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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 12, 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.

 9 Month Eightfold Path Application (pdf)

A 9 Month Eightfold Path Application (Word)

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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September 6
CANCELED: Spanish Language Daylong with Andrea Castillo
9:00am - 4:30pm
El retiro del 6 de Sept. de Dharma en Español queda cancelado. 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 as well as guest speakers who are local dharma leaders and parents.
September 14
Introduction to the Eightfold Path Program
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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. Taught by Chris Clifford and others.
September 18
Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Aspects of Concentration in Mindfulness Practice Five Thursday evenings: Sept 18- Oct 16 The Buddha taught that one who has cultivated samadhi, usually translated as concentration, see things as they are. This five-week series of talks and guided meditations will explore the practice of samadhi and how it relates to vipassana practice. Topics will include: the benefits of concentration practice, factors that support the deepening of concentration, how concentration relates to vipassana, and the role for concentration in developing wisdom.
September 25
Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Aspects of Concentration in Mindfulness Practice Five Thursday evenings: Sept 18- Oct 16 The Buddha taught that one who has cultivated samadhi, usually translated as concentration, see things as they are. This five-week series of talks and guided meditations will explore the practice of samadhi and how it relates to vipassana practice. Topics will include: the benefits of concentration practice, factors that support the deepening of concentration, how concentration relates to vipassana, and the role for concentration in developing wisdom.
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 2
Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Aspects of Concentration in Mindfulness Practice Five Thursday evenings: Sept 18- Oct 16 The Buddha taught that one who has cultivated samadhi, usually translated as concentration, see things as they are. This five-week series of talks and guided meditations will explore the practice of samadhi and how it relates to vipassana practice. Topics will include: the benefits of concentration practice, factors that support the deepening of concentration, how concentration relates to vipassana, and the role for concentration in developing wisdom.
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.
Death Café
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Death Café coming to IMC! Death Cafes are part of a global movement “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of our finite lives.” Join us for tea, dessert and a discussion about death. Facilitated by Catherine Byers and Jennifer Lemas.
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 6
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 7
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 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 9
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
Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Aspects of Concentration in Mindfulness Practice Five Thursday evenings: Sept 18- Oct 16 The Buddha taught that one who has cultivated samadhi, usually translated as concentration, see things as they are. This five-week series of talks and guided meditations will explore the practice of samadhi and how it relates to vipassana practice. Topics will include: the benefits of concentration practice, factors that support the deepening of concentration, how concentration relates to vipassana, and the role for concentration in developing wisdom.
October 10
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.
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 13
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 14
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 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 16
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
Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Aspects of Concentration in Mindfulness Practice Five Thursday evenings: Sept 18- Oct 16 The Buddha taught that one who has cultivated samadhi, usually translated as concentration, see things as they are. This five-week series of talks and guided meditations will explore the practice of samadhi and how it relates to vipassana practice. Topics will include: the benefits of concentration practice, factors that support the deepening of concentration, how concentration relates to vipassana, and the role for concentration in developing wisdom.
October 18
The Burmese and Thai Roots of Western Insight Meditation with Donald Rothberg - Sati Center event
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 - Introduction and Right View
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
October 20
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 21
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 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 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
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
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.