Digital Detox: Meditation in Nature – May 26th

Sunday May 26
1:30pm -4:30pm
Location: Environmental Volunteers’ EcoCenter
2560 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303


Digital Detox: Meditation in Nature with Nikki Mirghafori
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. There will be guided meditation, periods of silent sitting and walking, Q/A, and a short dharma talk. Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome.
Chairs available. If you wish to sit on the floor, please bring zafu/zabuton.
Registration is not necessary, but invited

Intensive Daylong With Gil Fronsdal – June 1st


This is a great opportunity for a full day of immersion in silent Dharma Practice. 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.

Fifteen minute Interviews with Gil will be available on a sign up basis.

You are welcome to come for the entire day or drop in for any part of the retreat. If you come for only part of the retreat, please enter the meditation hall only at the beginning of a scheduled sitting. If you come while a sit is in progress, sit in one of the chairs in the outer hall.

Bring breakfast and lunch. Light supper provided.

6:00 – 7:00 am Sit
7:00 – 8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 – 9:00 am Sit
9:00 – 9:45 am Walk
9:45 – 10:30 am Sit
10:30 – 10:45 am Walk
10:45 – 11:30 am Sit
11:30 – 12:00 noon Dharma Talk
12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 pm Sit
2:00 – 2:45 pm Walk
2:45 – 3:30 pm Sit
3:30 – 4:00 pm Walk
4:00 – 4:45 pm Sit
4:45 – 5:00 pm Dharmette
5:00 – 6:00 pm Supper/tea:
6:00 – 6:20 pm Temple cleaning
6:20 – 7:00 pm Sit
7:00 – 7:30 pm Walk
7:30 – 8:15 pm Sit
8:15 – 9:00 pm Dharma Talk

Gil Fronsdal’s biography

Daylong on Selected Paramis – May 18th

9am – 3:30pm

The Ten Paramis are beautiful qualities that live in us, that prevent us from being swept away by worries, pressures and conflicts. When recognized and utilized they grow and develop, bringing us happiness, peace, reconciliation, and well-being. In this daylong we will explore several Paramis through meditation, small and large discussion groups, and exercises. Suitable for all levels. Bring lunch.
David Cohn’s Biography
Tanya Wiser’s Biography

The April-June 2019 Newsletter is Now Available

The April-June 2019 Newsletter is Now Available

Study and Practice Series: The Anapanasati Sutta With David Lorey, Diana Clark, Kim Allen and Ying Chen

Sati Center Program at Insight Meditation Center

Sati Center Program at Insight Meditation Center

Wednesday afternoons, May 1st – May 29th⋅1:30 – 3:00pm

Many forms of insight practice come from the ancient teachings of the Buddha and his disciples as documented in the suttas. In Study and Practice Series, we bring the elements of sutta study and practice together to enrich and deepen our Dharma practice. The sessions include teachings, discussions, practices, and Q&A.

The first series will focus on The Anapanasati Sutta found in Majjhima Nikaya MN 118 – the discourse on mindfulness of breathing. More information at Sati.org; registration required.

Course Material: We recommend purchasing The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha in the long run. There are also several online translations available for this sutta at  Sutta Central and Dhamma Talks

RSVP by April 29th is required to sign up for the course. Please email practicecourses.saticenter@gmail.com with your name and email address.


Four Foundations of Mindfulness Monday Evening Series with Gil

Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Monday evening Dharma Talk series
With Gil Fronsdal
Starting January 7, for the months of January, February, and March, when he is present to teach on Monday evenings, Gil we give talks on the Buddha’s Discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.  These are the ancient teachings on mindfulness which are the source for the modern prcatice in mindfulness practice.

The January-March 2019 Newsletter is Now Available

The January-March 2019 Newsletter is Now Available

Dharma Talk Videos Now Available

Audio Dharma Video

In 2018 we began to video record some of the Dharma Talks given at IMC, and hosted on YouTube. When one becomes available there is a Video button associated with the talk in the Audio Dharma list of talks. All the video recordings can be reached from the Video link on the left menu on AudioDharma’s homepage.

You can access the Audio Dharma Youtube channel directly at https://www.youtube.com/user/insightmed/videos

In the future we hope to live stream some of our Dharma Talks.

Year End Letter from Gil Fronsdal

Dear Friend of IMC /IRC/Audio Dharma,

Thirty-four years ago a few people began to gather together in Menlo Park on Monday evenings to practice mindfulness meditation and listen to Buddhist teachings. They planted the seed that grew to become IMC. Not only do we now have an active urban meditation center, but we have the Insight Retreat Center, a thriving residential retreat center in Santa Cruz, and also a large “online center” of tens of thousands of people who listen to our talks online through Audio Dharma and other websites.

It is remarkable that these three centers exist entirely due to the generosity of many people. All those who value our teachings, practice in our centers, volunteer, and financially donate to IMC contribute to the field of generosity and goodwill which allows us to continue.

In this annual fundraising letter, I first and foremost want to express my great gratitude to all the people who practice with and support IMC and IRC. For me, our community is a wonderful expression of the liberation, compassion, and love that the Buddha pointed to. When, years ago, I started teaching at IMC, I never could have imagined teaching in such an inspiring community based on the most meaningful values found in Buddhism. Many, many thanks!

The donations we receive in response to this end-of-the-year fundraising letter are a significant means by which we finance our three centers, including new ways to support people’s interest in mindfulness and Buddhist practice. For all forms of support we are deeply appreciative.

May the programs at IMC help address the sufferings of our world and bring Dharma joy to many.

With gratitude and best wishes,

Gil Fronsdal

Donations can be made on the website’s “Donate” page or by sending checks to

IMC,  108 Birch S Redwood City,  CA 94062

January 12 Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Daylong with Gil Fronsdal
Saturday, January 12, 20198:30am – 5:00pm
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 who already understand the basic practice of mindfulness; no instruction will be given. The schedule consists of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. At the end of the day Gil gives a Dharma talk. Brief interviews to talk about the practice will be available with Gil. Previous experience is recommended. Bring Lunch. Gil Fronsdal’s biography

Parking Around IMC

Recently we received a neighbor’s complaint about parking near IMC. In addition, a person from the Abigail senior living facility across the street interrupted a Dharma talk to announce that people attending IMC were using their private parking lot. We are eager to be good neighbors. We also realize that if we cannot reduce our parking impact we will need to reduce the number and scheduling of our programs.

Therefore, we ask that people attending IMC events do not park on the 100 block of Birch Street, i.e. the block IMC is on that is a one-way street. The exception is for people who are not able to walk more than a short distance.

It is also important that you not park in the Abigail parking lot across the street from IMC; your car may get towed.

Abundant street parking is found within a 3-minute walk of IMC. These can be found on El Camino, Brewster, Broadway and Hopkins near the intersection with Fulton. Parking further from IMC will not only help our neighbors, it will also provide more accessible parking for people for whom walking is a challenge.

Everyone’s help with this is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,



Summer-Fall 2018 IRC Newsletter is now available

The Summer-Fall 2018 IRC Newsletter is now available



Practice Discussions

Practice Discussions 2018

Eight-fold Path Program (2018-2019)


Application required to be assigned a mentor:  Application to apply here.  Applications due by Sept. 15, 2018.

Meeting Dates:

  • Sundays 1:00-3:30: Sept 23, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 7, Feb 3, March 3, April 7, May 5
  • Saturday (TENTATIVE): June 22 9:30 to 4:30 Concluding Daylong Retreat at IRC, Scotts Valley
 The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path. This is a set of eight practical approaches to bring Buddhist practice into the width and depth of our lives. The Eightfold Path Program is an introduction to each of the Eightfold factors so participants will discover how to apply each set of practices in ways that are personally meaningful. Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent.
The program has the following elements:
  1. 2-1/2 hour monthly meetings that include teachings, meditation, and discussions.
  2. Readings, reflections and practices for each month.
  3. A monthly one-hour personal meeting with an Eightfold Path mentor to discuss one’s practice and reflections on the Eightfold Path factors. (Mentoring slots are by application only, see note above, Sunday meetings are open to the public).
  4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley

Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s 5-week Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent.

Contact eightfoldpath@insightmeditationcenter.org with questions.

Sep 23 – Introduction to the Program
Oct 7 –  Eightfold Path Program – Right View
Nov 4  – Eightfold Path Program – Right Intention
Dec 2 – Eightfold Path Program –  Right Speech 
Jan 6 –  Eightfold Path Program – Right Action  
Feb 3 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Livelihood
Mar 3 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Effort
Apr 7 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Mindfulness
May 5 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Concentration
(Saturday (TENTATIVE)) June 22 Daylong retreat at IRC Scotts Valley

New Program: The Equivalence of Ethics & Enlightenment With Gil Fronsdal


Friday Sep 7, Monday Oct 1, Monday Oct 22, Monday Nov 26; 2019—Friday Jan 18, Monday Feb 4, Monday Mar 4, and Monday Apr 8, 9am to 3:30pm

Eight-month program from September to April  providing experienced practitioners an opportunity to delve into some of the deeper teachings of our Buddhist tradition in a community of other committed practitioners. We will study and discuss core principles of the Buddha’s teachings on ethics to understand the ethical nature of his teachings. We will discover how the Buddha’s path to awakening is an ethical path, that awakening itself is an ethical awakening, and that the awakened life is an ethical life. The program includes required monthly readings and writing short reflective essays.

To apply, fill out The Equivalence of Ethics & Enlightenment application.

Participation is by selection. Pre-requisites: at least five years of committed insight meditation practice, five seven-day (or longer) silent vipassana retreats, and completion of IMC’s Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent. To apply go to the IMC website Special Events page in June. Applications due by August 21. Notification of acceptance by August 31.