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Refuges Class with Gil Fronsdal & Andrea Fella

Tuesdays, May 3 to June 14, 7 to 9pm

No meetings on May 17, June 7

For those who would like to formally take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, we will have four classes exploring the meaning of “taking refuge.” Then, on the evening of June 14, we will meet for a sitting, dharma talk, and refuge ceremony. Those who have been in the refuge ceremony before are encouraged to come again to provide support and inspiration. Taking refuge is one of the most common rituals a lay practitioner performs in Theravada Buddhism. While it is done as a matter of course at ceremonies during retreats and when visiting a temple, it can be a pivotal moment when, for the first time, one takes refuge with a conscious intent of orienting one’s life in accordance to one’s deepest values and aspirations. Relating our practice to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, helps insure that our practice is not limited only to intellectual concerns or issues of personal therapy. It helps solidify a wide foundation of trust and respect from which true mindfulness practice can grow.

Women’s Daylong with Andrea Fella

Saturday, March 5, 9am to 4:30pm

Offers a space for women to gather in silence and community. Alternate periods of sitting and walking meditation, with instruction, questions, and a Dharma Talk. At the end of the day, we will gather in community to share refreshment and mindful speech. Bring your own lunch (in silence) and refreshment to share for the afternoon gathering, if you wish.

Mindfulness of Mind Daylong with Andrea Fella

Saturday, February 26, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Taught in the style of U Tejaniya. The simplicity, silence and support of retreats contribute to letting go of many distractions that get in the way of clear seeing and for developing a continuity of awareness. We will explore relaxed open awareness with an emphasis on qualities of mind, and the attitude towards one’s experience.. The retreat will alternate periods of sitting & walking with instructions & discussion. The day will be primarily in silence. Recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring lunch.

Hidden Villa Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal & Andrea Fella

Friday, May 6 to Friday, May 13, 2011 Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

This retreat and wait list are full. We are not accepting any more applications.

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Note: the application link will take you to our new web-based registration form. Please follow the directions from there. If you need a paper application, contact the registrar (contact info on flyer).

Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He has trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers’ collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 he received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He has been the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California since 1990. He is a husband and father of two boys.

Andrea Fella has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and, under Gil Fronsdal’s

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Young Adults’ Practice and Community Day

Sunday, July 25, 2010 1:30 to 5:30pm

Join teachers Andrea Fella and Donald Rothberg for a half-day retreat on the theme “Integrating Practice and Daily Life.” As a follow-up to the November daylong for young adults, Twheet, this event is geared to build community among in a supportive environment for practitioners roughly 20-35yrs. This special event will be co-hosted by teachers Andrea Fella and Donald Rothberg and features a mix of sittings, short dharma talks, and opportunities for group discussion. November’s Twheet attendees asked that more time in the next event be dedicated to practice, so this Community Day will not be a conference-style format but rather more oriented to meditation. Those looking for a full day of community with the larger sangha can also enjoy the usually scheduled IMC sit and potluck lunch in the morning of July 25th, and help pitch in with the potluck cleanup, before the Community Day starts at 1:30pm. Email ardenpennell@gmail.com with any questions.

Daily Life Practice Retreat w/ Andrea Fella

Sunday, February 20 to Saturday, February 26, 2011

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.

Retreat Schedule:

Sunday 2/20: 1:30 to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday mornings 2/21 to 2/25: 7:30 to 9 am Monday thru Friday evenings 2/21 to 2/25: 7:30 to 9 pm (Monday & Thursday we will integrate with the usual sitting program) Saturday 2/26: 9 am to 4:30 pm, daylong retreat

Hidden Villa Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal & Andrea Fella

Sunday, March 20 to Sunday March 27, 2011

Hidden Villa , 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Registration opens November 20, 2010

This retreat is currently full. New applicants will be placed on a waiting list and notified if spots open up.

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Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He has trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers’ collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 he received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He has been the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California since 1990. He is a husband and father of two boys.

Andrea Fella has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and, under Gil Fronsdal’s guidance, began teaching meditation classes in 2003. She is particularly drawn to intensive retreat practice, and has done a number

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Whole Body Breathing Daylong Retreat with Andrea Fella

Saturday, June 26, 2010, 9:00am – 4:30pm

During this daylong, we will explore mindfulness of breathing by connecting with the experience of breathing through the whole body. This style of practice encourages a relaxed focus on the experience of the breath.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Taught by Andrea Fella

Five Wednesday Evenings March 24 to April 21, 2010, 7:30 to 9pm

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.

Sati Center: Sutta Study – The Supreme Net Taught by Andrea Fella

Friday, April 30, 9:30am to 1pm

During this class we will study the Brahmajala Sutta, the first discourse from the Digha Nikaya. In this profound discourse, the Buddha describes sixty-two speculative views about the nature of the self and the world. All these speculative views are shown to lead away from freedom; the Buddha points to the craving and agitation that underlie them. Finally, the Buddha teaches the way out of the net of speculative views through the development of wisdom. A translation of this sutta can be found online at: http://www.knowbuddhism.info/2009/01/what-teaching-is-not-brahmajala-sutta.html

Mindfulness of Mind Daylong Retreat with Andrea Fella

Saturday, October 2, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Taught in the style of U Tejaniya, an approach to mindfulness emphasizing relaxation and careful attention to the attitude one has toward one’s experience; mindfulness in the context of one’s daily life.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,

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Mindfulness in Daily Life Retreat with Andrea Fella

(Householder Retreat)

Sunday to Saturday, March 7 – 13

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 daily life by surrounding our usual workweek and workdays with practice & discussion. A half-day retreat with instructions and discussion on Sunday, ending with a daylong retreat on the following Saturday. During the week, meet morning and evening. You may participate in any part of the program. • Sunday 3/7, 1:30 to 5pm • Monday-Friday 3/8 – 3/12, mornings: 7:30 to 9am • Monday-Friday 3/8 – 3/12, evenings: 7:30 to 9pm • Saturday 3/13: 9:30am to 4:30pm, Daylong Retreat

Three Month Course, Part 2 with Joseph Goldstien, Rebecca Bradshaw, Annie Nugent, Greg Scharf, Andrea Fella

October 24 – December 4, 2010

Insight Meditation Society Barre, Massachusettes

This three-month course, including its six-week partials, is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is an opportunity for students to deepen the powers of concentration, wisdom and compassion. Based on the meditation instructions of Mahasi Sayadaw and supplemented by a range of skillful means, this retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

Prerequisite is two retreats of a week or more with a recognized insight meditation teacher, or special permission.

For more information: http://www.dharma.org/ims/retreat_detail.php?id=196

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat with Andrea Fella and Pamela Weiss

Wednesday, August 4 to Sunday, August 8, 2010

Jikoji Retreat Center, 12100 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos CA 95033

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Andrea Fella has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and, under Gil Fronsdal’s guidance, began teaching meditation classes 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 Janaka. Andrea teaches residential retreats for IMC, and the Thursday evening meditation class. She is in the Spirit Rock teacher training program with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein.

Pamela Weiss is a Professional Coach and meditation teacher. She has been practicing Zen since 1987, including several years of monastic training, and is currently a teacher-in-training with Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock. Through her company, An Appropriate Response, she coaches leaders and executives in organizations, and leads meditation classes, workshops and retreats, as well as an ongoing Women’s Circle. The focus of her work is the integration of spiritual practice into the nitty-gritty of everyday life. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat with Andrea Fella

Memorial Weekend, May 28–31, 2010

Jikoji Retreat Center, 12100 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos CA 95033

This retreat is currently full. New applicants will be placed on a waiting list and notified if spots open up.

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Registration opens January 28, 2010.

This is a silent mindfulness retreat with alternating sitting and walking meditation, as well as instruction, Dharma talks, and interviews with the teachers. It will be conducted at the rustic Jikoji Retreat Center on Skyline Boulevard in Los Gatos.

Dormitory-style sleeping or camping. Vegetarian meals.

Cost: This retreat is offered entirely on a dana or freely given basis. The teachers and cook will be serving without compensation and the operational costs of the retreat (mostly for facility rental and food) will be paid from the Retreat Fund of the Insight Meditation Center (IMC). At the end of the retreat, participants may offer whatever dana or donation they wish to the teacher, the cook, and the IMC Retreat Fund. A refundable $100 deposit is required to reserve a space. Your deposit will be refunded as long as you attend the retreat, or cancel one week before the retreat begins.