Teachers and Facilitators
- G Schulz
G Schulz began practicing insight meditation in 2003 after attending his first retreat in Thailand. Looking for a spiritual home, he became involved with ISC shortly after his return to Santa Cruz. G has participated in many retreats since 2003, both at home and abroad. He has also completed a teacher training program led by Bob Stahl, the Noble Path Program led by Carla Brennan and the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioner Program. G is currently participating in the Spirit Rock Advanced Practitioner program.
- Jace Freyman
Jace Freyman, MHRS, is a trans-identified Dharma practitioner. They’ve been a sangha member and dedicated volunteer at Insight Santa Cruz for the past three years. They completed a year-long community facilitator training program under Bob Stahl, and have been mentored by teachers G Schulz and Kim Allen.
- JD Doyle
JD Doyle is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Teacher Training, the Community Dharma Leader training, and the Dedicated Practitioner Program. In 1995, JD began studying and practicing Buddhism at Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock and continued with extensive retreat practice in Thailand and Burma in the Theravadan lineage. JD is a Core Teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA, and teaches at sanghas in the Bay area and across the US. For over twenty-three years, they worked as a public-school teacher. JD holds a BS in Environmental Studies from Cornell University, a bilingual multicultural teaching certificate from UC Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Language and Literacy and Sociocultural Studies from the University of New Mexico.
- Linda Kittle
Uprooting the Conditions for Suffering: Building Anti-Racist Communities series with JD Doyle
This 6-month course is for the white community to explore how conditioning shapes us individually, collectively, and systemically, which contributes to and perpetuates racism and white supremacy culture. This course will be rooted in the Dhamma and we will gain insight into how conditioning and fabrications of self and other cause individual and collective suffering. As white practitioners, we will explore the legacies of the impact of implicit and explicit racism towards those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Using the Buddhist teachings, together we will work to uproot the delusions of separation, and to nurture practices that foster liberation for all beings.
Over the course of 6 months, we will develop supportive learning communities where we will engage in deep conversations, reflective inquiry, and meditations, to explore our racial conditioning as white people. We will increase our awareness of how our conditioning contributes to systems and habits that perpetuate injustice. Together, we will turn toward the complex and challenging experiences of racial injustice as we utilize our practice to uproot suffering, both internally and externally. Through this practice, we will learn to increase our stamina for sustained wise action.
Six large group classes, one per month on a Saturday for 3 hours from 2:00 – 5:00.
Class Dates are on the following Saturdays:
January 23, February 6, March 6, April 10, May 15, and June 12, 2021
All meetings will be offered via Zoom.
Five Support/Study Group meetings will occur, one between each large group class. Support/Study groups last about 1 ½ to 2 hours and consist of 3-4 people. The purpose of these smaller groups is to provide opportunities for further discussion of the themes covered, in order to deepen learning and integrate understanding into one’s daily life. The dates and times of the Support/Study group meetings will be determined based on the day and time preference of participants and announced prior to the first class.
In order to create a racial affinity group of engaged practitioners, we ask that participants identify as white, are connected to ISC or another meditation center, attend all 6 sessions of the course, complete about one hour of homework between sessions, and participate in their monthly support/study group, and maintain a daily meditation practice of at least 20 minutes. Please review the details of the requirements in the registration form.
Preregistration is required for this course. The course participant limit has been reached however you can still register to be placed on a waiting-list here with JD Doyle.
DANA: This is a Dana-based program. For over 2,500 years, the Buddhist teachings have been offered on the principle of dāna. Dāna is a word in the ancient Pāļi language that means generous giving. The teachers of this program have chosen to continue the ancient tradition of offering the Dharma on a dāna basis and receive no payment or compensation for this offering. You are invited to offer dāna as part of this course.
Online Meeting ID: 849 0996 4119
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