IMC Calendar

Wed, 04/23 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

  • 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

Wed, 04/23 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Taking Refuge: Class and Ceremony with Gil Fronsdal

Taking Refuge: Class and Ceremony with Gil Fronsdal
Class: 3 Wednesdays, April 23 - May 7, 7:30 to 9pm Ceremony: Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 to 9pm For those who would like to formally take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, we will have three classes exploring both the meaning of "going for refuge" and one's personal interest and commitment to Dharma practice. On the evening of May 14, we will meet for a potluck supper, a sitting, Dharma talk and refuge ceremony. 

Thu, 04/24 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Robert Cusick

Sitting with Robert Cusick

Fri, 04/25 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Dharma Inspired Book Group (#2)

Dharma Inspired Book Group (#2)
We will be reading Charlotte Joko Beck’s Nothing Special: Living Zen. Of this book one reviewer accurately wrote, “A splendid tour of the uncompromising and uncompromised teachings of Zen.” Books are available at Kepler’s for a discount. IMC Meditation Hall. Bill Kostura, saddhadhamma@gmail.com, 650/815-1174.

Sat, 04/26 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Romancing the Buddha - Sati Center daylong with Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Romancing the Buddha - Sati Center daylong with Thanissaro Bhikkhu
An important part of understanding Dharma is understanding what is not Dharma. A great deal of American not-Dharma—what passes for Dharma but actually isn’t—comes from the thought of the early German Romantics. Even though their names are little-known in America, their ideas have had an enormous influence on Americans attitudes about spiritual life. When approaching the Dharma, we tend to view it in light of these attitudes, which in some ways are congruent with what the Buddha taught, and in many ways run directly counter to it. This daylong course—through talks, readings, and discussions—will focus on understanding Romantic ideas about religious life and inspiration, the transmission of these ideas through American thinkers such as Emerson and James, their influence on modern American Dharma, and the ways in which this influence has seriously distorted our idea of what counts as Dharma and where Dharma practice leads. There will be a meal offering for Ajahn Thanissaro and other monastics in attendance. If you would like, please bring food to offer at that time, otherwise, please bring your own lunch. Thanissaro Bhikkhu's biography

Sun, 04/27 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal

Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal

  • 8:30 – 9:10 am Sitting
  • 9:10 – 9:25 am Walking
  • 9:25 – 10:00 am Sitting
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma talk

Sun, 04/27 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Vegetarian Potluck

Vegetarian Potluck
Vegetarian Potluck Brunch Last Sunday each month at 11am. All are welcome.

Sun, 04/27 05:15 - 07:15 PM
Dharma Bodhis Middle School Program (6th - 8th Grades)

Dharma Bodhis Middle School Program (6th - 8th Grades)
(Sixth graders have the option of attending Dharma Rocks and/or Dharma Bodhis) Led by Hilary Borison Fourth Sunday of each month from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m., September through June (probable date changes in December and May) A time to explore how the dharma can support challenges and opportunities pertinent to middle schoolers through small and large group discussions, mindfulness practice, creative activities, interactive games, pizza dinner, and opportunities for community service. No registration required, however, RSVPs are encouraged for dinner plans. Please contact Hilary Borison at hborison@sbcglobal.net or 650-575-2052 for more information or to RSVP.

Mon, 04/28 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting and Talk with tbd

Sitting and Talk with tbd
A 45-minute sitting is followed by a 45-minute dharma talk.

Tue, 04/29 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Diana Clark

Sitting with Diana Clark

Tue, 04/29 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

Dharma en Español
Meditación y pláticas de Dharma en español. Andrea Castillo's biography

Wed, 04/30 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

  • 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

Wed, 04/30 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Taking Refuge: Class and Ceremony with Gil Fronsdal

Taking Refuge: Class and Ceremony with Gil Fronsdal
Class: 3 Wednesdays, April 23 - May 7, 7:30 to 9pm Ceremony: Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 to 9pm For those who would like to formally take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, we will have three classes exploring both the meaning of "going for refuge" and one's personal interest and commitment to Dharma practice. On the evening of May 14, we will meet for a potluck supper, a sitting, Dharma talk and refuge ceremony. 

Thu, 05/01 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Robert Cusick

Sitting with Robert Cusick

Fri, 05/02 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Dharma Practice Day: Mindful Steps to an Ethical Life

Dharma Practice Day: Mindful Steps to an Ethical Life
Mindfulness and ethics go hand in hand; each strengthens the other. This eight-month series offers training in mindfulness and ethical integrity as supports to the path of liberation. We will explore how mindfulness cultivates greater ethical wisdom and how ethical behavior cultivates greater mindfulness. This series will be structured around the ten skillful actions that are the primary ethical guidelines taught by the Buddha. In the course of the series we will consider what perspective mindfulness practice gives to some of the important ethical issues of our times. Each Dharma Practice Day will include guided meditation, teachings, exercises, and discussion. You are welcome to come to any part of the series. Please bring a lunch. Dates: 10/4; 11/1; 12/6; 1/17; 2/14; 4/4; 5/2; 6/6 Gil Fronsdal's biography

Sun, 05/04 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal

Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal

  • 8:30 – 9:10 am Sitting
  • 9:10 – 9:25 am Walking
  • 9:25 – 10:00 am Sitting
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma talk

Sun, 05/04 11:00 - 11:15 AM
Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Sun, 05/04 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
POSTPONED UNTIL 5/18: Dharma Sprouts (K-2nd Grade and their parents)

POSTPONED UNTIL 5/18: Dharma Sprouts (K-2nd Grade and their parents)
Led by Liz Powell and others First Sunday of the month, 11:15 to 12pm. Brief meditations, songs, movement, crafts, stories, and games offering simple daily practices of mindfulness. Please contact Liz at eapowell@aol.com if you plan to attend.

Sun, 05/04 05:00 - 07:00 PM
Mindful Teens (Highschool)

Mindful Teens (Highschool)
A safe and fun space where teens can learn to apply the practices and principles of mindfulness to support their self-discovery, empowerment, and fulfillment. It is also intended to be a trusting environment where teens can discuss among themselves and adult facilitators, issues that are important in their lives. Please RSVP for purposes of food headcount to Aaron at Imc.MindfulTeens@gmail.com

Mon, 05/05 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting and Talk with Andrea Castillo

Sitting and Talk with Andrea Castillo
A 45-minute sitting is followed by a 45-minute dharma talk. Andrea Castillo's biography

Tue, 05/06 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Kim Allen

Sitting with Kim Allen

Tue, 05/06 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

Dharma en Español
Meditación y pláticas de Dharma en español. Andrea Castillo's biography

Wed, 05/07 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Berget Jelane

Half-day Retreat with Berget Jelane

  • 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

Wed, 05/07 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Taking Refuge: Class and Ceremony with Gil Fronsdal

Taking Refuge: Class and Ceremony with Gil Fronsdal
Class: 3 Wednesdays, April 23 - May 7, 7:30 to 9pm Ceremony: Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 to 9pm For those who would like to formally take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, we will have three classes exploring both the meaning of "going for refuge" and one's personal interest and commitment to Dharma practice. On the evening of May 14, we will meet for a potluck supper, a sitting, Dharma talk and refuge ceremony. 

Thu, 05/08 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Women's Circle of Mindfulness

Women's Circle of Mindfulness
A gathering for women who wish to deepen practice by exploring together how to bring principles of mindfulness into our daily lives. The circle will meet on the second Thursday of each month.  You're welcome to bring lunch or have tea until 1pm. Facilitated by Alicia McLucas, mclucasalicia@gmail.com, and Hilary Borison, hborison@sbcglobal.net.

Thu, 05/08 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Robert Cusick

Sitting with Robert Cusick

Fri, 05/09 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Mindful Parents Series with Rebekkah LaDyne

Mindful Parents Series with Rebekkah LaDyne
An opportunity for parents to practice in community with mindful speech and listening, to meditate together, and to hear from local dharma teachers who also practice mindful parenting and mindfulness with children. The monthly series will alternate between sessions lead by local dharma teachers/ leaders, and sessions devoted to parent discussion groups. Facilitated by Patty McLucas and Liz Powell. No pre-registration required.

Sat, 05/10 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Temple Spring Cleaning

Temple Spring Cleaning
Please join other sangha members for our Spring Cleaning on Saturday, May 3, from 9:30 to noon. Our temple needs some tender loving-kindness. With mindful intention, concentrated attention, and a little elbow grease, we can sweep away the cobwebs and bring shine to the windows and floors. The more the merrier, and the cleaner! Refreshments will be provided! Look for the sign-up sheet on the literature table or contact Hilary Borison at imc.volunteerdirector@gmail.com.

Sun, 05/11 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with Anushka Fernandopulle

Sunday Morning Sit with Anushka Fernandopulle

  • 8:30 – 9:10 am Sitting
  • 9:10 – 9:25 am Walking
  • 9:25 – 10:00 am Sitting
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma talk
Anushka Fernandopulle's biography

Sun, 05/11 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Community Tea

Sunday Community Tea

Sun, 05/11 05:00 - 07:00 PM
Dharma Rocks (3rd to 5th grades)

Dharma Rocks (3rd to 5th grades)
Includes fun, interactive, community-building games and crafts, pizza, and a half-hour of practice and dharma. Contact Liz Powell at eapowell@aol.com if you plan to attend.

Sun, 05/11 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Buddhism and Twelve Step Support Group with Jennifer Lemas

Buddhism and Twelve Step Support Group with Jennifer Lemas
Group discussion and study exploring the 12-step program and the teachings of the Buddha. At each meeting we will focus on a particular discourse from the early Buddhist scriptures which contain teachings and stories connected to each of the 12 steps. Includes a 30-minute meditation, short talk and open discussion on the Buddha's teachings selected for the evening. Everyone welcome. Facilitated by Jennifer Lemas, jennlemas@comast.net.

Mon, 05/12 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting and Talk with Gil Fronsdal

Sitting and Talk with Gil Fronsdal
A 45-minute sitting is followed by a 45-minute dharma talk.

Tue, 05/13 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Andrea Fella

Sitting with Andrea Fella

Tue, 05/13 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

Dharma en Español
Meditación y pláticas de Dharma en español. Andrea Castillo's biography

Wed, 05/14 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

  • 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

Wed, 05/14 06:30 - 08:00 PM
Taking Refuge: Class and Ceremony with Gil Fronsdal

Taking Refuge: Class and Ceremony with Gil Fronsdal
Class: 3 Wednesdays, April 23 - May 7, 7:30 to 9pm Ceremony: Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 to 9pm For those who would like to formally take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, we will have three classes exploring both the meaning of "going for refuge" and one's personal interest and commitment to Dharma practice. On the evening of May 14, we will meet for a potluck supper, a sitting, Dharma talk and refuge ceremony. 

Thu, 05/15 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Andrea Fella

Sitting with Andrea Fella

Fri, 05/16 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Dharma Inspired Book Group (#1)

Dharma Inspired Book Group (#1)
We are reading Awakening to Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness, by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander. Grounded in Buddhist principles, and full of daily life exercises! IMC Meditation Hall. Anne Foster, afoster@rawbw.com, 650/591-1285.

Sat, 05/17 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal

Mindfulness Daylong with Gil Fronsdal
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

Sun, 05/18 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal

Sunday Morning Sit with Gil Fronsdal

  • 8:30 – 9:10 am Sitting
  • 9:10 – 9:25 am Walking
  • 9:25 – 10:00 am Sitting
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma talk

Sun, 05/18 11:00 - 11:15 AM
Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Sun, 05/18 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Dharma Sprouts (K-2nd Grade and their parents)

Dharma Sprouts (K-2nd Grade and their parents)
Led by Liz Powell and others First Sunday of the month, 11:15 to 12pm (third Sunday for May only). Brief meditations, songs, movement, crafts, stories, and games offering simple daily practices of mindfulness. Please contact Liz at eapowell@aol.com if you plan to attend.

Sun, 05/18 07:00 - 08:30 PM
At Home in the World: Dharma Evenings for people in their 20's and 30's with Max Erdstein

At Home in the World: Dharma Evenings for people in their 20's and 30's with Max Erdstein
We are entering the world, ready or not—meeting the challenges of school and work, relationships and intimacy, and finding meaning and purpose as independent adults. The perfect place to practice is right here where we are.This will be an open and ongoing group, meeting monthly, and addressing themes relevant to the lives of twentysomethings and thirtysomethings who want to grow a dharma practice that will be a refuge and inspiration as we make our way through the many worlds we inhabit. Max Erdstein's biography

Mon, 05/19 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting and Talk with Gil Fronsdal

Sitting and Talk with Gil Fronsdal
A 45-minute sitting is followed by a 45-minute dharma talk.

Tue, 05/20 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Berget Jelane

Sitting with Berget Jelane

Tue, 05/20 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

Dharma en Español
Meditación y pláticas de Dharma en español. Andrea Castillo's biography

Wed, 05/21 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Kim Allen

Half-day Retreat with Kim Allen

  • 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

Thu, 05/22 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Nikki Mirghafori

Sitting with Nikki Mirghafori

Sun, 05/25 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with TBD

Sunday Morning Sit with TBD

  • 8:30 – 9:10 am Sitting
  • 9:10 – 9:25 am Walking
  • 9:25 – 10:00 am Sitting
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma talk

Sun, 05/25 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Vegetarian Potluck

Vegetarian Potluck
Vegetarian Potluck Brunch Last Sunday each month at 11am. All are welcome.

Sun, 05/25 05:15 - 07:15 PM
Dharma Bodhis Middle School Program (6th - 8th Grades)

Dharma Bodhis Middle School Program (6th - 8th Grades)
(Sixth graders have the option of attending Dharma Rocks and/or Dharma Bodhis) Led by Hilary Borison Fourth Sunday of each month from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m., September through June (probable date changes in December and May) A time to explore how the dharma can support challenges and opportunities pertinent to middle schoolers through small and large group discussions, mindfulness practice, creative activities, interactive games, pizza dinner, and opportunities for community service. No registration required, however, RSVPs are encouraged for dinner plans. Please contact Hilary Borison at hborison@sbcglobal.net or 650-575-2052 for more information or to RSVP.

Mon, 05/26 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting and Talk with Gil Fronsdal

Sitting and Talk with Gil Fronsdal
A 45-minute sitting is followed by a 45-minute dharma talk.

Tue, 05/27 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Berget Jelane

Sitting with Berget Jelane

Tue, 05/27 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

Dharma en Español
Meditación y pláticas de Dharma en español. Andrea Castillo's biography

Wed, 05/28 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

Half-day Retreat with Gil Fronsdal

  • 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

Thu, 05/29 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Andrea Fella

Sitting with Andrea Fella

Fri, 05/30 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Dharma Inspired Book Group (#2)

Dharma Inspired Book Group (#2)
We will be reading Charlotte Joko Beck’s Nothing Special: Living Zen. Of this book one reviewer accurately wrote, “A splendid tour of the uncompromising and uncompromised teachings of Zen.” Books are available at Kepler’s for a discount. IMC Meditation Hall. Bill Kostura, saddhadhamma@gmail.com, 650/815-1174.

Sat, 05/31 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Metta Daylong with Andrea Fella

Metta Daylong with Andrea Fella
Beside insight meditation, metta or lovingkindness meditation is a foundational practice of our Buddhist practice. It is the opening to a compassionate heart, the heartfelt wish for the well-being of oneself and others. A day dedicated to cultivating friendliness and goodwill. The retreat will alternate periods of sitting and walking with instructions and discussion. The day will be primarily in silence. Recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring lunch. Andrea Fella's Biography

Sun, 06/01 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with Max Erdstein

Sunday Morning Sit with Max Erdstein

  • 8:30 – 9:10 am Sitting
  • 9:10 – 9:25 am Walking
  • 9:25 – 10:00 am Sitting
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am Dharma talk
Max Erdstein's biography