Events List

Events List

Events List

IMC is pleased to offer many of our programs online.

IMC is currently considering ways to reopen IMC and IRC to in-person programs.  As of now, there are no plans to reopen before late-summer or early-fall.  IMC is committed to creating a safe and welcoming practice environment for all.

To view the standalone events calendar, click here. To access the calendar from other applications, click here (iCal).

Monday, February 19th
  • 7:00 am - 7:45 am YouTube: Sitting and Dharmette With Gil Fronsdal 7:00 am - 7:45 am
    YouTube Livestream   |   IMC Website Livestream
      Each weekday morning Gil leads a lightly-guided 30-minute meditation (7-7:30 am) followed by a brief discussion of a dharma topic (7:30-7:45 am).  Each week will be a different topic and each day will be a further exploration of that week's topic.
      This offering is broadcast live (and recorded) on YouTube.  You can access it on the IMC website at  https://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/live-video/  Alternatively, you can also access it directly on YouTube at  https://www.youtube.com/user/insightmed/live.
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  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Zoom: Happy Hour: Practicing Loving-Kindness with Ying Chen
    Zoom & YT: Join us for an hour of gladdening the mind! We will explore gentle and gradual cultivation of heart practices, which are both supportive for mindfulness and transformative in their own right.  Format: 5-10 min intro, 30-minute guided meditation, small-group practice, and discussion & Q/A. 

    Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/92006340224?pwd=U3dZZVVLWVpaeWtGWHQ5eGg1Lzc0UT09
    Meeting ID: 920 0634 0224; Passcode: metta
    One tap mobile:  +16699006833,,92006340224# US (San Jose)
    IMC YouTube Channel (Zoom is streamed live on YT concurrently): https://www.youtube.com/user/insightmed/live
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  • 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm NEW TIME: Meditation and Talk with Diana Clark
    Please join us as we meditate together then hear and discuss a dharma talk.

    30 min silent meditation
    30 min dharma talk
    15 min Q&A

    Offered in-person and broadcast live on YouTube. The link for watching on our YouTube channel is here

    (If you'd like to donate to the teacher or to the center, you can visit IMC's donation page here)
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Tuesday, February 20th
Wednesday, February 21st
  • 7:00 am - 7:45 am YouTube: Sitting and Dharmette With Gil Fronsdal 7:00 am - 7:45 am
    YouTube Livestream   |   IMC Website Livestream
      Each weekday morning Gil leads a lightly-guided 30-minute meditation (7-7:30 am) followed by a brief discussion of a dharma topic (7:30-7:45 am).  Each week will be a different topic and each day will be a further exploration of that week's topic.
      This offering is broadcast live (and recorded) on YouTube.  You can access it on the IMC website at  https://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/live-video/  Alternatively, you can also access it directly on YouTube at  https://www.youtube.com/user/insightmed/live.
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  • 9:30 am - 12:15 pm Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

      Attendance to this half-day retreat requires being COVID vaccinated and boosted. Wearing a maks is optional but no longer required. 

    • 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
    • 12:15 – Informal Lunch Gathering (bring bag lunch)

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  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Zoom: Happy Hour: Practicing Loving-Kindness with Ying Chen
    Zoom & YT: Join us for an hour of gladdening the mind! We will explore gentle and gradual cultivation of heart practices, which are both supportive for mindfulness and transformative in their own right.  Format: 5-10 min intro, 30-minute guided meditation, small-group practice, and discussion & Q/A. 

    Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/92006340224?pwd=U3dZZVVLWVpaeWtGWHQ5eGg1Lzc0UT09
    Meeting ID: 920 0634 0224; Passcode: metta
    One tap mobile:  +16699006833,,92006340224# US (San Jose)
    IMC YouTube Channel (Zoom is streamed live on YT concurrently): https://www.youtube.com/user/insightmed/live
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  • 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm In-Person & YouTube: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
    Wednesdays from January 31 - February 28, 7:15 - 8:45 pm
    YouTube Livestream   |   IMC Website Livestream

    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, February 22nd
  • 7:00 am - 7:45 am YouTube: Sitting and Dharmette With Gil Fronsdal 7:00 am - 7:45 am
    YouTube Livestream   |   IMC Website Livestream
      Each weekday morning Gil leads a lightly-guided 30-minute meditation (7-7:30 am) followed by a brief discussion of a dharma topic (7:30-7:45 am).  Each week will be a different topic and each day will be a further exploration of that week's topic.
      This offering is broadcast live (and recorded) on YouTube.  You can access it on the IMC website at  https://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/live-video/  Alternatively, you can also access it directly on YouTube at  https://www.youtube.com/user/insightmed/live.
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  • 9:00 am - 10:45 am In-Person 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.
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  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Zoom: Women's Circle of Mindfulness with Hilary Borison
    A gathering for self-identified women who wish to deepen practice in a loving community, as we learn to weave  mindfulness throughout our daily lives. For more information and to receive the zoom link, please contact Hilary at hborison@sbcglobal.net.
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  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Zoom: Happy Hour: Practicing Loving-Kindness with Liz Powell
    On Zoom: Join us for an hour of gladdening the mind! We will explore gentle and gradual cultivation of heart practices, which are both supportive for mindfulness and transformative in their own right.  Format: 5-10 min intro, 30-minute guided meditation, small-group practice, and discussion and Q/A. 

    Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/92006340224?pwd=U3dZZVVLWVpaeWtGWHQ5eGg1Lzc0UT09
    Meeting ID: 920 0634 0224; Passcode: metta
    One tap mobile:  +16699006833,,92006340224# US (San Jose)
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  • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Dharma Practice Thursdays: Bringing the Dharma to Life in Community with Tanya Wiser
    Location: In-person at IMC
    Topic: The Four Noble Truths and The Five Hindrances during January and February

    Join us on Thursdays for in-depth exploration of various Dharma topics. The format of Dharma Practice Thursday includes sharing reflections on our practice the previous week; a guided meditation; a short dharma talk; discussions in small groups; and finally sharing with all participants. The group discussions focus on the evening’s dharma topic, and provide ample opportunity to ask questions. Suitable for beginners and experienced beginners (i.e., anyone with an ongoing meditation practice, no matter how long).
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  • 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Zoom: Meditation & Talk with Neesha Patel
    A sitting, followed by a short reflection and Q&A.  

    Liz Powell will offer a lightly guided 30-minute sitting, a short dharma talk, and time for practice questions and discussion.  Ari Crellin-Quick, who usually facilitates on the first and third Thursdays, is on retreat through March 2024. Various guest teachers will also occasionally lead the group.


    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86725123624?pwd=blNOOXJwUGZ0V3pySjU5eTBjd2UyUT09


    Passcode: 077971

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    Meeting ID: 867 2512 3624

    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcm4fPuJ3e

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Friday, February 23rd
  • 7:00 am - 7:45 am YouTube: Sitting and Dharmette With Gil Fronsdal 7:00 am - 7:45 am
    YouTube Livestream   |   IMC Website Livestream
      Each weekday morning Gil leads a lightly-guided 30-minute meditation (7-7:30 am) followed by a brief discussion of a dharma topic (7:30-7:45 am).  Each week will be a different topic and each day will be a further exploration of that week's topic.
      This offering is broadcast live (and recorded) on YouTube.  You can access it on the IMC website at  https://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/live-video/  Alternatively, you can also access it directly on YouTube at  https://www.youtube.com/user/insightmed/live.
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  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Via Zoom: Dharma Inspired Book Group

    Dharma Inspired Book Group. Go to Dharma Friends Website for zoom instructions and information about our current book.

     

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  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Zoom: Happy Hour: Practicing Loving-Kindness with bruni davila
    Zoom: Join us for an hour of gladdening the mind! We will explore gentle and gradual cultivation of heart practices, which are both supportive for mindfulness and transformative in their own right.  Format: 5-10 min intro, 30-minute guided meditation, small-group practice, and discussion & Q/A. 

    Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/92006340224?pwd=U3dZZVVLWVpaeWtGWHQ5eGg1Lzc0UT09
    Meeting ID: 920 0634 0224; Passcode: metta
    One tap mobile:  +16699006833,,92006340224# US (San Jose)
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Saturday, February 24th
  • 8:30 am - 10:00 am Earth Care Meeting: A Biologist's Take on Climate Change and CO2 Removal with Barry Rothman
    On Zoom

    In his talk, A Biologist's Take on Climate Change and CO2 Removal, Barry will discuss carbon chemistry as it pertains to life and climate, and then review the methods presently available for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. One of his abiding interests is to make scientific information easily accessible to non-scientists.


    Barry Rothman earned his PhD in Biochemistry and Neuroscience from Cal Tech and performed post-doctoral research at the University of Texas Medical Branch and at UC San Francisco. He was a Biology professor at San Francisco State University, where over a period of 29 years he ran a research lab, taught at all levels of the curriculum, and created and ran a program that helped disadvantaged and minority students gain entry to medical schools. Since semi-retirement, he has focused on yoga, meditation, continuing his interests in language and culture, and mentoring students who were previously incarcerated.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Earth Care group at EarthCare.Dharma@gmail.com

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89645479739?pwd=cG50SmViQ1hpaEFTSzdWNUY0Ky9PZz09

    Meeting ID: 896 4547 9739
    Passcode: 786010
    One tap mobile
    +16699009128,,89645479739#,,,,*786010# US (San Jose)
    +16694449171,,89645479739#,,,,*786010# US
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  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Introduction to Insight Meditation Daylong Retreat with Matthew Brensilver
    In-person only at IMC
    Offered by: Matthew Brensilver

    There are so many doorways into the dharma because the dharma is so many things. The Buddhist path is a process of self-understanding, dramatically refining the map of our inner landscape, simultaneously clarifying the inner life of others. It is a path of love, beginning with our sincerity and culminating in our devotion to the welfare of others. Insight meditation responds to the vicissitudes of life — the ultimately ungovernable tides of pleasure and pain - by cultivating equanimity and a sense of inner refuge. It is a path of peace, and peace is the only thing that doesn’t fatigue the heart.
     
    In this daylong retreat, we’ll explore the foundational teachings of insight meditation and learn several approaches to meditation practice. The day will include dharma talks, guided and silent meditation, and time for questions and dialogue. All are welcome. Bring lunch.

    The program is offered freely, with no registration needed. If you'd like to donate to the teacher or the center, you can visit IMC's donation page here
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  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm The Way to the Far Shore Pārāyanavagga: Sutta Nipāta Book Five with Leigh Brasington
    Hosted by the Sati Center
    Online via Zooom

    Register

    This program will take an in-depth look at the 16 suttas found in Sutta Nipata Book V. Many scholars believe these discourses were composed early in the development of Buddhism, prior to the inevitable institutionalization of the tradition. These suttas are presented as conversations in which the Buddha addresses questions posed by learned brahmins, for example: "Where do mind-and-body completely cease?" "Who here in the world is content?"; "What is the origin of dukkha?"; and "How should one view the world so the King of Death does not see one?" Together, we will explore these questions and the Buddha’s responses, as well as other themes such as old age and death, dukkha, craving, sensuality, quenching, nothingness, and awakening. This weekend will include time for sitting meditation, careful reading and interpretation of the text, dharma talks, and opportunities for questions and reflections.
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Sunday, February 25th
  • 8:30 am - 9:10 am In-Person Silent Sitting
    In-person attendance is open without registration. Masks are no longer required.

    If you'd like to donate to the teacher or to IMC, you can do so at IMC's donation page

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  • 9:25 am - 10:45 am In-Person and on YouTube: Sitting and Talk With Gil Fronsdal
      We are offering IMC's usual Sunday morning sit and talk live, on YouTube and on IMC's website..  The meditation starts at 9:25 and the 30-45-minute talk starts at 10:00
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  • 10:45 am - 11:30 am Zoom: Weekly Sunday Sangha Meeting Following the Dharma Talk
    Build and maintain community by connecting online with other IMC sangha members to discuss the Sunday dharma talk and share about our Buddhist practices. Please join us on Zoom each Sunday following the dharma talk at approximately 10:30 am for about 20-30 minutes for breakout rooms and/or large group discussions. Facilitated by Jan Messer and Barry Rothman, IMC sangha members. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84009542053?pwd=V09IOXJhOHZ2TnovMGpiK2s3V243Zz09

    Meeting ID: 840 0954 2053
    Passcode: Sangha

    One tap mobile
    +16699009128,,84009542053#,,,,*571074# US (San Jose)
    +16694449171,,84009542053#,,,,*571074# US

    Dial-in access
    Meeting ID: 840 0954 2053
    Passcode: 571074
    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbTdVwhpHY
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  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Monthly Potluck at IMC
    The last Sunday of each month, our community comes together immediately following the Sunday Dharma Talk for a potluck meal. All are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. If you are not able to bring food, you are still welcome to stay and have some food. Please direct questions to:  imc.volunteerdirector@gmail.com and Jill will happily respond for the PotLuck Group.
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  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Online via Zoom: Asian Dharma Circle with Lilu Chen & Ying Chen
    Zoom link 

    Meeting ID: 898 8792 7912
    Password: 925962

    This dharma circle includes sitting meditation, a short dharma talk, discussion and community activities. We intend to provide a safe, friendly, and nourishing environment. Open to all self-identified people of Asian or South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian and Pacific Islander background. No registration required. For more information contact asianimc2020@gmail.com.

    Lilu Chen's Biography and Ying Chen's Biography
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  • 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm Dharma Rocks Program (3rd through 5th Graders) with Camille Whitney and Tim Sandoe
    5:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    in-person at IMC

    Meditation and mindfulness practice through games, stories, and art. Vegetarian pizza will be provided. Parents/guardians can either drop off and pick up their kids, or wait at IMC. We ask participants to sign up at least two days before the event.For more information, please email CRWmindfulness@gmail.com.
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  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Online, for people in their 20s/30s: At Home in the World with Max Erdstein
    *this is an interactive camera-on zoom event*

    https://zoom.us/j/688465676

    Sunday evenings, 7:30 to 9pm. (except the 2nd Sunday of the month). This weekly group addresses themes relevant to people in their 20s and 30s and includes guided meditation, a brief dharma talk, and group discussion. We have a friendly and vibrant ongoing community, and those in their 20s/30s are welcome to join us. 

    Max Erdstein's biography
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