What’s New At Insight Meditation Center

Sunday Morning YouTube Meeting

Sunday Morning YouTube Meeting

Around 10:30 after the morning Dharma Talk, all are welcome to a community meeting on Zoom. The link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87017009129 The password is:  metta Meeting ID: 870 1700 9129  

IMC’s Yearend Letter from Gil

IMC’s Yearend Letter from Gil

November 2020 Dear Friends IMC seems to expand in ten-year leaps and bounds. I became the guiding teacher in 1990. We found our Redwood City meditation center in 2000. By 2010 we discovered IRC, our retreat center. Unexpectedly, in 2020, we created our “Online Retreat Center” with twenty online retreats for the year. We’ve added new teachers at a growing pace. In 1990, I was the only teacher. Andrea Fella started teaching in 2005, Ines Freedman in 2011, Max Erdstein…

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Marcia Fein 1944-2020

Marcia Fein 1944-2020

  Our valued and longtime IMC member Marica Fein died on October 24. I remember her fondly, especially her enthusiasm for IMC and her bright spirit.  Her obituary is here. For those who knew her, a virtual gathering on Zoom to share memories of Marcie Fein will be held on Wed., Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. To receive a link to the gathering, send an e-mail to jennybixby@sbcglobal.net. Gil  

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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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.

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

Q&A, Thursday morning, March 26, 2020

Q&A, Thursday morning, March 26, 2020

Q: I notice I feel anxious after I watch or read the news.  What can I do? A: It can be helpful to choose to be intentional about when and how to watch or read the news.  That is, choose a time when you can be reflective and discerning about the news. Don’t be a passive recipient of what you read.  Before learning the news, do something wise and supportive.  This might be meditating or spending time outside.  Then sit…

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New IMC Online Programs

New IMC Online Programs

Currently, all our programs are offered on either YouTube and Zoom.    IMC has a YouTube channel called “Insightmeditationcenter” where video recordings are archived.  This channel is where you can find live video broadcasts of Dharma talks here (on YouTube) or here (on IMC’s website). Some of these live sessions begin with\ a period of meditation.  IMC’s live channel is open about ten minutes before the scheduled start time (broadcasting IMC’s Buddha).  Please check the calendar on IMC’s website for schedule…

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