Special Events

Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal Nov 9

Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal Nov 9

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

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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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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Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein

Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein [2014]

Aspects of Concentration in Mindfulness Practice Five Thursday evenings Sept 18 – Oct 16 7:30pm – 9:00pm The Buddha taught that one who has cultivated samadhi, usually translated as concentration, see things as they are. This five-week series of talks and guided meditations will explore the practice of samadhi and how it relates to vipassana practice. Topics will include: the benefits of concentration practice, factors that support the deepening of concentration, how concentration relates to vipassana, and the role for…

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Establishing A Practice Group

Establishing A Practice Group [2014]

4 Monday evenings, October 6, 13, 20, and 27, 7:30 – 9 pm, at IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D. People who have completed IMC’s Introduction to Meditation class, are welcome to apply to be part of a small four week support group focused on getting further established in a regular meditation practice. The group will be led by Chris Clifford, a long time IMC practitioner and instructor. Participants will have a chance to have a personal meeting with Chris to…

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Finding the Dharma in the Midst of Conflict with Daniel Bowling

Finding the Dharma in the Midst of Conflict with Daniel Bowling [2014]

A two week series: Thursday June 12 and June 19     7:30 – 9:00 pm Whenever we are caught up in conflict with another, it’s as if we are enveloped in fog. Maintaining mindful presence becomes much more difficult. In these moments, we are more likely to create a separate sense of self and blame the one(s) with whom we are in conflict and/or attack ourselves. This two week series focus on the Buddha’s teachings on conflict, including specific…

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The Three Characteristics: Suffering, Impermanence & Not-Self with Maria Straatmann

The Three Characteristics: Suffering, Impermanence & Not-Self with Maria Straatmann [2013]

Four Tuesday mornings: February 4, 11, 18, 25 9:30 – 11:00am These three conditions characterize all of our existence. To “see things as they really are” means seeing experience in the context of: the impermanence of all things, the presence/unsatisfactoriness of suffering; and the realization that we are not our experiences. This series will delve into the encounter, insight and freedom inherent in the unfolding of these factors in our lives. Week 1: Impermanence Week 2: Suffering Week 3: Not-Self…

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The Four Truths and the Eightfold Path with Tony Bernhard

The Four Truths and the Eightfold Path with Tony Bernhard [2013]

Four Thursday evenings: January 2,9,16,23 7:30pm – 9:00pm In this four-week series, we will explore the Buddha’s key teachings on suffering and dissatisfaction. The series will particularly investigate the path of practice that leads to the ending of suffering. January 2: The Four Truths January 9: The Path of Practice: Wisdom (Panna) January 16: The Path of Practice: Ethics (Sila) January 23: The Path of Practice: Mental Cultivation (Samadhi) Tony Bernhard’s biography

Beautifying the Mind with Kim Allen (week 3)

Beautifying the Mind with Kim Allen (week 3) [2013]

A 3-part series on January 7, 14, and 21 * Generosity * Benevolence * Serenity, Insight, and Peace The path of Buddhist practice includes both letting go of harmful actions and mindstates and cultivating wholesome actions and mindstates. Each one beautifies the mind and leads it away from suffering. In this series of three talks, we will examine some of the key areas of practice that cultivate the mind — generosity, harmlessness, goodwill, and meditation. Kim Allen’s biography

Beautifying the Mind with Kim Allen (week 2)

Beautifying the Mind with Kim Allen (week 2) [2013]

A 3-part series on January 7, 14, and 21 * Generosity * Benevolence * Serenity, Insight, and Peace The path of Buddhist practice includes both letting go of harmful actions and mindstates and cultivating wholesome actions and mindstates. Each one beautifies the mind and leads it away from suffering. In this series of three talks, we will examine some of the key areas of practice that cultivate the mind — generosity, harmlessness, goodwill, and meditation. Kim Allen’s biography

Beautifying the Mind with Kim Allen (Week 1)

Beautifying the Mind with Kim Allen (Week 1) [2013]

A 3-part series on January 7, 14, and 21 * Generosity * Benevolence * Serenity, Insight, and Peace The path of Buddhist practice includes both letting go of harmful actions and mindstates and cultivating wholesome actions and mindstates. Each one beautifies the mind and leads it away from suffering. In this series of three talks, we will examine some of the key areas of practice that cultivate the mind — generosity, harmlessness, goodwill, and meditation. Kim Allen’s biography

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Nikki Mirghafori (Week 4)

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Nikki Mirghafori (Week 4) [2013]

Four Thursday evenings:  Sept 12,19,26, Oct 3 The teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta, are considered the core practices that make up a direct path to realization.  This four week series explores these foundational practices, which comprise the contemplation of the body, feelings, mind, and mental phenomena.   We will explore both a conceptual discussion and understanding of the teachings, as well as experiential practice pointers on and off the cushion.  The series will also include reflections…

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The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Nikki Mirghafori (Week 3)

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Nikki Mirghafori (Week 3) [2013]

Four Thursday evenings:  Sept 12,19,26, Oct 3 The teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta, are considered the core practices that make up a direct path to realization.  This four week series explores these foundational practices, which comprise the contemplation of the body, feelings, mind, and mental phenomena.   We will explore both a conceptual discussion and understanding of the teachings, as well as experiential practice pointers on and off the cushion.  The series will also include reflections…

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The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Nikki Mirghafori (Week 2)

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Nikki Mirghafori (Week 2) [2013]

Four Thursday evenings:  Sept 12,19,26, Oct 3 The teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta, are considered the core practices that make up a direct path to realization.  This four week series explores these foundational practices, which comprise the contemplation of the body, feelings, mind, and mental phenomena.   We will explore both a conceptual discussion and understanding of the teachings, as well as experiential practice pointers on and off the cushion.  The series will also include reflections…

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The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Nikki Mirghafori (Week 1)

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Nikki Mirghafori (Week 1) [2013]

Four Thursday evenings:  Sept 12,19,26, Oct 3 The teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta, are considered the core practices that make up a direct path to realization.  This four week series explores these foundational practices, which comprise the contemplation of the body, feelings, mind, and mental phenomena.   We will explore both a conceptual discussion and understanding of the teachings, as well as experiential practice pointers on and off the cushion.  The series will also include reflections…

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