Daylong with bruni dávila & Ying Chen – July 20th

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. 

Compassion Cultivation Daylong – July 6th

With Nikki Mirghafori

A heart imbued with compassion is more peaceful, happy, and resilient in times of challenge and can be more fully present and appropriately responsive to the needs of our world — our selves, families, work, community, and society. Although everyone has the innate capacity for compassion, through practice, it can be better accessed and more skillfully expressed. In addition to the core Buddhist teachings on compassion, the daylong draws from the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) course developed at Stanford University, which Nikki is certified to teach. Through mini dharma talks, guided meditations, small group exercises, and Q/A we will explore the path to cultivation of this essential human quality. Appropriate for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring lunch.

Buddhism and Recovery Daylong Event – June 22nd

With Jennifer Lemas, Laura Burges & Michael Torres (Qi-Gong)

The Buddha said craving is the cause of suffering. Twelve Step programs work with the deepest forms of craving. How can these two traditions come together to deepen our spiritual life? Through a combination of Buddhist meditation practices, interactive exercises, lecture and discussion, the day will explore the ways that Buddhism and the 12 Steps complement each other. Beginners are welcome! The day is open to all those interested. You need not be in a Twelve Step program, nor have a background in Buddhist meditation. The day will include introductory meditation instructions. 

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

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 The Anapanasati Sutta found in Majjhima Nikaya MN 118 – the discourse on mindfulness of breathing. More information at Sati.org; registration required.

Course Material: We recommend purchasing The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha in the long run. There are also several online translations available for this sutta at  Sutta Central and Dhamma Talks

RSVP by April 29th is required to sign up for the course. Please email practicecourses.saticenter@gmail.com with your name and email address.


Four Foundations of Mindfulness Monday Evening Series with Gil

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

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 of our Dharma Talks.

Year End Letter from Gil Fronsdal

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 to our talks online through Audio Dharma and other websites.

It is remarkable that these three centers exist entirely due to the generosity of many people. All those who value our teachings, practice in our centers, volunteer, and financially donate to IMC contribute to the field of generosity and goodwill which allows us to continue.

In this annual fundraising letter, I first and foremost want to express my great gratitude to all the people who practice with and support IMC and IRC. For me, our community is a wonderful expression of the liberation, compassion, and love that the Buddha pointed to. When, years ago, I started teaching at IMC, I never could have imagined teaching in such an inspiring community based on the most meaningful values found in Buddhism. Many, many thanks!

The donations we receive in response to this end-of-the-year fundraising letter are a significant means by which we finance our three centers, including new ways to support people’s interest in mindfulness and Buddhist practice. For all forms of support we are deeply appreciative.

May the programs at IMC help address the sufferings of our world and bring Dharma joy to many.

With gratitude and best wishes,

Gil Fronsdal

Donations can be made on the website’s “Donate” page or by sending checks to

IMC,  108 Birch S Redwood City,  CA 94062

January 12 Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Daylong with Gil Fronsdal
Saturday, January 12, 20198:30am – 5:00pm
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 who already understand the basic practice of mindfulness; no instruction will be given. The schedule consists of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. At the end of the day Gil gives a Dharma talk. Brief interviews to talk about the practice will be available with Gil. Previous experience is recommended. Bring Lunch. Gil Fronsdal’s biography

Parking Around IMC

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 on the 100 block of Birch Street, i.e. the block IMC is on that is a one-way street. The exception is for people who are not able to walk more than a short distance.

It is also important that you not park in the Abigail parking lot across the street from IMC; your car may get towed.

Abundant street parking is found within a 3-minute walk of IMC. These can be found on El Camino, Brewster, Broadway and Hopkins near the intersection with Fulton. Parking further from IMC will not only help our neighbors, it will also provide more accessible parking for people for whom walking is a challenge.

Everyone’s help with this is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,



Summer-Fall 2018 IRC Newsletter is now available

The Summer-Fall 2018 IRC Newsletter is now available



Practice Discussions

Practice Discussions 2018

Eight-fold Path Program (2018-2019)


Application required to be assigned a mentor:  Application to apply here.  Applications due by Sept. 15, 2018.

Meeting Dates:

  • Sundays 1:00-3:30: Sept 23, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 7, Feb 3, March 3, April 7, May 5
  • Saturday (TENTATIVE): June 22 9:30 to 4:30 Concluding Daylong Retreat at IRC, Scotts Valley
 The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors so participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful. Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent.
The program has the following elements:
  1. 2-1/2 hour monthly meetings that include teachings, meditation, and discussions.
  2. Readings, reflections and practices for each month.
  3. A monthly one-hour personal meeting with an Eightfold Path mentor to discuss one’s practice and reflections on the Eightfold Path factors. (Mentoring slots are by application only, see note above, Sunday meetings are open to the public).
  4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley

Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s 5-week Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent.

Contact eightfoldpath@insightmeditationcenter.org with questions.

Sep 23 – Introduction to the Program
Oct 7 –  Eightfold Path Program – Right View
Nov 4  – Eightfold Path Program – Right Intention
Dec 2 – Eightfold Path Program –  Right Speech 
Jan 6 –  Eightfold Path Program – Right Action  
Feb 3 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Livelihood
Mar 3 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Effort
Apr 7 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Mindfulness
May 5 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Concentration
(Saturday (TENTATIVE)) June 22 Daylong retreat at IRC Scotts Valley

New Program: The Equivalence of Ethics & Enlightenment With Gil Fronsdal


Friday Sep 7, Monday Oct 1, Monday Oct 22, Monday Nov 26; 2019—Friday Jan 18, Monday Feb 4, Monday Mar 4, and Monday Apr 8, 9am to 3:30pm

Eight-month program from September to April  providing experienced practitioners an opportunity to delve into some of the deeper teachings of our Buddhist tradition in a community of other committed practitioners. We will study and discuss core principles of the Buddha’s teachings on ethics to understand the ethical nature of his teachings. We will discover how the Buddha’s path to awakening is an ethical path, that awakening itself is an ethical awakening, and that the awakened life is an ethical life. The program includes required monthly readings and writing short reflective essays.

To apply, fill out The Equivalence of Ethics & Enlightenment application.

Participation is by selection. Pre-requisites: at least five years of committed insight meditation practice, five seven-day (or longer) silent vipassana retreats, and completion of IMC’s Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent. To apply go to the IMC website Special Events page in June. Applications due by August 21. Notification of acceptance by August 31.

Labor Day Family Retreat for K – 5th graders and parents / guardians Sept 1 – 3

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1- MONDAY,  SEPT. 3. Jikoji Retreat Center, Los Gatos.

Enjoy a weekend of Family Practice, Parent Practice, Hiking, and Community.

We invite you to join us! During this weekend we will meditate together as families, as well as in separate groups for adult caregivers and children. There will also be plenty of time to explore our diversity in a kind and welcoming way, share our cultures and family traditions, enjoy hiking, arts and crafts, and spend free time relaxing outdoors. Everyone will also share in doing simple chores.

Jikoji is a rustic Meditation Center in the middle of an open space preserve off Skyline Blvd. in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Accommodations are camping and a limited number of shared dorm rooms.  Vegetarian meals will be provided.

Registration opens March 1.  Applications will be due by late June.

To apply, download, read, and complete ALL 3 of the following documents:  

FLIER               INFORMATION              APPLICATION