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Upcoming Sati Center Events

Upcoming Sati Center Events

The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies is sponsoring the following upcoming events. Saturdays, October 8th, 15th and 22nd, 2022 at 9:30 – 11am PDT, Experience and Stages of Awakening in Early Buddhism with Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā – via Zoom In this mini-series in three sessions Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā looks at the map of the four stages of awakening (stream-entry, once-return, non-return and arahantship) recognized in early Buddhism. They are explored through the prism of early Buddhist meditation theory and practice and contextualised…

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Individual Practice Discussions with IMC Teachers/Dharma Leaders

Individual Practice Discussions with IMC Teachers/Dharma Leaders

Several of IMC’s Dharma Leaders are offering an opportunity for an individual practice discussion each month. The sessions will provide a chance to process your sitting and daily life practice, ask questions, and be heard and supported. Please sign up for only one practice discussion per month so that everyone has an opportunity. Here is the link to sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ba9ad2faaf85-imcpractice Please bookmark the link so that you can sign up for a session in future months. New sessions available are posted every two months towards…

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A note from Andrea about her sabbatical: August 2022-August 2023

A note from Andrea about her sabbatical: August 2022-August 2023

I am taking a year-long sabbatical from teaching starting in August, 2022, so I am stepping out of the regular teaching I have been doing online for IMC on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Both classes will continue through the year!  The Tuesday morning class will be held by Dawn Neal and Marjolein Janssen.  The Thursday evening class will be held by Ari Crellin-Quick and Lienchi Tran. People have been asking me what I will do on sabbatical.  I asked another teacher…

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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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Buddhism in Nature

Buddhism in Nature

By Gil Fronsdal When the Buddha, at age 29, left his palace life to seek liberation, he spent most of his remaining fifty–one years living in the forests, woodlands, and parks of Northern India. These natural settings were the incubator for both his awakening and his teaching. The important connection he saw between nature and the practices he taught is encapsulated in his emphatic instruction to meditate in the forest at the foot of a tree. He claimed that as…

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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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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.