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Buddhist Environmental Chaplaincy

On Saturday, October 14, from 9am to 4:30pm, the Sati Center is presenting an Introduction to Buddhist Environmental Chaplaincy with Gil Fronsdal, Kirsten Rudestam, and others.

Chaplains provide religious, spiritual, or profoundly humanistic support in significant and often difficult times. Buddhist chaplains do this with a focus on the mutually beneficial relationship between one’s capacity for attention, integrity, compassion, and inner freedom, and one’s capacity for healing, reconciliation, and living with meaning and purpose. Buddhist Environmental Chaplains add to this a focus on our intimate relationship with the natural world. As our world goes through massive and global environmental changes, Environmental Chaplaincy has a growing role in helping us respond to these changes.

This day will provide an introduction to the many activities of Environmental Chaplains and Buddhist Environmental Chaplains. This includes deepening, healing and celebrating our relationship with the natural world, addressing the emotional, existential and societal issues related to environmental changes, and finding ways to care for our biosphere that strengthen our com- passion, wisdom, and inner freedom. A range of speakers will talk about their work and reflections on this new and important field. The day will include presentations from a range of speakers with diverse experience in the field as well as exercises that demonstrate experiential approaches to Buddhist Environmental Chaplaincy.

Lunch provided so please RSVP at buddhistecochaplaincy@gmail.com. Use this email for questions.

 Insight Meditation Center, 108 Birch St., Redwood City, CA

Dharma Practice Day Series – Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love

TAUGHT BY NIKKI MIRGHAFORI

Fridays, 9:30 am – 3:30 p.m.,  Sept. 8, Oct 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15
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. You may attend any part of the series. Bring lunch.

Entering the Stream Program with Gil Fronsdal (2017 – 2018)

 

Monday Oct 2, Friday Nov 3, Monday Dec 4; Friday Jan 19, Monday Feb 5, Friday March 16, Friday Apr 20, Monday May 21, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

This eight-month program provides experienced practitioners an opportunity to delve into some of the deeper teachings of our Buddhist tradition in a community of other committed practitioners. We will discuss core principles and insights important in the Buddha’s teachings, including aspects of liberation and awakening. The program includes required monthly readings and short reflective essays. Participation by selection.   Application available on IMC website in July.

Pre-requisites: at least five years of insight meditation practice, five seven-day (or longer) silent vipassana retreats, and completion of IMC’s Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent.

To apply, fill out online application  Applications due by September 1, 2017.  Notification of acceptance in mid-September.

Questions: email imc.enteringthestream@gmail.com.

 

Dharma Mentoring Training Program (2017 – 2018)

Taught by Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella

Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except 10/6)

First year: (2017-2018): 8/28, 9/11, Friday 10/6, 11/20, 12/18, 1/8,  2/12, 3/12, 4/2, 5/7

Second year: TBD

IMC is beginning a new two-year long Dharma Mentoring training program in the fall of 2017. Dharma Mentors are practitioners who have matured enough in their own Dharma practice and understanding to support and mentor others in their practice. This program offers a training to prepare a Dharma Mentor to meet individually with people to support their personal Dharma practice, study, and reflection. In offering spiritual direction, Dharma Mentors are not Dharma Teachers; they are spiritual friends facilitating another person’s engagement with the Dharma.

Taught by Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella, the core of the program will consist of monthly daylong classes and practicums. During the first year, the practicums will include participating as a student in IMC’s mentoring programs. The second year involves being a mentor in these mentoring programs. More information can be found on IMC’s special events section of its website.

Prerequisites for the program are six years of regular insight meditation practice, a cumulative 60 days of silent meditation retreat practice, and a recommendation from a Dharma teacher.

2017 Dharma Mentoring Application

Summer Food Drive: April – June

Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank

 THE POWER OF GENEROSITY: The struggle to end hunger in Silicon Valley -Toren Fronsdal


Most-Needed Foods 

The Food Bank accepts all non-perishable food donations, but especially needs these nutritious items:

    • Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
    • Tuna and canned meat
    • Peanut butter
    • Canned foods with pop-top lids
    • Low-sugar cereals
    • 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes
    • Canned fruit packed in juice
    • Canned vegetables (low salt)

Collection canister is located in the community hall, left rear from main entrance.

Monetary donations can be submitted here.

Food drive is sponsored by IMC’s LGBTQ Sangha. imcqueersangha@gmail.com

Memorial Day Weekend Family Retreat

with Andrea Castillo, Lori Wong, Bruni Dávila & Liz Powell

Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29 at Jikoji Retreat Center

During this weekend we will meditate together as families, as well as in separate groups for adult caregivers and children. There will also be plenty of time to explore our diversity in a kind and welcoming way, share our cultures and family traditions, enjoy hiking, arts and crafts, and spend free time relaxing outdoors. Everyone will also share in doing simple chores.

Jikoji is a rustic Meditation Center in the middle of an open space preserve off Skyline Blvd. in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Accommodations are camping and shared dorm rooms.  Vegetarian meals will be provided.

Application to this retreat is by lottery, which will be drawn in late March/ early April. Please click on each of these links and follow the instructions provided:


INFORMATION          APPLICATION           RELEASE

IMC’s Winter Clothing Drive – Month of February

What a better way to clear some space and share your generosity by donating your unneeded clothing and camping gear to those who most need it. New and wearable used clothing for men, women and kids.

                            

Clothing will be donated to PARCA and Gear for Good Santa Cruz.

For more information contact Joe at Joe@insightretreatcenter.org

Children’s Book Drive

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In November we begin our annual children’s book drive to benefit the Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City. As part of their holiday food distribution, IMC will donate new or nearly-new books for several hundred children. It’s a delightful way for our sangha to offer dana to our under resourced neighbors. Not only does it promote a love of reading, it brings smiles to many young faces as they select a special book for themselves and their siblings. Books from pre-school through high school ages are needed. If “nearly new”, please be sure there is no writing in them or missing parts. Look for the collection box in the community hall in November. We will also need volunteers to sort the books. The date for distribution is December 9th, so please donate books or checks (made out to “The Reading Bug”) by December 8th.  

To help or if you have questions, please contact Hilary Borison at IMC.VolunteerDirector@gmail.com.

Karuna Award Ceremony

 

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For Jacques Verduin and GRIP Program Facilitators

Friday, November 4, 7:00 Reception; 7:30-8:30 Award ceremony; 8:30-9:00 Festivity

IMC is pleased to celebrate the extraordinary work of Jacques Verduin and his inmate facilitators of the GRIP program, at an IMC Award ceremony and fundraising benefit Community Fundraising. Mark your calendars to join us in honoring their service to inmates at San Quentin and other state prisons, in promoting the transformation and healing of men whom society has otherwise disregarded. Mindfulness and emotional intelligence are at the heart of the curriculum of GRIP (Guiding Rage into Power). It is one of the most powerful opportunities within CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for actual rehabilitation and healing, and hundreds of men are on the waitlist to get in. Jacques has interest in expanding GRIP to additional prisons, including Soledad, where currently a number of IMC members volunteer weekly. We are inspired to bring our community together in support of this vision, to help more incarcerated men have the opportunity to learn the tools and practices to “become free from prison before they leave prison.”

For more information, contact Sally Confer at 650-906-6900 or sallyconfer@gmail.com

IMC September Events

IMC SEPTEMBER EVENTS 2016

The Ten Perfections

Dharma Practice Day Series

Fridays 9:30a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sept 9, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, Feb 10 (ending at 2:30), Mar 10, Apr 21, May 26

TenPerfections

Starting September 9, 2016, IMC is offering a ten month program of study and practice of the ten perfections (paramis).  These are ten qualities of character which, when developed, support both Buddhist practice and compassionate involvement with others. These ‘perfections’ are core Buddhist values. This Dharma Practice Day this Dharma Practice Day series is one of the core programs at IMC.  People are welcome to attend any or all of the Friday programs.

Bring lunch.

Mindful Self-Compassion – Eight-Week Course

         Introduction and Registration on Thursday, Sept 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm 

Classes begin Thursday, Sept 29 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm

With Hilary Borison and Judy Long

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Mindfulness helps us to live in the present moment with non-judgmental awareness, creating more ease with what is.  However, many of us have lots of judgments, often quite critical and self-directed.  We may find it’s much easier to have compassion for others than for ourselves.

In this course we will explore:

  • The benefits of self-compassion
  • Common misgivings about self-compassion
  • Why self-acceptance is more beneficial than self-esteem
  • How to activate our “tend and befriend” nature and direct it inward
  • When connecting to our common humanity reduces feelings of separation

If you would like to gain freedom from self-criticism, feel a deeper and more loving connection with yourself and others, and have the courage to mindfully meet whatever arises with compassion, please join us for this 8-week course at IMC.  Includes a half-day retreat on Saturday, October 22 from 12 to 4 pm.

Hilary Borison is a graduate of both the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness and the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Program which she applies in her work as a grief counselor with Kara in Palo Alto.  A student of Gil Fronsdal’s since 2004, Hilary serves as a mentor in the Eightfold Path Program and leads the Women’s Circle of Mindfulness. Contact Hilary at hborison@sbcglobal.net or 650/575-2052.

Judy Long is a professional chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers.  She trained in Mindful Self-Compassion with UCSD’s Center for Mindfulness and is a certified teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training through CCARE at Stanford.  She is a longtime practitioner who serves as a member of the Chaplaincy Council and as a dharma mentor at IMC.  Contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com or 415/734-0108.

Registration is required – Offered freely – Donations welcome

Email: insightmeditationcenter@gmail.com

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

With Bruni Dávila & Liz Powell
Five Tuesday Afternoons
August 2 to 30, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

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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 tomoment 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 preregistration necessary.

Liz Powell is IMC Dharma Sprouts and Dharma Rocks family programs leader. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 2004. She emphasizes mindfulness in daily life in her work as a Marriage Family Therapist, and enjoys retreat practice as well. Since 1996, Liz has worked with children, teens, and adults, first as a court-appointed special advocate for children, then as Director of Youth and Family Services for Kara, a non-profit peer support agency providing services for people and organizations dealing with a terminal illness or death. She currently serves as an IMC board member.

Bruni Dávila has practiced Vipassana, and Zen (in various traditions) since 1995 and at IMC since 2006, with Gil Fronsdal as her primary teacher. She is a graduate from the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training and the IMC Dharma Mentoring Program. In her livelihood, she manages environmental projects.

No cost – Donations Welcome – No Registration Required
Insight Meditation Center – 108 Birch Street, Redwood City – 650-599-3456
Website: www.insightmeditationcenter.org E-mail: insightmeditationcenter@gmail.com

Training in Buddhist Chaplaincy – Sept.-June

Taught by Jennifer Block, Gil Fronsdal, Paul Haller & a variety of guest teachers.  A year-long training in Buddhist chaplaincy and spiritual care giving, oriented to Buddhist practitioners with at least four years of committed practice. Its aim is to provide a strong foundation in Buddhist chaplaincy for volunteer chaplains, those working toward being professional chaplains, and those serving the pastoral needs of their local sanghas. Information: www.sati.org , or karuna@sati.org

AIDS Walk San Francisco July 17th

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On July 17, a group of Sangha members from IMC/IRC will walk the walk. Our intention is to help relieve suffering in our community by raising funds through donations. The funds will benefit dozens of organizations working to stop new HIV infections and support people living with HIV/AIDS. Here’s how you can help:

  • Register & join our team, IMC/IRC Compassion Team, and help us raise funds. Walk with us in person or as a virtual walker. Our team #1065

Tell your friends & family about our Compassion Team and share us on social media.


AIDS Walk SF 2016 Fact Sheet


For more information, please contact Joe Hayes at joe@insightretreatcenter.org