Teacher or Dharma Leader

  • 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.


In Center & Online

Other Locations

ΞMeditation Hall


Jan 17 2024


Pacific Time
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



The Three Roots of Well-Being – Wednesdays

To cultivate a happy life, we need to help the seeds of our good intentions take root. This three-part series explores the Buddha’s teachings about three roots of well-being (kusala mūla). These fundamental inclinations of non-greed, non-hatred, and non-delusion include many beautiful qualities of heart and mind, including generosity, contentment, gratitude, non-harming, kindness, wisdom, and more.

Each week, we will explore one of these three foundational conditions through lightly guided meditation, a Dharma talk, and group discussion.

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: 883 9975 7552

Dial-in Passcode: 856394

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