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The Buddha’s Way of Speaking

The Buddha’s Way of Speaking

In an extended discussion of the Buddha’s ethical behavior, the suttas contain the following description of how the Buddha speaks.  On Sunday, December 1 I read this as part of a talk addressing one of the most important visibly public issues of our times, i.e., how we speak to each other in our society. Buddha’s Way of Speaking Abandoning false speech, The Buddha refrains from false speech. A truth-speaker, He is reliable, trustworthy, non-deceptive. Abandoning malicious speech, The Buddha refrains…

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2019 Year End Letter from Gil Fronsdal

2019 Year End Letter from Gil Fronsdal

Autumn, 2019 Dear Friends, Next year I will have taught for IMC for 30 years! This has been a time for me to reflect on all the changes I have seen as a teacher. Thirty years ago, we were mostly a group of beginners. It is inspiring to see the personal growth, healing, and spiritual maturation in people who have practiced at MC and lRC or have been listening to Audiodharma. In 1990, we were mostly just beginning to learn…

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2019 Children’s Book Drive

2019 Children’s Book Drive

Our annual children’s book drive to benefit the Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City has begun. As part of their holiday food distribution, IMC will donate new or nearly-new books for several hundred children. It’s a delightful way for our sangha to offer dana to our under resourced neighbors. Not only does it promote a love of reading, it brings smiles to many young faces as they select a special book for themselves and their siblings. Books from pre-school…

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Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal Nov 9

Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal Nov 9

November 9, 2019  9:00 am – 4:30 pm Location: Insight Meditation Center 108 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA, United States [ Map ]  Description: Practicing mindfulness meditation on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. This is a daylong retreat with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction in mindfulness practice, and a Dharma talk. It is recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring lunch. Gil Fronsdal’s Biography

Daylong Meditation Retreat With Gil Fronsdal Oct 5

Daylong Meditation Retreat With Gil Fronsdal Oct 5

Saturday, October 5 ⋅ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Insight Meditation Center, 108 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA, United States  Description: 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…

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Appreciating Chloe Scott (1925-2019)

Appreciating Chloe Scott (1925-2019)

Chloe Scott passed away peacefully on September 10.  In the 1990s she was a much loved member of IMC who provided important contributions to the growth of our community.  She often let us use her dance studio for Saturday daylong events, she arranged for IMC to have its first office in a neighbor’s home where Gil offered practice discussion (in lieu of meeting with people in parks and coffee shops).  She also commissioned the statue of Mahapajapati that sits in IMC’s community hall (a statue which…

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Intro to Meditation with Gil Fronsdal starting Sept 25

Intro to Meditation with Gil Fronsdal starting Sept 25

Wednesdays from September 25 – October 23, 2019, 7:30- 9:00pm. At: Insight Meditation Center, 108 Birch St, Redwood City, CA 94062, USA 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,…

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Welcome to the New Website

Welcome to the New Website

I am happy to celebrate the launching of IMC’s new website by expressing much gratitude to all the people who have contributed to our previous website and now to the new one.  Our previous website grew gradually in content and pages so that plenty of our material was tucked away, unnoticed.  We hope that with the new design much more of the website is easily accessible. You are encouraged to explore it. We have added this “Reflections from Gil” section…

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Audiodharma App for Android and Iphone

Audiodharma App for Android and Iphone

For ease of use, personal archiving, and other special features in using Audio Dharma free Android and iphone app has been created by sangha member Christopher Minson.  It is available for Apple iPhones/iPads and Google Android devices at the Apple store or Google Play.. The Audiodharma homepage has a direct link to download the app. The app allows users to create their personal albums of archived talks, notated talks, and listening history. It also has features showing which talks are…

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Exploring Wise Speech through the practice of Insight Dialogue with Jill Shepherd (Sept 7)

Exploring Wise Speech through the practice of Insight Dialogue with Jill Shepherd (Sept 7)

9:30am – 4:30pm Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation into our experience with others. Resting on the foundation of traditional Buddhist teachings, this practice offers a way to integrate wisdom and compassion into our relational lives through mindful speaking and mindful listening.In this one-day non-residential workshop, we will use the power of relational meditation practice to understand the habits of heart and mind that lead to stress and distress,…

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Digital Detox: Meditation in Nature with Nikki Mirghafori (Sept 8)

Digital Detox: Meditation in Nature with Nikki Mirghafori (Sept 8)

Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA Join us for an afternoon retreat at the Environmental Volunteers’ EcoCenter located at the beautiful Palo Alto Baylands’ Nature Preserve. We will collectively turn off our digital devices and turn our hearts and minds to awe inspiring nature inside and outside. The event is held rain or shine, partly indoors and partly outdoors, sitting and walking. There will be guided meditation, periods of silent sitting and walking, Q/A, and…

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An Evening For People of Asian Background (Sept 11)

An Evening For People of Asian Background (Sept 11)

WITH GIL, LILU, AND YINGWEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 7:30 TO 9PMPeople of all Asian and South Asian backgrounds are invited to an informal discussion about IMC and participation in IMC. This is a chance to ask questions, raise concerns, and to describe challenges, joys, and possibilities that might exist at IMC for people born in Asia or descendants of Asian immigrants. People coming to IMC from an Asian cultural background will sometimes notice how different IMC is from the form of Buddhism or other religions they may…

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The Eightfold Path Program (2019/2020)

The Eightfold Path Program (2019/2020)

TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD, LIZ POWELL, BRUNI DAVILA & TANYA WISER Meeting Dates: Sunday 1:00 – 2:30: Sept. 8 Sundays 1:00-3:30: Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1, Jan 12, Feb 16, March 15, April 19, May 17 Saturday: June 13 9:30 to 4:30 Concluding Daylong Retreat at IRC, Scotts Valley The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path— a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program…

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Loving-kindness Daylong with John Martin

Loving-kindness Daylong with John Martin

Saturday, August 17, 9:00am – 4:30pm   Insight Meditation Center, 108 Birch St, Redwood City, CA 94062, USA    Description:This will be a day devoted to cultivating loving-kindness (Metta). The practice of loving kindness was taught by the Buddha to cultivate the natural beautiful qualities of an open and loving heart. The practice begins with ourselves and expands outward for all beings. There will be instructions and and teachings to develop this practice and to work with the challenges that…

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