Teachers and Facilitators
- Tenzin ChogkyiTeacher
Tenzin Chogkyi (she/her/hers) is a teacher of workshops and programs that bridge the worlds of Buddhist thought, contemplative practice, mental and emotional cultivation, and the latest research in the field of positive psychology. Tenzin first became interested in meditation in the early 1970s and then started practicing Tibetan Buddhism in early 1991 during a year she spent studying in India and Nepal. She completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period and took monastic ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, practicing as a monastic for nearly 20 years. Since 2006 she has been teaching in Buddhist centers around the world and taught in prisons for 15 years.
She is also a certified teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training and the Cultivating Emotional Balance program. Tenzin is especially interested in bringing the wisdom of Buddhism into modern culture and into alignment with modern cultural values such as racial and gender justice and environmental awareness. She feels strongly that a genuine and meaningful spiritual path includes not only personal transformation, but social and cultural transformation as well. She loves interfaith collaboration and is a volunteer for the Interfaith Speakers Bureau of the Islamic Networks Group in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She is featured on a monthly radio show called “Reflections on Buddhism on KSQD 90.7 in the Santa Cruz area. She also finds time to create her Unlocking True Happiness podcast which you can check out at unlockingtruehappiness.org where you will also find her current teaching schedule. She is currently based on traditional Awaswas Ohlone land, in what is now known as Santa Cruz, CA.
- Yasmina PorterCommunity Teacher
Yasmina Porter has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2002 at which time she was certified at Dominican Hospital to teach Mindfulness-based Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga. In 2013, after a decade of practice and annual residential retreats with Bob Stahl, Jon Kabot-Zinn, and Mary Grace Orr, Yasmina was authorized to teach Mindfulness-based stress reduction through UMass Memorial Health Care Center for Mindfulness. She has taught MBSR in the Academy for College Excellence. Yasmina formed a People of Color Sitting Group at Insight Santa Cruz in 2017.
- Mar 26 2023
- 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- Special Events
A Celebration of Buddhist Women’s Practice – Sunday
All are welcome to join us in this celebration of Buddhist women’s practice, in honor of Women’s History Month. Many of us have been inspired by the example of women Buddhist teachers and practitioners – please come ready to share your stories of how these teachers have influenced your life, and enjoy some guest appearances by some of our own beloved women Buddhist teachers, and a slideshow and videos of some of the most respected and ground-breaking women Buddhist teachers.
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Online Meeting ID: 885 2771 9713
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Onsite Attendance Instructions:
Onsite attendees are required to be fully vaccinated per CDC guidelines but you are no longer required to submit the vaccination record to ISC or bring proof to the center. Please bring an N95/KN95 mask. Attendees are required to wear masks that are well-fitting and cover the nose and mouth at all times. ISC will have some masks to give out but you can support the center by bringing your own. Admittance is first come first served.
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