Video: Gil Fronsdal on “Being Present”

Being Present from Insight Meditation Center on Vimeo.

Dharma talk by Gil Fronsdal at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA, recorded February 10, 2010.

Video: Gil Fronsdal and “Starting Where You’re At”

Starting Where You’re At from Insight Meditation Center on Vimeo.

Dharma talk by Gil Fronsdal, recorded at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA on 1/20/10

Video: Gil Fronsdal and “The Road Less Taken”

Gil Fronsdal gives a short dharma talk on the poem “The Road Less Taken” by Robert Frost from a buddhist perspective.

Talk Given at Insight Mediation Center, Redwood City Ca. on Wednesday January 13, 2010

Young Adults (Ages 20 – 35) Sitting Group

Third Sundays of the month, 7 to 8:30pm

February 21: Martina Schneider

March 21: Spring Washam

Kate Janke started her meditation practice in 2004 at IMC. In 2005 she went to Thailand for six months to deepen her meditation practice in Southeast Asia sitting long retreats. This was a transformative experience that has propelled her to make Buddhist practice central to her life. Currently, Kate co-leads a Kalyana Mitta group for young adults and is one of the founders of the Saturday Night Sangha sitting group in the East Bay. She is also in the Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock. Kate works as the Coordinator for James Baraz’s Awakening Joy Course and her next adventure in spreading the dharma is as a mindfulness teacher in the Oakland Public Schools through the Mindfulness and Education Project.

Martina Schneider has been a student of the Dharma since 1996. She has done long-term intensive meditation practice at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has also practiced in India and was ordained as a nun in Burma. In recent years, Martina has worked in a soup kitchen and served as part of the Zen Hospice Project. At the present time, she is studying psychology and teaches mindfulness to children in elementary schools. She is currently in teacher training with Jack Kornfield.

Spring Washam is a meditation teacher and co-founder of the East Bay Meditation Center. She has practiced meditation intensively since 1997 with many teachers and is known for her joyful heart and loving spirit. She pioneer s bringing mindfulness-based meditation practices to youth and communities of color.  Spring is a Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader and leads a weekly sitting group in Oakland. She is in teacher training with Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Monday Evening Series: Buddhist Teachings on Peace and Non-Violence with Gil Fronsdal

Mondays, January 25, February 1 and 8, 7:30 to 9pm

Visit the Divine Abodes Series w/ Anushka Fernandopulle

Thursday Evenings, January 7, 14, 21, 28, 7:30 to 9pm

We will be exploring the brahma viharas, or divine abodes, on Thursday evenings in January. These are four states of heart and mind that the Buddha encouraged us to develop: unconditional kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), appreciative joy (mudita) and equanimity (upekkha). Each week we will learn the meditation practice associated with one of these and reflect on that state in our own life, its benefits, and the obstacles. We will also learn what mind/heart states masquerade as the divine abodes and how to notice them.

Anushka Fernandopulle has trained in meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition for over 20 years in monasteries in Sri Lanka and India as well as in urban US settings. She teaches dharma groups and meditation retreats around the country. Anushka also works as a leadership/life coach, facilitator and consultant. Her work is informed by a B.A. in social anthropology/religion from Harvard University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. More about her dharma teaching can be found at www.anushkaf.org

Video: Gil Fronsdal and “The Balance of Mindfulness”

The Balance of Mindfulness from Insight Meditation Center on Vimeo.

Gil Fonsdal recorded on September 9, 2009 at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA.

Video: Gil Fronsdal and “Non Conflict”

Gil Fronsdal talks about how “non conflict” is one of the central themes in Buddhism. Recorded at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California on Sept. 2, 2009.

Non Conflict from Insight Meditation Center on Vimeo.

Video: Susan Ezequelle and “Going Against The Flow”

Dharma talk given by Susan Ezequelle at Insight Meditation Center February 18, 2009

Going Against The Flow-Susan Ezequelle from Insight Meditation Center on Vimeo.