What’s New At Insight Meditation Center

Live, Online Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

Live, Online Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

A nine-day course over two weeks. Weekdays, Monday, March 30 to Thursday, April 9, 9:30 to 10:30 Offered live on IMC’s website (via YouTube). Click here at the designated times. This is IMC’s basic instructions in Insight Meditation taught sequentially, starting with mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, emotions, and thinking, then application of mindfulness in daily life. Mindfulness a foundation stone for the practice taught at IMC.  No pre-registration is necessary.  If you don’t have the…

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New IMC Online Programs

New IMC Online Programs

With much of the world “sheltering” at home, IMC is continuing to expand its online programs. We hope these can provide a wide variety of support for home practice, Dharma inspiration and learning, and a greater sense of community and connections with fellow practitioners. Currently, we are primarily using YouTube and Zoom.    IMC has a YouTube channel called “Insightmed” where video recordings are archive.  This channel is where you can find live video of Dharma talks here (on YouTube) or…

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IMC Program Changes in Response to the Coronavirus

IMC Program Changes in Response to the Coronavirus

To support efforts to prevent or slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus, IMC is suspending all of its in-person programs at our center until at least May 1st. Our Sunday morning, Monday evening, and Wednesday morning programs are continuing and are now offered live online. We have also begun an online sitting and short Dharma talk every weekday from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Please visit our live video page to watch the live stream of these talks. We…

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Sunday Morning Live Online Sit & Dharma Talk, 9:25 am to 10:45 pm with Gil Fronsdal

Sunday Morning Live Online Sit & Dharma Talk, 9:25 am to 10:45 pm with Gil Fronsdal

Sunday Morning, March 22, IMC will offer an online, live 9:25 a.m. period of meditation and 10 a.m.  live Dharma Talk by Gil Fronsdal.  Available at “Insightmed” IMC’s YouTube channel found at YouTube.com/insightmed/live or  here This will be in lieu of the canceled Sunday morning program at IMC

Powering IRC for the 21st Century: Letter from Gil on IRC’s Renewable Energy Initiative

Powering IRC for the 21st Century: Letter from Gil on IRC’s Renewable Energy Initiative

Dear friends of IRC and IMC, For 2020, we are committed to upgrading the electrical system at our Insight Retreat Center so that 100% of our power comes from solar panels, with battery backup. We also plan to install a new backup generator fueled by propane (which is less polluting than our current diesel generator) and to upgrade our electrical system so that retreats can continue to run smoothly when power outages occur. We are enthusiastic about converting to renewable…

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Dharma Circle for People of Asian Background meets monthly

Dharma Circle for People of Asian Background meets monthly

Fourth Sunday of the month 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Open to drop-in at any time The Dharma Circle for People of Asian Background now meets monthly. The group is facilitated by Lilu Chen and Ying Chen and is open to all self-identified people of Asian or South Asian background. No registration is required. For more information email asianimc2020@gmail.com. See the webpage for more information.  

Earth Care Group – 2020 Series

Earth Care Group – 2020 Series

Join us We are approaching the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. The Earth Care Group is hosting a series of events culminating in a gathering at Huddart Park where we will practice in nature—connecting with and honoring the earth. Dates Sunday, February 16, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Location: IMC Sunday, March 8, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm Location: IMC Sunday, April 26, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Location: Huddart Park, Oak Grove Picnic Area Practicing in Nature led by Liz…

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2020 Memorial Day Weekend Family Retreat

2020 Memorial Day Weekend Family Retreat

CANCELED: Memorial Weekend Family Retreat for K – 5th graders and parents / guardians May 23rd to 25th, 2020 SATURDAY, May 23rd – MONDAY, May 25th, 2020. Jikoji Retreat Center, Los Gatos. Enjoy a weekend of Family Practice, Parent Practice, Hiking, and Community The 2020 Memorial Day Retreat has been canceled due to COVID-19. We hope to see you next year. We invite you to join us! During this weekend we will meditate together as families, as well as in…

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Sat. January 18 – Daylong With Max Erdstein

Sat. January 18 – Daylong With Max Erdstein [2019]

Saturday, January 18, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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 who already understand the basic practice of mindfulness; no instruction will…

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Jan-April: Intro to Buddhism Series with Gil Fronsdal

Jan-April: Intro to Buddhism Series with Gil Fronsdal [2019]

From January 6 to sometime in April, for the first ten Mondays that Gil is speaking at IMC’s regular Monday evening sitting, his Dharma Talks will focus on providing an introduction to Buddhism.  Among the topics covered in the series are the Life of the Buddha, Awakening, the Path to Awakening, the Eightfold Path, Meditation, Living a Buddhist Life, and Refuge.  Check the IMC calendar for the Mondays Gill well be present.  Everyone welcome.

New Year’s Eve Celebration with Tanya Wiser 12-31-2019

New Year’s Eve Celebration with Tanya Wiser 12-31-2019 [2019]

Join us Join us on New Year’s Eve for an alternative celebration of the ending of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation; some time for reflection and sharing; refreshments; and end by chanting and ringing the bell 108 times. It’s a tradition at IMC. Please come whenever you can and stay as long as you like. The only thing we ask is not to leave and return. Parking Please do not park on…

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The Buddha’s Way of Speaking

The Buddha’s Way of Speaking [2019]

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 [2019]

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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