Special Events

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

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

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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Half-Day Retreat: Yoga and Meditation with Terry Lesser

Half-Day Retreat: Yoga and Meditation with Terry Lesser

Saturday January 14, 2012, 9am to 12:30pm This retreat offers an opportunity to develop a continuity of awareness in movement and in stillness. We will integrate yoga poses, breath work, relaxation, loving-kindness (metta), and guided and silent meditation and let the synergy of these practices inform and deepen one another to open heart and mind. The retreat is appropriate for beginners to either yoga or meditation as well as experienced yogis and meditators. You do not have to be flexible…

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Daylong with Gil Fronsdal

Daylong with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday December 10, 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 Fronsdal

Daylong with Gil Fronsdal

Daylong with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday November 12, 8:30am to 5pm 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 be given….

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Introducción a la Meditación en Espanol

Introducción a la Meditación en Espanol

Tuesdays, October 25 to November 22, 7:30-9pm Aprende a meditar y goza de los beneficios físicos y mentales. Curso de cinco semanas en el Insight Meditation Center  108 Birch St. Redwood City, CA 94062-1307. Los martes de 7:30 p.m. a las 9 p.m.del 25 de Octubre al 22 de Noviembre, 2011. Instructora: Andrea Castillo. El curso se ofrece gratuitamente. Si deseas puedes ofrecer una donación.

Teen Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Teen Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday November 5,  1-4pm Within Buddhism, meditation is one element of an integrated approach to living a wise and stress-free life. This retreat will include instruction and practice of meditation, and an introduction to the Four Noble Truths, the heart of the Buddhist teachings. The Four Noble Truths point to a happiness and peace not tied to our experiences in life. Discovering this happiness brings balance through all the changes life can bring. There will be time for peer discussion…

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Ceremony of Love and Remembrance

Ceremony of Love and Remembrance

Friday October 28, 7:30 -9pm Anyone who has lost a family member, friend or other dear person over the last year is welcome to join us for a chance to remember and honor those who have died but who enriched our lives and community. With the practices of mindfulness and compassion, we will have a period of silent sitting and rituals of remembrance, bereavement, and farewell. Bring pictures or mementos for our altar of persons you wish to honor/remember. If you…

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Dharma and Magic with Anushka Fernandopulle

Dharma and Magic with Anushka Fernandopulle

Four Thursday Evenings: Sept 22 – Oct 13  7:30 – 9:00 pm Sept 22 The Dharma of Harry Potter: How the magic of Harry Potter connects to the Buddha’s teachings. For Harry Potter fanatics or neophytes. You will learn spells. Sept 29 The Dharma of Time Travel: What is the past? What is the future? Can you travel through time? Oct 6th The Dharma of Resurrection: What does the Buddha say about life after death…..and should you care? Oct 13th…

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Before The Theravada

Before The Theravada

Sept 3, 9 to 5pm, Sept 4, 1 to 5pm, Sept 5, 9:30am to 12:30pm with John Peacock The earliest Buddhist teachings in their historical context. Exploration and conversation with John Peacock on how the Buddha developed a spiritual practice based on ethical activity and internal experience in contrast to the metaphysical thinking of his times. Note: times may change. Please check calendar closer to dates.

Work, Sex, Money, Dharma!

Work, Sex, Money, Dharma!

Saturday, October 22, 10am to 5pm with Martin Aylward A day to inquire together into some of the most strongly charged areas of our lives, bringing reflection and wisdom to places that we often most struggle, and strongly maintain our sense of identity; areas that a traditional monastic approach deals with by removing them from the lifestyle situation, but which as engaged, lay practitioners are crucial to explore, and deeply revealing as we make them more conscious.

Making A Difference A Vision For The Role Of Mindfulness In Society: A presentation

Making A Difference A Vision For The Role Of Mindfulness In Society: A presentation

Wednesday, September 7, 7 to 8:30pm with Gil Fronsdal As interest in mindfulness has exploded in recent years, the practice has been applied to many aspects of modern life. It has been shown to bring benefits in such areas as education, parenting, medicine, mental health, business, sports, prisons, and conflict resolution. Gil will share his vision for the important role mindfulness can have in our society and how it an help create a society that benefits and supports all its…

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The Torments of Mind: Greed, Ill-will and Delusion

The Torments of Mind: Greed, Ill-will and Delusion

with Ines Freedman 3 Tuesday Mornings: Sept 6,13,20 9:30-11:00 The kilesas are known as the defilements or torments of the mind –– they are greed, aversion or ill–will, and delusion. They are the primary roots of suffering in our lives, and are the central forces that Buddhist practice is meant to overcome. We will explore how these unconscious roots affect our lives, and how seeing them clearly and developing their opposites can lead to freedom. Ines Freedman’s biography

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

Wednesdays Sep 28, Oct 5, Oct 12, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2. 7:30pm-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,…

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