Events List

Events List

Sunday, January 12th
  • 8:30 am - 10:45 am Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal
    • 8:30 – 9:10 am Sitting
    • 9:10 – 9:25 am Walking
    • 9:25 – 10:00 am Sitting
    • 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma talk
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  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday Community Tea
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Earth Care Group

    A peer led group planning activities and building community while supporting each other in facing the environmental challenge.

    Planning for 50th Anniversary of Earth day in April 2020

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  • 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eightfold Path - Right Action with Chris Clifford, Bruni Dávila, Tanya Wiser & Liz Powell
    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.

    All are welcome to attend the Sunday sessions below. To be assigned a mentor for additional private monthly meetings, application is required. Please fill out the online application, which will be available in late July so that you can apply to get a mentor, to audit the course, and to receive course material via email. The deadline for applying is Sept. 1st. 

    Dates of Public Meetings at IMC (except for the first and last sessions, all are Sunday 1pm to 3:30pm):
    2019
    Introduction to the Path & Program–Sep 8 (1:00- 2:30pm); Right View–Oct 6; Right Intention–Nov 3; Right Speech–Dec 1 
    2020
    Right Action–Jan 12; Right Livelihood–Feb 16; Right Effort–Mar 15; Right Mindfulness–Apr 19; Right Concentration–May 17; Concluding Daylong Retreat at Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz—Sat., June 13 (9:30am- 4pm)

    IMC Website for more details
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  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dharma Bodhis Middle School Program (6th - 8th Grades) with Hilary Borison
    (Sixth graders have the option of attending Dharma Rocks and/or Dharma Bodhis) Led by Hilary Borison. A time to explore how the dharma can support challenges and opportunities pertinent to middle schoolers through small and large group discussions, mindfulness practice, creative activities, interactive games, pizza dinner, and opportunities for community service. No registration required, however, RSVPs are encouraged for dinner plans. Please contact Hilary Borison at hborison@sbcglobal.net or 650-575-2052 for more information or to RSVP.
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  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Buddhism and Twelve Step Support Group with Jennifer Lemas
    SECOND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH, 7:30 TO 9PM. Group discussion and study exploring the 12-Step program and and the teachings of the Buddha. The format includes a 30 minute period of sitting meditation, a reading on Dharma and recovery and open discussion on the reading. Everyone welcome. Facilitated by Jennifer Lemas, jennlemas@comcast.net.
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Monday, January 13th
  • 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm Yoga with Terry Lesser
    Each session uses a variety of asanas (poses) to focus and calm the mind, enhance breath and overall awareness, and develop flexibility, balance and strength. Beginners are always welcome. The class is a mixed level and everyone is encouraged to work in accordance with their own needs and abilities. Bring a large towel and sticky mat, if you have one. Terry Lesser's Biography
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  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Sitting and Talk: with Max Erdstein
    A 45-minute silent meditation session is followed by a 45-minute dharma talk. Please do not park on the 100 block of Birch Street (the block the Insight Meditation Center is one).
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Tuesday, January 14th
Wednesday, January 15th
  • 9:30 am - 12:15 pm Half-day Retreat with David Cohn
    • 9:30 – 10:15 am Sitting
    • 10:15 – 11:00 am Walking
    • 11:00 – 11:45 am Sitting
    • 11:45 – 12:00 pm Dharmette (Brief talk)
    • 12:00 – 12:15 pm Temple cleaning
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  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Happy Hour: Practicing Loving-Kindness with Diana Clark
    Join us for an hour of gladdening the mind and heart! In these weekly offerings we will explore gentle and gradual cultivation and expansion of heart practices, which are known to be both supportive for a mindfulness practice and transformative in their own right. Our hour together will start with a brief introduction to the week's topic, followed by a 30-minute guided meditation and conclude with discussion and a question and answer period. All are welcome.

    Out of compassion for our neighbors, please do not park on the 100 block of Birch St (the street where IMC is). There is plenty of street parking within a 2-4 min walk of IMC.


    Diana Clark's Biography
    Nikki Mirghafori's Biography
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  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Dharma Evening for People of Asian Background: the role of community in dharma practice with Ying Chen & Lilu Chen

    This interactive evening will consist of guided meditation, short dharma talk, and group discussions. Open to all self-identified people of Asian or South Asian background. 

    Questions? Contact asianimc2020@gmail.com

    Ying Chen's Biography & Lilu Chen's Biography
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Thursday, January 16th
  • 8:30 am - 10:30 am Yoga and Meditation with Terry Lesser
    Each session uses a variety of asanas (poses) to focus and calm the mind, enhance breath and overall awareness, and develop flexibility, balance and strength. Beginners are always welcome. The class is a mixed level and everyone is encouraged to work in accordance with their own needs and abilities. Bring a large towel and sticky mat, if you have one. Terry Lesser's biography
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  • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm IMC Support Group for persons with Life Threatening Illnesses and Chronic Health Challenges with Ying Chen
    Meetings include brief sittings and consideration of pertinent
    Dharma topics; the primary purpose of each group is to provide
    each participant an opportunity to share personal challenges, triumphs, hopes, and fears with individuals facing a similar situation.
    At least four days before attending the group for the first time, please contact
    Ying Chen at 408-802-6430 or yingchenb@yahoo.com
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  • 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm Basic Meditation Instruction
  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Sitting and Talk with Berget Jelane
Friday, January 17th
  • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 10 Supreme Supports for Meditation with Chris Clifford, David Cohn & Jennifer Lemas
    Fridays, 9:30-12:00 (not 9:00 as stated in the newsletter): Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 15, June 19
    The ten perfections (paramis) are ten qualities of character which, when developed, support both Buddhist practice and compassionate involvement in the world. This series will combine emailed readings and reflections with in-class teachings and discussion of what we read and reflected on. Sign-up forms will appear on the web in late July [at https://audiodharma.wufoo.com/forms/r1qumzdp06juayb/]. This is just a short form for getting on the mailing list for the course materials. No deadline, but please sign up if you plan to attend or audit the course. Suggested reading prior to the first class: http://ajahnsucitto.org/articles/parami-1-crossing-the-floods/. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and stay for lunch.

    Chris Clifford's Biography, David Cohn's Biography, Jennifer Lemas's Biography
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  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Dharma Inspired Book Group
Saturday, January 18th
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Daylong with Max Erdstein

    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.

    Max Erdstein’s biography

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