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2019 Children’s Book Drive

2019 Children’s Book Drive

Our annual children’s book drive to benefit the Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City has begun. As part of their holiday food distribution, IMC will donate new or nearly-new books for several hundred children. It’s a delightful way for our sangha to offer dana to our under resourced neighbors. Not only does it promote a love of reading, it brings smiles to many young faces as they select a special book for themselves and their siblings. Books from pre-school…

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Audiodharma App for Android and Iphone

Audiodharma App for Android and Iphone

For ease of use, personal archiving, and other special features in using Audio Dharma free Android and iphone app has been created by sangha member Christopher Minson.  It is available for Apple iPhones/iPads and Google Android devices at the Apple store or Google Play.. The Audiodharma homepage has a direct link to download the app. The app allows users to create their personal albums of archived talks, notated talks, and listening history. It also has features showing which talks are…

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Exploring Wise Speech through the practice of Insight Dialogue with Jill Shepherd (Sept 7)

Exploring Wise Speech through the practice of Insight Dialogue with Jill Shepherd (Sept 7)

9:30am – 4:30pm Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation into our experience with others. Resting on the foundation of traditional Buddhist teachings, this practice offers a way to integrate wisdom and compassion into our relational lives through mindful speaking and mindful listening.In this one-day non-residential workshop, we will use the power of relational meditation practice to understand the habits of heart and mind that lead to stress and distress,…

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Digital Detox: Meditation in Nature with Nikki Mirghafori (Sept 8)

Digital Detox: Meditation in Nature with Nikki Mirghafori (Sept 8)

Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA Join us for an afternoon retreat at the Environmental Volunteers’ EcoCenter located at the beautiful Palo Alto Baylands’ Nature Preserve. We will collectively turn off our digital devices and turn our hearts and minds to awe inspiring nature inside and outside. The event is held rain or shine, partly indoors and partly outdoors, sitting and walking. There will be guided meditation, periods of silent sitting and walking, Q/A, and…

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An Evening For People of Asian Background (Sept 11)

An Evening For People of Asian Background (Sept 11)

WITH GIL, LILU, AND YINGWEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 7:30 TO 9PMPeople of all Asian and South Asian backgrounds are invited to an informal discussion about IMC and participation in IMC. This is a chance to ask questions, raise concerns, and to describe challenges, joys, and possibilities that might exist at IMC for people born in Asia or descendants of Asian immigrants. People coming to IMC from an Asian cultural background will sometimes notice how different IMC is from the form of Buddhism or other religions they may…

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The Eightfold Path Program (2019/2020)

The Eightfold Path Program (2019/2020)

TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD, LIZ POWELL, BRUNI DAVILA & TANYA WISER Meeting Dates: Sunday 1:00 – 2:30: Sept. 8 Sundays 1:00-3:30: Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1, Jan 12, Feb 16, March 15, April 19, May 17 Saturday: June 13 9:30 to 4:30 Concluding Daylong Retreat at IRC, Scotts Valley The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path— a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program…

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Loving-kindness Daylong with John Martin

Loving-kindness Daylong with John Martin

Saturday, August 17, 9:00am – 4:30pm   Insight Meditation Center, 108 Birch St, Redwood City, CA 94062, USA    Description:This will be a day devoted to cultivating loving-kindness (Metta). The practice of loving kindness was taught by the Buddha to cultivate the natural beautiful qualities of an open and loving heart. The practice begins with ourselves and expands outward for all beings. There will be instructions and and teachings to develop this practice and to work with the challenges that…

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Deepening Meditation Program (2019-2020)

Deepening Meditation Program (2019-2020)

TAUGHT BY GIL FRONSDAL, DIANA CLARK & MAX ERDSTEIN Mondays, 9:30 am-4:00 pm: 8/26, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: 10/7, 11/11, 12/2, 1/6, 2/3, 3/2, 4/20 5/18.  Optional retreat: March 15-22. The DMP is an eight-month program giving experienced practitioners the opportunity to delve into meditation practice and the Buddhist teachings and instructions for meditation. The program will focus on understanding the different attentional factors involved in mindfulness, insight, and concentration meditation. We will also consider the supports and challenges…

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Live Video Streaming of IMC talks

Live Video Streaming of IMC talks

Video recordings of some of the Dharma Talks given at IMC are available on YouTube. When one becomes available there is a Video button associated with the talk in the Audio Dharma list of talks. All the video recordings can be reached from the Video link on the left menu on AudioDharma’s homepage.   Sunday morning talks by Gil (and occasionally other teachers) will also be live streamed. You can access the Audio Dharma Youtube channel directly at https://www.youtube.com/user/insightmed/vide

Study and Practice Series: The Anapanasati Sutta With David Lorey, Diana Clark, Kim Allen and Ying Chen

Study and Practice Series: The Anapanasati Sutta With David Lorey, Diana Clark, Kim Allen and Ying Chen

Sati Center Program at Insight Meditation Center Sati Center Program at Insight Meditation Center Wednesday afternoons, May 1st – May 29th⋅1:30 – 3:00pm Many forms of insight practice come from the ancient teachings of the Buddha and his disciples as documented in the suttas. In Study and Practice Series, we bring the elements of sutta study and practice together to enrich and deepen our Dharma practice. The sessions include teachings, discussions, practices, and Q&A. The first series will focus on…

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Four Foundations of Mindfulness Monday Evening Series with Gil

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Monday Evening Series with Gil [2018]

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Monday evening Dharma Talk series With Gil Fronsdal Starting January 7, for the months of January, February, and March, when he is present to teach on Monday evenings, Gil we give talks on the Buddha’s Discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.  These are the ancient teachings on mindfulness which are the source for the modern prcatice in mindfulness practice.

Dharma Talk Videos Now Available

Dharma Talk Videos Now Available [2018]

Audio Dharma Video In 2018 we began to video record some of the Dharma Talks given at IMC, and hosted on YouTube. When one becomes available there is a Video button associated with the talk in the Audio Dharma list of talks. All the video recordings can be reached from the Video link on the left menu on AudioDharma’s homepage. You can access the Audio Dharma Youtube channel directly at https://www.youtube.com/user/insightmed/videos In the future we hope to live stream some…

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Year End Letter from Gil Fronsdal

Year End Letter from Gil Fronsdal [2018]

Dear Friend of IMC /IRC/Audio Dharma, Thirty-four years ago a few people began to gather together in Menlo Park on Monday evenings to practice mindfulness meditation and listen to Buddhist teachings. They planted the seed that grew to become IMC. Not only do we now have an active urban meditation center, but we have the Insight Retreat Center, a thriving residential retreat center in Santa Cruz, and also a large “online center” of tens of thousands of people who listen…

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January 12 Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

January 12 Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal [2018]

Daylong with Gil Fronsdal Saturday, January 12, 2019⋅8:30am – 5:00pm 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…

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Parking Around IMC

Parking Around IMC [2018]

Recently we received a neighbor’s complaint about parking near IMC. In addition, a person from the Abigail senior living facility across the street interrupted a Dharma talk to announce that people attending IMC were using their private parking lot. We are eager to be good neighbors. We also realize that if we cannot reduce our parking impact we will need to reduce the number and scheduling of our programs. Therefore, we ask that people attending IMC events do not park…

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