What’s New At Insight Meditation Center

Let Nature Teach You: Celebrating Earth Care Week with Ayya Santussika

Let Nature Teach You: Celebrating Earth Care Week with Ayya Santussika

Celebrating Earth Care Week  Saturday, October 3rd., 10;00 am-12:00 pm On Zoom. Connect to Zoom here or with the information below An opportunity to practice together and reflect on the Dhamma teachings of nature in our own experience. What aspects of nature have we pushed away? How can we collectively support the healing of our natural world? If possible, join us from a natural setting or gather some elements of nature around you. Ayya Santussika is resident nun and founder of Karuna…

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Dharma Friends Postcard Party with Reclaim Our Vote

Dharma Friends Postcard Party with Reclaim Our Vote

September 23, 2020  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm September 30, 2020  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm October 7, 2020  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Everyone is welcome to join us for a get-out-the-vote postcard writing party. This event, organized by IMC members in conjunction with Reclaim Our Vote, is an afternoon of collective (on Zoom) postcard writing to encourage people to register and to vote in the November election. Together we will: Sit briefly and check-in Review training materials Write…

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Invitation to take the IMC Community Survey

Invitation to take the IMC Community Survey

Since March IMC has suspended all of its in-person programs at our center and transitioned to offering programs online in order to support efforts to prevent or slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We will plan for a careful, safe future reopening of the center for in-person events and continue some online programs that have been running. Currently, we invite you to complete an online survey to share feedback, interests, needs, and recommendations for what happens at IMC…

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IMC’s Annual Eightfold Path Program

IMC’s Annual Eightfold Path Program

The annual 10-month Eightfold Path program still has some openings for people who want to work with mentors probably in small groups.  Applications for mentoring due Sept. 3.  Applications to audit will remain open another month.  See details and application in Yearlong Programs.

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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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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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

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. Diana Clark will be teaching July 20 to 24.