Upcoming Special Events

Upcoming Special Events

Upcoming Special Events

October 19, 2019
  • October 19, 2019

    Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Emptiness with Nikki Mirghafori

    What is the teaching on emptiness?  The third century Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna said: “Emptiness wrongly grasped is like picking up a poisonous snake by the wrong end.”  An incorrect understanding of this teaching can lead to nihilism or spiritual bypass.  A wise discernment of this subtle teaching can serve as a liberating way to perceive phenomena and the self, leading to freedom and compassion.  In this daylong, we approach teachings on emptiness both intellectually, through lectures and discussions, and experientially (to the extent possible) through guided meditations.  Bring a bag lunch.

    Nikki Mirghafori Biography 

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October 26, 2019
  • October 26, 2019

    Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Translating the Dhamma: meaning and interpretation with Bhante Sujato


    Sati Center Event.
    Bhante Sujato has recently completed a translation of the four main Pali Nikayas, as well as several of the shorter books of the Pali canon. Here he shares his process and insights gained in framing 2,500 year old Indian teachings in a contemporary voice.

    Bring lunch. There will be an opportunity to donate food for the meal offering to the monastics

    No registration required. Just show up.

    Bhante Sujato's Biography

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November 2, 2019
  • November 2, 2019

    Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Samadhi with Max Erdstein

    Still, flowing water: cultivating samadhi for wholeness, healing, and Insight.

    To train in samadhi is to center, steady, and unify the heart and mind. The Buddha taught that one who cultivates samadhi sees “things as they are.” This one-day sitting will offer guided practices and teachings to support a softness, silence and stillness that nourishes our being and allows us to open to the flow of life exactly as it is. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Please bring a bag lunch.


    Max Erdstein’s Biography

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November 3, 2019
  • November 3, 2019

    Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Eightfold Path - Right Intention with Chris Clifford, Bruni Dávila, Tanya Wiser & Liz Powell

    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.

    All are welcome to attend the Sunday sessions below. To be assigned a mentor for additional private monthly meetings, application is required. Please fill out the online application, which will be available in late July so that you can apply to get a mentor, to audit the course, and to receive course material via email. The deadline for applying is Sept. 1st. 

    Dates of Public Meetings at IMC (except for the first and last sessions, all are Sunday 1pm to 3:30pm):
    2019
    Introduction to the Path & Program–Sep 8 (1:00- 2:30pm); Right View–Oct 6; Right Intention–Nov 3; Right Speech–Dec 1 
    2020
    Right Action–Jan 12; Right Livelihood–Feb 16; Right Effort–Mar 15; Right Mindfulness–Apr 19; Right Concentration–May 17; Concluding Daylong Retreat at Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz—Sat., June 13 (9:30am- 4pm)

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November 8, 2019
  • November 8, 2019

    Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    10 Supreme Supports for Meditation with Chris Clifford, David Cohn & Jennifer Lemas

    Fridays, 9:30-12:00 (not 9:00 as stated in the newsletter): Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 15, June 19
    The ten perfections (paramis) are ten qualities of character which, when developed, support both Buddhist practice and compassionate involvement in the world. This series will combine emailed readings and reflections with in-class teachings and discussion of what we read and reflected on. Sign-up forms will appear on the web in late July [at https://audiodharma.wufoo.com/forms/r1qumzdp06juayb/]. This is just a short form for getting on the mailing list for the course materials. No deadline, but please sign up if you plan to attend or audit the course. Suggested reading prior to the first class: http://ajahnsucitto.org/articles/parami-1-crossing-the-floods/. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and stay for lunch.

    Chris Clifford's Biography, David Cohn's Biography, Jennifer Lemas's Biography

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November 9, 2019
  • November 9, 2019

    Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal

    Description:Practicing mindfulness meditation on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. This is a daylong retreat with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction in mindfulness practice, and a Dharma talk. It is recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring lunch.


    Gil Fronsdal's Biography

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November 16, 2019
  • November 16, 2019

    Saturday 9:30 am - 12:15 pm

    Half-Day Retreat with David Lorey


    9:30 – 10:15 am Sitting

    10:15 – 11:00 am Walking

    11:00 – 11:45 am Sitting

    11:45 – 12:00 pm Dharmette (Brief talk)

    12:00 – 12:15 pm Temple cleaning

    David Lorey's Biography

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December 1, 2019
  • December 1, 2019

    Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Eightfold Path - Right Speech with Chris Clifford, Bruni Dávila, Tanya Wiser & Liz Powell

    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.

    All are welcome to attend the Sunday sessions below. To be assigned a mentor for additional private monthly meetings, application is required. Please fill out the online application, which will be available in late July so that you can apply to get a mentor, to audit the course, and to receive course material via email. The deadline for applying is Sept. 1st. 

    Dates of Public Meetings at IMC (except for the first and last sessions, all are Sunday 1pm to 3:30pm):
    2019
    Introduction to the Path & Program–Sep 8 (1:00- 2:30pm); Right View–Oct 6; Right Intention–Nov 3; Right Speech–Dec 1 
    2020
    Right Action–Jan 12; Right Livelihood–Feb 16; Right Effort–Mar 15; Right Mindfulness–Apr 19; Right Concentration–May 17; Concluding Daylong Retreat at Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz—Sat., June 13 (9:30am- 4pm)

    IMC Website for more details

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December 6, 2019
  • December 6, 2019

    Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    10 Supreme Supports for Meditation with Chris Clifford, David Cohn & Jennifer Lemas

    Fridays, 9:30-12:00 (not 9:00 as stated in the newsletter): Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 15, June 19
    The ten perfections (paramis) are ten qualities of character which, when developed, support both Buddhist practice and compassionate involvement in the world. This series will combine emailed readings and reflections with in-class teachings and discussion of what we read and reflected on. Sign-up forms will appear on the web in late July [at https://audiodharma.wufoo.com/forms/r1qumzdp06juayb/]. This is just a short form for getting on the mailing list for the course materials. No deadline, but please sign up if you plan to attend or audit the course. Suggested reading prior to the first class: http://ajahnsucitto.org/articles/parami-1-crossing-the-floods/. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and stay for lunch.

    Chris Clifford's Biography, David Cohn's Biography, Jennifer Lemas's Biography

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December 7, 2019
  • December 7, 2019

    Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Daylong with Gil Fronsdal

    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 there will be a Dharma talk. Brief interviews to talk about the practice will be available. Previous experience is recommended. Bring Lunch.

    Gil Fronsdal's biography 

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December 14, 2019
  • December 14, 2019

    Saturday 9:30 am - 12:15 pm

    Half-Day Retreat with Liz Powell


    9:30 – 10:15 am Sitting

    10:15 – 11:00 am Walking

    11:00 – 11:45 am Sitting

    11:45 – 12:00 pm Dharmette (Brief talk)

    12:00 – 12:15 pm Temple cleaning

    Liz Powell's Biography

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January 4, 2020
  • January 4, 2020

    Saturday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat with Terry Lesser

    After the busyness and external focus that often accompanies the holidays, this mini-retreat offers a quiet and grounding place where we can slow down, deepen our meditation, connect with our bodies, and perhaps help clarify what is important for the coming year. Appropriate for beginners and experienced yogis and meditators—you don’t need to be flexible to do yoga; you only need to be as you are. Bring a large towel and a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise mats are available for your use. Led by Terry Lesser, who has been teaching weekly classes and retreats at IMC since 1995.

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January 6, 2020
  • January 6, 2020

    Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Deepening Meditation Program with Gil Fronsdal, Diana Clark, & Max Erdstein

    The DMP is an eight-month program giving experienced practitioners the opportunity to delve into meditation practice and the Buddhist teachings and instructions for meditation. The program will focus on understanding the different attentional factors involved in mindfulness, insight, and concentration meditation. We will also consider the supports and challenges to meditation, and the experiences and insights emphasized in traditional Vipassana practice. Components of the program include monthly group meetings, readings, short reflective writing assignments and small group practice-discussion meetings with Diana Clark, Max Erdstein and possibly other teachers. Additional optional components are a seven-day retreat at IRC for forty people in March 2020 and a series of daylong retreats at IMC focusing on themes augmenting the program.
    As this is an immersion program, having a regular meditation practice is required. Additional prerequisites are five years of committed insight meditation practice, 4 seven-day (or longer) silent insight meditation retreats and completion of the IMC Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent.
    Dates: 9:30 am-4:00 pm: Aug 26; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Oct 7, Nov 11, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 2, Apr 20 May 18. Optional retreat: Mar 15-22. To apply go to IMC’s website Special Events page after June 1; Applications due by August 1. Notification of acceptance by Aug 14.

    Gil Fronsdal Biography
    Diana Clark Biography
    Max Erdstein Biography

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January 11, 2020
  • January 11, 2020

    Saturday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Loving Heart, Resilient Heart with Diana Clark & Nikki Mirghfori

    The more we’re able to soften and open the heart to gentleness, care, and love for ourselves and others, the more we’re able to allow the emotional entanglements of our lives to untangle. Join us as we explore practices that support heart-opening and increase our capacity to bounce back from adversity and be with the vicissitudes that life brings us. Our time together will include brief teachings, guided meditations, and opportunities for questions, as well as individual practice discussions with the teachers. Please bring a bag lunch.

    Diana Clark's Biography Nikki Mirghfori's Biography

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January 12, 2020
  • January 12, 2020

    Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Eightfold Path - Right Action with Chris Clifford, Bruni Dávila, Tanya Wiser & Liz Powell

    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.

    All are welcome to attend the Sunday sessions below. To be assigned a mentor for additional private monthly meetings, application is required. Please fill out the online application, which will be available in late July so that you can apply to get a mentor, to audit the course, and to receive course material via email. The deadline for applying is Sept. 1st. 

    Dates of Public Meetings at IMC (except for the first and last sessions, all are Sunday 1pm to 3:30pm):
    2019
    Introduction to the Path & Program–Sep 8 (1:00- 2:30pm); Right View–Oct 6; Right Intention–Nov 3; Right Speech–Dec 1 
    2020
    Right Action–Jan 12; Right Livelihood–Feb 16; Right Effort–Mar 15; Right Mindfulness–Apr 19; Right Concentration–May 17; Concluding Daylong Retreat at Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz—Sat., June 13 (9:30am- 4pm)

    IMC Website for more details

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January 17, 2020
  • January 17, 2020

    Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    10 Supreme Supports for Meditation with Chris Clifford, David Cohn & Jennifer Lemas

    Fridays, 9:30-12:00 (not 9:00 as stated in the newsletter): Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 15, June 19
    The ten perfections (paramis) are ten qualities of character which, when developed, support both Buddhist practice and compassionate involvement in the world. This series will combine emailed readings and reflections with in-class teachings and discussion of what we read and reflected on. Sign-up forms will appear on the web in late July [at https://audiodharma.wufoo.com/forms/r1qumzdp06juayb/]. This is just a short form for getting on the mailing list for the course materials. No deadline, but please sign up if you plan to attend or audit the course. Suggested reading prior to the first class: http://ajahnsucitto.org/articles/parami-1-crossing-the-floods/. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and stay for lunch.

    Chris Clifford's Biography, David Cohn's Biography, Jennifer Lemas's Biography

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January 18, 2020
  • January 18, 2020

    Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Daylong with Max Erdstein

    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 there will be a Dharma talk. Brief interviews to talk about the practice will be available. Previous experience is recommended. Bring Lunch.

    Max Erdstein's Biography

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January 25, 2020
  • January 25, 2020

    Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Daylong with bruni dávila

    Practicing mindfulness meditation on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. This is a daylong retreat with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction in mindfulness practice, and a Dharma talk. It is recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring lunch.

    bruni dávila’s Biography

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February 3, 2020
  • February 3, 2020

    Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Deepening Meditation Program with Gil Fronsdal, Diana Clark, & Max Erdstein

    The DMP is an eight-month program giving experienced practitioners the opportunity to delve into meditation practice and the Buddhist teachings and instructions for meditation. The program will focus on understanding the different attentional factors involved in mindfulness, insight, and concentration meditation. We will also consider the supports and challenges to meditation, and the experiences and insights emphasized in traditional Vipassana practice. Components of the program include monthly group meetings, readings, short reflective writing assignments and small group practice-discussion meetings with Diana Clark, Max Erdstein and possibly other teachers. Additional optional components are a seven-day retreat at IRC for forty people in March 2020 and a series of daylong retreats at IMC focusing on themes augmenting the program.
    As this is an immersion program, having a regular meditation practice is required. Additional prerequisites are five years of committed insight meditation practice, 4 seven-day (or longer) silent insight meditation retreats and completion of the IMC Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent.
    Dates: 9:30 am-4:00 pm: Aug 26; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Oct 7, Nov 11, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 2, Apr 20 May 18. Optional retreat: Mar 15-22. To apply go to IMC’s website Special Events page after June 1; Applications due by August 1. Notification of acceptance by Aug 14.

    Gil Fronsdal Biography
    Diana Clark Biography
    Max Erdstein Biography

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February 14, 2020
  • February 14, 2020

    Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    10 Supreme Supports for Meditation with Chris Clifford, David Cohn & Jennifer Lemas

    Fridays, 9:30-12:00 (not 9:00 as stated in the newsletter): Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 15, June 19
    The ten perfections (paramis) are ten qualities of character which, when developed, support both Buddhist practice and compassionate involvement in the world. This series will combine emailed readings and reflections with in-class teachings and discussion of what we read and reflected on. Sign-up forms will appear on the web in late July [at https://audiodharma.wufoo.com/forms/r1qumzdp06juayb/]. This is just a short form for getting on the mailing list for the course materials. No deadline, but please sign up if you plan to attend or audit the course. Suggested reading prior to the first class: http://ajahnsucitto.org/articles/parami-1-crossing-the-floods/. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and stay for lunch.

    Chris Clifford's Biography, David Cohn's Biography, Jennifer Lemas's Biography

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February 15, 2020
  • February 15, 2020

    Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal


    Description:Practicing mindfulness meditation on retreat is one of the foundations for maturing insight meditation. This is a daylong retreat with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction in mindfulness practice, and a Dharma talk. It is recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring lunch. 

    Gil Fronsdal's Biography

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February 16, 2020
  • February 16, 2020

    Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Eightfold Path - Right Livelihood with Chris Clifford, Bruni Dávila, Tanya Wiser & Liz Powell

    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.

    All are welcome to attend the Sunday sessions below. To be assigned a mentor for additional private monthly meetings, application is required. Please fill out the online application, which will be available in late July so that you can apply to get a mentor, to audit the course, and to receive course material via email. The deadline for applying is Sept. 1st. 

    Dates of Public Meetings at IMC (except for the first and last sessions, all are Sunday 1pm to 3:30pm):
    2019
    Introduction to the Path & Program–Sep 8 (1:00- 2:30pm); Right View–Oct 6; Right Intention–Nov 3; Right Speech–Dec 1 
    2020
    Right Action–Jan 12; Right Livelihood–Feb 16; Right Effort–Mar 15; Right Mindfulness–Apr 19; Right Concentration–May 17; Concluding Daylong Retreat at Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz—Sat., June 13 (9:30am- 4pm)

    IMC Website for more details

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February 29, 2020
  • February 29, 2020

    Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Maranasati: Awakening to Life Through Contemplating Death With Nikki Mirghafori


    “What is subject to death, dies. I am not exempt.” is one of the Five Daily Remembrances the Buddha recommended for frequent reflection for lay and ordained practitioners, alike. We all die, that is for certain. Only the timing is unknown. Rather than ignoring, fearing, or running away from this natural truth of our human lives, we can harness the power of this most potent contemplation to inform our precious human life in order to live more fully, with presence, and according to our deepest values. Embracing the impermanent nature of our lives also allows a deep letting go, freedom, and fearlessness in preparation for our actual moment of death. Join us for a day of practice and exploration through dharma talks, guided meditation, and small & large group dialogue. 

    Nikki Mirghafori’s Biography

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March 2, 2020
  • March 2, 2020

    Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Deepening Meditation Program with Gil Fronsdal, Diana Clark, & Max Erdstein

    The DMP is an eight-month program giving experienced practitioners the opportunity to delve into meditation practice and the Buddhist teachings and instructions for meditation. The program will focus on understanding the different attentional factors involved in mindfulness, insight, and concentration meditation. We will also consider the supports and challenges to meditation, and the experiences and insights emphasized in traditional Vipassana practice. Components of the program include monthly group meetings, readings, short reflective writing assignments and small group practice-discussion meetings with Diana Clark, Max Erdstein and possibly other teachers. Additional optional components are a seven-day retreat at IRC for forty people in March 2020 and a series of daylong retreats at IMC focusing on themes augmenting the program.
    As this is an immersion program, having a regular meditation practice is required. Additional prerequisites are five years of committed insight meditation practice, 4 seven-day (or longer) silent insight meditation retreats and completion of the IMC Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent.
    Dates: 9:30 am-4:00 pm: Aug 26; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Oct 7, Nov 11, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 2, Apr 20 May 18. Optional retreat: Mar 15-22. To apply go to IMC’s website Special Events page after June 1; Applications due by August 1. Notification of acceptance by Aug 14.

    Gil Fronsdal Biography
    Diana Clark Biography
    Max Erdstein Biography

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March 7, 2020
  • March 7, 2020

    Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Daylong with Gil Fronsdal


    Marc h 7, 2019 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    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 there will be a Dharma talk. Brief interviews to talk about the practice will be available. Previous experience is recommended. Bring Lunch.
    Gil Fronsdal's biography

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March 13, 2020
  • March 13, 2020

    Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    10 Supreme Supports for Meditation with Chris Clifford, David Cohn & Jennifer Lemas

    Fridays, 9:30-12:00 (not 9:00 as stated in the newsletter): Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 15, June 19
    The ten perfections (paramis) are ten qualities of character which, when developed, support both Buddhist practice and compassionate involvement in the world. This series will combine emailed readings and reflections with in-class teachings and discussion of what we read and reflected on. Sign-up forms will appear on the web in late July [at https://audiodharma.wufoo.com/forms/r1qumzdp06juayb/]. This is just a short form for getting on the mailing list for the course materials. No deadline, but please sign up if you plan to attend or audit the course. Suggested reading prior to the first class: http://ajahnsucitto.org/articles/parami-1-crossing-the-floods/. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and stay for lunch.

    Chris Clifford's Biography, David Cohn's Biography, Jennifer Lemas's Biography

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March 15, 2020
  • March 15, 2020

    Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Eightfold Path - Right Effort with Chris Clifford, Bruni Dávila, Tanya Wiser & Liz Powell

    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.

    All are welcome to attend the Sunday sessions below. To be assigned a mentor for additional private monthly meetings, application is required. Please fill out the online application, which will be available in late July so that you can apply to get a mentor, to audit the course, and to receive course material via email. The deadline for applying is Sept. 1st. 

    Dates of Public Meetings at IMC (except for the first and last sessions, all are Sunday 1pm to 3:30pm):
    2019
    Introduction to the Path & Program–Sep 8 (1:00- 2:30pm); Right View–Oct 6; Right Intention–Nov 3; Right Speech–Dec 1 
    2020
    Right Action–Jan 12; Right Livelihood–Feb 16; Right Effort–Mar 15; Right Mindfulness–Apr 19; Right Concentration–May 17; Concluding Daylong Retreat at Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz—Sat., June 13 (9:30am- 4pm)

    IMC Website for more details

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April 17, 2020
  • April 17, 2020

    Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    10 Supreme Supports for Meditation with Chris Clifford, David Cohn & Jennifer Lemas

    Fridays, 9:30-12:00 (not 9:00 as stated in the newsletter): Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 15, June 19
    The ten perfections (paramis) are ten qualities of character which, when developed, support both Buddhist practice and compassionate involvement in the world. This series will combine emailed readings and reflections with in-class teachings and discussion of what we read and reflected on. Sign-up forms will appear on the web in late July [at https://audiodharma.wufoo.com/forms/r1qumzdp06juayb/]. This is just a short form for getting on the mailing list for the course materials. No deadline, but please sign up if you plan to attend or audit the course. Suggested reading prior to the first class: http://ajahnsucitto.org/articles/parami-1-crossing-the-floods/. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and stay for lunch.

    Chris Clifford's Biography, David Cohn's Biography, Jennifer Lemas's Biography

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April 19, 2020
  • April 19, 2020

    Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Eightfold Path - Right Mindfulness with Chris Clifford, Bruni Dávila, Tanya Wiser & Liz Powell

    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.

    All are welcome to attend the Sunday sessions below. To be assigned a mentor for additional private monthly meetings, application is required. Please fill out the online application, which will be available in late July so that you can apply to get a mentor, to audit the course, and to receive course material via email. The deadline for applying is Sept. 1st. 

    Dates of Public Meetings at IMC (except for the first and last sessions, all are Sunday 1pm to 3:30pm):
    2019
    Introduction to the Path & Program–Sep 8 (1:00- 2:30pm); Right View–Oct 6; Right Intention–Nov 3; Right Speech–Dec 1 
    2020
    Right Action–Jan 12; Right Livelihood–Feb 16; Right Effort–Mar 15; Right Mindfulness–Apr 19; Right Concentration–May 17; Concluding Daylong Retreat at Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz—Sat., June 13 (9:30am- 4pm)

    IMC Website for more details

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April 20, 2020
  • April 20, 2020

    Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Deepening Meditation Program with Gil Fronsdal, Diana Clark, & Max Erdstein

    The DMP is an eight-month program giving experienced practitioners the opportunity to delve into meditation practice and the Buddhist teachings and instructions for meditation. The program will focus on understanding the different attentional factors involved in mindfulness, insight, and concentration meditation. We will also consider the supports and challenges to meditation, and the experiences and insights emphasized in traditional Vipassana practice. Components of the program include monthly group meetings, readings, short reflective writing assignments and small group practice-discussion meetings with Diana Clark, Max Erdstein and possibly other teachers. Additional optional components are a seven-day retreat at IRC for forty people in March 2020 and a series of daylong retreats at IMC focusing on themes augmenting the program.
    As this is an immersion program, having a regular meditation practice is required. Additional prerequisites are five years of committed insight meditation practice, 4 seven-day (or longer) silent insight meditation retreats and completion of the IMC Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent.
    Dates: 9:30 am-4:00 pm: Aug 26; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Oct 7, Nov 11, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 2, Apr 20 May 18. Optional retreat: Mar 15-22. To apply go to IMC’s website Special Events page after June 1; Applications due by August 1. Notification of acceptance by Aug 14.

    Gil Fronsdal Biography
    Diana Clark Biography
    Max Erdstein Biography

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April 25, 2020
  • April 25, 2020

    Saturday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

    The Eightfold Path: Mindfulness Daylong with Chris Clifford, bruni dávila, Liz Powell & Tanya Wiser


    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.

    All are welcome to attend the Sunday sessions below. To be assigned a mentor for additional private monthly meetings, application is required. Please fill out the online application, which will be available in late July so that you can apply to get a mentor, to audit the course, and to receive course material via email. The deadline for applying is Sept. 1st. 

    Dates of Public Meetings at IMC (except for the first and last sessions, all are Sunday 1pm to 3:30pm):
    2019
    Introduction to the Path & Program–Sep 8 (1:00- 2:30pm); Right View–Oct 6; Right Intention–Nov 3; Right Speech–Dec 1 
    2020
    Right Action–Jan 12; Right Livelihood–Feb 16; Right Effort–Mar 15; Right Mindfulness–Apr 19; Right Mindfulness Daylong-- Apr 25; Right Concentration–May 17; Concluding Daylong Retreat at Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz—Sat., June 13 (9:30am- 4pm)

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    Chris Clifford's Biography, bruni dávila's Biography, Liz Powell's Biography & Tanya Wiser's Biography

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May 15, 2020
  • May 15, 2020

    Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    10 Supreme Supports for Meditation with Chris Clifford, David Cohn & Jennifer Lemas

    Fridays, 9:30-12:00 (not 9:00 as stated in the newsletter): Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 15, June 19
    The ten perfections (paramis) are ten qualities of character which, when developed, support both Buddhist practice and compassionate involvement in the world. This series will combine emailed readings and reflections with in-class teachings and discussion of what we read and reflected on. Sign-up forms will appear on the web in late July [at https://audiodharma.wufoo.com/forms/r1qumzdp06juayb/]. This is just a short form for getting on the mailing list for the course materials. No deadline, but please sign up if you plan to attend or audit the course. Suggested reading prior to the first class: http://ajahnsucitto.org/articles/parami-1-crossing-the-floods/. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and stay for lunch.

    Chris Clifford's Biography, David Cohn's Biography, Jennifer Lemas's Biography

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May 17, 2020
  • May 17, 2020

    Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Eightfold Path - Right Concentration with Chris Clifford, Bruni Dávila, Tanya Wiser & Liz Powell

    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.

    Dates of Public Meetings at IMC (except for the first and last sessions, all are Sunday 1pm to 3:30pm):
    2019
    Introduction to the Path & Program–Sep 8 (1:00- 2:30pm); Right View–Oct 6; Right Intention–Nov 3; Right Speech–Dec 1 
    2020
    Right Action–Jan 12; Right Livelihood–Feb 16; Right Effort–Mar 15; Right Mindfulness–Apr 19; Right Concentration–May 17; Concluding Daylong Retreat at Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz—Sat., June 13 (9:30am- 4pm)

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May 18, 2020
  • May 18, 2020

    Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Deepening Meditation Program with Gil Fronsdal, Diana Clark, & Max Erdstein

    The DMP is an eight-month program giving experienced practitioners the opportunity to delve into meditation practice and the Buddhist teachings and instructions for meditation. The program will focus on understanding the different attentional factors involved in mindfulness, insight, and concentration meditation. We will also consider the supports and challenges to meditation, and the experiences and insights emphasized in traditional Vipassana practice. Components of the program include monthly group meetings, readings, short reflective writing assignments and small group practice-discussion meetings with Diana Clark, Max Erdstein and possibly other teachers. Additional optional components are a seven-day retreat at IRC for forty people in March 2020 and a series of daylong retreats at IMC focusing on themes augmenting the program.
    As this is an immersion program, having a regular meditation practice is required. Additional prerequisites are five years of committed insight meditation practice, 4 seven-day (or longer) silent insight meditation retreats and completion of the IMC Eightfold Path Program or its equivalent.
    Dates: 9:30 am-4:00 pm: Aug 26; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Oct 7, Nov 11, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 2, Apr 20 May 18. Optional retreat: Mar 15-22. To apply go to IMC’s website Special Events page after June 1; Applications due by August 1. Notification of acceptance by Aug 14.

    Gil Fronsdal Biography
    Diana Clark Biography
    Max Erdstein Biography

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June 6, 2020
  • June 6, 2020

    Saturday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

    Intensive Daylong with Gil Fronsdal


    This is a great opportunity for a full day of immersion in silent Dharma Practice. Fifteen minute inter-views 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 day, please enter the meditation hall only at the beginning of a scheduled sit- ting. If you come while a sitting is in progress, please sit in the outer hall.Bring lunch. Breakfast and light supper provided.
    Gil Fronsdal's biography

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June 19, 2020
  • June 19, 2020

    Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    10 Supreme Supports for Meditation with Chris Clifford, David Cohn & Jennifer Lemas

    Fridays, 9:30-12:00 (not 9:00 as stated in the newsletter): Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 15, June 19
    The ten perfections (paramis) are ten qualities of character which, when developed, support both Buddhist practice and compassionate involvement in the world. This series will combine emailed readings and reflections with in-class teachings and discussion of what we read and reflected on. Sign-up forms will appear on the web in late July [at https://audiodharma.wufoo.com/forms/r1qumzdp06juayb/]. This is just a short form for getting on the mailing list for the course materials. No deadline, but please sign up if you plan to attend or audit the course. Suggested reading prior to the first class: http://ajahnsucitto.org/articles/parami-1-crossing-the-floods/. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and stay for lunch.

    Chris Clifford's Biography, David Cohn's Biography, Jennifer Lemas's Biography

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