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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.


Seven Factors of Awakening Program

TAUGHT BY MATTHEW BRENSILVER, MAX ERDSTEIN AND NIKKI MIRGHAFORI

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.


Entering the Stream Program (2016-2017)

TAUGHT BY GIL FRONSDAL

Mondays: Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5; Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 3, and May 15.- 9 a.m. to 4 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.

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.  Notification of acceptance in mid-September.

Questions: email imc.enteringthestream@gmail.com.


EIGHTFOLD PATH PROGRAM (2016-2017)

TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD, BRUNI DAVILA & KIM ALLEN.

Meeting Dates:

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

And Note: Though not part of this program, there will be a daylong on Sat. Sept 24 9:00-4:30 with Thanissaro Bhikkhu on the Eightfold Path, recommended if you are interested.

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.

To apply, fill out online application Application required by Sept. 15, 2016.

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


Summer Morning Meditation

LED BY DIANA CLARK

Weekday mornings, Monday July 11 – Friday August 19;  7:00am – 7:45am.

Want to jump start your meditation practice this summer?  Want to start your days with an inspiring dharma reflection?  Then join us for daily sits, Monday through Friday, 7:00 – 7:45 am this summer.  We will meditate for 40 mins and briefly discuss a dharma topic each morning for six weeks, beginning on Monday July 11.  Everyone welcome to participate any day or for all 30 days.  Let’s let the sunlight and warmth of summer support our highest aspirations.


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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