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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.

Eightfold Path Program: October 2014-June 2015
IMC is offering an nine-month one-to-one mentoring program supporting individuals’ practice with the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path represents the heart of the Buddhist path of practice. Those who sign up for this nine-month program will have the chance to explore, with one of IMC’s seasoned, senior practitioners, their relationship to the teachings and practices associated with each of the step the Eightfold Path. Mentoring meetings will be once a month for an hour. They will consist of a brief period of meditation and discussion structured around the eightfold path factor. Readings, exercises, reflections, and Gil’s recorded talks pertaining to the Eightfold Path will be assigned for each month of the program. Prerequisite is having completed IMC’s five week introduction to meditation course or the equivalent.

For an application to the Eightfold Path Program, click here


Dharma Mentoring Training Program
Two-Year training in becoming a Dharma mentor, guide, and companion

September 2014 – June 2015

The two-year Buddhist Spiritual Direction Program offers an in-depth, intensive training in Dharma mentorship with a focus on teachings inspired by the Pali Canon.

The Spiritual Direction 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.

For more information about the Dharma Mentoring Training Program click here
For an application to the Dharma Mentoring Training Program, click here


July 30
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Ines Freedman
7:30pm – 9:00pm
5 Wednesday evenings, July 2 – 30

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-to-moment 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 pre-registration necessary.

Ines Freedman’s biography

August 3
Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella
1:30pm – 5:00pm
DAILY LIFE PRACTICE RETREAT WITH ANDREA FELLA Sunday, August 3 to Saturday, August 9.
Integrating practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. We will integrate formal practice and Dharma discussion with our daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice and discussion. We begin with a half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, and end with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week we will meet each morning and evening to inspire, encourage and support our daily life practice. If you would like to attend the retreat during the week, please attend the Sunday session. The Sunday and Saturday sessions are open to all; the Monday and Thursday evening programs are also open to all as usual — the retreat will integrate with these evening programs.
• Sunday 8/3, 1:30 to 5pm
• Monday-Friday 8/4 – 8/8, mornings: 7:30 to 9am
• Monday-Friday 84 – 8/8, evenings: 7:30 to 9pm
• Saturday 8/9: 9:30am to 4:30pm, Daylong Retreat

August 4
Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella
7:30am – 9:00am
Integrating practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. We will integrate formal practice and Dharma discussion with our daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice and discussion. We begin with a half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, and end with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week we will meet each morning and evening to inspire, encourage and support our daily life practice. If you would like to attend the retreat during the week, please attend the Sunday session. The Sunday and Saturday sessions are open to all; the Monday and Thursday evening programs are also open to all as usual — the retreat will integrate with these evening programs.
August 5
Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella
7:30am – 9:00am
Integrating practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. We will integrate formal practice and Dharma discussion with our daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice and discussion. We begin with a half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, and end with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week we will meet each morning and evening to inspire, encourage and support our daily life practice. If you would like to attend the retreat during the week, please attend the Sunday session. The Sunday and Saturday sessions are open to all; the Monday and Thursday evening programs are also open to all as usual — the retreat will integrate with these evening programs.
Establishing A Practice Group
7:30pm – 9:00pm
People who have completed IMC’s Introduction to Meditation class, are welcome to apply to be part of a small four week support group focused on getting further established in a regular meditation practice. The group will be led by Chris Clifford, a long time IMC practitioner and instructor. Participants will have a chance to have a personal meeting with Chris to discuss their meditation practice. These groups will be limited to 8 to 10 people who can commit to attending all four sessions.

August Group: Tuesdays 7:30 to 9pm, August 5, 12, 19, 26 at the new IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D.

Click here to apply. If the group is already full, the form will tell you it is no longer accepting submissions.

August 6
Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella
7:30am – 9:00am
Integrating practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. We will integrate formal practice and Dharma discussion with our daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice and discussion. We begin with a half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, and end with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week we will meet each morning and evening to inspire, encourage and support our daily life practice. If you would like to attend the retreat during the week, please attend the Sunday session. The Sunday and Saturday sessions are open to all; the Monday and Thursday evening programs are also open to all as usual — the retreat will integrate with these evening programs.
August 7
Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella
7:30am – 9:00am
Integrating practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. We will integrate formal practice and Dharma discussion with our daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice and discussion. We begin with a half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, and end with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week we will meet each morning and evening to inspire, encourage and support our daily life practice. If you would like to attend the retreat during the week, please attend the Sunday session. The Sunday and Saturday sessions are open to all; the Monday and Thursday evening programs are also open to all as usual — the retreat will integrate with these evening programs.
August 8
Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella
7:30am – 9:00am
Integrating practice into our daily lives can be difficult. Many of us need support for this challenging but rewarding aspect of practice. We will integrate formal practice and Dharma discussion with our daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice and discussion. We begin with a half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, and end with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week we will meet each morning and evening to inspire, encourage and support our daily life practice. If you would like to attend the retreat during the week, please attend the Sunday session. The Sunday and Saturday sessions are open to all; the Monday and Thursday evening programs are also open to all as usual — the retreat will integrate with these evening programs.
August 9
Mindfulness of Mind Daylong with Andrea Fella
9:30am – 4:30pm
Taught in the style of U Tejaniya. Practicing mindfulness on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. The simplicity, silence and support of retreats contribute to letting go of many of the distractions that get in the way of clear seeing. Retreats also are a wonderful environment for developing a continuity of awareness for an extended period.

During this daylong retreat we will explore a relaxed open awareness with an emphasis on exploring qualities of mind, and the attitude towards one’s experience. Such an open awareness practice supports both the formal meditation of sitting and walking, as well as awareness of our normal daily activities. The schedule for the retreat will alternate periods of sitting and walking with instructions and discussion. Aside from the instruction and discussion periods, the day will be primarily in silence. It is recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Andrea Fella has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and began teaching meditation in 2003. She is particularly drawn to intensive retreat practice, and has done a number of long retreats, both in the U.S. and Burma. During one long practice period in Burma, she ordained as a nun with Sayadaw U Janeka. Andrea teaches residential retreats for IMC, and at other centers around the country.

Andrea Fella’s Biography

August 12
Establishing A Practice Group
7:30pm – 9:00pm
People who have completed IMC’s Introduction to Meditation class, are welcome to apply to be part of a small four week support group focused on getting further established in a regular meditation practice. The group will be led by Chris Clifford, a long time IMC practitioner and instructor. Participants will have a chance to have a personal meeting with Chris to discuss their meditation practice. These groups will be limited to 8 to 10 people who can commit to attending all four sessions.

August Group: Tuesdays 7:30 to 9pm, August 5, 12, 19, 26 at the new IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D.

Click here to apply. If the group is already full, the form will tell you it is no longer accepting submissions.

August 16
The Buddha’s Teachings on Love taught by Diana Clark
9:30am – 3:30pm
How is the metta sutta, which we often chant while on a meditation retreat, related to metta meditation? And how is metta meditation related to insight and concentration meditation? Please join us as we explore the answers to these questions and more during this day of lecture, practice and discussion. Together, we will examine and practice with the teachings on lovingkindness in the early Buddhist texts and later commentarial works. We will explore how these inspirational teachings have evolved over time and how we can apply this understanding to our current practice.

Please bring a bag lunch. This class is offered on a donation basis.

Diana Clark has a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies from the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley. She practices and occasionally teaches at IMC.

August 19
Establishing A Practice Group
7:30pm – 9:00pm
People who have completed IMC’s Introduction to Meditation class, are welcome to apply to be part of a small four week support group focused on getting further established in a regular meditation practice. The group will be led by Chris Clifford, a long time IMC practitioner and instructor. Participants will have a chance to have a personal meeting with Chris to discuss their meditation practice. These groups will be limited to 8 to 10 people who can commit to attending all four sessions.

August Group: Tuesdays 7:30 to 9pm, August 5, 12, 19, 26 at the new IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D.

Click here to apply. If the group is already full, the form will tell you it is no longer accepting submissions.

August 26
Establishing A Practice Group
7:30pm – 9:00pm
People who have completed IMC’s Introduction to Meditation class, are welcome to apply to be part of a small four week support group focused on getting further established in a regular meditation practice. The group will be led by Chris Clifford, a long time IMC practitioner and instructor. Participants will have a chance to have a personal meeting with Chris to discuss their meditation practice. These groups will be limited to 8 to 10 people who can commit to attending all four sessions.

August Group: Tuesdays 7:30 to 9pm, August 5, 12, 19, 26 at the new IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D.

Click here to apply. If the group is already full, the form will tell you it is no longer accepting submissions.

September 6
Spanish Language Daylong with Andrea Castillo
9:00am – 4:30pm
La práctica de la atención plena y la meditación en retiros es esencial para madurar en la meditación introspectiva. En este día se alternarán periodos de meditación sentada y caminando, instrucción sobre la atención plena, y una plática de dharma. Se recomienda para principiantes y practicantes con experiencia. Favor de traer su comida de medio día.

Andrea Castillo’s biography

September 12
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents and guest speakers who are local dharma leaders/ parents. No RSVP needed.
September 13
Introduction to the Eightfold Path Program
9:00am – 12:30pm
This is an introduction to both the Buddha’s Eightfold Path and to IMC’s Eightfold Path Mentoring Program. 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. Anyone interested in either the Eightfold Path or in possibly participating in IMC’s Eightfold Path Mentoring Program are invited to attend.
Thought by Chris Clifford and others.
September 28
Introduction to IWA
1:00pm – 2:00pm
October 1
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm – 9:00pm
5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 – 29

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-to-moment 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 pre-registration necessary.

Gil Fronsdal’s biography

October 3
Dharma Practice Day – Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love
9:30am – 3:30pm
Fridays, October 3, 31, December 5, January 16, February 27, March 27, and May 1, 9:30am to 3:30pm.

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.

October 4
Daylong with Gil Fronsdal
8:30am – 5:00pm
Practicing mindfulness on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. The simplicity, silence and support of retreats contribute to letting go of many of the distractions that get in the way of clear seeing. Retreats also are a wonderful environment for developing a continuity of awareness for an extended period.

This particular daylong retreat is meant for people who already understand the basic practice of mindfulness; no instruction will be given.

The schedule consists of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. At the end of the day Gil gives a Dharma talk. Brief interviews to talk about the practice will be available with Gil. Previous experience is recommended. Bring Lunch.

Gil Fronsdal’s biography

October 7
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm – 4:00pm
October 8
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm – 9:00pm
5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 – 29

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-to-moment 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 pre-registration necessary.

Gil Fronsdal’s biography

October 10
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents and guest speakers who are local dharma leaders/ parents. No RSVP needed.
October 11
Buddhist Spiritual Care Symposium
9:00am – 4:30pm
Welcoming Buddhist chaplains and those interested in deepening their spiritual care practice for a day of learning and community-building. The theme this year is Compassion with Lama Palden and Ayya Santussika. Vegetarian lunch included. More info and pre-registration at www.metta4.us or call Bill Hart: 415 -567-9823.
October 14
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm – 4:00pm
October 15
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm – 9:00pm
5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 – 29

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-to-moment 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 pre-registration necessary.

Gil Fronsdal’s biography

October 18
The Burmese and Thai Roots of Western Insight Meditation – Sati Center with Donald Rothberg
9:00am – 4:30pm
What are the roots of our Western practice of insight meditation? Why do we practice in the ways that we practice? In this daylong, we explore the fascinating and sometimes surprising history from the Buddha through to 19th and 20th century Burma and Thailand, and then to the West, where the practice of insight meditation is now widespread, along with “secular” applications of mindfulness and lovingkindness proliferating in many settings. Looking at how our practice was formed not only gives us a sense of our different lineages and roots, but also a clearer sense of key decision points and issues concerning our practice.

We’ll examine in particular the lives, teachings, and practices, of the Burmese and Thai teachers who have been our main influences. For example, our core practice of mindfulness is based on the Burmese teacher Mahasi Sayadaw’s technique of noting, starting with the breath and moving to all aspects of experiences. How did we receive this practice, as well as the form of intensive retreats, from Burmese sources? We’ll look also at several other main Burmese teachers, and the larger context of Buddhism in Burma.

In the afternoon, we’ll particularly examine the sometimes rather different influences of the great teachers from the Thai Forest tradition, such as Ajahn Mun, Ajahn Maha Boowa, Ajahn Chah (especially), and Ajahn Buddhadasa, all in the context of developments, in both social and more Buddhist contexts, in twentieth-century Thailand.

The day will combine talks (with images from 19th and 20th century Burma and Thailand, including images from practice places and teachers, and from Donald’s time in Thailand); periods of sitting and walking meditation following the instructions of the main Burmese and Thai teachers; and discussion.

Donald Rothberg’s biography

October 19
Eightfold Path Program – Intro and Right View
1:00pm – 3:30pm
October 21
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm – 4:00pm
October 22
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm – 9:00pm
5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 – 29

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-to-moment 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 pre-registration necessary.

Gil Fronsdal’s biography

October 28
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm – 4:00pm
October 29
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm – 9:00pm
5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 – 29

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-to-moment 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 pre-registration necessary.

Gil Fronsdal’s biography

October 31
Dharma Practice Day – Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love
9:30am – 3:30pm
Fridays, October 3, 31, December 5, January 16, February 27, March 27, and May 1, 9:30am to 3:30pm.

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.

A Ceremony of Love & Remembrance with Maria Straatmann
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Anyone who has lost a family member, friend or other dear person over the last year is welcome to join us for a chance to remember and honor those who have died but who enriched our lives and community. With the practices of mindfulness and compassion, we will have a period of silent sitting and rituals of remembrance, bereavement, and farewell.

Bring pictures or mementos for our altar of persons you wish to honor/remember. If you cannot attend, you are welcome to send Maria the name of the person you would like included in our remembrance.

Contact mariaspirit@gmail.com. Maria serves on IMC’s chaplaincy council.
Maria Straatmann’s biography

November 1
Teens Retreat
1:00pm – 4:00pm
November 4
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm – 4:00pm
November 8
Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal
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. 

Gil Fronsdal’s biography

November 11
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm – 4:00pm
November 14
IMC Volunteer Appreciation Retreaet
9:30am – 3:00pm
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents and guest speakers who are local dharma leaders/ parents. No RSVP needed.
November 16
No subject
1:00pm – 3:30pm
9-MONTH EIGHTFOLD PATH PROGRAM
TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD AND SENIOR IMC STUDENTS.

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.
4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley on June 20, 2015.

DATES AT IMC:
(Optional: Introduction to the 9-Month Eightfold Path Program, Saturday September 13, 9am to 12:30pm)

Intro and Right View — Saturday, October 18, 10am to 12:30pm
Right Intention – Sunday, November 16, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Speech – Sunday, December 7, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Action – Saturday, January 10, 10am to 12:30pm
Right Livelihood – Sunday, February 8, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Effort – Sunday, March 8, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Mindfulness – Sunday, April 12, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Concentration – Sunday, May 10, 1 to 3:30pm

To apply, fill out an application found under the Eightfold Path Mentoring notice on the Special Events page of IMC’s website

November 18
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm – 4:00pm
November 25
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm – 4:00pm
December 2
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm – 4:00pm
December 5
Dharma Practice Day – Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love
9:30am – 3:30pm
Fridays, October 3, 31, December 5, January 16, February 27, March 27, and May 1, 9:30am to 3:30pm.

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.

December 6
Daylong with Gil Fronsdal
8:30am – 5:00pm
Practicing mindfulness on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. The simplicity, silence and support of retreats contribute to letting go of many of the distractions that get in the way of clear seeing. Retreats also are a wonderful environment for developing a continuity of awareness for an extended period.

This particular daylong retreat is meant for people who already understand the basic practice of mindfulness; no instruction will be given.

The schedule consists of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. At the end of the day Gil gives a Dharma talk. Brief interviews to talk about the practice will be available with Gil. Previous experience is recommended. Bring Lunch.

Gil Fronsdal’s biography

December 7
No subject
1:00pm – 2:00pm
9-MONTH EIGHTFOLD PATH PROGRAM
TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD AND SENIOR IMC STUDENTS.

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.
4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley on June 20, 2015.

DATES AT IMC:
(Optional: Introduction to the 9-Month Eightfold Path Program, Saturday September 13, 9am to 12:30pm)

Intro and Right View — Saturday, October 18, 10am to 12:30pm
Right Intention – Sunday, November 16, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Speech – Sunday, December 7, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Action – Saturday, January 10, 10am to 12:30pm
Right Livelihood – Sunday, February 8, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Effort – Sunday, March 8, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Mindfulness – Sunday, April 12, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Concentration – Sunday, May 10, 1 to 3:30pm

To apply, fill out an application found under the Eightfold Path Mentoring notice on the Special Events page of IMC’s website

December 12
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents and guest speakers who are local dharma leaders/ parents. No RSVP needed.
January 9
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents and guest speakers who are local dharma leaders/ parents. No RSVP needed.
January 10
Eightfold Path Program – Right Action
12:00pm – 3:00pm
9-MONTH EIGHTFOLD PATH PROGRAM
TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD AND SENIOR IMC STUDENTS.

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.
4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley on June 20, 2015.

DATES AT IMC:
(Optional: Introduction to the 9-Month Eightfold Path Program, Saturday September 13, 9am to 12:30pm)

Intro and Right View — Saturday, October 18, 10am to 12:30pm
Right Intention – Sunday, November 16, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Speech – Sunday, December 7, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Action – Saturday, January 10, 10am to 12:30pm
Right Livelihood – Sunday, February 8, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Effort – Sunday, March 8, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Mindfulness – Sunday, April 12, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Concentration – Sunday, May 10, 1 to 3:30pm

To apply, fill out an application found under the Eightfold Path Mentoring notice on the Special Events page of IMC’s website