What’s New At Insight Meditation Center

 Conversations on Not-Self with Andrea Fella

 Conversations on Not-Self with Andrea Fella

Thursday evenings: July 16, 30, August 6,20,27  7:30 – 8:30 PM An extended series of reflections and discussion on the Buddha’s teaching of not-self (anatta) on some Thursday evenings in July and August. We will sit together, then Andrea will offer a short reflection on the teaching on not-self, which will be followed by time for discussion and questions.  You are welcome to submit questions in advance at:  Thursday Evening Dharma Questions.   If there is interest, this series may…

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August 2, Unveiling of New IMC statue of Patacara, Early Buddhist Nun

August 2, Unveiling of New IMC statue of Patacara, Early Buddhist Nun

Zoom Meeting: Link will be here soon On Sunday, August 2 at 4:00 PM, please join the IMC community on YouTube as we unveil a newly commissioned sculpture of Patacara, one of the earliest  Buddhist teachers and female monastic.  With Andrea Fella, Nikkii Mirghafori, Diana Clark, Tanya Wiser, and Gil Fronsdal.   This “Theri Rupa“ (statue of a female elder) is a gift from a group of students inspired to create and share with the community an image of enlightenment in the feminine form….

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Saturday, July 11⋅8:30 – 10:00am Navigating the Way: Exploring the Kalama Sutta with Diana Clark, Ying Chen, David Lorey and Kim Allen

Saturday, July 11⋅8:30 – 10:00am Navigating the Way: Exploring the Kalama Sutta with Diana Clark, Ying Chen, David Lorey and Kim Allen

Join us in exploring one of the central questions of our practice: how do we know which teachings, practices, and actions to follow? In the Kalama Sutta, one of the most important discourses of the Buddha (AN 3.65), the Buddha offers guidance on this question as well as other teachings related to loving-kindness, the role of views, wise speech, and the four assurances (a version of Pascal’s Wager). In this 4-session course, offered by the Sati Center, we will explore…

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Message in the Wake of George Floyd’s Killing

Message in the Wake of George Floyd’s Killing

The horrific killing of George Floyd is heartbreaking. For the loss and unimaginable sorrow of his family and community, I offer my condolences. To Black people in the United States who live every day with the real possibility of violence, police brutality, and an ongoing onslaught of racism, we at IMC regret we have not done more to counter the tide of rising racism. The heart-wrenching police brutality toward peaceful protestors reveals the very deep wound that racism is for our…

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New Community Discussions after Sunday Sit and Talk

New Community Discussions after Sunday Sit and Talk

On most Sundays after June 14 and through July one of the IMC Dharma Leaders will host a 30-minute “Teacher-Led Community Discussion” offering a chance to meet with an IMC teacher and other community members.  It will include a 15-minute break out session where small groups of 4 or 5 can share community and discuss topics from the morning’s talk. On July 12, after the Sunday talk  Gil will hold an hour-long community meeting Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87017009129 The password is:  metta

Invitation to IRC Mini-Retreats

Invitation to IRC Mini-Retreats

The retreat will be offered through “Insight Retreat Center” Youtube Channel found here On Wednesday mornings, starting May 27, IRC is hosting live streamed, online mini-retreats providing a small taste of being on retreat at IRC.  An IRC retreat teacher will lead each mini-retreat with guided meditation and a Dharmette (a fifteen-minute Dharma talk). These Dharmette’s will focus on topics of personal meditation practice that are relevant practice both on retreat and at home.  The schedule for the mini-retreat is 9:50…

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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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Insight World Aid

Insight World Aid

Message from Gil In 2010, together with members of the IMC community, I helped start a non-profit called Insight World Aid (IWA) in order to provide medical and humanitarian aid to impoverished communities. I am still actively involved with IWA which during this time of a COVID-19 lockdown in Uganda  has donated $2,200 to the Uganda Buddhist Centre, led by Abbot Venerable Bhante Buddharakita, a regular teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts. This money allowed the center to…

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YouTube 7 a.m. Meditation and Short Talks with Gil

YouTube 7 a.m. Meditation and Short Talks with Gil

Each weekday morning Monday to Friday from 7:00 to 7:45 a.m. Gil Fronsdal offers a thirty-minute meditation and a fifteen-minute Dharma talk. The meditation begins with a period of guided meditation. These are available on YouTube here.  Each week focuses on a different foundation of Buddhist Practice, with each day discussing a different aspect of the week’s theme. (no meeting on Friday, July 3).

IMC now offers Support Groups on Zoom

IMC now offers Support Groups on Zoom

IMC teachers and Dharma Leaders are offering small COVID-19 era support groups via Zoom. These a once-weekly opportunity to join changing groups with different teachers to talk together about our experience during these times, how we are practicing with it, and what Dharma resources and teachings we are relying on. You can sign up to  a group at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B45ACA92DA3F85-imcgroups

IMC spiritual support for those with COVID-19

IMC spiritual support for those with COVID-19

IMC members who are trained as professional chaplains (spiritual care providers in hospitals, hospices, etc,) are available by phone or Zoom to offer spiritual care to people connected to IMC and IRC who have COVID-19 or who have a loved one that has it. This offering is extended to our IMC and IRC community, both locally and remotely. If you are interested in having an IMC chaplain contact you please email IMCChaplains@gmail.com