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.

Seven Factors of Awakening Program:


January – July 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fridays: Jan 29, Feb 26, March 25, April, 22, May 20, June 24 –

Saturday: July 9

The Seven Factors of Awakening are qualities cultivated on the path to liberation.  These seven – mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity – refer to both psychological qualities we can develop as well as practices to be undertaken.  When fully developed, they are know as the seven jewels of Buddhist practice.

This eight-month program is an opportunity to explore and practice with these aspects of Awakening as a support for meditation, daily life and the path of liberation.  This will be done through a combination of teachings, practices, and discussions.  Readings and reflections will be provided for practicing between the monthly meetings.

Pre-requisite: IMC’s Eightfold Path Program or the equivalent, 2-4 years practice, 2 residential retreats, or permission from the teachers. Contact imc7factors@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.


9-MONTH Dharma Practice Day – Mindfulness of Breathing (2015-2016)

TAUGHT BY Gil Fronsdal

A 9-month program focusing on the development of Anapanasati, Mindfulness of Breathing. Meditation on breathing is one of the most common forms of meditation in Buddhism. The program will be based on the Anapanasati Sutta which details the Buddha’s instructions for using the breath as a means to develop the entire path of meditation practice. It is a practice that develops insight, the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness, the 7 Factors of Awakening and ultimately Liberation. A combination of meditation, teachings, and discussions. You may attend any part of the series.

2015-16 MEETING DATES AT IMC (all are on Friday from 9:30am-3:30pm)

9/11, 10/9, 11/6, 12/4, 1/22, 2/19, 3/18, 4/15, 5/13



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. Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s 5-week Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent. The program has the following elements:

  1. 2-1/2 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.
  4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley (Saturday June 18th, 2016, 9:30AM – 4:30PM).

2015-16 MEETING DATES AT IMC (all are on Sunday from 1:00-3:30pm)

  • Oct 4 Introduction to the Path
  • Oct 25 Right View
  • Nov 22 Right Intention
  • Dec 13 Right Speech
  • Jan 10 Right Action
  • Feb 14 Right Livelihood
  • March 13 Right Effort
  • April 10 Right Mindfulness
  • May 22 Right Concentration
  • June 18 Daylong retreat at IRC

The enrollment period for mentoring has passed.  To audit the course (attend the group meetings and receive course emails), sign up:

Here to audit on the schedule shown above for the IMC-based program
Here to audit on the schedule for the Modesto based program

Dharma Mentoring Program:

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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