DUE TO COVID-19, we are closing our brick and mortar location.
Please watch our calendar for online events..
October & November 2020
This course combines neuroscience, Western & Buddhist psychology and meditation with an emphasis on the the step-by-step contemplative exercises that anyone can learn in order to further develop empathy and compassion for oneself and others.
All classes held via Zoom due to Covid-19
CBCT® Thursday 8-Week Series $250
Thursdays 6:30-8:30 PST
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19
CBCT® Weekend Intensive $250
Friday Oct 9 from 12 noon to 5:30pm PST
Saturday Oct 10 from 9am to 5:30pm PST
Sunday Oct 11 from 9am to 5:30pm PST
Visit https://www.santacruzcompassion.com/classes for more information and to register.
Social Justice Training
October 2020 via Zoom
Unlearning White Privilege
with Lisa DuPont, M.S.( Gyalten Chime )
This Class is for white people and especially useful for white liberals involved in social change, although any white person interested in looking at White Privilege can attend.
The class combines contemplative compassion practices, self reflection exercises, group discussion and embodied emotional-sensory work.
Visit https://www.santacruzcompassion.com/classes for more information and to register.
GO FUND ME CHARITY!
We're on our way! Your help is greatly appreciated. We're HALF way to our goal of $5000!
Together we change ourselves, our community and our world for the better!
In these uncertain times, the Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz needs your help. We are requesting donations to help us to realize our goals and purposes -AND pay the rent. Small or large, once-only or monthly—every contribution counts and allows us to realize short-term or long-term visions.
The Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz is recognized as a non-exempt charitable non-profit organization.
In November, 2018, the Wisdom Center was honored to invite Valentin Lopez, Chairperson of the local Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, to speak of the tribe's history and efforts to protect and preserve Juristac, a sacred site of ceremonies for millennia in the Southern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Further information can be found at protectjuristac.org
Monday, June 22nd Center for World Networking presents Many Voices, One Song
Tuesday, March 10th Wisdom Center Film Series presents Searching for the Lotus-Born Master
Saturday, February 8th Year of the Rat: Chinese Astrology & Feng Shui Master Aelita Leto
Wednesday, February 5th Vajrakilaya: A Powerful Purification Practice with Drubpon Pema Rigdzin and The Vajrayana Foundation
Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19 Guru Rinpoche Pith Instruction with Lama Lena Yeshe Kaytup
Tuesdays, December 3, 10, January 14, 21 Engaged Buddhism & Social Justice with Venerable Gyalten Chime (Lisa DuPont)
Saturday, December 14 Emotional Balance in Turbulent Times A Day-long Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB)-based Training with Aaron Joseph, M.Ed.
Saturday, December 2 Bardo Club: Support and Preparation for Death & Dying
Sunday, November 10 Sarah, Taj, Akemi and Nathan present Mystic Tiger: Original Spiritual Soul Singing
Friday, November 8 Feng Shui: Aligning with Natural Flow with Feng Shui Master Aelita Leto
Wednesday, November 6 Vajrayana Foundation presents Honoring & Recalling Our Dead with Drubpon Pema Rigdzin
Monday, October 14 Center for World Networking presents an Interfaith Forum: Creative Exploration on the Approaches to Prayer
Saturday, October 12 Julie Rogers presents Transitional State Forum
Wednesday, October 2 Vajrayana Foundation presents Karma: Taking Responsibility for Your Own Happiness with Drubpon Pema Rigdzin
Friday-Sunday, September 27-29 Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok Rinpoche and the Odiyana Institute present Mantrathon for World Peace and Healing
Saturday, September 7 Lama Lena will give a teaching on Tilopa's 6 Words of Advice for Naropa.
Wednesday, September 4 Vajrayana Foundation presents Healing Chod Ceremony with Drubpon Pema Rigdzin.
Wednesday, August 21 Chamtrul Rinpoche will give a teaching on Meditation to Open the Heart
Saturday, August 17
Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche and the Vajrayana Foundation presents Living a Spiritual Life: Advice on How to Meditate
Friday, August 2
First Friday at the Wisdom Center with Artist Johnny Moses, Tulalip Native American Storytelling at 6, 7 & 8 pm
Wednesdays 6-8 pm Fully Alive, Pema Chödron Conversations with Denice Everham
Wednesday, June 5th Vajrayana Foundation presents Befriending Obstacles with Drupon Frederico Trancoso
Saturday, May 25th Khandro Norlha Wealth Sadhana and Medicine Ball Practice
Friday, May 24th Wisdom Center Film Series presents Travellers & Magicians
Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19 Soul Retreival & Long-Life Ceremony with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
Friday, May 10 Vajrayana Foundation presents Start Where You Are: finding your way on the spiritual path with Drupon Frederico Trancoso
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Teachings & Conversation with Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok Rinpoche, Odiyana Institute
Healing Chod Ceremony with Lama Rapjee Dronme Tsang
Friday, April 26, 2019
Wisdom Center Film Series and REELWORK Labor Film Festival present Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action
Friday, April 19, 2019 Sounds of Wisdom presents Sacred Sounds of the Crystal Healing Bowls with ValiAnna Divine´
Friday, April 12, 2019 Vajrayana Foundation invites you to attend Tibetan Healing Chod Ceremony with Frederico Trancoso
Saturday, April 6, 2019 Mahamudra in the Karma Kagyu Tradition with Lama Lena
Friday, March 22, 2019 Wisdom Center Film Series presents Damo Zu Shi: The Life of Bodhidharma 2019 Continuing Class
Wednesdays 6-8 pm Pema Chödron Conversations (video class) with Denice Everham
Saturday, March 9, 2019 Sounds of Wisdom Series Whis Stem Men Knee - Walking Medicine Robe with Johnny Moses, Tulalip Native American
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:30-8:00 pm Buddhahood without Meditation with Tulku Tadral Rinpoche Sponsored by the Vajrayana Foundation
Saturday, February 23, 2019 Sounds of Wisdom Series Traditional Music of Bhutan with Jane Hancock, President Music of Bhutan Research Centre
Friday, February 22, 2019 Wisdom Center Film Series: WISDOMKEEPERS, Paqo Andino
Saturday, February 5, 2019 Sounds of Wisdom Series LOSAR Celebration: Tibetan New Year with Geshe Dansong Namgyal
Friday, January 25, 2019 Wisdom Center Film Series: The Story of the Weeping Camel
Saturday-Sunday, Jan 19-20, 2019 Flight of the Garuda (part 2) with Lama Lena
Saturday, January 12, 2019 Sounds of Wisdom Series Healing Sounds of Crystal Bowls with ValliAnna Francis
NEW 6-WEEK CLASS Starts, January 9th, 2019 Wednesdays 2-4 pm Brain Fitness with Denice Everham
Saturday, December 22, 2018 Sounds of Wisdom Series India Music Hawaii Band with Laurie Kalli & Doug Brettin
Friday, December 21, 2018 Wisdom Center Film Series Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chögyam Trungpa
Saturday, December 8, 2018 Sounds of Wisdom Series: Songs of a Tibetan Yogi with David Molk
Friday, December 7, 2018 First Friday at the Wisdom Center Artists Rachel Van Dessel, Breige Walbridge, Pemo Tsultrim, Cellist Isaac Tayrien
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 The Practice of the View, Meditation, and Action with Lama Sonam Rinpoche and the Vajrayana Foundation
Friday, November 30, 2018 Wisdom Center Film Series: Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds
Friday, November 16, 2018 Healing with Tibetan Medicine with Frederico Trancoso and the Vajrayana Foundation
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 7pm Ancient Sources, Contemporary Voices | Sounds of Wisdom Series
Local Indigenous Wisdom: Protecting Sacred Lands Benefit for Project Juristac with Valentin Lopez
Friday, October 26, 2018 Wisdom Center Film Series: The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Friday-Sunday, October 19, 20 & 21, 2018 Dakini Heart Essence with Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7pm Ancient Sources, Contemporary Voices | Sounds of Wisdom Series
with Moses Yao: Spiritual Practice of West Ghana Creation of the Togodoo • Rhythm • Drumming • Storytelling
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Introduction to the Vajrayana Preliminary Practice: Ngondro with Vajrayana Foundation
Friday, September 28, 2018 Wisdom Center Film Series: Talking Story
Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2018 The Six Lamps with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 The Practice of the View, Meditation and Action with Lama Tsering Sonam Rinpoche
Friday, August 24, 2018 Wisdom Center Film Series: The Good Lie
Thursdays, starting August 16, 2018 NEW! Bright Spirit Kung Fu class with Greg Hanle
Saturday, August 11, 2018 Dream Yoga with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Introduction to Vajrayana Buddhism Vajrayana Foundation
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 The Dhamma Brothers Film on transformative meditation program in Alabama prison.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Wisdom & Skillful Means: A filmed teaching with Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
Friday, July 6, 2018 Dalai Lama Birthday Celebration with Geshe Namgyal Rinpoche
Friday, June 29, 2018 Wisdom Center Film Series: Pushing Hands First feature film by director Ang Lee
Saturday & Sunday, May 26 - 27, 2018 Lama Lena comes to teach on The Flight of the Garuda
Friday, May 25, 2018 Wisdom Center Film Series: The Horse Boy Amazing story of healing for autistic child and family
Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20, 2018 Retreat with Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok for a day of Nyung Nay and a day of Meditation
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Four Noble Truths with Geshe Namgyal
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Dharma Talk on Khandro Norhla with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche
Friday, April 27, 2018 The Cup Wisdom Center Film Series
Saturday, April 21, 2018 Earth Day with Geshe Namgyal and Kunsang Gar at San Lorenzo Park
April 14, 2018 Khandro Norhla Sahdana & Treasure Ball Rolling
April 7, 2018 The Changeless 12 Sentences Bon Dzogchen Root Text with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
April 2, 2018 Khandro Norlha: wealth and prosperity practice with empowerment with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche
Tuesday Evening Ordinary Life, Extraordinary Living; Northern Treasure teachings with Michael Burroughs
March 31, 2018 Heart of Recovery with Denice Everham
March 30, 2018 Wisdom Center Film Series Inaugural Night showing of Zen Noir
March 16-18, 2018 Transcending Madness with Bill Scheffel
Fri. Mar 16, 2018 Free Public Talk Wednesday Night Series Interested in Buddhism?
Discussions with Elaine Jackson of the Vajrapani Institute & Ven. Drimay of Land of Medicine Buddha
March 9, 2018 Pure Dzogchen Book Signing with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
March 5, 2018 Great Mother Transcendent Wisdom with Tulku Thadral Rinpoche
February 17-18, 2018 Death Yoga Teaching & Meditation for the Time of Death with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
February 16, 2018 LOSAR Tibetan New Year Sang (Smoke) Offering Ceremony
& Celebratory Pot Luck with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal of Kunsang Gar
February 9-10, 2018 How to Meditate While Thinking with Lama Lena (Yeshe Kaytup)
February 7, 2018 Medicine Buddha Teaching with Lama Sonam Rinpoche of the Vajrayana Foundation
January 19-20, 2018 Northern Treasures with Michael Burroughs
January 17, 2018 Medicine Buddha Empowerment with Lama Sonam Rinpoche of the Vajrayana Foundation
December 8-10, 2017 Transcending Madness with Bill Scheffel
December 6, 2017 Tibetan Buddhist Healing Techniques and Remedies with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche
November 10-12, 2017 7th Annual Mantra-thon for World Peace & Healing with Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok Rinpoche
November 5-6, 2017 Bon SOUL RETRIEVAL with Geshe Kunchap
November 1, 2017 The Wrathful Black Dakini Chod with Vajrayana Foundation
October 27, 2017 Wisdom Center Open House All our affiliates participating
October 14-15, 2017 MAHAMUDRA: Nature of Mind with Lama Dudjom Dorgee
October 8, 2017 Naga Healing Ceremony with Geshe Namgyal
October 2, 2017 Empowerment of the Dakini Heart Essence of Yeshe Tsogyal with Lama Sonam Tsering Rinpoche
September 22-23, 2017 Bodhisatva Vows & Chenrezig with Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok Rinpoche
September 16-17, 2017 Three Words that Strike to the Heart of the Esential Point with Lama Lena
September 9, 2017 12 LINKS OF DEPENDENT ORIGINATION with Geshe Namgyal