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Dharma Practice Series: The Paramis with Gil Fronsdal

Dharma Practice Series: Fridays, 9:30am – 3:30pm

2010 September 10 Generosity (Dana) October 15 Virtue (Sila) November 5 Renunciation (Nekkhamma) December 3 Wisdom (Panna) 2011 January 7 Energy/Vigor (Viriya) February 4 Patience (Khanti) March 4 Truthfulness (Sacca) April 15 Resolve (Adhitthana) May 6 Lovingkindness (Metta) June 3 Equanimity (Upekkha)

Starting September 10, 2010, IMC is offering an ten month program of study and practice of the ten perfections (paramis). These are ten qualities of character which, when developed, support both Buddhist practice and compassionate involvement with others. People are welcome to attend any or all of the Friday programs. For those who commit to attending the whole series, the program will include a monthly two-hour discussion group with Ines Freedman, interviews with the program mentors, and readings.

Bring lunch.

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Hidden Villa Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal & Andrea Fella

Sunday, March 20 to Sunday March 27, 2011

Hidden Villa , 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Registration opens November 20, 2010

This retreat is currently full. New applicants will be placed on a waiting list and notified if spots open up.

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Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He has trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers’ collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 he received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He has been the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California since 1990. He is a husband and father of two boys.

Andrea Fella has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and, under Gil Fronsdal’s guidance, began teaching meditation classes in 2003. She is particularly drawn to intensive retreat practice, and has done a number

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Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday, December 11, 2010, 8:30am to 5pm

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)

Family Retreat at Spirit Rock with Ajahn Pasanno, Gil Fronsdal, Betsy Rose and Heather Sundberg

August 4-8, 2010

This five-day, four-night retreat is for families with children ages 5-15 and will include periods of family activities, young people’s groups, parent program and free time. Dharma activities include songs, stories, skits, games, art, time on the land, a campfire, council practice, parent discussions, meditation for parents and children, and dharma talks.

See http://www.spiritrock.org/calendar/display.asp?id=370R10 for more information

Vesak – Buddha’s Birthday Celebration with Gil Fronsdal

Sunday, May 23, 10-10:45am

Vesak – Buddha’s Birthday Celebration. During the first part of the Sunday morning Dharma Talk, we will have a Vesak celebration to honor the Buddha’s birthday. Families with children are encouraged to attend.Come with cut flowers at 10:00 to decorate pagoda (in the IMC parking lot) 10:30 Procession into meditation hall for Buddha’s Birthday celebration.

Introduction to Loving-kindness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

Wednesdays May 12 – June 2, 7:30-9:00 pm

Loving-kindness meditation involves developing goodwill toward oneself and others. It is an important Buddhist practice in its own right, and it is a valuable compliment to mindfulness meditation. The practice brings many benefits, including greater self-understanding, goodwill, and inner stability. The four week series will systematically present the classic instruction for cultivating loving-kindness.

Video: Gil Fronsdal on “Being Present”

Being Present from Insight Meditation Center on Vimeo.

Dharma talk by Gil Fronsdal at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA, recorded February 10, 2010.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

Six Wednesday Evenings, January 12 to February 16, 2011, 7:30 – 9pm

Insight Meditation or Vipassana, is a simple technique, beginning with focusing the attention on the breath. The practice concentrates and calms the mind. At the heart of Insight Meditation is the practice of Mindfulness, a practice of moment-to-moment observation which cultivates a clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness. While mindfulness practice can be highly effective in helping bring calm and clarity to the pressures of daily life, it is also a spiritual path that gradually dissolves the barriers to the full development of our wisdom and compassion. During this introductory course, the basic instructions in insight meditation will be given sequentially, starting with a focus on mindfulness of breathing, followed by mindfulness of the body, of emotions, of thoughts, of mind and of the application of mindfulness in daily life and on retreats. No pre-registration necessary.

Intensive Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday, June 12, 2010, 6am – 9pm

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. Schedule: 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

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Daylong Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Saturday, November 20, 2010, 9am to 4:30pm

This is a daylong retreat with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction in mindfulness practice, particularly in mindfulness of the body and a dharma talk. It is recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. No interviews. Bring lunch.

Tea With Gil Fronsdal

Sunday, May 23, 11 to 11:30am

Time for an informal discussion, an opportunity to ask questions of Gil.

Video: Gil Fronsdal and “The Road Less Taken”

Gil Fronsdal gives a short dharma talk on the poem “The Road Less Taken” by Robert Frost from a buddhist perspective.

Talk Given at Insight Mediation Center, Redwood City Ca. on Wednesday January 13, 2010

Insight Meditation Retreat with Gil Fronsdal, Mary Grace Orr and Noah Levine

Friday, July 2, 3:00 pm – Sunday, July 11, 12:00 pm (9 nights)

This Spirit Rock ( see http://www.spiritrock.org/) retreat follows the usual Insight Meditation (Vipassana) format of sitting and walking in silence, with systematic meditation instructions. Teachers give daily dharma talks and there will be time for individual interviews. A good retreat for beginning and experienced meditators. This retreat is held at the Vajrapani Institute located in the beautiful mountains above Santa Cruz.

More information can be found on the Spirit Rock website.

Monday Evening Series: Buddhist Teachings on Peace and Non-Violence with Gil Fronsdal

Mondays, January 25, February 1 and 8, 7:30 to 9pm

Tea with Gil Fronsdal, A Question & Answer Session

Sunday, January 24, 11:15am to 12pm