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Dharma Friends Phone Banking with Reclaim Our Vote

Dharma Friends Phone Banking with Reclaim Our Vote

October 14, 2020  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm October 21, 2020  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm October 28, 2020  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Everyone is welcome to join us for a get-out-the-vote phone banking party. This event, organized by IMC members in conjunction with Reclaim Our Vote, is an afternoon of collective (on Zoom) phone banking to encourage people to register and to vote in the November election. To find out more: 1. For more on Reclaim Our Vote, read…

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Invitation to take the IMC Community Survey

Invitation to take the IMC Community Survey

Since March IMC has suspended all of its in-person programs at our center and transitioned to offering programs online in order to support efforts to prevent or slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We will plan for a careful, safe future reopening of the center for in-person events and continue some online programs that have been running. Currently, we invite you to complete an online survey to share feedback, interests, needs, and recommendations for what happens at IMC…

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IMC Dharma Friends Refresh

IMC Dharma Friends Refresh

Dharma Friends is a group of IMC members whose goal is to encourage and support spiritually-based friendships by holding social events and activities for members of the IMC community. These events are an opportunity to bring practice into a more informal social setting. We are currently recruiting hosts and participants for a variety of events and activities in both virtual and socially-distanced settings. Examples of Dharma Friends events and activities under discussion include virtual brunches, on-line movie and discussion, craft…

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Message in the Wake of George Floyd’s Killing

Message in the Wake of George Floyd’s Killing

The horrific killing of George Floyd is heartbreaking. For the loss and unimaginable sorrow of his family and community, I offer my condolences. To Black people in the United States who live every day with the real possibility of violence, police brutality, and an ongoing onslaught of racism, we at IMC regret we have not done more to counter the tide of rising racism. The heart-wrenching police brutality toward peaceful protestors reveals the very deep wound that racism is for our…

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Small Group Practice Discussions with IMC Teachers/Dharma Leaders

Small Group Practice Discussions with IMC Teachers/Dharma Leaders

We are offering once-weekly opportunities to connect with IMC and other practitioners in a small group setting via Zoom. IMC teachers/Dharma Leaders will answer questions and offer supportive teachings and practices. Emphasis will be on what is arising for participants in meditation and daily life. Take advantage of the small group format (8 persons) for connecting with fellow practitioners. Listen to one another as we talk about dharma practice, feelings and experiences. Meetings are offered at different times and with…

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IMC now offers Support Groups on Zoom

IMC now offers Support Groups on Zoom

IMC teachers and Dharma Leaders are offering small COVID-19 era support groups via Zoom. These a once-weekly opportunity to join changing groups with different teachers to talk together about our experience during these times, how we are practicing with it, and what Dharma resources and teachings we are relying on. You can sign up to  a group at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B45ACA92DA3F85-imcgroups

Powering IRC for the 21st Century: Letter from Gil on IRC’s Renewable Energy Initiative

Powering IRC for the 21st Century: Letter from Gil on IRC’s Renewable Energy Initiative

Dear friends of IRC and IMC, For 2020, we are committed to upgrading the electrical system at our Insight Retreat Center so that 100% of our power comes from solar panels, with battery backup. We also plan to install a new backup generator fueled by propane (which is less polluting than our current diesel generator) and to upgrade our electrical system so that retreats can continue to run smoothly when power outages occur. We are enthusiastic about converting to renewable…

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Jan-April: Intro to Buddhism Series with Gil Fronsdal

Jan-April: Intro to Buddhism Series with Gil Fronsdal

From January 6 to sometime in April, for the first ten Mondays that Gil is speaking at IMC’s regular Monday evening sitting, his Dharma Talks will focus on providing an introduction to Buddhism.  Among the topics covered in the series are the Life of the Buddha, Awakening, the Path to Awakening, the Eightfold Path, Meditation, Living a Buddhist Life, and Refuge.  Check the IMC calendar for the Mondays Gill well be present.  Everyone welcome.

2019 Year End Letter from Gil Fronsdal

2019 Year End Letter from Gil Fronsdal

Autumn, 2019 Dear Friends, Next year I will have taught for IMC for 30 years! This has been a time for me to reflect on all the changes I have seen as a teacher. Thirty years ago, we were mostly a group of beginners. It is inspiring to see the personal growth, healing, and spiritual maturation in people who have practiced at MC and lRC or have been listening to Audiodharma. In 1990, we were mostly just beginning to learn…

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Intro to Meditation with Gil Fronsdal starting Sept 25

Intro to Meditation with Gil Fronsdal starting Sept 25

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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