What’s New At Insight Meditation Center

Spaciousness and the Objects of Mind Daylong with Ines Freedman
 — Saturday April 27

Spaciousness and the Objects of Mind Daylong with Ines Freedman
 — Saturday April 27

Saturday, April 27, 2024:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm In-person only at IMC Offered by: Ines Freedman This daylong will explore how seeing the objects of mind more clearly can help develop a sense of spaciousness in our practice. The day will include guided and silent meditations, alternating periods of sitting and walking, and short Dharma talks. Bring lunch. This program is offered freely, with no registration needed.  If you’d like to donate to the teacher or the center, you can…

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Mindfulness of the Body Meditation Daylong with Diana Clark — Saturday April 20

Mindfulness of the Body Meditation Daylong with Diana Clark — Saturday April 20

Saturday, April 20, 2024:  9:30 am – 3:30 pm In-person only at IMC Offered by: Diana Clark Despite the name, “mind-fulness,” meditation is not about the cerebral mind overcoming the physical body. Instead, mindfulness practice includes deeply connecting with the body and learning to reap the support and wisdom it offers. Join us as we explore mindfulness of the body as an integral part of mindfulness practice. The day will include guided and silent meditations, alternating periods of sitting and walking,…

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Insight Meditation Daylong Retreat with Ying Chen — Saturday April 13

Insight Meditation Daylong Retreat with Ying Chen — Saturday April 13

Saturday, April 13, 2024:  9:00 am – 4:30 pm In-person only at IMC Offered by: Ying Chen To support the cultivation of mindfulness through instruction and continuity, you are invited to join this day of practice. Alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation will be offered, as well as light guidance on mindfulness of breathing, body, emotions, thoughts, and choiceless attention. Recommended for people who have some meditation experience and have attended an introductory mindfulness meditation course (or similar), as well…

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On Zoom: Full Simplicity with Kim Allen — starts Tuesday June 25

On Zoom: Full Simplicity with Kim Allen — starts Tuesday June 25

Offered by: Kim Allen On Zoom with two supplemental meetings in-person at IMC MAIN PROGRAM: Tuesdays: June 25, July 9, July 23, Aug 6, 2024 — 6:00 – 8:00 pm Pacific time — on Zoom SUPPLEMENTAL SESSIONS: Sundays: June 30 & July 28, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Two supplemental in-person sessions at IMC Redwood City are offered for those able to come in person. These are not an official part of the program, but provide an opportunity for local participants…

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YouTube: Sitting and Dharmette with Matthew Brensilver — Weekly starting Wednesday April 3

YouTube: Sitting and Dharmette with Matthew Brensilver — Weekly starting Wednesday April 3

Wednesdays 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm starting April 3, 2024 Offered by Matthew Brensilver On YouTube YouTube Livestream | IMC Website Livestream William James said the aim of all education is to make one’s nervous system an ally rather than an enemy. Given the sensitivity of our body and mind, given the changingness of all things, given imperfection — what is possible for us? The dharma path is an honest exploration of the human condition and a discovery of the…

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Tuesdays April 23-May 21, Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Tom Fenner

Tuesdays April 23-May 21, Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Tom Fenner

Tuesdays, April 23 to May 21; 1:00 – 2:30 pm In Person at IMC 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. 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…

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Weekend Non-Residential Retreat for Those New to Retreat Practice — May 31 – June 2

Weekend Non-Residential Retreat for Those New to Retreat Practice — May 31 – June 2

Three Days: Friday, May 31, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Saturday, June 1, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sunday, June 2, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Offered by: Diana Clark and Tanya Wiser In-Person in Belmont, CA — Location and directions will be provided upon acceptance to this retreat This non-residential retreat will introduce participants to the routines, practices, and schedules found on residential retreats, to deepen their confidence for going on retreat and engaging in deeper practice. The retreat…

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March 30, Daylong Mindfulness Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

March 30, Daylong Mindfulness Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday, March 30⋅8:30am – 5:00pm In person at Insight Meditation Cente 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;…

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Earth Care Meeting: What is Engaged Buddhism Missing? with David Loy —Saturday March 30

Earth Care Meeting: What is Engaged Buddhism Missing? with David Loy —Saturday March 30

Saturday, March 30, 2024:  8:30 am – 10:00 am On Zoom Offered by David Loy Why is it that we as a civilization find it so difficult to respond appropriately to the ecological crisis — the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced? One of the main reasons is that the eco-crisis is also an economic crisis—a class problem. Between 1990 and 2015, the wealthiest one percent of the world’s population was responsible for twice the carbon emissions of the bottom 50 percent. And the wealth gap…

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May 5-11: Awareness and Wisdom Daily Life Retreat (Online Zoom Format)

May 5-11: Awareness and Wisdom Daily Life Retreat (Online Zoom Format)

Taught by Andrea Fella Inspired by the teachings of Sayadaw U Tejaniya. May 5-11, 2024 Click here to Register During this weeklong online retreat we will explore a relaxed open awareness with an emphasis on exploring qualities of mind, and the attitude towards one’s experience.  Such an open awareness practice supports both the formal meditation of sitting and walking, as well as awareness of our normal daily activities.  The emphasis for this week will be exploring integrating awareness into our whole day…

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Gil’s New Book Available: “Everything is Practice: A Guide to Insight Meditation Retreats”

Gil’s New Book Available: “Everything is Practice: A Guide to Insight Meditation Retreats”

Gil’s new book, “Everything is Practice: A Guide for Insight Meditation Retreats,” is now available on Amazon. Gil describes how to practice with the many facets of retreats including preparing for and leaving a retreat, Dharma talks, practice discussions, sleep, pain, meals, silence, and mindful attitudes. This book is a detailed and practical guide to understanding what to expect while on retreat, from a perspective of mindfulness.  

Mindfulness Meditation and Practice Half-Day with Tanya Wiser — Saturday, March 9

Mindfulness Meditation and Practice Half-Day with Tanya Wiser — Saturday, March 9

Saturday, March 9, 2024 9:30 am – 12:15 pm In-Person only at IMC Offered by Tanya Wiser This half-day of mindfulness practice will include guided or lightly guided meditations, a brief dharma talk,  group discussion, and mindful activity. This  is an opportunity to deepen your meditation practice and daily life practice, ask a teacher questions and practice with other sangha members. Mindfulness meditation half-days are appropriate for beginners and those with more experience. Registration is not required. Bring lunch. 9:30…

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7:00 a.m. YouTube Community Meeting with Metta

7:00 a.m. YouTube Community Meeting with Metta

February 23 at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Time we will have a Zoom Community Meeting for participants of the 7:00 a.m. You Tube community. Enter here Passcode for entering is the the Pali word for loving-kindness   Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86540499009?pwd=ZGc4THJoQlNwMkx5QWZ1dnk1RG5Ydz09 Meeting ID: 865 4049 9009 — One tap mobile +16699006833,,86540499009# US (San Jose) +16694449171,,86540499009# US — Dial by your location • +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) • +1 669 444 9171 US • +1 719 359 4580 US…

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Farewell to our friend Lolly Font

Farewell to our friend Lolly Font

Lolly passed away peacefully on February 3rd at the age of 93. Lolly was one of the longest serving yoga teachers in the Peninsula area.  She loved IMC and graced us with her warmth and enthusiasm. She sometimes taught yoga for our community which was always wonderful. She is missed. Here memorial service will be on Friday, February 23 at 11 a.m. at the Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto.