Teachers and Dharma Leaders
- 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.
- Dawn NealGuiding Teacher
Dawn Neal, Guiding Teacher of Insight Santa Cruz, has devoted several years to silent retreat. She has an MA in Theravāda Buddhist studies, and professional experience as an interfaith spiritual care counselor (chaplain). Her practice includes ordaining in Burma, where she was authorized to teach Buddhist practice through the lens of Mettā.
Dawn has been teaching meditation since 2010. She serves as a teacher at IMC, and as core faculty for the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies Online Chaplaincy Training. She is also in the final stages of Dharma Teacher training with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella. For her wider teaching activities, please see http://www.liberatingdharma.org/teaching-schedule.
- Feb 10 2024
- 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Buddhism in a Nutshell — The Four Noble Truths: A Dharma Practice Series
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 teaching of the Four Noble Truths, or Four Ennobling Truths. Discover how practicing these essential truths can lead to greater freedom, clarity, and joy.
This five-part series is cumulative, and practitioners are encouraged to attend all sessions. Each class will include short lectures, small group discussions, Q&A, and guided meditations. There will be optional community time, including lunch or tea, afterwards. Please bring your own lunch.
NOTE: This program is appropriate for beginners with no prior knowledge of meditation or Buddhist philosophy, as well as experienced practitioners wanting to deepen their understanding.
Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates.
Attend either online or in person at the Meditation Center. If you choose to attend in person, we request that you not use any fragrance. This protects the health of our sangha members who have a sensitivity to fragrance
Online Attendance Instructions:
Online Meeting ID: 849 5917 2243
Dial-in Passcode: 885933
- Zoom user hosting the event: Zoom01@insightsantacruz.org