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The Great Passing Away of the First Buddhist Nun: A Benefit for the Saranaloka Nuns


Saturday, November 14,

  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – reception
  • 7:30 – 8:30 pm – Dramatization
  • 8:30 – 9:00 pm – reception

At IMC

IMC will host a grand dramatization of the great passing away of the first Buddhist nun, the Buddha’s foster mother, Mahāpajāpatī. The dramatization will be based on an ancient poem that confidently asserts the spiritual potential of women. It also celebrates the role Buddhist nuns have for teaching the Dharma and displaying the attainment of liberation.

Dramatizing the story of Mahapajapati and supporting the Aloka Vihara nuns is a way to celebrate how the practice and teachings of women and Buddhist nuns is an important part of Buddhism becoming well established in the United States.

The Aloka Vihara nuns will participate in the evening.

For more information about the nuns, visit their website at Saranaloka Foundation — which supports Theraveda Buddhist Nuns of the Forest Tradition in the West.

Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein

Aspects of Concentration in Mindfulness Practice
Five Thursday evenings
Sept 18 – Oct 16 7:30pm – 9:00pm

The Buddha taught that one who has cultivated samadhi, usually translated as concentration, see things as they are. This five-week series of talks and guided meditations will explore the practice of samadhi and how it relates to vipassana practice. Topics will include: the benefits of concentration practice, factors that support the deepening of concentration, how concentration relates to vipassana, and the role for concentration in developing wisdom.

Establishing A Practice Group

4 Monday evenings, October 6, 13, 20, and 27, 7:30 – 9 pm, at IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D.

People who have completed IMC’s Introduction to Meditation class, are welcome to apply to be part of a small four week support group focused on getting further established in a regular meditation practice. The group will be led by Chris Clifford, a long time IMC practitioner and instructor. Participants will have a chance to have a personal meeting with Chris to discuss their meditation practice. These groups will be limited to 8 to 10 people who can commit to attending all four sessions.

Click here to apply.   If the group is already full, the form will tell you it is no longer accepting submissions.

Finding the Dharma in the Midst of Conflict with Daniel Bowling

A two week series: Thursday June 12 and June 19     7:30 – 9:00 pm

Whenever we are caught up in conflict with another, it’s as if we are enveloped in fog. Maintaining mindful presence becomes much more difficult. In these moments, we are more likely to create a separate sense of self and blame the one(s) with whom we are in conflict and/or attack ourselves. This two week series focus on the Buddha’s teachings on conflict, including specific practices to develop stronger mindfulness during times of conflict.

The Three Characteristics: Suffering, Impermanence & Not-Self with Maria Straatmann

Four Tuesday mornings: February 4, 11, 18, 25
9:30 – 11:00am

These three conditions characterize all of our existence. To “see things as they really are” means seeing experience in the context of: the impermanence of all things, the presence/unsatisfactoriness of suffering; and the realization that we are not our experiences. This series will delve into the encounter, insight and freedom inherent in the unfolding of these factors in our lives.

Week 1: Impermanence
Week 2: Suffering
Week 3: Not-Self
Week 4: How Are Things, Really?

Maria Straatmann Biography

The Four Truths and the Eightfold Path with Tony Bernhard

Four Thursday evenings: January 2,9,16,23
7:30pm – 9:00pm

In this four-week series, we will explore the Buddha’s key teachings on suffering and dissatisfaction. The series will particularly investigate the path of practice that leads to the ending of suffering.

January 2: The Four Truths
January 9: The Path of Practice: Wisdom (Panna)
January 16: The Path of Practice: Ethics (Sila)
January 23: The Path of Practice: Mental Cultivation (Samadhi)

Tony Bernhard’s biography

Beautifying the Mind with Kim Allen (week 3)

A 3-part series on January 7, 14, and 21
* Generosity
* Benevolence
* Serenity, Insight, and Peace

The path of Buddhist practice includes both letting go of harmful actions
and mindstates and cultivating wholesome actions and mindstates. Each one
beautifies the mind and leads it away from suffering. In this series of
three talks, we will examine some of the key areas of practice that
cultivate the mind — generosity, harmlessness, goodwill, and meditation.

Kim Allen’s biography

Beautifying the Mind with Kim Allen (week 2)

A 3-part series on January 7, 14, and 21
* Generosity
* Benevolence
* Serenity, Insight, and Peace

The path of Buddhist practice includes both letting go of harmful actions
and mindstates and cultivating wholesome actions and mindstates. Each one
beautifies the mind and leads it away from suffering. In this series of
three talks, we will examine some of the key areas of practice that
cultivate the mind — generosity, harmlessness, goodwill, and meditation.

Kim Allen’s biography

Beautifying the Mind with Kim Allen (Week 1)

A 3-part series on January 7, 14, and 21
* Generosity
* Benevolence
* Serenity, Insight, and Peace

The path of Buddhist practice includes both letting go of harmful actions
and mindstates and cultivating wholesome actions and mindstates. Each one
beautifies the mind and leads it away from suffering. In this series of
three talks, we will examine some of the key areas of practice that
cultivate the mind — generosity, harmlessness, goodwill, and meditation.

Kim Allen’s biography

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Nikki Mirghafori (Week 4)

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.

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Nikki Mirghafori (Week 3)

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.

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Nikki Mirghafori (Week 2)

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.

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.

Half-Day Retreat: Yoga and Meditation with Terry Lesser

Saturday January 14, 2012, 9am to 12:30pm

This retreat offers an opportunity to develop a continuity of awareness in movement and in stillness. We will integrate yoga poses, breath work, relaxation, loving-kindness (metta), and guided and silent meditation and let the synergy of these practices inform and deepen one another to open heart and mind. The retreat is appropriate for beginners to either yoga or meditation as well as experienced yogis and meditators. You do not have to be flexible to do yoga, nor to have a particular body type; you need only to be as you are. Please bring a large towel and yoga mat if you have one.

Terry teaches Yoga for Meditation. She has been teaching classes and retreats at the Insight Meditation Center since 1995. She began practicing yoga in 1984, and has been a student of Vipassana meditation since 1992. Trained in Iyengar style yoga, she also teaches at the California Yoga Center in Palo Alto. Her teaching is gentle, supportive, and sensitive to individual abilities.

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