IMC Calendar

Wed, 10/22 07:30 - 09:00 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

Thu, 10/23 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

Thu, 10/23 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Matthew Brensilver

Sitting with Matthew Brensilver

Sat, 10/25 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat with Terry Lesser

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat with Terry Lesser
In this retreat we will develop a continuity of awareness in movement and in stillness. We will integrate guided, silent, and moving meditation (yoga) as we cultivate mindfulness of the body, feelings, and mental processes. 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

Sun, 10/26 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with Ines Freedman

Sunday Morning Sit with Ines Freedman

  • 8:30 – 9:10 am Sitting
  • 9:10 – 9:25 am Walking
  • 9:25 – 10:00 am Sitting
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma talk

Sun, 10/26 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Vegetarian Potluck

Vegetarian Potluck
Vegetarian Potluck Brunch Last Sunday each month at 11am. All are welcome.

Sun, 10/26 05:15 - 07:15 PM
Dharma Bodhis Middle School Program (6th - 8th Grades)

Dharma Bodhis Middle School Program (6th - 8th Grades)
(Sixth graders have the option of attending Dharma Rocks and/or Dharma Bodhis) Led by Hilary Borison. A time to explore how the dharma can support challenges and opportunities pertinent to middle schoolers through small and large group discussions, mindfulness practice, creative activities, interactive games, pizza dinner, and opportunities for community service. No registration required, however, RSVPs are encouraged for dinner plans. Please contact Hilary Borison at hborison@sbcglobal.net or 650-575-2052 for more information or to RSVP.

Mon, 10/27 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Establishing a Practice Group

Establishing a Practice Group
Establishing a Practice Group with Chris Clifford 7:30pm - 9:00pm Registration required A four week support group focused on establishing a regular meditation practice. Participants will have a chance to have a personal meeting with Chris to discuss their meditation practice. The group is limited to 10 people who can commit to attending all four sessions. Mondays 7:30 to 9pm, October 6, 13, 20, 27. Prerequisite: having completed IMC’s Introduction to Meditation Series. New Location: at the new IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D. Mondays 7:30 to 9pm, October 6, 13, 20, 27 at the new IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D. Click here to apply. If the group is already full, the form will tell you it is no longer accepting submissions.

Mon, 10/27 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting and Talk with Gil Fronsdal

Sitting and Talk with Gil Fronsdal
A 45-minute sitting is followed by a 45-minute dharma talk.

Tue, 10/28 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Andrea Fella

Sitting with Andrea Fella

Tue, 10/28 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.

Tue, 10/28 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

Dharma en Español
Meditación y pláticas de Dharma en español. Andrea Castillo's biography

Wed, 10/29 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

  • 9:30 – 10:15 am Sitting
  • 10:15 – 11:00 am Walking
  • 11:00 – 11:45 am Sitting
  • 11:45 – 12:00 pm Dharmette (Brief talk)
  • 12:00 – 12:15 pm Temple cleaning

Wed, 10/29 07:30 - 09:00 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

Thu, 10/30 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

Thu, 10/30 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Andrea Fella

Sitting with Andrea Fella

Fri, 10/31 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, 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.

Sun, 11/02 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal

Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal

  • 8:30 – 9:10 am Sitting
  • 9:10 – 9:25 am Walking
  • 9:25 – 10:00 am Sitting
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma talk

Sun, 11/02 09:20 - 10:50 AM
Dharma Rocks (3rd to 5th grades)

Dharma Rocks (3rd to 5th grades)
Led by Liz Powell. First Sunday of each month 9:20- 10:50 am at IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave., Suite D. Parents alternate between assisting and being free to attend IMC Sunday morning sitting and dharma talk. Children participate in brief meditations and mindfulness games and crafts. RSVP to Liz at eapowell@aol.com if you plan to attend.

Sun, 11/02 11:00 - 11:15 AM
Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Sun, 11/02 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Dharma Sprouts (K-2nd Grade and their parents)

Dharma Sprouts (K-2nd Grade and their parents)
Led by Liz Powell and Carla Rayacich. First Sunday of each month, 11:15am to noon. Meditation and mindfulness practice through stories, songs, art, movement, and games. Parents/caregivers participate with their children. Contact Liz at eapowell@aol.com if you plan to attend, giving first names of each participant.

Sun, 11/02 05:00 - 06:30 PM
Mindful Teens (Highschool)

Mindful Teens (Highschool)
A safe and fun space where teens can learn to apply the practices and principles of mindfulness to support their self-discovery, empowerment, and fulfillment. It is also intended to be a trusting environment where teens can discuss among themselves and adult facilitators, issues that are important in their lives. Please RSVP for purposes of food headcount to Aaron at Imc.MindfulTeens@gmail.com

Sun, 11/02 07:30 - 09:00 PM
At Home in the World: Dharma Evenings for people in their 20's and 30's with Matthew Brensilver

At Home in the World: Dharma Evenings for people in their 20's and 30's with Matthew Brensilver
We are entering the world, ready or not—meeting the challenges of school and work, relationships and intimacy, and finding meaning and purpose as independent adults. The perfect place to practice is right here where we are.This will be an open and ongoing group, meeting monthly, and addressing themes relevant to the lives of twentysomethings and thirtysomethings who want to grow a dharma practice that will be a refuge and inspiration as we make our way through the many worlds we inhabit. Matthew Brensilver's biography

Mon, 11/03 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting and Talk with Gil Fronsdal

Sitting and Talk with Gil Fronsdal
A 45-minute sitting is followed by a 45-minute dharma talk.

Tue, 11/04 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Andrea Fella

Sitting with Andrea Fella

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.

Tue, 11/04 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

Dharma en Español
Meditación y pláticas de Dharma en español. Andrea Castillo's biography

Wed, 11/05 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

  • 9:30 – 10:15 am Sitting
  • 10:15 – 11:00 am Walking
  • 11:00 – 11:45 am Sitting
  • 11:45 – 12:00 pm Dharmette (Brief talk)
  • 12:00 – 12:15 pm Temple cleaning

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

Thu, 11/06 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Andrea Fella

Sitting with Andrea Fella

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 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal

Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal

  • 8:30 – 9:10 am Sitting
  • 9:10 – 9:25 am Walking
  • 9:25 – 10:00 am Sitting
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma talk

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.

Sun, 11/09 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Community Tea

Sunday Community Tea

Sun, 11/09 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Buddhism and Twelve Step Support Group with Jennifer Lemas

Buddhism and Twelve Step Support Group with Jennifer Lemas
Group discussion and study exploring the 12-step program and the teachings of the Buddha. At each meeting we will focus on a particular discourse from the early Buddhist scriptures which contain teachings and stories connected to each of the 12 steps. Includes a 30-minute meditation, short talk and open discussion on the Buddha's teachings selected for the evening. Everyone welcome. Facilitated by Jennifer Lemas, jennlemas@comast.net.

Mon, 11/10 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting and Talk with Gil Fronsdal

Sitting and Talk with Gil Fronsdal
A 45-minute sitting is followed by a 45-minute dharma talk.

Tue, 11/11 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Andrea Fella

Sitting with Andrea Fella

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.

Tue, 11/11 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

Dharma en Español
Meditación y pláticas de Dharma en español. Andrea Castillo's biography

Wed, 11/12 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

  • 9:30 – 10:15 am Sitting
  • 10:15 – 11:00 am Walking
  • 11:00 – 11:45 am Sitting
  • 11:45 – 12:00 pm Dharmette (Brief talk)
  • 12:00 – 12:15 pm Temple cleaning

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 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Women's Circle of Mindfulness

Women's Circle of Mindfulness
A gathering for women who wish to deepen practice by exploring together how to bring principles of mindfulness into our daily lives. The circle will meet on the second Thursday of each month.  You're welcome to bring lunch or have tea until 1pm. Facilitated by Alicia McLucas, mclucasalicia@gmail.com, and Hilary Borison, hborison@sbcglobal.net.

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

Thu, 11/13 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Carla Brennan

Sitting with Carla Brennan

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 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal

Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal

  • 8:30 – 9:10 am Sitting
  • 9:10 – 9:25 am Walking
  • 9:25 – 10:00 am Sitting
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma talk

Sun, 11/16 11:00 - 11:15 AM
Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

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

Sun, 11/16 05:00 - 06:30 PM
Mindful Teens (High School)

Mindful Teens (High School)
A safe and fun space where teens can learn to apply the practices and principles of mindfulness to support their self-discovery, empowerment, and fulfillment. It is also intended to be a trusting environment where teens can discuss among themselves and adult facilitators, issues that are important in their lives. Please RSVP for purposes of food headcount to Aaron at Imc.MindfulTeens@gmail.com

Sun, 11/16 07:30 - 09:00 PM
At Home in the World: Dharma Evenings for people in their 20's and 30's with Max Erdstein

At Home in the World: Dharma Evenings for people in their 20's and 30's with Max Erdstein
We are entering the world, ready or not—meeting the challenges of school and work, relationships and intimacy, and finding meaning and purpose as independent adults. The perfect place to practice is right here where we are.This will be an open and ongoing group, meeting monthly, and addressing themes relevant to the lives of twentysomethings and thirtysomethings who want to grow a dharma practice that will be a refuge and inspiration as we make our way through the many worlds we inhabit. Max Erdstein's biography

Mon, 11/17 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting and Talk with tbd

Sitting and Talk with tbd
A 45-minute sitting is followed by a 45-minute dharma talk. Wes Nisker's biography

Tue, 11/18 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Andrea Castillo

Sitting with Andrea Castillo

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.

Tue, 11/18 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

Dharma en Español
Meditación y pláticas de Dharma en español. Andrea Castillo's biography

Wed, 11/19 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Rebecca Dixon

Half-day Retreat with Rebecca Dixon

  • 9:30 – 10:15 am Sitting
  • 10:15 – 11:00 am Walking
  • 11:00 – 11:45 am Sitting
  • 11:45 – 12:00 pm Dharmette (Brief talk)
  • 12:00 – 12:15 pm Temple cleaning

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.