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Daylong with Gil Fronsdal – August 25th

Saturday, August 25, 2018

9:00am – 4:30pm

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.

Freedom at the Sense Doors with Andrea Castillo & Liz Powell – September 8th

Saturday, September 8, 2018

9:00am – 4:00pm

Join us for a day of sitting meditation, experiential practice and small group discussions.  We will explore ways to find freedom with “bare experience” of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching and thinking.  Recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring lunch.

Practice Discussions

Practice Discussions 2018

Eight-fold Path Program (2018-2019)

TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD, LIZ POWELL & BRUNI DAVILA  

Application required to be assigned a mentor:  Application to apply here.  Applications due by Sept. 15, 2018.

Meeting Dates:

  • Sundays 1:00-3:30: Sept 23, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 7, Feb 3, March 3, April 7, May 5
  • Saturday (TENTATIVE): June 22 9:30 to 4:30 Concluding Daylong Retreat at IRC, Scotts Valley
 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. (Mentoring slots are by application only, see note above, Sunday meetings are open to the public).
  4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley

Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s 5-week Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent.

Contact eightfoldpath@insightmeditationcenter.org with questions.

Sep 23 – Introduction to the Program
Oct 7 –  Eightfold Path Program – Right View
Nov 4  – Eightfold Path Program – Right Intention
Dec 2 – Eightfold Path Program –  Right Speech 
Jan 6 –  Eightfold Path Program – Right Action  
Feb 3 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Livelihood
Mar 3 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Effort
Apr 7 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Mindfulness
May 5 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Concentration
(Saturday (TENTATIVE)) June 22 Daylong retreat at IRC Scotts Valley

New Program: The Equivalence of Ethics & Enlightenment With Gil Fronsdal

TAUGHT BY GIL FRONSDAL

Friday Sep 7, Monday Oct 1, Monday Oct 22, Monday Nov 26; 2019—Friday Jan 18, Monday Feb 4, Monday Mar 4, and Monday Apr 8, 9am to 3:30pm

Eight-month program from September to April  providing 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 study and discuss core principles of the Buddha’s teachings on ethics to understand the ethical nature of his teachings. We will discover how the Buddha’s path to awakening is an ethical path, that awakening itself is an ethical awakening, and that the awakened life is an ethical life. The program includes required monthly readings and writing short reflective essays.

To apply, fill out The Equivalence of Ethics & Enlightenment application.

Participation is by selection. Pre-requisites: at least five years of committed insight meditation practice, five seven-day (or longer) silent vipassana retreats, and completion of IMC’s Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent. To apply go to the IMC website Special Events page in June. Applications due by August 21. Notification of acceptance by August 31.

Labor Day Family Retreat for K – 5th graders and parents / guardians Sept 1 – 3

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1- MONDAY,  SEPT. 3. Jikoji Retreat Center, Los Gatos.

Enjoy a weekend of Family Practice, Parent Practice, Hiking, and Community.

We invite you to join us! 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 a limited number of shared dorm rooms.  Vegetarian meals will be provided.

Registration opens March 1.  Applications will be due by late June.

To apply, download, read, and complete ALL 3 of the following documents:  

FLIER               INFORMATION              APPLICATION

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

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