Each week there will be a 30-minute guided sit followed by a 30-minutemindful check-in circle and tea. Everyone who identifies as a Person of Color is welcome to attend. Please return to the calendar to , ...
All Community Practice (Sit and Walking) – Mondays
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Includes Sit and walking meditation, short Dhamma talk, and discussion & connection. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 996 9334 8493 Dial-in Passcode: 924729 Jo , ...
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All Community Sit – Tuesdays
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition, includes a Sit, short Dhamma talk, and discussion & connection Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Attend either online or in person at the Meditation Center. If yo , ...
Mindfulness Meditation – Watsonville Tuesdays
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
We are a group of meditators who practice liberation and healing through community. Our group is inter-generational, multi-ethnic, LGBTQ+ friendly, and open to Insight Meditation practitioners old and new. The Tuesday evening offering is from 6:00-7:30 PM and includes a 30-minute sit with a dharmette and check-in after , ...
Rainbow Sangha Sit – 2nd Tuesday
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Rainbow Sangha group offers a safer space for individuals who identify as queer, non-binary, transgender, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, gay, intersex, questioning, and others who identify outside of cisgender, heterosexual mainstream culture.  We come together to meditate and explore the intersection of Buddhist , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Wednesdays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Practicing daily with others provides an easy opportunity to deepen your meditation commitment. No need to sign up ahead. Your commitment is to yourself. Your presence strengthens all. For many, the Sangha at noon provides the opportunity for more consistent practice, in the meditation hall or online. Dedicated and , ...
32 Parts of the Body Meditation: The Original Body Scan
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
We are happy to announce an 8-week class to practice the 32 Parts of the Body meditation, which is rarely taught in the West. This practice deepens insight into impermanence and non-self by penetrating into the true nature and wonders of the body. We will also explore how the body interrelates with the four primary ele , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Thursdays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Weekly 30 to 45-minute group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition followed by a dhamma talk or short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 934 6699 5876 , ...
Dhamma Friends: Waking up to White Privilege – 2nd Thursday
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Waking Up to White Privilege Dhamma Friends is an ongoing community primarily for white people sharing the intention to understand how our unconscious privilege contributes to systems of oppression in our society and the world. Our complicit participation in these systems often operates beyond our awareness. Waking up , ...
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In this Very Life – Fridays
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Studying, contemplating, and practicing the liberating teachings of the Buddha brings greater peace and happiness in this very life, and can open to the profound freedom beyond the conditions of the world. This group reads and reflects upon the suttas as part of our path to Awakening. It is fine to drop in, but for , ...
45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Fridays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Weekly 30 to 45-minute group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition followed by a dhamma talk or short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 922 4558 95 , ...
Craving Freedom: From Anxiety to Eating, Why We Get Stuck in Unhealthy Habits and How to Break the Cycle of Suffering
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
We are all vulnerable to craving. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, overeat, worry or any other behavior, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is willpower more myth than muscle? Hidden in plain sight, Buddhist psychological theories may ha , ...
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Dharma and Recovery
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Buddha said craving is the cause of suffering. Twelve Step programs work with the deepest forms of craving. How can these two traditions come together to deepen our spiritual life? Through a combination of traditional and contemporary Buddhist meditation practices, interactive exercises, lecture, and discussion, , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Sundays
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Weekly 45 minute meditation with some guidance in the Insight Buddhist tradition, finishing with a short metta practice, followed by a short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Attend either online or in person , ...
Unlocking True Happiness: Keys to Personal Healing and Global Transformation – First and Third Sundays
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Unlocking True Happiness is an opportunity for newcomers and old friends to explore the Buddha’s teachings as they are applied in our daily lives, to deepen our experience of genuine well-being and meaning.Unlocking True Happiness topics combine ideas from Buddhism with those from the fields of positive psych , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Mondays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Practicing daily with others provides an easy opportunity to deepen your meditation commitment. No need to sign up ahead. Your commitment is to yourself. Your presence strengthens all. For many, the Sangha at noon provides the opportunity for more consistent practice, in the meditation hall or online. Dedicated and , ...
Dharma Friends : Living with Disability or Chronic Illness
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Shakti and I would like to invite all people who want to participate who live with a chronic illness or disability. We have each lived for decades with Multiple Sclerosis and have both symptoms and coping mechanisms we have adapted from this disease. We are hoping to partake in a group where we will all share our strug , ...
Mindful Movement: Qigong – Mondays
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Many people find that mindful movement is a great support to their sitting meditation practice. For 25 years Insight Santa Cruz has offered qigong on Thursday evenings. Now that Thursday evening class is shifting to Mondays. This is a drop-in class. No previous experience is required to participate. We hope that you wi , ...
People of Color Group – Mondays
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This weekly gathering is intended to create a safe space for self-identified people of color. Each week there will be a 30-minute guided sit followed by a 30-minutemindful check-in circle and tea. Everyone who identifies as a Person of Color is welcome to attend. Please return to the calendar to , ...
All Community Practice (Sit and Walking) – Mondays
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Includes Sit and walking meditation, short Dhamma talk, and discussion & connection. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 996 9334 8493 Dial-in Passcode: 924729 Jo , ...
Peer Led : Men’s Dharma Group – 3rd Monday
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ISC Dharma Men’s Group is a space where people pursuing mindfulness can discuss with caring others the bumps and beauties encountered on the path of their own practices. We often use short readings chosen by members as discussion starters and as a way to safely share some of the more moving or bewildering features of o , ...
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All Community Sit – Tuesdays
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition, includes a Sit, short Dhamma talk, and discussion & connection Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Attend either online or in person at the Meditation Center. If yo , ...
Mindfulness Meditation – Watsonville Tuesdays
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
We are a group of meditators who practice liberation and healing through community. Our group is inter-generational, multi-ethnic, LGBTQ+ friendly, and open to Insight Meditation practitioners old and new. The Tuesday evening offering is from 6:00-7:30 PM and includes a 30-minute sit with a dharmette and check-in after , ...
Buddhism and Addiction Recovery – 3rd Tuesday
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Buddhism and Addiction Recovery dhamma friends gathering provides a time for people who are in recovery from addiction to be together in support of one another. We will be exploring the ways in which recovery is informed and enhanced by a Buddhist perspective, including the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eight-Fold , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Wednesdays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Practicing daily with others provides an easy opportunity to deepen your meditation commitment. No need to sign up ahead. Your commitment is to yourself. Your presence strengthens all. For many, the Sangha at noon provides the opportunity for more consistent practice, in the meditation hall or online. Dedicated and , ...
32 Parts of the Body Meditation: The Original Body Scan
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
We are happy to announce an 8-week class to practice the 32 Parts of the Body meditation, which is rarely taught in the West. This practice deepens insight into impermanence and non-self by penetrating into the true nature and wonders of the body. We will also explore how the body interrelates with the four primary ele , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Thursdays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Weekly 30 to 45-minute group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition followed by a dhamma talk or short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 934 6699 5876 , ...
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In this Very Life – Fridays
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Studying, contemplating, and practicing the liberating teachings of the Buddha brings greater peace and happiness in this very life, and can open to the profound freedom beyond the conditions of the world. This group reads and reflects upon the suttas as part of our path to Awakening. It is fine to drop in, but for , ...
45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Fridays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Weekly 30 to 45-minute group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition followed by a dhamma talk or short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 922 4558 95 , ...
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Integrating Our Spiritual Histories
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Daylong Opportunity with Guiding Teacher Dawn Neal with Founding Teacher Mary Grace Orr – March 23, 2024  In Center and Online. Masks Optional. Buddhist practice has now blossomed in the West, however, few of us were born and raised in Buddhist families.  Many of us come from other spiritual traditions, an , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Sundays
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Weekly 45 minute meditation with some guidance in the Insight Buddhist tradition, finishing with a short metta practice, followed by a short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Attend either online or in person , ...
Taking of the Refuges and Precepts – 4th Sunday
10:15 am - 10:30 am
Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha is an ancient, traditional Buddhist practice, reminding us of the peaceful effects of awakening, of the teachings, and of the community in our lives. And committing to the Five Training Precepts (not harming others, not taking that which is not offered, not harming others , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Mondays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Practicing daily with others provides an easy opportunity to deepen your meditation commitment. No need to sign up ahead. Your commitment is to yourself. Your presence strengthens all. For many, the Sangha at noon provides the opportunity for more consistent practice, in the meditation hall or online. Dedicated and , ...
Mindful Movement: Qigong – Mondays
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Many people find that mindful movement is a great support to their sitting meditation practice. For 25 years Insight Santa Cruz has offered qigong on Thursday evenings. Now that Thursday evening class is shifting to Mondays. This is a drop-in class. No previous experience is required to participate. We hope that you wi , ...
People of Color Group – Mondays
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This weekly gathering is intended to create a safe space for self-identified people of color. Each week there will be a 30-minute guided sit followed by a 30-minutemindful check-in circle and tea. Everyone who identifies as a Person of Color is welcome to attend. Please return to the calendar to , ...
All Community Practice (Sit and Walking) – Mondays
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Includes Sit and walking meditation, short Dhamma talk, and discussion & connection. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 996 9334 8493 Dial-in Passcode: 924729 Jo , ...
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Sitting with Grief – Last Tuesday of the Month
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Grief is a universal experience, part of our shared humanity, yet for each of us, it is deeply personal. This monthly online drop-in group is for anyone experiencing a loss of any kind, such as the loss of a loved one or a relationship change, the loss of a job or an opportunity, or loss due to changing life circumstan , ...
All Community Sit – Tuesdays
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition, includes a Sit, short Dhamma talk, and discussion & connection Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Attend either online or in person at the Meditation Center. If yo , ...
Mindfulness Meditation – Watsonville Tuesdays
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
We are a group of meditators who practice liberation and healing through community. Our group is inter-generational, multi-ethnic, LGBTQ+ friendly, and open to Insight Meditation practitioners old and new. The Tuesday evening offering is from 6:00-7:30 PM and includes a 30-minute sit with a dharmette and check-in after , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Wednesdays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Practicing daily with others provides an easy opportunity to deepen your meditation commitment. No need to sign up ahead. Your commitment is to yourself. Your presence strengthens all. For many, the Sangha at noon provides the opportunity for more consistent practice, in the meditation hall or online. Dedicated and , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Thursdays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Weekly 30 to 45-minute group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition followed by a dhamma talk or short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 934 6699 5876 , ...
Inner Resources
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
This Dharma teaching will focus on Inner Resources that support us in our practice and in our interactions with the world — Desire, Persistence, Intention, and Discrimination. In today’s world. power is a highly sought after possession. However in our Buddhist practice we cultivate a certain strength or stabil , ...
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In this Very Life – Fridays
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Studying, contemplating, and practicing the liberating teachings of the Buddha brings greater peace and happiness in this very life, and can open to the profound freedom beyond the conditions of the world. This group reads and reflects upon the suttas as part of our path to Awakening. It is fine to drop in, but for , ...
45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Fridays
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Weekly 30 to 45-minute group meditation in the Insight Buddhist tradition followed by a dhamma talk or short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Online Attendance Instructions: Online Meeting ID: 922 4558 95 , ...
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Book Panel with the Authors of Healing Our Way Home
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Please join us to celebrate the publication of Healing Our Way Home: Black Buddhist Teachings on Ancestors, Joy, and Liberation with the authors Valerie Brown, Marisela B. Gomez, MD, and Kaira Jewel Lingo! The authors will share their process of creating this conversational book, read excerpts from the book, followed b , ...
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45-Minute Sitting Followed by a Short Reading – Sundays
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Weekly 45 minute meditation with some guidance in the Insight Buddhist tradition, finishing with a short metta practice, followed by a short reading. Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates. Volunteer Sangha Dana Teacher Dana Attend either online or in person , ...
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