Teachers and Dharma Leaders
- Jim MemmottCommunity Dharma Leader
Jim has been practicing with Insight Santa Cruz since 2006. In the years prior to, he studied meditation in the Soto Zen tradition. From 2010 to 2018, he served as technology manager for the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley, California, where he was also able to deepen his silent retreat practice. Trained by Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella, he is a graduate of the Buddhist Dharma Mentor program. He has worked with the Eightfold Path Program at ISC since 2018 and was a co-leader of the program in 2019-20. He is currently serving on the ISC board.
- Susan EzequelleCommunity Dharma Leader
Susan has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1997. A student of Gil Fronsdal, she worked closely with Gil and other community members to found the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City California in 2001, where she served as board president and teacher. Susan trained as a hospital chaplain and served for two years as palliative care chaplain at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, then as Spiritual Care Manager at San Francisco General Hospital, and most recently as Relief Chaplain at Stanford Hospital. She also teaches at several Bay Area sanghas.
- Feb 18 2024
- 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Eightfold Path Program : Feb ’24
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 in both group discussion and personalized mentoring settings. This eight-month program is for practitioners wishing to engage wholeheartedly in a deep exploration of their dharma practice through the study and teaching of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.
Using the classic Buddhist teachings of Sila, Samadhi and Pana (Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom) we look at how we cultivate mindfulness, kindness, and balance given the inner stresses of modern life and our outer social challenges. In addition to large group meetings that meet one Sunday afternoon each month to introduce each path factor, teachers will send weekly email reminders to help guide your exploration and an opportunity for monthly mentoring meetings in small groups or perhaps individually. Mentoring meetings are intended to help you explore how these teachings may be applied within your own life and its unique situations.
Please register before the first class if possible. You may register online HERE.
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: 872 9845 7747
Dial-in Passcode: 675277
Join online by clicking the Join Online button or calling +1-669-900-6833 US (San Jose) followed by the Online Meeting ID number and #. If a passcode is requested, then enter the Dial-in Passcode and #. Find your local number by clicking here. The preferred way to join is by using a Zoom application with your personal Zoom account.
Onsite Attendance Instructions:
Masks Are Optional
We highly recommend that onsite attendees be fully vaccinated, including boosters, per CDC guidelines. The use of an N95/KN95 mask is optional at this event. ISC will provide a mask if you need one, but you can support the center by bringing your own.
- Zoom user hosting the event: Zoom01@insightsantacruz.org