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Dharma Mentoring Training Program (2017-2018)
TAUGHT BY GIL FRONSDAL & ANDREA FELLA
Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except 10/6)
First year: (2017-2018): 8/28, 9/11, Friday 10/6, 11/20, 12/18, 1/8, 2/12, 3/12, 4/2, 5/7
Second year: TBD
IMC is beginning a new two-year long Dharma Mentoring training program in the fall of 2017. Dharma Mentors are practitioners who have matured enough in their own Dharma practice and understanding to support and mentor others in their practice. This program offers a training to prepare a Dharma Mentor to meet individually with people to support their personal Dharma practice, study, and reflection. In offering spiritual direction, Dharma Mentors are not Dharma Teachers; they are spiritual friends facilitating another person’s engagement with the Dharma.
Taught by Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella, the core of the program will consist of monthly daylong classes and practicums. During the first year, the practicums will include participating as a student in IMC’s mentoring programs. The second year involves being a mentor in these mentoring programs. More information can be found on IMC’s special events section of its website. The opportunity to receive academic credit for the program exists through the Sati Institute (sati.org).
Prerequisites for the program are six years of regular insight meditation practice, a cumulative 60 days of silent meditation retreat practice, and a recommendation from a Dharma teacher.
Entering the Stream Program (2017-2018)
TAUGHT BY GIL FRONSDAL
Monday Oct 2, Friday Nov 3, Monday Dec 4; Friday Jan 19, Monday Feb 5, Friday March 16, Friday Apr 20, Monday May 21, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m
This eight-month program provides 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 discuss core principles and insights important in the Buddha’s teachings, including aspects of liberation and awakening. The program includes required monthly readings and short reflective essays. Participation by selection. Application available on IMC website in July.
Pre-requisites: at least five years of insight meditation practice, five seven-day (or longer) silent vipassana retreats, and completion of IMC’s Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent.
Questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eight-fold Path Program (2017-2018)
TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD, LIZ POWELL & BRUNI DAVILA
- Sundays 1:00-3:30: Sept 24, Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, March 4, April 8, May 6
- Saturday: June 23 9:30 to 4:30 Concluding Daylong Retreat at IRC, Scotts Valley
TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD AND SENIOR IMC STUDENTS.
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:
- 2-1/2 hour monthly meetings that include teachings, meditation, and discussions.
- Readings, reflections and practices for each month.
- 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 full for this year, Sunday meetings are open to the public).
- 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 email@example.com with questions.
Sep 24 – Introduction to the Program
Oct 8 – Eightfold Path Program – Right View
Nov 5 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Intention
Dec 3 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Speech
Jan 7 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Action
Feb 4 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Livelihood
Mar 4 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Effort
Apr 8 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Mindfulness
May 6 – Eightfold Path Program – Right Concentration
(Saturday) June 23 Daylong retreat at IRC Scotts Valley
The Equivalence of Ethics & Enlightenment
TAUGHT BY 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 October 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.
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.
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