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

 


 

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:Introduction to the 9-Month Eightfold Path Program, Sunday, September 14, 1pm to 3pm

Right View — Sunday, October 19, 1:00 to 3:30 pm
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 5, 1 to 3:30pm
Right Concentration – Sunday, May 10, 1 to 3:30pm
Concluding Daylong Retreat at IRC – June 20 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Eightfold Path Program is full. Auditors are welcome to participate at the monthly meetings.

Dharma Mentoring Program: September 2013-May 2014

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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October 23
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com
October 25
Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat with Terry Lesser
9:00am - 12:30pm
In this retreat we will develop a continuity of awareness in movement and in stillness. We will integrate guided, silent, and moving meditation (yoga) as we cultivate mindfulness of the body, feelings, and mental processes. Appropriate for beginners and experienced yogis and meditators - you don’t need to be flexible to do yoga; you only need to be as you are. Bring a large towel and a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise mats are available for your use. Terry Lesser's biography
October 27
Establishing a Practice Group
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Establishing a Practice Group with Chris Clifford 7:30pm - 9:00pm Registration required A four week support group focused on establishing a regular meditation practice. Participants will have a chance to have a personal meeting with Chris to discuss their meditation practice. The group is limited to 10 people who can commit to attending all four sessions. Mondays 7:30 to 9pm, October 6, 13, 20, 27. Prerequisite: having completed IMC’s Introduction to Meditation Series. New Location: at the new IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D. Mondays 7:30 to 9pm, October 6, 13, 20, 27 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.
October 28
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tuesdays, October 7 to December 2 This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Registration required More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Contemplative Caregiver Course at SF Zen Center.
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 30
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com
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.
November 1
Teens Retreat
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Within Buddhism, meditation is one element of an integrated approach to living a wise and stress-free life. This retreat will include instruction and practice of meditation, and an introduction to the Four Noble Truths, the heart of Buddhist teachings. The Four Noble Truths point to a happiness and peace not tied to our experiences in life. Discovering this happiness brings balance through all the changes life can bring. There will be time for peer discussion and exploration of the topic of the day. All teens are welcome.
November 4
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tuesdays, October 7 to December 2 This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Registration required More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Contemplative Caregiver Course at SF Zen Center.
November 5
Beginners Practice Group
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26, 7:30 to 9pm. For beginners who have taken an introductory mindfulness meditation class and would like to take the next step in building and supporting their practice. This is a 4-week series on developing mindfulness practice with a 20-minute meditation, review of basic instruction and introduction to further teachings that support mindfulness practice. Led by Chris Clifford and others.
November 6
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com
November 7
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 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 9
IMC Community Meeting
11:00am - 12:00pm
Everyone is welcome to participate in a community meeting with Gil where he will discuss developments at IMC, and answer questions.
November 11
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tuesdays, October 7 to December 2 This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Registration required More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Contemplative Caregiver Course at SF Zen Center.
November 12
Beginners Practice Group
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26, 7:30 to 9pm. For beginners who have taken an introductory mindfulness meditation class and would like to take the next step in building and supporting their practice. This is a 4-week series on developing mindfulness practice with a 20-minute meditation, review of basic instruction and introduction to further teachings that support mindfulness practice. Led by Chris Clifford and others.
November 13
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com
November 14
IMC Volunteer Appreciation Retreat
9:30am - 3:00pm
In gratitude to all the volunteers who have so generously offered time and talents to serve IMC now and in the past, we invite you to gather for a Volunteer Retreat and lunch with Gil on Friday, November 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The retreat will include meditation, teaching, discussion, and a joyful celebration of the community we are creating together. You are welcome to come for all or part of the day. Please RSVP for lunch to Hilary at imc.volunteerdirector@gmail.com.
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents as well as guest speakers who are local dharma leaders and parents.
November 16
Eightfold Path Program - Right Intention
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) Introduction and Right View — Sunday, October 19, 1 to 3:30pm 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
Tuesdays, October 7 to December 2 This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Registration required More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Contemplative Caregiver Course at SF Zen Center.
November 19
Beginners Practice Group
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26, 7:30 to 9pm. For beginners who have taken an introductory mindfulness meditation class and would like to take the next step in building and supporting their practice. This is a 4-week series on developing mindfulness practice with a 20-minute meditation, review of basic instruction and introduction to further teachings that support mindfulness practice. Led by Chris Clifford and others.
November 20
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com
November 25
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tuesdays, October 7 to December 2 This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Registration required More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Contemplative Caregiver Course at SF Zen Center.
November 26
Beginners Practice Group
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26, 7:30 to 9pm. For beginners who have taken an introductory mindfulness meditation class and would like to take the next step in building and supporting their practice. This is a 4-week series on developing mindfulness practice with a 20-minute meditation, review of basic instruction and introduction to further teachings that support mindfulness practice. Led by Chris Clifford and others.
November 27
Thanksgiving Yoga and Meditation with Terry Lesser
8:30am - 10:30am
Thanksgiving Yoga and Meditation with Terry Lesser We begin with 1-1/2 hours of yoga followed by a break and silent sitting meditation. Each session uses a variety of asanas (poses) to strengthen and stretch the body, develop balance and deepen mindfulness. Beginners are always welcome. The class is a mixed level and everyone is encouraged to work in accordance with their own needs and abilities. Bring a large towel and sticky mat, if you have one. Taught by Terry Lesser. Terry teaches Yoga for Meditation. She has been teaching classes and retreats at the Insight Meditation Center since 1995. She began practicing yoga in 1984, and has been a student of Vipassana meditation since 1992. Trained in Iyengar style yoga, she also teaches at the California Yoga Center in Palo Alto. Her teaching is gentle, supportive, and sensitive to individual abilities.
December 2
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tuesdays, October 7 to December 2 This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Registration required More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Contemplative Caregiver Course at SF Zen Center.
December 4
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com
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
Eightfold Path Program - Right Speech
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) Introduction and Right View — Sunday, October 19, 1 to 3:30pm 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 11
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com
December 12
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents as well as guest speakers who are local dharma leaders and parents.
December 31
New Year’s Eve Celebration
7:30pm - 12:15am
Join us on New Year's Eve for an alternative celebration of the ending of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation; some time for reflection and sharing; refreshments; bring any holiday leftovers you wish to share; and end with chanting and ringing the bell 108 times. It's a tradition at IMC. Please come whenever you can and stay as long as you like. The only thing we ask is not to leave and return. A schedule will be posted at the door. See you then!

January 3
Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat with Terry Lesser
9:00am - 12:30pm
Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat with Terry Lesser After the busyness and external focus that often accompanies the holidays, this mini-retreat offers a quiet and grounding place where we can slow down, deepen our meditation, connect with our bodies, and perhaps help clarify what is important for the coming year. Appropriate for beginners and experienced yogis and meditators - you don’t need to be flexible to do yoga; you only need to be as you are. Bring a large towel and a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise mats are available for your use. Terry Lesser's biography
January 9
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents as well as guest speakers who are local dharma leaders and parents.
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) Introduction and Right View — Sunday, October 19, 1 to 3:30pm 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
January 14
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm - 8:30pm
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
January 16
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.
January 21
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm - 8:30pm
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
January 24
Metta Daylong Retreat with Nikki Mirghafori
9:00am - 4:30pm
January 28
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm - 8:30pm
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
January 31
Sati Center Daylong with Kim Allen
9:30am - 4:30pm
February 4
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm - 8:30pm
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
February 8
Eightfold Path Program - Right Livelihood
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) Introduction and Right View — Sunday, October 19, 1 to 3:30pm 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
February 9
Dharma Mentoring Program
9:00am - 4:30pm
February 11
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm - 8:30pm
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
February 13
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents as well as guest speakers who are local dharma leaders and parents.
February 14
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Daylong with Ines Freedman
9:30am - 3:30pm
A daylong retreat introducing the basic practice of mindfulness. There will be direction of mindfulness of the breath, body, emotions, thoughts, walking and eating. There will be time for sitting meditation, walking meditation and discussion. Suitable for both beginners and those wanting to review the basics of practice. Ines Freedman's biography
February 21
Rita Gross Sati Center event
9:00am - 4:30pm