Events List

Events List

Sunday, October 13th
  • 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
  • 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, October 14th
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm DMP Practice Discussion with Diana Clark
    An optional group practice discussion for those participating in the DMP program.
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  • 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 Gil Fronsdal
    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, October 15th
Wednesday, October 16th
  • 9:30 am - 12:15 pm Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal
    • 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 Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
    Wednesdays from September 25 - October 23, 7:30- 9:00pm.

    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, it is also a spiritual path that gradually dissolves the barriers to the full development of our wisdom and compassion.

    During this introductory course, the basic instructions in mindfulness meditation will be given sequentially, starting with a focus on mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, emotions, thinking, and the application of mindfulness in daily life.

    Gil Fronsdal’s biography
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Thursday, October 17th
  • 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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  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm DMP Practice Discussion with Max Erdstein
    An optional group practice discussion for those participating in the DMP program.
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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 Andrea Fella
Friday, October 18th
Saturday, October 19th
  • 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Emptiness with Nikki Mirghafori
    What is the teaching on emptiness?  The third century Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna said: “Emptiness wrongly grasped is like picking up a poisonous snake by the wrong end.”  An incorrect understanding of this teaching can lead to nihilism or spiritual bypass.  A wise discernment of this subtle teaching can serve as a liberating way to perceive phenomena and the self, leading to freedom and compassion.  In this daylong, we approach teachings on emptiness both intellectually, through lectures and discussions, and experientially (to the extent possible) through guided meditations.  Bring a bag lunch.

    Nikki Mirghafori Biography 
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