What’s New At Insight Meditation Center

Studying the Words of the Buddha: Ongoing Classes on the Middle Length Discourses With Gil Fronsdal and Diana Clark

Studying the Words of the Buddha: Ongoing Classes on the Middle Length Discourses With Gil Fronsdal and Diana Clark

Intermittent Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (with 4:30 -5:00 Q and A) On Zoom Please register here so we can send you future dates, the assignments, and the study guides for each class. You will also receive the Zoom link. 1st Theme: Relating to the Teachings. -August 5, 19, 26, and September 9 2nd Theme: Faith – September 30, October, 14, 21, 28 This ongoing series will provide a progressive and systematic study of the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya),…

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Donations for Haiti

Donations for Haiti

From Friday, August 20 through Sunday, August 22, online donations to IMC will be given to Partners in Health, a non-profit doing important grassroots healthcare and assistance to the people of Haiti. To donate through IMC, donate here.  Use the  IMC/Audiodharma option. There is no special “Haiti” button by which to donate. Everything donated to IMC/Audiodharma through Sunday will be given to Partners in Health. Thank you!

Eightfold Path Program on Zoom (2021-2022)

Eightfold Path Program on Zoom (2021-2022)

Taught by Tanya Wiser, Ying Chen, Chris Clifford, David Lorey Offered on Zoom, registration/application required, see details below.  Applications to have a personal mentor are due by Aug. 31, 2021. Registration to attend without mentoring will remain open. 2021-22 Sundays 1:00-3:30pm Pacific Time unless otherwise noted Sep 5 – Introduction to the Program Oct 3 –  View Nov 7  – Intention ( Nov 21 1:00-2:00 Optional Drop-in Discussion Session) Dec 5 – Speech Jan 16 –  Action ( Feb 06 1:00-2:00 Optional Drop-in…

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IMC Programs Remain Online Until October

IMC Programs Remain Online Until October

All IMC programs will continue online until at least October. The most up-t0-date information about our online programs is in IMC’s calendar (accessed through the “calendar” section of IMC’s homepage. We very much look forward to the chance to meet together at IMC. We will post here on What’s New when we have new information about our opening.

Awareness and Wisdom Integrated Home Retreat (Zoom) with Andrea Fella September 11- 17, 2021

Awareness and Wisdom Integrated Home Retreat (Zoom) with Andrea Fella September 11- 17, 2021

Awareness and Wisdom Integrated Home Retreat (Online Zoom format) Taught by Andrea Fella Inspired by the teachings of Sayadaw U Tejaniya. September 11 -17, 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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The Equivalence of Ethics and Enlightenment Now Online

The Equivalence of Ethics and Enlightenment Now Online

Two Options both online: Full Program with Gil Fronsdal, Diana Clark and Max Erdstein                On Mondays at IMC, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm                 Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 22, Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 14, March 14, April 4 Abbreviated, alternate Online class using same readings, reflections, and assignments as the in-person class with access to audio recordings of in-person Dharma talks.        …

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Ongoing Class on the Middle Length Discourses

Ongoing Class on the Middle Length Discourses

Studying the Words of the Buddha: Ongoing Class on the Middle Length Discourses With Gil Fronsdal and Diana Clark Intermittent Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. A Sati Center program On Zoom (IMC is not open for in-person events at this time) First Series: August 5, 19, 26, and September 9 Please register here so we can send you future dates, the assignments, and the study guides for each class. You will also receive the Zoom link. 1st Themes: Intro to…

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July – December: Pāramī or “Perfections of the Heart” Six-Month Course with Diana Clark

July – December: Pāramī or “Perfections of the Heart” Six-Month Course with Diana Clark

Often when we think about Buddhist practice we think of meditation; however, there are additional powerful practices and qualities we can develop in our daily lives such as the ten Pāramī or “Perfections of the Heart.” In this six-month program, we will explore and practice with Patience, Resolve, Truthfulness, and other transformative qualities to support greater freedom in our lives. The program includes monthly meetings, readings, and the writing of short reflective essays.  The meetings will include talks, discussions, and…

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Discourse on Loving-Kindness

Discourse on Loving-Kindness

Metta Sutta translated by Gil Fronsdal To reach the state of peace One skilled in the good Should be Capable and upright, Straightforward and easy to speak to, Gentle and not proud, Contented and easily supported, Living lightly and with few duties, Wise and with senses calmed, Not arrogant and without greed for supporters, And should not do the least thing that the wise would criticize. [One should reflect:] “May all be happy and secure; May all beings be happy…

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June 6, Sharon Salzberg Speaking with Insight World Aid

June 6, Sharon Salzberg Speaking with Insight World Aid

https://insightworldaid.orgInsight World Aid, a Buddhist humanitarian organization that started at IMC and one on which I am on the Board is sponsoring an online conversation with Sharon Salzberg. Sharon was one of my important Vipassana teachers and a teacher who continues to inspire. On Sunday, June 6, 1 -2 pm PT (4-5 pm ET) , IWA board member Roxanne Dault will host a discussion with Sharon Salzberg on a trauma-informed mindfulness training program for survivors of gun violence. The hour will include a…

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IMC Speaks Out Against Anti-Asian Violence

IMC Speaks Out Against Anti-Asian Violence

This statement is also available in PDF format We are heartbroken by the horrific surge in relentless, unprovoked harassment and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Since March 2020, the Stop AAPI Hate organization reports nearly 4,000 incidents of anti-Asian hate, of which nearly 44 percent occurred in California—and many more cases go unreported.  The Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and its community open our hearts to the pain of anti-Asian hate, bearing witness to the suffering and…

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May 4th; Buddhist Memorial Supporting Asian-Americans

May 4th; Buddhist Memorial Supporting Asian-Americans

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT A large number of Buddhist centers and teachers from around the US are gathering online on May 4th to memorialize the recent violence against Asian-Americans. IMC and Gil are sponsoring partners for the event titled “May We Gather: A National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors.” The ceremony will be lived stream on the website, https://www.maywegather.org This website has more information.

Gil’s Upcoming Retreats

Gil’s Upcoming Retreats

I am teaching few meditation retreats from March through October.  Those scheduled are below.  I might add one in June and one in August atthe Insight Retreat Center. April 19 to May 8. At San Francisco Zen Center, I am teaching with Fu Schroeder and Paul Haller, two senior Zen teachers and long-time friends. Called “The Harmony of Zen and Vipassana” it will consist of meditation, talks, and discussions on the relationship between Zen and Vipassana practice.  Details and schedule…

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