Teacher or Facilitator

  • Kara Haney
    Kara Haney

    Kara Haney has been practicing meditation and studying Buddhism since 1993. Initially introduced to the Dhamma through the lens of Zen Buddhism, as a young adult, her interest changed to the Thai Forest Tradition while her brother lived in Southeast Asia. She has been leading Vipassana meditation since 1996. Kara practices the fifth precept of full renunciation from intoxicants and has over twenty years sober. In 2013 she assisted in starting Buddhist recovery groups in Santa Cruz and has been a foundational member and mentor for the community. Kara attends multiple silent Vipassana retreats each year. She has been empowered to teach by Bob Stahl, trained to facilitate Mindfulness and Buddhist meditation through the former Against the Stream Meditation Society and is currently in the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader two-year program. Kara has been active as the Program Coordinator for Insight Santa Cruz for five years and was a member of the Board for four years. She teaches weekly meditation groups at Insight Santa Cruz and offers daylongs. Kara currently lives in downtown Santa Cruz and recently went back to school for a master’s degree in Social Work.


Online (originally Meditation Hall)


Oct 18 2020


Pacific Time
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



Fierce Hearts – Sundays

Fierce Hearts is a meditation group for those upon the rebellious path of turning into experience and meeting it with the heart.

We gather every week to meditate, discuss the teachings of the Buddha (Dhamma), and practice transforming greed, hatred, and delusion by way of the heart.

This group includes a 30-minute meditation followed by Dhamma talk and discussion; which is centered on the Buddha’s teaching of the mind’s tendencies and finding freedom in the here and now.

Everyone is welcome regardless of age, experience, race, sexuality, or gender expression.

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Online Meeting ID: 419 496 830

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