Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni

in residence at Karuna Buddhist Vihara (Compassion Monastery), spent five years as an anagarika (eight-precept nun), then ordained as a samaneri (ten-precept nun) in 2010 and as a bhikkhuni (311 rules) in 2012 at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles. She has trained in large and small communities of nuns, including Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries of the Ajahn Chah tradition in England. She began traveling in Asia in 1999, staying in different monasteries and learning from master teachers, particularly in Thailand. It was these experiences, along with her many visits to monasteries in the West, especially Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, California that caused her faith to develop to the point of choosing to live and practice as a Theravadan nun.

She has deep respect for and has learned greatly from the teachings of Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ajahn Pasanno, and her son Ajahn Guna, during his fourteen years in monastic life. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Buddhist Global Relief.

Vicky

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​Jason

Jason Murphy- Pedulla MA,


has been practicing Vipassana (insight) meditation since 1994. He is a teacher and therapist who has been working with youth, families and adults for over 20 years. Jason has taught mindful awareness in a variety of settings throughout the United States and leads weekly groups in Santa Cruz and San Jose.
Jason has studied and trained with several prominent teachers in the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah. Some of them are Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Passano and Amaro Bhikkhu Other teachers and mentors have been, Gil Fronsdal, John Travis, Sylvia Boornstein and Jack Kornfield. 

Jason has sat long-term residential retreats in the U.S as well as in Asia.
Jason is empowered to teach by the Spirit Rock teachers counsel. He received his training with Noah Levine MA. author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, Mary Grace Orr Spirit Rock teacher and Bob Stahl, Ph.D., Guiding Teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and author Living with your heart wide open.
          


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San Jose


Thursday nights

7:00~8:30pm

Guided Meditation, Q&A, Dharma talk & Discussion


At the Friends Meeting House:   

1041 Morse St, San Jose
Mindfully park in the lot across the street

Santa Cruz


Sundays 

6:00pm 7:30pm


Guided Meditation, Q&A, Dharma talk & Discussion



Insight Santa Cruz

1010 Fair Ave. Santa Cruz, Ca 95060


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Vicky Mattson


has been practicing Vipassana (Insight) meditation for over 15 years. She has completed the Insight Santa Cruz Teacher Training program with Bob Stahl and is trained as a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction teacher. Drawing from her experiences in family life, the corporate world and on the bumpy road of life, Vicky teaches in workplaces, Buddhist communities, health clinics and prison.