Special and Yearlong Programs

Special and Yearlong Programs

There is no cost for classes, special events, or daylong retreats at IMC. Donations are welcome.

Most of these year-long events require an application or pre-registration to receive the Zoom links and materials.

Please see the IMC Calendar for special events, daylong retreats, and all other events at IMC.

Black Practitioners Meditation and Wisdom Circle

With Anne RoiseFive Saturdays: January 28  – February 25, 20239:00 AM – 10:30 AM Pacific TimeThis five-session series provides a safe and supportive space for Black practitioners to begin, refresh and strengthen their meditation and daily mindfulness practice. The sessions focus on the intersection of Buddhism and Black collective wisdom as the teachings of the Buddha are explored in the context of our unique experiences and expressions. The framework for the series is the Divine Abodes (lovingkindness, compassion, empathetic joy, equanimity) which cultivate positive mind states. These qualities can be empowering to face social and racial injustices in a manner that reduces harm for all. The group’s time together will include guided meditation, facilitated discussions and opportunities to share and connect with each other.
To register and receive the Zoom link for the program, click on the following linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYud-uopjsiHtL9NPQ-r1kxBvmzXVyYlqUNFacilitator: Anne Roise

Anne Roise has been a Zen practitioner since 1971 when she left Canada as a teenager to study with her first teacher, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She is lay-ordained in the Soto Zen tradition. Anne completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy program at the Sati Center and is also a trained mindfulness facilitator through the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. She is the Director of Programs and Online Operations at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and serves on the boards of Mindful Schools and the San Francisco Zen Center. Anne has a graduate degree in City Planning from MIT and is a Certified Life Coach.



2022-23 Deepening Meditation Program 

On Zoom

Mondays, 9:00 am-4:00 pm: 10/3, 10/31, 12/5, 1/6 (Friday), 1/30, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1. 

Optional DMP online retreat: March 13-16; 9:00 am-4:00 each day

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 utilize Anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing) as the reference for delving into practices and states of meditation related to the deepening of mindfulness, concentration, and insight.  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, and short reflective writing assignments.  An additional optional component is a three-day online retreat

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.

Apply Here ; Applications due by September 1.  Notification of acceptance and Zoom link by September 14.

Ongoing Class on the Middle Length Discourses with Gil Fronsdal and Diana Clark

With Gil Fronsdal and Diana Clark

Intermittent Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Pacific time with an optional Q&A period 4:30 – 5:00pm

A Sati Center program conducted on Zoom and using Google Classroom for the course materials.

This ongoing course will provide a progressive and systematic study of the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya), one of the most important collections of the Buddha’s teachings. The series will be organized thematically with 3-4 weeks devoted to discussing discourses related to each theme.

The themes covered will be Relating to the Teachings, Faith, the Path, the Buddha, Karma, Rebirth, Effort and Training, Training in Community, Happiness and Sensuality, Mindfulness, Concentration, Wisdom, Attainments and Nibbana.

First theme: Introduction to the Middle Length Discourses – Aug 5

Second theme: Relating to the Teachings – Aug 19, 26, and Sept 9, 2021

Third theme: Faith – Sept 30, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28, 2021

Fourth theme: The Path – Nov. 11, 18, Dec. 9, and 16, 2021

Fifth theme: The Buddha – Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 2022

Sixth theme: Karma – Feb 24, Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 31

Seventh theme: Rebirth – Apr 7, Apr 28, May 5

Eighth theme: Effort and Training – May 26, June 2, June 16

Ninth theme: Training and Community – July 14, July 21, July 28 and Aug 4

Tenth theme: Happiness and Pleasure – Aug 11, Aug 18, Aug 25, Sept 1

Eleventh theme: Mindfulness – Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, Nov 10

Twelfth theme: Concentration – Jan 12, 19, 26, 2023

Thirteenth theme: Wisdom – Mar 9, 16, 23

(You are welcome to register and join the course at any time; attendance at preceding classes is not required)

Participants will be expected to have read and reflected on the readings assigned for each class. Study guides will be provided to lay the foundation of informed readings of the texts. The classes will be devoted to both short lectures on the assigned readings and discussion.

The dates will be intermittent depending on when the instructors are available.

The course is suitable for people who have acquired a good understanding of the basic Buddhist teachings and practices. It is designed for people who have the time and motivation to read the assigned readings before class.

We will be referring to Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi’s, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publications) translation of the suttas.

Please register here. You will receive an invitation to our Google Classroom that contains the assignments, the study guides and links for Zoom meetings and audio recordings for each class.

Questions?  You can email: majjhima@sati.org

Eightfold Path Program (2022-2023) In-Person and on Zoom 

The Buddha’s most explicit path of practice is the Eightfold Path— 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.

Please register.  The in-person and online versions of the program will occur parallel at the same time.  Participants can attend either version throughout the program, though we encourage you to pick one as primary to build community.  After registering, you will receive Zoom links and course materials by email.  A longer application is required to be assigned a mentor in addition to the group meetings.  Mentoring slots may fill.

The registration and Mentor application form is found HERE.

Team teaching are Chris Clifford, Liz Powell, David Lorey, Marjolein Janssen, Ying Chen, Sandra Sanabria, Wendy Lo, Lilu Chen and Ari Crelin-Quick, Tanya Wiser

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 (if you apply for this) to discuss one’s practice and reflections on the Eightfold Path factors.
  4. Four optional online drop-in Discussion/Q&A sessions for anyone, but especially for those with no personal mentor.
  5. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat on Zoom and either IMC or Insight Retreat Center.

Contact eightfoldpath@insightmeditationcenter.org with questions.

Dates for 2022-23 (Sundays 1:00pm-3:30 pm Pacific Time)
 Introduction to the Path and Program – Sep 4; Right View- Oct 2; Right Intention-Nov 6; Right Speech- Dec 4; Right Action – Jan 8 (online for everyone); Right Livelihood- Feb 5; Right Effort – March 5; Right Mindfulness – April 2; Right Concentration – May 7. Concluding Daylong, Sat, June 24 at IMC or IRC and online

Seven Shining Jewels Program with Diana Clark (2022-23)

On Zoom; Sundays, 1:00 – 3:30pm Pacific

Oct 16, Nov 13, Dec 18, Jan 15, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7

The Buddha highlighted seven shining jewels as supports for awakening. These jewels, also known as the Seven Factors of Awakening, have an important role in our meditation practice, daily life and the path of liberation. In this seven-month program we will explore and practice with these jewels so that they can shine in our lives. We will spend one month on each factor: Mindfulness, Investigation, Energy, Joy, Tranquility, Concentration and Equanimity.

The program includes monthly meetings, readings and the writing of short reflective essays.  The meetings will include talks, discussions and guided meditations.

Prerequisites: At least one year of committed insight meditation practice and completion of IMC’s Eight-fold Path Program or its equivalent.

You can register for the class here You will receive an invitation to our Google Classroom that contains the assignments and links for the Zoom meetings.

Questions?  You can email sevenfactors@insightmeditationcenter.org


Senior Sangha Group: Enjoying our Aging 

Taught by David Cohn, Fiona Barner, and Robert Cusick

On Zoom

Monthly on Third Thursdays from 11am to 1 pm.

Suzuki Roshi was asked, “Why do you practice?”  He laughed and said, “To enjoy my old age.”  Please join us as we create a dharma-based community of IMC seniors of all ages.  Everyone is welcome. We will cultivate enjoying our journey through the vicissitudes and blessings of aging with kindness and wisdom practices.  There will be guided meditations, talks, and discussions on topics that support aging with ease and contentment. 

Please fill out this short form to be added to the email list for class materials and announcements and class Zoom linksform

For questions, email imc.seniorsanghagroup@gmail.com.