Special Events & Daylong Retreats

There is no cost for classes, events and retreats at IMC. Donations are welcome. No pre-registration is required unless otherwise stated.

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.

Entering the Stream Program (2016-2017)


Mondays: Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5; Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 3, and May 15.- 9 a.m. to 4 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.

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.  Notification of acceptance in mid-September.

Questions: email imc.enteringthestream@gmail.com.




Meeting Dates:

  • Sundays 1:00-3:30: Oct 9, Nov 6, Dec 4, Jan 8, Feb 5, March 5, April 2, May 7
  • Saturday: June 17 9:30 to 4:30 Concluding Daylong Retreat at IMC

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 that participants can discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful.

The program has the following elements:

  1. 2½ hour monthly group 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.  This could be done in-person or by Skype or phone.  Out-of-area students may be accepted as space permits.
  4. Final daylong retreat at IMC.

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

Mentoring slots are now full.  To audit the course (receive emails, and access recorded talks), you may sign up to Audit:

  • Audit on the schedule for IMC Redwood City: Audit IMC
  • Audit on the schedule for ISC Santa Cruz: Audit ISC
  • Audit on the schedule for IMCV Modesto: Audit IMCV

Contact eightfoldpath@insightmeditationcenter.org with questions.


Sep 25 Introduction to the Path (time exception: 2:00pm to 3:30)

Oct 9 Right View

Nov 6 Right Intention

Dec 4 Right Speech

Jan 8 Right Action

Feb 5 Right Livelihood

March 5 Right Effort

April 2 Right Mindfulness

May 7 Right Concentration

(Saturday) June 17 Daylong retreat at IMC

Dharma Mentoring Program

The Dharma Mentoring Program is for someone with the intention to support others explicitly using the dharma as the guide and framework.  The ideal candidate is someone who has benefitted from their own dharma practice and, out of gratitude wishes to share the Dharma with others. The program provides the opportunity to train in Dharma mentoring with other like-minded individuals. A Dharma Mentor has been trained to meet individually with people to support their personal Dharma practice, study, and reflection.

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