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July – December: Pāramī or “Perfections of the Heart” Six-Month Course with Diana Clark

July – December: Pāramī or “Perfections of the Heart” Six-Month Course with Diana Clark

Often when we think about Buddhist practice we think of meditation; however, there are additional powerful practices and qualities we can develop in our daily lives such as the ten Pāramī or “Perfections of the Heart.” In this six-month program, we will explore and practice with Patience, Resolve, Truthfulness, and other transformative qualities to support greater freedom in our lives. The program includes monthly meetings, readings, and the writing of short reflective essays.  The meetings will include talks, discussions, and…

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7/10-11; An Integration Experience of a Whole-Life Path: A Weekend with Gregory Kramer

7/10-11; An Integration Experience of a Whole-Life Path: A Weekend with Gregory Kramer

Gregory Kramer On Zoom July 10-11 Early morning and Late Afternoon sessions, mid-day self-directed daily life practice (see full schedule below) Registration required, click here to register for zoom link and other information. A summer weekend in July for a “sandwich” retreat is the perfect opportunity to explore what a whole-life path means in our lives as we actually live them, especially this summer after a year of limited social contact and staying home. Each day will begin with a…

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Discourse on Loving-Kindness

Discourse on Loving-Kindness

Metta Sutta translated by Gil Fronsdal To reach the state of peace One skilled in the good Should be Capable and upright, Straightforward and easy to speak to, Gentle and not proud, Contented and easily supported, Living lightly and with few duties, Wise and with senses calmed, Not arrogant and without greed for supporters, And should not do the least thing that the wise would criticize. [One should reflect:] “May all be happy and secure; May all beings be happy…

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June 6, Sharon Salzberg Speaking with Insight World Aid

June 6, Sharon Salzberg Speaking with Insight World Aid

https://insightworldaid.orgInsight World Aid, a Buddhist humanitarian organization that started at IMC and one on which I am on the Board is sponsoring an online conversation with Sharon Salzberg. Sharon was one of my important Vipassana teachers and a teacher who continues to inspire. On Sunday, June 6, 1 -2 pm PT (4-5 pm ET) , IWA board member Roxanne Dault will host a discussion with Sharon Salzberg on a trauma-informed mindfulness training program for survivors of gun violence. The hour will include a…

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IMC Speaks Out Against Anti-Asian Violence

IMC Speaks Out Against Anti-Asian Violence

This statement is also available in PDF format We are heartbroken by the horrific surge in relentless, unprovoked harassment and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Since March 2020, the Stop AAPI Hate organization reports nearly 4,000 incidents of anti-Asian hate, of which nearly 44 percent occurred in California—and many more cases go unreported.  The Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and its community open our hearts to the pain of anti-Asian hate, bearing witness to the suffering and…

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May 4th; Buddhist Memorial Supporting Asian-Americans

May 4th; Buddhist Memorial Supporting Asian-Americans

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT A large number of Buddhist centers and teachers from around the US are gathering online on May 4th to memorialize the recent violence against Asian-Americans. IMC and Gil are sponsoring partners for the event titled “May We Gather: A National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors.” The ceremony will be lived stream on the website, https://www.maywegather.org This website has more information.

6/30 to 7/28 Five-Week Introduction to Mindful Meditation (taught in Chinese) by Yin Chen

6/30 to 7/28 Five-Week Introduction to Mindful Meditation (taught in Chinese) by Yin Chen

五周内观禅修的简介课(ZOOM,中文)  這是一個初步介紹内观禅修的課程。内观禅修是佛法中训练正念的重要课程。通过正念的开发,我们可以见到世间现象的本质,从而能放下执著而得自在和解脱。这个课程共有五节课分期为五周进行。每周上一节课。第一周介紹观呼吸的禅修方法。第二周介紹观身的方法。第三周介紹观感情的内容。第四周介紹观想的方法。第五周总结前几周的内容,并讲解如何把内观禅带到生活中。每周上课有讲解,老师带领的禅修,和学生问答。课后有錄音可以在家练习。歡迎任何問題與意見,請跟老师联络。 指导老师:陈颖 上课时间:星期三晚, 7 – 8:15pm, PST。六月30日 — 七月28日。详细内容请看IMC日历。 ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89121718233?pwd=d2cySDFYa1piOURpbVBOajBObFVtQT09 Meeting ID: 891 2171 8233.        Passcode: 916509 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbFZ9O8HWk Basic instructions in mindfulness meditation is taught sequentially in this 5-week course. The course starts with mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, emotions and thinking and concludes with a discussion on concentration and the application of mindfulness in daily life.  Each class has opportunities for Q&A with teachers. This course…

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Gil’s Upcoming Retreats

Gil’s Upcoming Retreats

I am teaching few meditation retreats from March through October.  Those scheduled are below.  I might add one in June and one in August atthe Insight Retreat Center. April 19 to May 8. At San Francisco Zen Center, I am teaching with Fu Schroeder and Paul Haller, two senior Zen teachers and long-time friends. Called “The Harmony of Zen and Vipassana” it will consist of meditation, talks, and discussions on the relationship between Zen and Vipassana practice.  Details and schedule…

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Individual Practice Discussions with IMC Teachers/Dharma Leaders

Individual Practice Discussions with IMC Teachers/Dharma Leaders

Several of IMC’s Dharma Leaders are offering an opportunity for an individual practice discussion each month. The sessions will provide a chance to process your sitting and daily life practice, ask questions, and be heard and supported. Please sign up for only one practice discussion per month so that everyone has an opportunity. Here is the link to sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ba9ad2faaf85-imcpractice Please bookmark the link so that you can sign up for a session in future months. New sessions available are posted every two months towards…

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Small Group Practice Discussions with IMC Teachers/Dharma Leaders

Small Group Practice Discussions with IMC Teachers/Dharma Leaders

We are offering once-weekly opportunities to connect with IMC and other practitioners in a small group setting via Zoom. IMC teachers/Dharma Leaders will answer questions and offer supportive teachings and practices. Emphasis will be on what is arising for participants in meditation and daily life. Take advantage of the small group format (8 persons) for connecting with fellow practitioners. Listen to one another as we talk about dharma practice, feelings and experiences. Meetings are offered at different times and with…

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Buddhism in Nature

Buddhism in Nature

By Gil Fronsdal When the Buddha, at age 29, left his palace life to seek liberation, he spent most of his remaining fifty–one years living in the forests, woodlands, and parks of Northern India. These natural settings were the incubator for both his awakening and his teaching. The important connection he saw between nature and the practices he taught is encapsulated in his emphatic instruction to meditate in the forest at the foot of a tree. He claimed that as…

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Audiodharma User Survey

Audiodharma User Survey

Audiodharma is in need of an upgrade and our volunteers have been working hard to do so.  They now have a new beta version of our website and would value all levels of users to evaluate the new site. This survey is an opportunity for a wide range of the community to do a self-paced evaluation of the progress on the new AudioDharma website. It is also a way of identifying people who might be experiencing difficulties or differences in accessing our…

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The Buddha as an Activist

The Buddha as an Activist

The Buddha as an Activist By Gil Fronsdal What has been taught by the Buddha is to act for the welfare of many people, for the happiness of many people, for the benefit, welfare, and happiness of many people.[1]   The Buddha clearly and actively advocated for the welfare of the whole world, including encouraging his followers to work for “the benefit, welfare, and happiness of many people.” In this way, he was an “activist.” However, living in the Bronze…

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