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The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Nikki Mirghafori (Week 1)

Four Thursday evenings:  Sept 12,19,26, Oct 3

The teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta, are considered the core practices that make up a direct path to realization.  This four week series explores these foundational practices, which comprise the contemplation of the body, feelings, mind, and mental phenomena.   We will explore both a conceptual discussion and understanding of the teachings, as well as experiential practice pointers on and off the cushion.  The series will also include reflections on the relevance of these essential teachings on how we relate to ourselves, each other, and the environment.

Nikki Mirghafori was introduced to contemplative practices and yoga in the early 1980’s, to meditation in 1991, and to Theravada Buddhism in 2003. She has studied jhanas and a detailed method of vipassana under the guidance of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, who instructed her to teach. Nikki has completed teacher training programs at Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research & Education, UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, and is currently part of Jack Kornfield’s Spirit Rock/IMS/IMC Teacher Training with Gil Fronsdal as her mentor. She holds a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley, works as a research scientist in academia, and lives in Fremont, CA.

Bringing Mindfulness to Children

April 20
9:30am – 4:00pm

Bringing Mindfulness to Children is a daylong for teachers, parents, therapists, and others interested in brining mindfulness- based practices to children. We will explore fun and easy mindfulness practices that can be shared with youth of all ages to help them develop embodied awareness, emotional intelligence, curiosity and focus, compassion and empathy, and trust in their own inner wisdom. Pre-registration is requested.  To register or get additional information contact Liz Powell at eapowell@aol.com

Taught by:
Carla Brooke has taught Mindfulness Education to children and adults throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Peninsula and Santa Cruz . While working as a teacher with Mindful Schools, she taught K-6th grades, teachers and caregivers. She incorporates mindfulness into her private tutoring practice along with teaching writing workshops for children. Carla was an intervention specialist with at-risk youth and has worked as Artist in Residence for Habitat for Humanity.

Kate Janke is the founder of The Heart-Mind Education Project, providing mindfulness based education programs and resources to students and the adults in their lives. She has taught mindfulness to approximately 1500 students in the Bay Area and has trained over 2000 educators, therapists, and parents nationally and internationally in mindful awareness techniques and philosophy. Kate was a former director for Mindful Schools and is currently part of the Spirit Rock/ IMS Teacher Training.

Daylong with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday December 10, 9am to 4:30pm

This is a daylong retreat with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation,  instruction in mindfulness practice, particularly in mindfulness of the body and a dharma talk. It is recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. No interviews.  Bring lunch.
Gil Fronsdal

Daylong with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday November 12, 8:30am to 5pm

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

Teen Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday November 5,  1-4pm

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 the 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. Contact Peter Brown, Menlo School.
Gil Fronsdal

Buddhism and the 12 Steps

Saturday September 10, 9:30am to 4pm

A daylong exploration of Buddhism and the 12 steps taught by Kevin Griffin and Jennifer Lemas.

Kevin Griffin’s biography
Jennifer Lemas’s biography

Mindfulness of Mind Daylong with Andrea Fella

Saturday August 27, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Taught in the style of U Tejaniya. The simplicity, silence and support of retreats contribute to letting go of many distractions that get in the way of clear seeing and for developing a continuity of awareness. We will explore relaxed open awareness with an emphasis on qualities of mind, and the attitude towards one’s experience. The retreat will alternate periods of sitting & walking with instructions and discussion. The day will be primarily in silence. Recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
Andrea Fella’s biography

Daylong: Not Clinging to Anything in the World-The Path and Fruit of the Buddha’s Teaching w/Will Kabat Zinn

Saturday August 6, 9:30am to 5pm

The Buddha taught that it is not the world itself that holds us in bondage, but our own misguided relationship to it.   In this daylong we will look closely at how we relate to our own experience and explore the possibility that liberation lies not in fundamentally altering ourselves or the world but in learning to meet all experience without clinging or aversion.  Suitable for all levels. Bring lunch.
Will Kabat-Zinn’s biography

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Ines Freedman

Saturday July 9, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Introducing the basic practice of mindfulness, with direction in mindfulness of the breath, body, emotions, thoughts, walking and eating. There will sitting and walking meditation and discussion. Suitable for both beginners and those wanting to review the basics of practice.  Bring lunch.
Ines Freedman’s biography

Eight Month Dharma Practice Program with Gil Fronsdal: The Brahma Viharas

Dharma Practice Series: Fridays, 9:30am – 3:30pm

2011

September 9 Metta(Lovingkindness)

October 7      Metta(Lovingkindness)

November 4 Karuna(Compassion)

December 2 Karuna(Compassion)

2012

January 6   Mudita(Appreciative Joy)

February 3 Mudita(Appreciative Joy)

March 2      Upekkha(Equanimity)

March 30    Upekkha(Equanimity)

Starting September 9th, IMC is offering a eight month program of practice and study of the four Brahma Viharas or Sublime Abidings.  These are Loving Kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Equanimity.  Each daylong session will include meditation, teachings, and discussion.  People are welcome to attend any or all of the Friday sessions.  Bring Lunch.
Gil Fronsdal’s biography


Cultivation and Blessings of the Brahma Viharas with Chris Clifford and Maria Straatmann

May 21, 9am to 4:30pm

The Brahma Viharas are four states of heart and mind that the Buddha encouraged us to develop: unconditional kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), appreciative joy (mudita) and equanimity (upekkha). Arising out of our practice, they are available to us in softening and awaking the heart. We will explore these qualities in a day of meditation, talks and guided meditations in specific practices. Bring lunch.

Maria Straatmann Biography/Talks

Chris Clifford Biography/Talks

Teen Meditation and Stress Relief Daylong

Sunday April 3, 1-5pm

Relax, let the stress and anxiety go…Spend a day with yourself and other great teens in a supportive and fun environment that welcomes you, just as you are! During this Teen Retreat you will learn to meditate, practice yoga, play games that build community and safety, and get to be who you are! This event is suitable for teens in high school. Beginners welcome, no previous meditation experience needed. Welcoming all levels of experience. Join teachers guest teachers Rebekkah LaDyne, Forest Fein, and IMC teen leaders Alicia McLucas, Trent Walker and Liz Powell. To pre-register, or to ask any questions about the event, contact Alicia McLucas email: mclucasalicia@gmail.com tel: 650.361.8800

Mindfulness, Generosity & Joy w/ Jim Podolske, Leslie Tremaine & Shin Kwan Park

Saturday June 11, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Generosity, the first of the ten foundational practices (Paramis), is the beginning of the path to liberation. This daylong will develop generosity and mindfulness and  will explore a range of meaning and application of generosity beyond that associated with monetary offering through periods of silent sitting, guided meditation and group exercises.The focus will be to inspire inquiry into and explore practices of generosity, allowing time to discover the joy that can emerge from this beautiful practice. Suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring Lunch.

Jim Podolske is a scientist who has been a Vipassana student of Gil Fronsdal since 1998. He serves the Insight Meditation Center sangha both as a volunteer and introductory meditation instructor. He has sat Vipassana, Samadhi, and Brahmavihara retreats over the last 12 years. Jim enjoys sailing on the San Francisco Bay.

Leslie Tremaine  has practiced in the Vipassana tradition since the early 1990’s, as a  student of Mary Grace Orr, and now  serves on the Board of  Vipassana Santa Cruz .  Interested in the interface among contemplative traditions, Leslie also is a member of the Board of Pendle Hill, a Quaker  residential study center outside Philadelphia. She has worked in public mental health for over 30 years and sees this work as an extension of  her spiritual practice .

Shin Kwan Park is currently training to be a meditation teacher in the Vipassana tradition. She has an MA in Counseling Psychology and has worked in mental health, as a hospice volunteer with Zen Hospice and now serves as a volunteer for IMC. She is a student of Gil Fronsdal.

Intensive Daylong Retreat w/ Gil Fronsdal

Saturday June 4, 6am to 9pm

This is a great opportunity for a full day of immersion in silent Dharma Practice. 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.
Fifteen minute Interviews with Gil will be available on a sign up basis.
You are welcome to come for the entire day or drop in for any part of the retreat. If you come for only part of the retreat, please enter the meditation hall only at the beginning of a scheduled sitting.  If you come while a sit is in progress, sit in one of the chairs in the outer hall.
Bring breakfast and lunch. Light supper provided. Please note that the kitchen will be under construction during this time. If you bring food from home, please plan to bring your own utensils and wash any containers when you get home. The kitchen will not be available.
Schedule:
6:00 – 7:00 am Sit
7:00 – 8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 – 9:00 am Sit
9:00 – 9:45 am Walk
9:45 – 10:30 am Sit
10:30 – 10:45 am Walk
10:45 – 11:30 am Sit
11:30 – 12:00 noon Dharma Talk
12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 pm Sit
2:00 – 2:45 pm Walk
2:45 – 3:30 pm Sit
3:30 – 4:00 pm Walk
4:00 – 4:15 pm Dharmette
4:15 – 5:00 pm Sit
5:00 – 6:00 pm Supper/tea:
6:00 – 6:20 pm Temple cleaning
6:20 – 7:00 pm Sit
7:00 – 7:30 pm Walk
7:30 – 8:15 pm Sit
8:15 – 9:00 pm Dharma Talk



Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday April 9, 8:30am to 5pm

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)