Policy for Literature Table (Non-IMC materials)

The Literature Table for non-IMC events is to the left of the Mahapajapati statue in the Social Hall. This area is monitored by an IMC volunteer who has discretion as to the content and arrangement of the material. We ask that everyone who displays literature in this area to keep in mind the following underlying guidelines:

Our intention is for IMC to be a refuge and a place of peace. Therefore, all material, especially political or otherwise opinioned material, requires thoughtfulness regarding whether it is appropriate to be displayed at IMC.

Part of being a peaceful place is to be visually spacious and free of clutter. Toward this end, we do not post things on the walls, or on the upper counter with the statue of Mahapajapati and we keep the flat literature neatly arranged.


How to display:

All flyers must be brought by hand, not mailed to us. (A few particular exceptions are made for more distant Bay Area sanghas).

All flyers for one-time events should be dated in the upper right corner and will be left out for one month. The volunteer responsible for flyers can add the date by hand if one is not included.

What is acceptable:

Announcements should be related to Buddhism or meditation and for events that are local (except for retreats).

One-time, dana-based events are allowed from sangha members (such as retreats, workshops, study-groups, etc.).

Ongoing announcements are allowed from other local and recognized sanghas (e.g., San Jose Insight, Insight Meditation South Bay, Insight Santa Cruz, Coastside Vipassana).

What is NOT acceptable:

No commercial advertising of any kind, such as yoga classes with a fee, psychological services, business events, etc.

No politically divisive, aggressive, or hostile material. We want IMC to be a refuge and a place of peace. Therefore, political material requires thoughtfulness and sensitivity. Some of the material displayed in the past falls under Engaged Buddhism and may be appropriate, but some has been divisive. Please display flyers with respect for the many differing opinions within our community.