IMC Calendar

Sat, 11/01 01:00 - 04:00 PM
Teens Retreat

Teens Retreat
Within Buddhism, meditation is one element of an integrated approach to living a wise and stress-free life. This retreat will include instruction and practice of meditation, and an introduction to the Four Noble Truths, the heart of Buddhist teachings. The Four Noble Truths point to a happiness and peace not tied to our experiences in life. Discovering this happiness brings balance through all the changes life can bring. There will be time for peer discussion and exploration of the topic of the day. All teens are welcome.

Tue, 11/04 02:00 - 04:00 PM
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block

Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
Tuesdays, October 7 to December 2 This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Registration required More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Contemplative Caregiver Course at SF Zen Center.

Wed, 11/05 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Beginners Practice Group

Beginners Practice Group
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26, 7:30 to 9pm. For beginners who have taken an introductory mindfulness meditation class and would like to take the next step in building and supporting their practice. This is a 4-week series on developing mindfulness practice with a 20-minute meditation, review of basic instruction and introduction to further teachings that support mindfulness practice. Led by Chris Clifford and others.

Thu, 11/06 06:30 - 08:30 PM
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex

Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com

Fri, 11/07 07:30 - 09:00 PM
A Ceremony of Love & Remembrance with Maria Straatmann

A Ceremony of Love & Remembrance with Maria Straatmann
Anyone who has lost a family member, friend or other dear person over the last year is welcome to join us for a chance to remember and honor those who have died but who enriched our lives and community. With the practices of mindfulness and compassion, we will have a period of silent sitting and rituals of remembrance, bereavement, and farewell. Bring pictures or mementos for our altar of persons you wish to honor/remember. If you cannot attend, you are welcome to send Maria the name of the person you would like included in our remembrance. Contact mariaspirit@gmail.com. Maria serves on IMC's chaplaincy council. Maria Straatmann's biography

Sat, 11/08 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal

Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal
Practicing mindfulness meditation on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. This is a daylong retreat with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction in mindfulness practice, and a Dharma talk. It is recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring lunch.  Gil Fronsdal's biography

Sun, 11/09 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IMC Community Meeting

IMC Community Meeting
Everyone is welcome to participate in a community meeting with Gil where he will discuss developments at IMC, and answer questions.

Tue, 11/11 02:00 - 04:00 PM
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block

Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
Tuesdays, October 7 to December 2 This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Registration required More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Contemplative Caregiver Course at SF Zen Center.

Wed, 11/12 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Beginners Practice Group

Beginners Practice Group
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26, 7:30 to 9pm. For beginners who have taken an introductory mindfulness meditation class and would like to take the next step in building and supporting their practice. This is a 4-week series on developing mindfulness practice with a 20-minute meditation, review of basic instruction and introduction to further teachings that support mindfulness practice. Led by Chris Clifford and others.

Thu, 11/13 06:30 - 08:30 PM
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex

Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com

Fri, 11/14 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
IMC Volunteer Appreciation Retreat

IMC Volunteer Appreciation Retreat
In gratitude to all the volunteers who have so generously offered time and talents to serve IMC now and in the past, we invite you to gather for a Volunteer Retreat and lunch with Gil on Friday, November 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The retreat will include meditation, teaching, discussion, and a joyful celebration of the community we are creating together. You are welcome to come for all or part of the day. Please RSVP for lunch to Hilary at imc.volunteerdirector@gmail.com.

Fri, 11/14 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Mindful Parents Series

Mindful Parents Series
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents as well as guest speakers who are local dharma leaders and parents.

Sun, 11/16 01:00 - 03:30 PM
Eightfold Path Program - Right Intention

Eightfold Path Program - Right Intention
9-MONTH EIGHTFOLD PATH PROGRAM TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD AND SENIOR IMC STUDENTS. The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors so participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful. Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent. The program has the following elements: 1. 2-1/2 hour monthly meetings that include teachings, meditation, and discussions. 2. Readings, reflections and practices for each month. 3. A monthly one-hour personal meeting with an Eightfold Path mentor to discuss one’s practice and reflections on the Eightfold Path factors. 4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley on June 20, 2015. DATES AT IMC: (Optional: Introduction to the 9-Month Eightfold Path Program, Saturday September 13, 9am to 12:30pm) Introduction and Right View — Sunday, October 19, 1 to 3:30pm Right Intention – Sunday, November 16, 1 to 3:30pm Right Speech – Sunday, December 7, 1 to 3:30pm Right Action – Saturday, January 10, 10am to 12:30pm Right Livelihood – Sunday, February 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Effort – Sunday, March 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Mindfulness – Sunday, April 12, 1 to 3:30pm Right Concentration – Sunday, May 10, 1 to 3:30pm To apply, fill out an application found under the Eightfold Path Mentoring notice on the Special Events page of IMC’s website

Tue, 11/18 02:00 - 04:00 PM
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block

Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
Tuesdays, October 7 to December 2 This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Registration required More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Contemplative Caregiver Course at SF Zen Center.

Wed, 11/19 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Beginners Practice Group

Beginners Practice Group
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26, 7:30 to 9pm. For beginners who have taken an introductory mindfulness meditation class and would like to take the next step in building and supporting their practice. This is a 4-week series on developing mindfulness practice with a 20-minute meditation, review of basic instruction and introduction to further teachings that support mindfulness practice. Led by Chris Clifford and others.

Thu, 11/20 06:30 - 08:30 PM
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex

Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com

Tue, 11/25 02:00 - 04:00 PM
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block

Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
Tuesdays, October 7 to December 2 This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Registration required More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Contemplative Caregiver Course at SF Zen Center.

Wed, 11/26 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Beginners Practice Group

Beginners Practice Group
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26, 7:30 to 9pm. For beginners who have taken an introductory mindfulness meditation class and would like to take the next step in building and supporting their practice. This is a 4-week series on developing mindfulness practice with a 20-minute meditation, review of basic instruction and introduction to further teachings that support mindfulness practice. Led by Chris Clifford and others.

Tue, 12/02 02:00 - 04:00 PM
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block

Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
Tuesdays, October 7 to December 2 This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Registration required More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Contemplative Caregiver Course at SF Zen Center.

Thu, 12/04 06:30 - 08:30 PM
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex

Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com

Fri, 12/05 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Dharma Practice Day - Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love

Dharma Practice Day - Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love
Fridays, October 3, 31, December 5, January 16, February 27, March 27, and May 1, 9:30am to 3:30pm. The Brahmaviharas – Lovingkindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity – are four aspects of love at the heart of Buddhist practice. Each day will be devoted to teachings, guided meditation, and discussions on one of the of the Brahmaviharas.

Sat, 12/06 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Daylong with Gil Fronsdal

Daylong with Gil Fronsdal
Practicing mindfulness on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. The simplicity, silence and support of retreats contribute to letting go of many of the distractions that get in the way of clear seeing. Retreats also are a wonderful environment for developing a continuity of awareness for an extended period. This particular daylong retreat is meant for people who already understand the basic practice of mindfulness; no instruction will be given. The schedule consists of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. At the end of the day Gil gives a Dharma talk. Brief interviews to talk about the practice will be available with Gil. Previous experience is recommended. Bring Lunch. Gil Fronsdal's biography

Sun, 12/07 01:00 - 02:00 PM
Eightfold Path Program - Right Speech

Eightfold Path Program - Right Speech
9-MONTH EIGHTFOLD PATH PROGRAM TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD AND SENIOR IMC STUDENTS. The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors so participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful. Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent. The program has the following elements: 1. 2-1/2 hour monthly meetings that include teachings, meditation, and discussions. 2. Readings, reflections and practices for each month. 3. A monthly one-hour personal meeting with an Eightfold Path mentor to discuss one’s practice and reflections on the Eightfold Path factors. 4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley on June 20, 2015. DATES AT IMC: (Optional: Introduction to the 9-Month Eightfold Path Program, Saturday September 13, 9am to 12:30pm) Introduction and Right View — Sunday, October 19, 1 to 3:30pm Right Intention – Sunday, November 16, 1 to 3:30pm Right Speech – Sunday, December 7, 1 to 3:30pm Right Action – Saturday, January 10, 10am to 12:30pm Right Livelihood – Sunday, February 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Effort – Sunday, March 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Mindfulness – Sunday, April 12, 1 to 3:30pm Right Concentration – Sunday, May 10, 1 to 3:30pm To apply, fill out an application found under the Eightfold Path Mentoring notice on the Special Events page of IMC’s website

Thu, 12/11 06:30 - 08:30 PM
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex

Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com

Fri, 12/12 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Mindful Parents Series

Mindful Parents Series
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents as well as guest speakers who are local dharma leaders and parents.

Wed, 12/31 07:30 PM - 12:15 AM
New Year’s Eve Celebration

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Join us on New Year's Eve for an alternative celebration of the ending of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation; some time for reflection and sharing; refreshments; bring any holiday leftovers you wish to share; and end with chanting and ringing the bell 108 times. It's a tradition at IMC. Please come whenever you can and stay as long as you like. The only thing we ask is not to leave and return. A schedule will be posted at the door. See you then!


Sat, 01/03 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat with Terry Lesser

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat with Terry Lesser
Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat with Terry Lesser After the busyness and external focus that often accompanies the holidays, this mini-retreat offers a quiet and grounding place where we can slow down, deepen our meditation, connect with our bodies, and perhaps help clarify what is important for the coming year. Appropriate for beginners and experienced yogis and meditators - you don’t need to be flexible to do yoga; you only need to be as you are. Bring a large towel and a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise mats are available for your use. Terry Lesser's biography

Fri, 01/09 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Mindful Parents Series

Mindful Parents Series
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents as well as guest speakers who are local dharma leaders and parents.

Sat, 01/10 12:00 - 03:00 PM
Eightfold Path Program - Right Action

Eightfold Path Program - Right Action
9-MONTH EIGHTFOLD PATH PROGRAM TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD AND SENIOR IMC STUDENTS. The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors so participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful. Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent. The program has the following elements: 1. 2-1/2 hour monthly meetings that include teachings, meditation, and discussions. 2. Readings, reflections and practices for each month. 3. A monthly one-hour personal meeting with an Eightfold Path mentor to discuss one’s practice and reflections on the Eightfold Path factors. 4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley on June 20, 2015. DATES AT IMC: (Optional: Introduction to the 9-Month Eightfold Path Program, Saturday September 13, 9am to 12:30pm) Introduction and Right View — Sunday, October 19, 1 to 3:30pm Right Intention – Sunday, November 16, 1 to 3:30pm Right Speech – Sunday, December 7, 1 to 3:30pm Right Action – Saturday, January 10, 10am to 12:30pm Right Livelihood – Sunday, February 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Effort – Sunday, March 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Mindfulness – Sunday, April 12, 1 to 3:30pm Right Concentration – Sunday, May 10, 1 to 3:30pm To apply, fill out an application found under the Eightfold Path Mentoring notice on the Special Events page of IMC’s website

Wed, 01/14 07:30 - 08:30 PM
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 - 29 Insight Meditation or Vipassana, is a simple technique, beginning with focusing the attention on the breath. The practice concentrates and calms the mind. At the heart of Insight Meditation is the practice of Mindfulness, a practice of moment-to-moment observation which cultivates a clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness. While mindfulness practice can be highly effective in helping bring calm and clarity to the pressures of daily life, it is also a spiritual path that gradually dissolves the barriers to the full development of our wisdom and compassion. During this introductory course, the basic instructions in insight meditation will be given sequentially, starting with a focus on mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, of emotions, of thoughts, of mind and of the application of mindfulness in daily life and on retreats. No pre-registration necessary. Gil Fronsdal's biography

Fri, 01/16 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Dharma Practice Day - Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love

Dharma Practice Day - Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love
Fridays, October 3, 31, December 5, January 16, February 27, March 27, and May 1, 9:30am to 3:30pm. The Brahmaviharas – Lovingkindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity – are four aspects of love at the heart of Buddhist practice. Each day will be devoted to teachings, guided meditation, and discussions on one of the of the Brahmaviharas.

Wed, 01/21 07:30 - 08:30 PM
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 - 29 Insight Meditation or Vipassana, is a simple technique, beginning with focusing the attention on the breath. The practice concentrates and calms the mind. At the heart of Insight Meditation is the practice of Mindfulness, a practice of moment-to-moment observation which cultivates a clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness. While mindfulness practice can be highly effective in helping bring calm and clarity to the pressures of daily life, it is also a spiritual path that gradually dissolves the barriers to the full development of our wisdom and compassion. During this introductory course, the basic instructions in insight meditation will be given sequentially, starting with a focus on mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, of emotions, of thoughts, of mind and of the application of mindfulness in daily life and on retreats. No pre-registration necessary. Gil Fronsdal's biography

Sat, 01/24 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Metta Daylong Retreat with Nikki Mirghafori

Metta Daylong Retreat with Nikki Mirghafori

Wed, 01/28 07:30 - 08:30 PM
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 - 29 Insight Meditation or Vipassana, is a simple technique, beginning with focusing the attention on the breath. The practice concentrates and calms the mind. At the heart of Insight Meditation is the practice of Mindfulness, a practice of moment-to-moment observation which cultivates a clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness. While mindfulness practice can be highly effective in helping bring calm and clarity to the pressures of daily life, it is also a spiritual path that gradually dissolves the barriers to the full development of our wisdom and compassion. During this introductory course, the basic instructions in insight meditation will be given sequentially, starting with a focus on mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, of emotions, of thoughts, of mind and of the application of mindfulness in daily life and on retreats. No pre-registration necessary. Gil Fronsdal's biography

Sat, 01/31 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Sati Center Daylong with Kim Allen

Sati Center Daylong with Kim Allen

Wed, 02/04 07:30 - 08:30 PM
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 - 29 Insight Meditation or Vipassana, is a simple technique, beginning with focusing the attention on the breath. The practice concentrates and calms the mind. At the heart of Insight Meditation is the practice of Mindfulness, a practice of moment-to-moment observation which cultivates a clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness. While mindfulness practice can be highly effective in helping bring calm and clarity to the pressures of daily life, it is also a spiritual path that gradually dissolves the barriers to the full development of our wisdom and compassion. During this introductory course, the basic instructions in insight meditation will be given sequentially, starting with a focus on mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, of emotions, of thoughts, of mind and of the application of mindfulness in daily life and on retreats. No pre-registration necessary. Gil Fronsdal's biography

Sun, 02/08 01:00 - 03:30 PM
Eightfold Path Program - Right Livelihood

Eightfold Path Program - Right Livelihood
9-MONTH EIGHTFOLD PATH PROGRAM TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD AND SENIOR IMC STUDENTS. The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors so participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful. Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent. The program has the following elements: 1. 2-1/2 hour monthly meetings that include teachings, meditation, and discussions. 2. Readings, reflections and practices for each month. 3. A monthly one-hour personal meeting with an Eightfold Path mentor to discuss one’s practice and reflections on the Eightfold Path factors. 4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley on June 20, 2015. DATES AT IMC: (Optional: Introduction to the 9-Month Eightfold Path Program, Saturday September 13, 9am to 12:30pm) Introduction and Right View — Sunday, October 19, 1 to 3:30pm Right Intention – Sunday, November 16, 1 to 3:30pm Right Speech – Sunday, December 7, 1 to 3:30pm Right Action – Saturday, January 10, 10am to 12:30pm Right Livelihood – Sunday, February 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Effort – Sunday, March 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Mindfulness – Sunday, April 12, 1 to 3:30pm Right Concentration – Sunday, May 10, 1 to 3:30pm To apply, fill out an application found under the Eightfold Path Mentoring notice on the Special Events page of IMC’s website

Mon, 02/09 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Dharma Mentoring Program

Dharma Mentoring Program

Wed, 02/11 07:30 - 08:30 PM
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 - 29 Insight Meditation or Vipassana, is a simple technique, beginning with focusing the attention on the breath. The practice concentrates and calms the mind. At the heart of Insight Meditation is the practice of Mindfulness, a practice of moment-to-moment observation which cultivates a clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness. While mindfulness practice can be highly effective in helping bring calm and clarity to the pressures of daily life, it is also a spiritual path that gradually dissolves the barriers to the full development of our wisdom and compassion. During this introductory course, the basic instructions in insight meditation will be given sequentially, starting with a focus on mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, of emotions, of thoughts, of mind and of the application of mindfulness in daily life and on retreats. No pre-registration necessary. Gil Fronsdal's biography

Fri, 02/13 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Mindful Parents Series

Mindful Parents Series
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents as well as guest speakers who are local dharma leaders and parents.

Sat, 02/14 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Daylong with Ines Freedman

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Daylong with Ines Freedman
A daylong retreat introducing the basic practice of mindfulness. There will be direction of mindfulness of the breath, body, emotions, thoughts, walking and eating. There will be time for sitting meditation, walking meditation and discussion. Suitable for both beginners and those wanting to review the basics of practice. Ines Freedman's biography

Sat, 02/21 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Rita Gross Sati Center event

Rita Gross Sati Center event

Fri, 02/27 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Dharma Practice Day - Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love

Dharma Practice Day - Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love
Fridays, October 3, 31, December 5, January 16, February 27, March 27, and May 1, 9:30am to 3:30pm. The Brahmaviharas – Lovingkindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity – are four aspects of love at the heart of Buddhist practice. Each day will be devoted to teachings, guided meditation, and discussions on one of the of the Brahmaviharas.

Sat, 02/28 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Spanish Speaking Daylong Meditation Retreat

Spanish Speaking Daylong Meditation Retreat

Sun, 03/01 01:00 - 04:30 PM
Steve Armstrong -Sati Center class

Steve Armstrong -Sati Center class

Sat, 03/07 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Sun, 03/08 01:00 - 03:30 PM
Eightfold Path Program - Right Effort

Eightfold Path Program - Right Effort
9-MONTH EIGHTFOLD PATH PROGRAM TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD AND SENIOR IMC STUDENTS. The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors so participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful. Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent. The program has the following elements: 1. 2-1/2 hour monthly meetings that include teachings, meditation, and discussions. 2. Readings, reflections and practices for each month. 3. A monthly one-hour personal meeting with an Eightfold Path mentor to discuss one’s practice and reflections on the Eightfold Path factors. 4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley on June 20, 2015. DATES AT IMC: (Optional: Introduction to the 9-Month Eightfold Path Program, Saturday September 13, 9am to 12:30pm) Introduction and Right View — Sunday, October 19, 1 to 3:30pm Right Intention – Sunday, November 16, 1 to 3:30pm Right Speech – Sunday, December 7, 1 to 3:30pm Right Action – Saturday, January 10, 10am to 12:30pm Right Livelihood – Sunday, February 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Effort – Sunday, March 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Mindfulness – Sunday, April 12, 1 to 3:30pm Right Concentration – Sunday, May 10, 1 to 3:30pm To apply, fill out an application found under the Eightfold Path Mentoring notice on the Special Events page of IMC’s website

Fri, 03/13 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Mindful Parents Series

Mindful Parents Series
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents as well as guest speakers who are local dharma leaders and parents.

Sat, 03/14 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Life of the Buddha - Sati Center Daylong with Diana Clark

Life of the Buddha - Sati Center Daylong with Diana Clark

Fri, 03/27 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Dharma Practice Day - Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love

Dharma Practice Day - Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love
Fridays, October 3, 31, December 5, January 16, February 27, March 27, and May 1, 9:30am to 3:30pm. The Brahmaviharas – Lovingkindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity – are four aspects of love at the heart of Buddhist practice. Each day will be devoted to teachings, guided meditation, and discussions on one of the of the Brahmaviharas.

Sun, 04/05 01:00 - 03:30 PM
Eightfold Path Program - Right Mindfulness

Eightfold Path Program - Right Mindfulness
9-MONTH EIGHTFOLD PATH PROGRAM TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD AND SENIOR IMC STUDENTS. The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors so participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful. Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent. The program has the following elements: 1. 2-1/2 hour monthly meetings that include teachings, meditation, and discussions. 2. Readings, reflections and practices for each month. 3. A monthly one-hour personal meeting with an Eightfold Path mentor to discuss one’s practice and reflections on the Eightfold Path factors. 4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley on June 20, 2015. DATES AT IMC: (Optional: Introduction to the 9-Month Eightfold Path Program, Saturday September 13, 9am to 12:30pm) Introduction and Right View — Sunday, October 19, 1 to 3:30pm Right Intention – Sunday, November 16, 1 to 3:30pm Right Speech – Sunday, December 7, 1 to 3:30pm Right Action – Saturday, January 10, 10am to 12:30pm Right Livelihood – Sunday, February 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Effort – Sunday, March 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Mindfulness – Sunday, April 5, 1 to 3:30pm Right Concentration – Sunday, May 10, 1 to 3:30pm To apply, fill out an application found under the Eightfold Path Mentoring notice on the Special Events page of IMC’s website

Fri, 04/10 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Mindful Parents Series

Mindful Parents Series
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents as well as guest speakers who are local dharma leaders and parents.

Sat, 04/11 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal
Practicing mindfulness meditation on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. This is a daylong retreat with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction in mindfulness practice, and a Dharma talk. It is recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring lunch.  Gil Fronsdal's biography

Sun, 04/12 01:30 - 05:00 PM
Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella

Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella
DAILY LIFE PRACTICE RETREAT WITH ANDREA FELLA Sunday, April 5 to Saturday, April 11. Integrating practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. We will integrate formal practice and Dharma discussion with our daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice and discussion. We begin with a half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, and end with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week we will meet each morning and evening to inspire, encourage and support our daily life practice. If you would like to attend the retreat during the week, please attend the Sunday session. The Sunday and Saturday sessions are open to all; the Monday and Thursday evening programs are also open to all as usual -- the retreat will integrate with these evening programs. • Sunday 8/3, 1:30 to 5:00 pm • Monday-Friday 8/4 - 8/8, mornings: 7:30 to 9am • Monday-Friday 84 - 8/8, evenings: 7:30 to 9pm • Saturday 8/9: 9:30am to 4:30pm, Daylong Retreat

Mon, 04/13 07:30 - 09:00 AM
Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella

Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella
Integrating practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. We will integrate formal practice and Dharma discussion with our daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice and discussion. We begin with a half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, and end with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week we will meet each morning and evening to inspire, encourage and support our daily life practice. If you would like to attend the retreat during the week, please attend the Sunday session. The Sunday and Saturday sessions are open to all; the Monday and Thursday evening programs are also open to all as usual -- the retreat will integrate with these evening programs.

Tue, 04/14 07:30 - 09:00 AM
Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella

Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella
Integrating practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. We will integrate formal practice and Dharma discussion with our daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice and discussion. We begin with a half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, and end with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week we will meet each morning and evening to inspire, encourage and support our daily life practice. If you would like to attend the retreat during the week, please attend the Sunday session. The Sunday and Saturday sessions are open to all; the Monday and Thursday evening programs are also open to all as usual -- the retreat will integrate with these evening programs.

Wed, 04/15 07:30 - 09:00 AM
Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella

Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella
Integrating practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. We will integrate formal practice and Dharma discussion with our daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice and discussion. We begin with a half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, and end with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week we will meet each morning and evening to inspire, encourage and support our daily life practice. If you would like to attend the retreat during the week, please attend the Sunday session. The Sunday and Saturday sessions are open to all; the Monday and Thursday evening programs are also open to all as usual -- the retreat will integrate with these evening programs.

Thu, 04/16 07:30 - 09:00 AM
Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella

Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella
Integrating practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. We will integrate formal practice and Dharma discussion with our daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice and discussion. We begin with a half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, and end with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week we will meet each morning and evening to inspire, encourage and support our daily life practice. If you would like to attend the retreat during the week, please attend the Sunday session. The Sunday and Saturday sessions are open to all; the Monday and Thursday evening programs are also open to all as usual -- the retreat will integrate with these evening programs.

Fri, 04/17 07:30 - 09:00 AM
Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella

Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella
Integrating practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. We will integrate formal practice and Dharma discussion with our daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice and discussion. We begin with a half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, and end with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week we will meet each morning and evening to inspire, encourage and support our daily life practice. If you would like to attend the retreat during the week, please attend the Sunday session. The Sunday and Saturday sessions are open to all; the Monday and Thursday evening programs are also open to all as usual -- the retreat will integrate with these evening programs.

Sat, 04/18 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Mindfulness of Mind Daylong with Andrea Fella

Mindfulness of Mind Daylong with Andrea Fella
Taught in the style of U Tejaniya. Practicing mindfulness on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. The simplicity, silence and support of retreats contribute to letting go of many of the distractions that get in the way of clear seeing. Retreats also are a wonderful environment for developing a continuity of awareness for an extended period. During this daylong retreat we will explore a relaxed open awareness with an emphasis on exploring qualities of mind, and the attitude towards one's experience. Such an open awareness practice supports both the formal meditation of sitting and walking, as well as awareness of our normal daily activities. The schedule for the retreat will alternate periods of sitting and walking with instructions and discussion. Aside from the instruction and discussion periods, the day will be primarily in silence. It is recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Andrea Fella has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and began teaching meditation in 2003. She is particularly drawn to intensive retreat practice, and has done a number of long retreats, both in the U.S. and Burma. During one long practice period in Burma, she ordained as a nun with Sayadaw U Janeka. Andrea teaches residential retreats for IMC, and at other centers around the country. Andrea Fella's Biography