Events

Insight World Aid

Insight World Aid

Message from Gil In 2010, together with members of the IMC community, I helped start a non-profit called Insight World Aid (IWA) in order to provide medical and humanitarian aid to impoverished communities. I am still actively involved with IWA which during this time of a COVID-19 lockdown in Uganda  has donated $2,200 to the Uganda Buddhist Centre, led by Abbot Venerable Bhante Buddharakita, a regular teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts. This money allowed the center to…

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Dharma Circle for People of Asian Background meets monthly

Dharma Circle for People of Asian Background meets monthly

Fourth Sunday of the month 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Open to drop-in at any time The Dharma Circle for People of Asian Background now meets monthly. The group is facilitated by Lilu Chen and Ying Chen and is open to all self-identified people of Asian or South Asian background. No registration is required. For more information email asianimc2020@gmail.com. See the webpage for more information.  

Earth Care Group – 2020 Series

Earth Care Group – 2020 Series

Join us We are approaching the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. The Earth Care Group is hosting a series of events culminating in a gathering at Huddart Park where we will practice in nature—connecting with and honoring the earth. Dates Sunday, February 16, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Location: IMC Sunday, March 8, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm Location: IMC Sunday, April 26, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Location: Huddart Park, Oak Grove Picnic Area Practicing in Nature led by Liz…

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2020 Memorial Day Weekend Family Retreat

2020 Memorial Day Weekend Family Retreat

CANCELED: Memorial Weekend Family Retreat for K – 5th graders and parents / guardians May 23rd to 25th, 2020 SATURDAY, May 23rd – MONDAY, May 25th, 2020. Jikoji Retreat Center, Los Gatos. Enjoy a weekend of Family Practice, Parent Practice, Hiking, and Community The 2020 Memorial Day Retreat has been canceled due to COVID-19. We hope to see you next year. We invite you to join us! During this weekend we will meditate together as families, as well as in…

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Sat. January 18 – Daylong With Max Erdstein

Sat. January 18 – Daylong With Max Erdstein [2019]

Saturday, January 18, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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. This particular daylong retreat is meant for people who already understand the basic practice of mindfulness; no instruction will…

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New Year’s Eve Celebration with Tanya Wiser 12-31-2019

New Year’s Eve Celebration with Tanya Wiser 12-31-2019 [2019]

Join us Join us on New Year’s Eve for an alternative celebration of the ending of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation; some time for reflection and sharing; refreshments; and end by chanting and ringing the bell 108 times. It’s a tradition at IMC. Please come whenever you can and stay as long as you like. The only thing we ask is not to leave and return. Parking Please do not park on…

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Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal Nov 9

Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal Nov 9 [2019]

November 9, 2019  9:00 am – 4:30 pm Location: Insight Meditation Center 108 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA, United States [ Map ]  Description: Practicing mindfulness meditation on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. 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. Bring lunch. Gil Fronsdal’s Biography

Daylong Meditation Retreat With Gil Fronsdal Oct 5

Daylong Meditation Retreat With Gil Fronsdal Oct 5 [2019]

Saturday, October 5 ⋅ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Insight Meditation Center, 108 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA, United States  Description: 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. This particular daylong retreat is meant for people…

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Intro to Meditation with Gil Fronsdal starting Sept 25

Intro to Meditation with Gil Fronsdal starting Sept 25 [2019]

Wednesdays from September 25 – October 23, 2019, 7:30- 9:00pm. At: Insight Meditation Center, 108 Birch St, Redwood City, CA 94062, USA Mindfulness meditation, also known as insight meditation or vipassana, is a simple technique that concentrates and calms the mind. At the heart of mindfulness meditation is the 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,…

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Thanksgiving Morning Yoga and Meditation – November 22, 8:30-10:30

Thanksgiving Morning Yoga and Meditation – November 22, 8:30-10:30 [2018]

The morning offers a peaceful start to Thanksgiving Day, and invites us to reflect on our good fortune. Having the opportunity to come together in stillness and movement at IMC is one of our many blessings. We will play with a variety of yoga poses to focus and calm the mind, enhance breath and overall awareness, and invite our bodies to experience a full range of movement. The morning is appropriate for both beginners and experienced yogis. Everyone is participates in accordance…

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[2016]

Three Month Course, Part 2 (second six weeks) Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA October 22– December 3, 2016 With Rebecca Bradshaw, Annie Nugent, Andrea Fella, Greg Scharf, Alexis Santos For more information, see www.dharma.org February Month-long Jan 28 – February 25,2017 Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA With Guy Armstrong, James Baraz, Carol Wilson, Sally Armstrong, Andrea Fella, Bonnie Duran For further information see: http://www.spiritrock.org/ Two Week Mindfulness of Mind Retreat Sept 8-22, 2017 At Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, Castle…

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Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat [2015]

January 2, 2016, 9am-12:30pm After the busyness of the holidays, this mini-retreat offers a quiet and grounding place where we can slow down, deepen our meditation, connect with our bodies, and reflect on our intentions for the coming year. No experience is necessary. We will alternate between meditation in movement and in stillness. You do not have to be flexible to do yoga or have a particular body type; you need only to be as you are. Gentle postures invite…

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The Great Passing Away of the First Buddhist Nun: A Benefit for the Saranaloka Nuns

The Great Passing Away of the First Buddhist Nun: A Benefit for the Saranaloka Nuns [2015]

Saturday, November 14, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – reception 7:30 – 8:30 pm – Dramatization 8:30 – 9:00 pm – reception At IMC IMC will host a grand dramatization of the great passing away of the first Buddhist nun, the Buddha’s foster mother, Mahāpajāpatī. The dramatization will be based on an ancient poem that confidently asserts the spiritual potential of women. It also celebrates the role Buddhist nuns have for teaching the Dharma and displaying the attainment of liberation. Dramatizing the…

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Women in Buddhism Symposium: In Honor of the Nuns of Aloka Vihara

Women in Buddhism Symposium: In Honor of the Nuns of Aloka Vihara [2015]

On Saturday, November 14 the Sati Center will host a symposium highlighting the accomplishments of women scholars in the early years of Buddhist Studies in the West, on the one hand, and portraits of women as presented in the scriptures of early Buddhist literature on the other. We will celebrate the contributions of these women as part of a benefit to support the pioneering Theravada Buddhist nuns living at Aloka Vihara in the Sierra foothills. Bring a bag lunch. Lunch…

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