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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.

Dharma Mentoring Program: September 2013-May 2014
IMC is offering an eight-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 eight-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.

Application.


April 23
Taking Refuge: Class and Ceremony with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Class: 3 Wednesdays, April 23 – May 7, 7:30 to 9pm
Ceremony: Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 to 9pm

For those who would like to formally take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, we will have three classes exploring both the meaning of “going for refuge” and one’s personal interest and commitment to Dharma practice. On the evening of May 14, we will meet for a potluck supper, a sitting, Dharma talk and refuge ceremony. 

April 26
Romancing the Buddha – Sati Center daylong with Thanissaro Bhikkhu
9:00am – 5:00pm
An important part of understanding Dharma is understanding what is not Dharma. A great deal of American not-Dharma—what passes for Dharma but actually isn’t—comes from the thought of the early German Romantics.

Even though their names are little-known in America, their ideas have had an enormous influence on Americans attitudes about spiritual life. When approaching the Dharma, we tend to view it in light of these attitudes, which in some ways are congruent with what the Buddha taught, and in many ways run directly counter to it. This daylong course—through talks, readings, and discussions—will focus on understanding Romantic ideas about religious life and inspiration, the transmission of these ideas through American thinkers such as Emerson and James, their influence on modern American Dharma, and the ways in which this influence has seriously distorted our idea of what counts as Dharma and where Dharma practice leads.

There will be a meal offering for Ajahn Thanissaro and other monastics in attendance. If you would like, please bring food to offer at that time, otherwise, please bring your own lunch.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s biography

April 30
Taking Refuge: Class and Ceremony with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Class: 3 Wednesdays, April 23 – May 7, 7:30 to 9pm
Ceremony: Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 to 9pm

For those who would like to formally take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, we will have three classes exploring both the meaning of “going for refuge” and one’s personal interest and commitment to Dharma practice. On the evening of May 14, we will meet for a potluck supper, a sitting, Dharma talk and refuge ceremony. 

May 2
Dharma Practice Day: Mindful Steps to an Ethical Life
9:30am – 3:30pm
Mindfulness and ethics go hand in hand; each strengthens the other. This eight-month series offers training in mindfulness and ethical integrity as supports to the path of liberation. We will explore how mindfulness cultivates greater ethical wisdom and how ethical behavior cultivates greater mindfulness.

This series will be structured around the ten skillful actions that are the primary ethical guidelines taught by the Buddha. In the course of the series we will consider what perspective mindfulness practice gives to some of the important ethical issues of our times.

Each Dharma Practice Day will include guided meditation, teachings, exercises, and discussion. You are welcome to come to any part of the series. Please bring a lunch.
Dates: 10/4; 11/1; 12/6; 1/17; 2/14; 4/4; 5/2; 6/6

Gil Fronsdal’s biography

May 7
Taking Refuge: Class and Ceremony with Gil Fronsdal
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Class: 3 Wednesdays, April 23 – May 7, 7:30 to 9pm
Ceremony: Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 to 9pm

For those who would like to formally take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, we will have three classes exploring both the meaning of “going for refuge” and one’s personal interest and commitment to Dharma practice. On the evening of May 14, we will meet for a potluck supper, a sitting, Dharma talk and refuge ceremony. 

May 9
Mindful Parents Series with Rebekkah LaDyne
7:00pm – 8:30pm
An opportunity for parents to practice in community with mindful speech and listening, to meditate together, and to hear from local dharma teachers who also practice mindful parenting and mindfulness with children. The monthly series will alternate between sessions lead by local dharma teachers/ leaders, and sessions devoted to parent discussion groups. Facilitated by Patty McLucas and Liz Powell. No pre-registration required.

May 14
Taking Refuge: Class and Ceremony with Gil Fronsdal
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Class: 3 Wednesdays, April 23 – May 7, 7:30 to 9pm
Ceremony: Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 to 9pm

For those who would like to formally take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, we will have three classes exploring both the meaning of “going for refuge” and one’s personal interest and commitment to Dharma practice. On the evening of May 14, we will meet for a potluck supper, a sitting, Dharma talk and refuge ceremony. 

May 17
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

May 31
Metta Daylong with Andrea Fella
9:00am – 4:30pm
Beside insight meditation, metta or lovingkindness meditation is a foundational practice of our Buddhist practice. It is the opening to a compassionate heart, the heartfelt wish for the well-being of oneself and others. A day dedicated to cultivating friendliness and goodwill. The retreat will alternate periods of sitting and walking with instructions and discussion. The day will be primarily in silence. Recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring lunch.

Andrea Fella’s Biography

June 2
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Shin Kwan Park
10:00am – 11:30am
5 Monday mornings, June 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.

Shin Kwan Park’s biography

June 9
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Shin Kwan Park
10:00am – 11:30am
5 Monday mornings, June 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.

Shin Kwan Park’s biography

June 13
No subject
9:30am – 3:30pm
Mindful Parents Series with Dana DePalma
7:00pm – 8:30pm
An opportunity for parents to practice in community with mindful speech and listening, to meditate together, and to hear from local dharma teachers who also practice mindful parenting and mindfulness with children. The monthly series will alternate between sessions lead by local dharma teachers/ leaders, and sessions devoted to parent discussion groups. Facilitated by Patty McLucas and Liz Powell. No pre-registration required.

June 14
Intensive Daylong with Gil Fronsdal
6:00am – 9:00pm
This is a great opportunity for a full day of immersion in silent Dharma Practice. 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.

Fifteen minute Interviews with Gil will be available on a sign up basis.

You are welcome to come for the entire day or drop in for any part of the retreat. If you come for only part of the retreat, please enter the meditation hall only at the beginning of a scheduled sitting. If you come while a sit is in progress, sit in one of the chairs in the outer hall.

Bring breakfast and lunch. Light supper provided.

Schedule:
6:00 – 7:00 am Sit
7:00 – 8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 – 9:00 am Sit
9:00 – 9:45 am Walk
9:45 – 10:30 am Sit
10:30 – 10:45 am Walk
10:45 – 11:30 am Sit
11:30 – 12:00 noon Dharma Talk
12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 pm Sit
2:00 – 2:45 pm Walk
2:45 – 3:30 pm Sit
3:30 – 4:00 pm Walk
4:00 – 4:15 pm Dharmette
4:15 – 5:00 pm Sit
5:00 – 6:00 pm Supper/tea:
6:00 – 6:20 pm Temple cleaning
6:20 – 7:00 pm Sit
7:00 – 7:30 pm Walk
7:30 – 8:15 pm Sit
8:15 – 9:00 pm Dharma Talk

Gil Fronsdal’s biography

June 16
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Shin Kwan Park
10:00am – 11:30am
5 Monday mornings, June 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.

Shin Kwan Park’s biography

June 21
Daylong with Kim Allen, Chris Clifford, and Robert Cusick
9:00am – 4:30pm
Wisdom and compassion are said to be the two “Wings to Awakening.”

We may ask, how does the work we are doing seemingly on “ourselves” actually serve the world? One way is that it increases our ability to open to peace, joy, and connection amidst our common vulnerability.

In this day of practice, we will explore how wisdom and compassion complement, support, and enhance each other to bear fruit in our practice. Mindfulness practice leads to the wisdom that allows greater ease with change, loss, and other challenges of human life. And opening to our own fear, anger, sadness, and love is an essential aspect of true compassion for others.

This day is appropriate for both beginners and more experienced practitioners.

Kim Allen,
Chris Clifford, and
Robert Cusick

June 23
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Shin Kwan Park
10:00am – 11:30am
5 Monday mornings, June 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.

Shin Kwan Park’s biography

June 30
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Shin Kwan Park
10:00am – 11:30am
5 Monday mornings, June 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.

Shin Kwan Park’s biography

July 2
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Ines Freedman
7:30pm – 9:00pm
5 Wednesday evenings, July 2 – August 3

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

July 9
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Ines Freedman
7:30pm – 9:00pm
5 Wednesday evenings, July 2 – August 3

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

July 11
NO SESSION: Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm – 8:30pm
An opportunity for parents to practice in community with mindful speech and listening, to meditate together, and to hear from local dharma teachers who also practice mindful parenting and mindfulness with children. The monthly series will alternate between sessions lead by local dharma teachers/ leaders, and sessions devoted to parent discussion groups. Facilitated by Patty McLucas and Liz Powell. No pre-registration required.

July 16
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Ines Freedman
7:30pm – 9:00pm
5 Wednesday evenings, July 2 – August 3

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

July 19
Mindfulness Daylong with Nikki Mirghafori
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. 

Nikki Mirghafori’s biography

July 23
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Ines Freedman
7:30pm – 9:00pm
5 Wednesday evenings, July 2 – August 3

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

July 27
Summer Picnic at Stafford Park
11:00am – 1:00pm
Join your fellow sangha members – adults, teens, children, and babies – in sharing friendship and favorite summer foods at IMC’s summer vegetarian potluck picnic. This is a great chance to meet the people you meditate with. Everyone is invited and welcome. If you can, bring a dish for 4 to 6 people to share. If you can’t bring a dish, please bring yourself.

Stafford Park is about half a mile west on Hopkins Avenue, a very pleasant 10 to 15 minute walk from IMC.

July 30
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Ines Freedman
7:30pm – 9:00pm
5 Wednesday evenings, July 2 – August 3

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.
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.
NO SESSION: Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm – 8:30pm
An opportunity for parents to practice in community with mindful speech and listening, to meditate together, and to hear from local dharma teachers who also practice mindful parenting and mindfulness with children. The monthly series will alternate between sessions lead by local dharma teachers/ leaders, and sessions devoted to parent discussion groups. Facilitated by Patty McLucas and Liz Powell. No pre-registration required.

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

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
An opportunity for parents to practice in community with mindful speech and listening, to meditate together, and to hear from local dharma teachers who also practice mindful parenting and mindfulness with children. The monthly series will alternate between sessions lead by local dharma teachers/ leaders, and sessions devoted to parent discussion groups. Facilitated by Patty McLucas and Liz Powell. No pre-registration required.

September 13
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

October 3
Dharma Practice Day – Mindfulness of Breathing
9:30am – 3:30pm
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 10
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm – 8:30pm
An opportunity for parents to practice in community with mindful speech and listening, to meditate together, and to hear from local dharma teachers who also practice mindful parenting and mindfulness with children. The monthly series will alternate between sessions lead by local dharma teachers/ leaders, and sessions devoted to parent discussion groups. Facilitated by Patty McLucas and Liz Powell. No pre-registration required.

October 11
Chaplaincy Symposium
9:00am – 5:00pm
Welcoming Buddhist chaplains and those interested in deepening their spiritual care practice for a day of leaning and community-building. Presented by the Buddhist Chaplaincy Group. For more info contact Bill Hart at 415-567-9823.
October 31
Dharma Practice Day – Mindfulness of Breathing
9:30am – 3:30pm
November 1
Teens Retreat
1:00pm – 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 14
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm – 8:30pm
An opportunity for parents to practice in community with mindful speech and listening, to meditate together, and to hear from local dharma teachers who also practice mindful parenting and mindfulness with children. The monthly series will alternate between sessions lead by local dharma teachers/ leaders, and sessions devoted to parent discussion groups. Facilitated by Patty McLucas and Liz Powell. No pre-registration required.

December 5
Dharma Practice Day – Mindfulness of Breathing
9:30am – 3:30pm
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 12
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm – 8:30pm
An opportunity for parents to practice in community with mindful speech and listening, to meditate together, and to hear from local dharma teachers who also practice mindful parenting and mindfulness with children. The monthly series will alternate between sessions lead by local dharma teachers/ leaders, and sessions devoted to parent discussion groups. Facilitated by Patty McLucas and Liz Powell. No pre-registration required.

January 9
Mindful Parents Series
7:00pm – 8:30pm
An opportunity for parents to practice in community with mindful speech and listening, to meditate together, and to hear from local dharma teachers who also practice mindful parenting and mindfulness with children. The monthly series will alternate between sessions lead by local dharma teachers/ leaders, and sessions devoted to parent discussion groups. Facilitated by Patty McLucas and Liz Powell. No pre-registration required.

January 16
Dharma Practice Day – Mindfulness of Breathing
9:30am – 3:30pm