Teachers and Dharma Leaders

  • Bob Stahl
    Bob Stahl

    Bob Stahl, PhD, formerly lived in a Buddhist monastery for eight and a half years and later founded eight Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in medical centers in the SF Bay Area. He is on faculty at the Brown University Mindfulness Center and formerly at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Bob teaches MBSR Teacher Trainings and Insight Meditation retreats worldwide and is the former guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society. He is co-author of five books: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (1st & 2nd editions), Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Everyday.

  • Dawn Neal
    Dawn Neal
    Guiding 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.

  • Gil Fronsdal
    Gil Fronsdal

    Gil Fronsdal is the senior guiding co-teacher at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) in Redwood City, California and the Insight Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California. He started Buddhist practice in 1975, and has been teaching for IMC since 1990. Gil is an authorized teacher in two traditions: the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia, and Japanese Soto Zen. He holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He is a husband and the father of two sons.


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Feb 11 2024


Pacific Time
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Dharma of Sangha: Caring for the Future of ISC. A Special Benefit and Teaching with Gil Fronsdal

1:00—2:30 PM Teachings, 2:30 —4:00 PM Refreshments and Social Time.

When Dharma is found in Sangha and Sangha supports Dharma practice, a Buddhist community grows and matures.These two principles have been central to the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City that Gil Fronsdal has led for the last thirty years. For this Insight Santa Cruz special benefit event, Gil will describe his decades-long experience with the growth of the Insight Meditation Center, an all-dana Sangha. Like Insight Santa Cruz, IMC has offered teachings freely for over 30 years.

The presentation and dialogue will orient toward what might be beneficial for the ISC community. The event will include a guided meditation, a Dharma of Sangha presentation, a discussion, and small group discussions to build sangha among those who attend. It will end with refreshments and time to talk informally.

We are excited to offer these teachings for the benefit of all and to host this special event. All donations will go toward creating a financial foundation for the long-term wellbeing of Insight Santa Cruz. Everyone is welcome.

Please RSVP to volunteer@insightsantacruz.org if you plan to attend in person

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: 828 6699 7324

Dial-in Passcode: 306097

Onsite Attendance Instructions:

Masks Are Strongly Recommended

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.

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