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Just Sitting, Clear Seeing: the Meeting of Zen and Insight; Friday Evenings, March 5-April 2

Just Sitting, Clear Seeing: the Meeting of Zen and Insight; Friday Evenings, March 5-April 2

Taught by Max Erdstein 5 Fridays, 8-8:45pm March 5 –  April 2 Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86212476096 The Zen practice of “just sitting” is the willingness to experience our life exactly as it is, moment to moment, unlimited by ideas about where we’re going and how we’re doing. The Early Buddhist practice of insight meditation is the clear, kind awareness of each moment, with ever more understanding of the movements of the mind and heart that bring suffering and those that bring…

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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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Awareness and Wisdom Integrated Home Retreat (Zoom) with Andrea Fella

Awareness and Wisdom Integrated Home Retreat (Zoom) with Andrea Fella

Awareness and Wisdom Integrated Home Retreat (Online Zoom format) Taught by Andrea Fella Inspired by the teachings of Sayadaw U Tejaniya. February 27-March 5, 2021 Registration is required: To register contact Yosh Haggerty at yosh.haggerty@gmail.com. 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…

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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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Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy Training

Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy Training

I am happy to report that the wonderful completion of the first yearlong Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy training ended. Teaching this with Kirsten Rudestam and Susie Harrington, this program is the fulfillment of a longtime dream of mine. 23 people participated, each with a unique and inspiring orientation toward this relatively new field. Inspired by the success of the program and the important role eco-chaplains have for the huge environmental challenges of our times, Kirsten, Susie, and I are starting the second…

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IMC Dharma Friends Refresh

IMC Dharma Friends Refresh

Dharma Friends is a group of IMC members whose goal is to encourage and support spiritually-based friendships by holding social events and activities for members of the IMC community. These events are an opportunity to bring practice into a more informal social setting. We are currently recruiting hosts and participants for a variety of events and activities in both virtual and socially-distanced settings. Examples of Dharma Friends events and activities under discussion include virtual brunches, on-line movie and discussion, craft…

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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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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