Teachers and Facilitators
- Carol Morgan
Carol has been a student of the dharma at Insight Santa Cruz since 2009, following training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She has attended many retreats and dharma programs since then, most recently completing training as a Community Dharma Facilitator in 2019. She served on the board from 2012-2015 and has been the volunteer coordinator since 2013. “For me, it is always about bringing mindful awareness with me up off the cushion and out into all the moments of my daily life.” Since 2018 she has enjoyed sharing the responsibility of facilitating the New To Practice group and several half daylongs.
- Kevin Newhouse
In 2006, Kevin was introduced to the concept of Buddhism and insight meditation when a friend recommended he read Noah Levine’s autobiography “Dharma Punx.” Kevin was inspired by the Buddha’s teaching to go “against the stream” of greed, hatred, and delusion and to instead cultivate wisdom, compassion, and loving-kindness. Soon after finishing the book, Kevin developed a daily practice of meditation and mindfulness. Whenever possible, he likes to deepen his practice through the use of daylong classes and silent retreats. Kevin completed the facilitator training program lead by Guiding Teacher Bob Stahl and has since participated in teaching the New to Practice class at ISC and several daylong classes. Kevin is responsible for starting a weekly mindfulness based recovery program at the Santa Cruz County Jail in 2017 and continues to mentor those in the recovery community. Kevin is a current member of the ISC Board and serves as the Facilities Coordinator.
- Meg Corman
Meg Corman has been a student of meditation since 2005 and has studied in Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions. Meg is a certified Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and has taught MBSR and mindfulness classes since 2012 locally and in the South Bay. She was instrumental in establishing a mindfulness program in a local K-8 independent school. She has served on the ISC board since 2018. In 2019 she completed the Insight Santa Cruz Community Dhamma Facilitator training program with Bob Stahl and since then has taught a variety of half-day programs at ISC.
Core Teachings of the Buddha series – Mondays to November 23
This course is offered to any student wishing to dive a little deeper into Buddhism’s basic teachings. The 16-week Monday evening class has been divided into 4 units;
The Buddha’s Enlightenment and the 4 Noble Truths:
Buddha’s life story exploring the first teaching after his enlightenment
- Aug 3 – Orientation to the course and The life of the Buddha
- Aug 10 – The Four Noble Truths
- Aug 17 – The Eightfold Path – Wisdom: Wise View and Wise Intention
- Aug 24 – The Eightfold Path – Virtue: Wise Speech, Wise Action, and Wise Livelihood
- Aug 31 – The Eightfold Path – Meditation: Wise Effort, Wise Mindfulness, and Wise Concentration
Taking Refuge and The Five Precepts:
- Sept 14 – Taking Refuge: Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha
- Sept 21 – The Five Precepts
The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness:
Exploring the Buddha’s teaching on establishing mindfulness from his Sutta on “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness” and discussing the key insights of the Three Marks of Existence.
- Sept 28 – Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of the Body
- Oct. 5 – Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of Feeling Tone
- Oct. 12 – Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of the Mind
- Oct. 19 – Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of the Dhammas
- Oct. 26 – Insight Meditation and the Three Marks of Existence
The Divine Abodes:
Explore Buddha’s teaching on the Brahma Viharas: Lovingkindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity
- Nov. 2 – The Brahma Viharas: Metta
- Nov. 9 – The Brahma Viharas: Karuna
- Nov. 16 – The Brahma Viharas: Mudita
- Nov. 23 – The Brahma Viharas: Upekkha
Each 1 1/2 hour program will include time for practice and a dharma talk, as well as discussion time.
While we are asking that interested students register for the course, it is not necessary to commit to each offering, and all are welcome. Please register by emailing Carol Morgan.
Meg Corman, Kevin Newhouse, and Carol Morgan are volunteer Community Facilitators hosting this program. A few guest teachers will also support this program, including Bob Stahl for our first class.
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