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Hidden Villa Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal and Paul Haller

Sunday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

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

RETREAT FULL AND WAITLIST CLOSED

Flyer Information Application

Applicants will be admitted to this retreat by lottery. All applications with deposits that have been received by July 1, 2011 will be entered into a lottery to be held on July 2. You will be notified during the following week if you have been admitted or are on the wait-list. Subsequent applications will be added to the wait-list.

(see Gil Fronsdal’s bio)

Ryushin Paul Haller is co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. He teaches throughout the U.S. and Europe and has led mindfulness programs to assist with depression and recovery. Paul has also taught in prisons and has a long involvement with the Zen Hospice Project. He also teaches the Chaplaincy Training Program for the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.

 

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.

Memorial Day Weekend Family Retreat: 3rd- 7th Graders and Parents with Gil Fronsdal, Rebekkah LaDyne, Liz Powell

Saturday May 28- Monday May 30, 2011

This retreat is now full. If you wish to be put on a waiting list, contact Liz Powell on the Application link below.

Jikoji Retreat Center, Los Gatos.

Flyer Information Application

Practice together as a family during a relaxed weekend that will alternate structured retreat practice with hiking and sharing circles. We will help to create the retreat together, from cooking to simple work projects, camping or sharing dorm rooms. Families will be invited to bring music and stories of dharma in daily family life to share.

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

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Sati Center: Sutta Study, The Discourse on the Buddha’s Last Days with Gil Fronsdal

Friday, January 21, 2011, 9:30am – 3:30pm

The Discourse on the Buddha’s Last Days: One of the most important of the early Buddhist discourses is the one that narrates the last days of the Buddha’s life. Knowing his death is approaching the Buddha gives some of his most significant and direct teachings.

“A Monastery Within”: Celebration and Book Signing with Gil Fronsdal

Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 7 to 8:30pm

7:00 pm Reception

7:30 – 8:30 pm Talk and Reading

Gil will give talk about the role of stories in teaching the Dharma and then read from his new book of Dharma tales, many of which he composed for use in his Dharma talks. Gil’s new book will be available for purchase and he will be happy to sign the book.

Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday January 22, 2011 9am to 4:30pm

This is a daylong retreat with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction in mindfulness practice, particularly in mindfulness of the body and a dharma talk. It is recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. No interviews. Bring lunch.

Gil is the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practiced Zen and Vipassana in the U.S. and Asia since 1975, was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985, and in 1989 began training with Jack Kornfield to be a Vipassana teacher. He ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. In 1998 he received a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Gil teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he is part of its Teachers Collective. He is a husband and a father of two boys

Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday, February 12, 2011 8:30am to 5pm

This particular daylong retreat is meant for people who already understand the basic practice of mindfulness; no instruction will be given.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 is the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practiced Zen and Vipassana in the U.S. and Asia since 1975, was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985, and in 1989 began training with Jack Kornfield to be a Vipassana teacher. He ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. In 1998 he received a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Gil teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he is part of its Teachers Collective. He is

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Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday, March 12, 2011, 9am to 4:30pm

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. No interviews. 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.

Flyer Information Application

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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Long Retreats Discussion and Follow Up with Gil Fronsdal

Friday, July 16, 2010, 10am to 2pm

This day will be open to those who have sat retreats of one month or longer sometime in the last 3 years. The time will involve meditation and discussion. Please bring lunch.

New Year’s Insight Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal, John Travis, Sharda Rogell, Adrianne Ross, Janice Clarfield (yoga)

Sunday, December 26, 3:00 pm – Sunday, January 2, 12:00 pm

This is a traditional Insight meditation (Vipassana) retreat format with sitting and walking in silence, and time for individual interviews. Teachers give daily dharma talks and systematic meditation instructions. We will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a late evening sitting and simple ceremony.

NOTE: This is a lottery retreat. To enter the lottery, download the forms from Spirit Rock website http://www.spiritrock.org/calendar/display.asp?id=222R10 or call (415) 488-0164 x 243 to request a form, after the open date.

Emptiness: A Meditation and Study Retreat with Guy Armstrong, Gil Fronsdal, Sally Clough Armstrong

November 11-18

The teachings, practices, and realizations of Emptiness have been important themes in Buddhism from the early days of Theravada on through the development of the Mahayana and Vajrayana schools. In this retreat we will introduce and explore the many meanings and implications of emptiness in Buddhist thought and practice through talks, readings, reflections, guided meditations, and group discussions. To support the study aspect of the retreat, there will be two talks a day, in the morning and evening, as well as group discussions. To support the meditation, the retreat will include regular sitting and walking periods and will be held in silence apart from the talks, discussions and interviews. Prerequisite(s): This retreat is suitable for those who have sat a total of 20 days in silent vipassana retreats.

See: Spirit Rock site: http://www.spiritrock.org/calendar/display.asp?id=210R10

Volunteer Appreciation Tea with Gil Fronsdal

Sunday, September12, 11:15am to 12pm

Gil would like to take this opportunity to offer his appreciation to the many volunteers at IMC for the generous gift of their time and efforts. It will also be an opportunity for volunteers to become better acquainted with one another.

Mindfulness of the Body Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday, September 11, 2010, 9:00am to 4:30pm

Mindfulness of the body lies at the foundation of Buddhist meditation practice. To support building a strong foundation, the day will include a variety of teachings and guidance on practices related to the body: instruction on how to practice mindfulness of the body, detailed instruction on meditation posture as well as a period of yoga supportive of meditation practice led by Terry Lesser. Bring lunch.

Dharma Practice Day: Loving-kindness and the Metta Sutta with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday, July 17, 2010, 9:30am – 3:30pm

During this day we will practice and discuss loving-kindness in light the Metta Sutta, the Buddha’s core discourse on loving-kindness. There will be time for guided meditation, teaching, and discussion of this important topic.