IMC September Events


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


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


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

Summer/Fall 2016 Insight Retreat Center Newsletter is now available

The Summer/Fall 2016 Insight Retreat Center Newsletter is now available:

Three Month Course, Part 2 (second six weeks) Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA
October 22– December 3, 2016
With Rebecca Bradshaw, Annie Nugent, Andrea Fella, Greg Scharf, Alexis Santos
For more information, see www.dharma.org

February Month-long Jan 28 – February 25,2017
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
With Guy Armstrong, James Baraz, Carol Wilson, Sally Armstrong, Andrea Fella, Bonnie Duran
For further information see: http://www.spiritrock.org/

Two Week Mindfulness of Mind Retreat Sept 8-22, 2017
At Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, Castle Rock, WA.
in the style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya.
With Andrea Fella. Space limited. Permission required.
For further information: http://www.cloudmountain.org

Three Month Course, Part 2 (second six weeks) Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA
October 24– December 5, 2017
With Andrea Fella, Greg Scharf, Winnie Nazarko, Brian LeSage, Erin Treat
For more information, see www.dharma.org

June 2018 Forest Refuge, Barre, Ma.
with Andrea Fella and Carol Wilson
An opportunity to practice for a month in the style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya
Details available in April 2017 at www.dharma.org

The July – September 2016 Newsletter is Now Available

The July – September 2016 Newsletter is Now Available

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

Winter / Spring 2016 Insight Retreat Center Newsletter

The Winter / Spring 2016 Insight Retreat Center Newsletter is now available in HTML & PDF

January – March 2016 Newsletter is Now Available

The January – March 2016 Newsletter is Now Available

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat

January 2, 2016, 9am-12:30pm

After the busyness of the holidays, this mini-retreat offers a quiet and grounding place where we can slow down, deepen our meditation, connect with our bodies, and reflect on our intentions for the coming year. No experience is necessary. We will alternate between meditation in movement and in stillness. You do not have to be flexible to do yoga or have a particular body type; you need only to be as you are. Gentle postures invite deep opening, relaxation and rejuvenation. Seated meditation will be both guided and silent. Bring a large towel. Yoga mats are available or bring your own.

Seven Factors of Awakening Program


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.

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