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.

Dharma Mentoring Training Program (2017-2018)


Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except 10/6)

First year: (2017-2018): 8/28, 9/11, Friday 10/6, 11/20, 12/18, 1/8,  2/12, 3/12, 4/2, 5/7

Second year: TBD

IMC is beginning a new two-year long Dharma Mentoring training program in the fall of 2017. Dharma Mentors are practitioners who have matured enough in their own Dharma practice and understanding to support and mentor others in their practice. This program offers a training to prepare a Dharma Mentor to meet individually with people to support their personal Dharma practice, study, and reflection. In offering spiritual direction, Dharma Mentors are not Dharma Teachers; they are spiritual friends facilitating another person’s engagement with the Dharma.

Taught by Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella, the core of the program will consist of monthly daylong classes and practicums. During the first year, the practicums will include participating as a student in IMC’s mentoring programs. The second year involves being a mentor in these mentoring programs. More information can be found on IMC’s special events section of its website.  The opportunity to receive academic credit for the program exists through the Sati Institute (sati.org).

Prerequisites for the program are six years of regular insight meditation practice, a cumulative 60 days of silent meditation retreat practice, and a recommendation from a Dharma teacher.

Entering the Stream Program (2017-2018)


Monday Oct 2, Friday Nov 3, Monday Dec 8; Friday Jan 19, Monday Feb 5, Friday March 16, Friday Apr 20, Monday May 21, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

This eight-month program provides experienced practitioners an opportunity to delve into some of the deeper teachings of our Buddhist tradition in a community of other committed practitioners. We will discuss core principles and insights important in the Buddha’s teachings, including aspects of liberation and awakening. The program includes required monthly readings and short reflective essays. Participation by selection.   Application available on IMC website in July.

Pre-requisites: at least five years of insight meditation practice, five seven-day (or longer) silent vipassana retreats, and completion of IMC’s Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent.

To apply, fill out online application  Applications due by September 1, 2017.  Notification of acceptance in mid-September.

Questions: email imc.enteringthestream@gmail.com.


Eight-fold Path Program (2016-2017)


Meeting Dates:

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

The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors so that participants can discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful.

The program has the following elements:

  1. 2½ hour monthly group meetings that include teachings, meditation, and discussions.
  2. Readings, reflections and practices for each month.
  3. A monthly one-hour personal meeting with an Eightfold Path mentor to discuss one’s practice and reflections on the Eightfold Path factors.  This could be done in-person or by Skype or phone.  Out-of-area students may be accepted as space permits.
  4. Final daylong retreat at IMC.

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

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

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

Contact eightfoldpath@insightmeditationcenter.org with questions.

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

Oct 9 Right View

Nov 6 Right Intention

Dec 4 Right Speech

Jan 8 Right Action

Feb 5 Right Livelihood

March 5 Right Effort

April 2 Right Mindfulness

May 7 Right Concentration

(Saturday) June 17 Daylong retreat at IMC

Dharma Practice Day Series: The Ten Perfections (2016-2017)


Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sept 9, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, Feb 10 (ending at 2:30), Mar 10, Apr 21, May 19, June 16

Starting September 9, 2016, IMC is offering a ten month program of study and practice of the ten perfections (paramis).  These are ten qualities of character which, when developed, support both Buddhist practice and compassionate involvement with others. These ‘perfections’ are core Buddhist values. This Dharma Practice Day this Dharma Practice Day series is one of the core programs at IMC.  People are welcome to attend any or all of the Friday programs.  Bring lunch.

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