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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

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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

 

The April – June 2016 Newsletter is Now Available

The April – June 2016 Newsletter is Now Available

Seven Factors of Awakening Program

TAUGHT BY MATTHEW BRENSILVER, MAX ERDSTEIN AND NIKKI MIRGHAFORI

January – July 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.7FA

Fridays: Jan 29, Feb 26, March 25, April, 22, May 20, June 24

Saturday: July 9

The Seven Factors of Awakening are qualities cultivated on the path to liberation. These seven – mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity – refer to both psychological qualities we can develop as well as practices to be undertaken. When fully developed, they are know as the seven jewels of Buddhist practice.

This eight-month program is an opportunity to explore and practice with these aspects of Awakening as a support for meditation, daily life and the path of liberation. This will be done through a combination of teachings, practices, and discussions. Readings and reflections will be provided for practicing between the monthly meetings.

Pre-requisite: IMC’s Eightfold Path Program or the equivalent, 2-4 years practice, 2 residential retreats, or permission from the teachers. Contact imc7factors@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Registration is required. Please submit your application online.
Deadline to apply is Sunday, January 24, 2016.

IMC November Events

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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.

IMC October Events

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Summer Food Drive – May/September


Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank

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 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