IMC Calendar

Tue, 09/16 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Robert Cusick

Sitting with Robert Cusick

Tue, 09/16 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

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

Wed, 09/17 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

Thu, 09/18 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein

Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein
Aspects of Concentration in Mindfulness Practice Five Thursday evenings: Sept 18- Oct 16 The Buddha taught that one who has cultivated samadhi, usually translated as concentration, see things as they are. This five-week series of talks and guided meditations will explore the practice of samadhi and how it relates to vipassana practice. Topics will include: the benefits of concentration practice, factors that support the deepening of concentration, how concentration relates to vipassana, and the role for concentration in developing wisdom.

Thu, 09/18 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Max Erdstein

Sitting with Max Erdstein

Fri, 09/19 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.

Sun, 09/21 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with Matthew Brensilver

Sunday Morning Sit with Matthew Brensilver

  • 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
Matthew Brensilver's biography

Sun, 09/21 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with Matthew Brensilver

Sunday Morning Sit with Matthew Brensilver

  • 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
Matthew Brensilver's biography

Sun, 09/21 11:00 - 11:15 AM
Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Sun, 09/21 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

Sun, 09/21 07:30 - 09:00 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, 09/22 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting and Talk with John Martin

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

Tue, 09/23 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Robert Cusick

Sitting with Robert Cusick

Tue, 09/23 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

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

Wed, 09/24 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Matthew Brensilver

Half-day Retreat with Matthew Brensilver

  • 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, 09/25 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein

Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein
Aspects of Concentration in Mindfulness Practice Five Thursday evenings: Sept 18- Oct 16 The Buddha taught that one who has cultivated samadhi, usually translated as concentration, see things as they are. This five-week series of talks and guided meditations will explore the practice of samadhi and how it relates to vipassana practice. Topics will include: the benefits of concentration practice, factors that support the deepening of concentration, how concentration relates to vipassana, and the role for concentration in developing wisdom.

Thu, 09/25 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Max Erdstein

Sitting with Max Erdstein

Fri, 09/26 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Dharma Inspired Book Group (2)

Dharma Inspired Book Group (2)

Sun, 09/28 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

Sun, 09/28 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

Sun, 09/28 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Vegetarian Potluck

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

Sun, 09/28 01:00 - 02:00 PM
Cancelled: Introduction to Insight World Aid

Cancelled: Introduction to Insight World Aid
This event has been canceled.

Sun, 09/28 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. 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, 09/29 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, 09/30 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Kathy Cheney

Sitting with Kathy Cheney

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

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

Wed, 10/01 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, 10/01 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 - 29 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. Gil Fronsdal's biography

Thu, 10/02 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein

Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein
Aspects of Concentration in Mindfulness Practice Five Thursday evenings: Sept 18- Oct 16 The Buddha taught that one who has cultivated samadhi, usually translated as concentration, see things as they are. This five-week series of talks and guided meditations will explore the practice of samadhi and how it relates to vipassana practice. Topics will include: the benefits of concentration practice, factors that support the deepening of concentration, how concentration relates to vipassana, and the role for concentration in developing wisdom.

Thu, 10/02 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Max Erdstein

Sitting with Max Erdstein

Fri, 10/03 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Dharma Practice Day - Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love with Gil Fronsdal

Dharma Practice Day - Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love with Gil Fronsdal
Brahmaviharas: Practicing with Love With Gil Fronsdal Fridays, October 3, 31, December 5, January 16, February 27, March 27, and May 1, 9:30am to 3:30pm. The Brahmaviharas – Lovingkindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity – are four aspects of love at the heart of Buddhist practice. Each day will be devoted to teachings, guided meditation, and discussions on one of the of the Brahmaviharas.

Fri, 10/03 07:00 - 09:00 PM
Death Café

Death Café
Death Café coming to IMC! Death Cafes are part of a global movement “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of our finite lives.” Join us for tea, dessert and a discussion about death. Facilitated by Catherine Byers and Jennifer Lemas.

Sat, 10/04 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Daylong with Gil Fronsdal

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 Gil gives a Dharma talk. Brief interviews to talk about the practice will be available with Gil. Previous experience is recommended. Bring Lunch. Gil Fronsdal's biography

Sun, 10/05 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, 10/05 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, 10/05 09:20 - 10:50 AM
Dharma Rocks (3rd to 5th grades)

Dharma Rocks (3rd to 5th grades)
Led by Liz Powell. First Sunday of each month 9:20- 10:50 am at IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave., Suite D. Parents alternate between assisting and being free to attend IMC Sunday morning sitting and dharma talk. Children participate in brief meditations and mindfulness games and crafts. RSVP to Liz at eapowell@aol.com if you plan to attend.

Sun, 10/05 11:00 - 11:15 AM
Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Sun, 10/05 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Dharma Sprouts (K-2nd Grade and their parents)

Dharma Sprouts (K-2nd Grade and their parents)
Led by Liz Powell and Carla Rayacich. First Sunday of each month, 11:15am to noon. Meditation and mindfulness practice through stories, songs, art, movement, and games. Parents/caregivers participate with their children. Contact Liz at eapowell@aol.com if you plan to attend, giving first names of each participant.

Sun, 10/05 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

Sun, 10/05 07:30 - 09:00 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, 10/06 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Establishing a Practice Group

Establishing a Practice Group
Establishing a Practice Group with Chris Clifford 7:30pm - 9:00pm Registration required A four week support group focused on establishing a regular meditation practice. Participants will have a chance to have a personal meeting with Chris to discuss their meditation practice. The group is limited to 10 people who can commit to attending all four sessions. Mondays 7:30 to 9pm, October 6, 13, 20, 27. Prerequisite: having completed IMC’s Introduction to Meditation Series. New Location: at the new IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D. Mondays 7:30 to 9pm, October 6, 13, 20, 27 at the new IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D. Click here to apply. If the group is already full, the form will tell you it is no longer accepting submissions.

Mon, 10/06 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, 10/07 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Berget Jelane

Sitting with Berget Jelane

Tue, 10/07 02:00 - 04:00 PM
Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block

Compassion Cultivation Training with Jennifer Block
Tuesdays, October 7 to December 2 This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. Registration required More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. She teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and the Contemplative Caregiver Course at SF Zen Center.

Tue, 10/07 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

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

Wed, 10/08 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, 10/08 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal
5 Wednesday evenings, October 1 - 29 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. Gil Fronsdal's biography

Thu, 10/09 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, 10/09 06:30 - 08:30 PM
Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex

Compassion Cultivation Training by Judy Long at IMC Annex
Thursdays, October 9 to December 11 (no class Thanksgiving) This 8-week course develops the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. CCT combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. This course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. More information and registration at www.Sati.org. Judy Long is a longtime practitioner at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) and a member of the Chaplaincy Council. She is a professional Buddhist chaplain who provides palliative care with a special focus on care for caregivers. Judy is a graduate of Stanford’s Compassion Teacher Training at CCARE and is training with a Stanford teacher mentor as she completes certification. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com

Thu, 10/09 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein

Gathering the Mind with Max Erdstein
Aspects of Concentration in Mindfulness Practice Five Thursday evenings: Sept 18- Oct 16 The Buddha taught that one who has cultivated samadhi, usually translated as concentration, see things as they are. This five-week series of talks and guided meditations will explore the practice of samadhi and how it relates to vipassana practice. Topics will include: the benefits of concentration practice, factors that support the deepening of concentration, how concentration relates to vipassana, and the role for concentration in developing wisdom.

Thu, 10/09 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Max Erdstein

Sitting with Max Erdstein

Fri, 10/10 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Mindful Parents Series

Mindful Parents Series
Second Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm. Discussion groups for parents as well as guest speakers who are local dharma leaders and parents.

Sat, 10/11 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Buddhist Spiritual Care Symposium

Buddhist Spiritual Care Symposium
Welcoming Buddhist chaplains and those interested in deepening their spiritual care practice for a day of learning and community-building. The theme this year is Compassion with Lama Palden and Ayya Santussika. Vegetarian lunch included. More info and pre-registration at www.metta4.us or call Bill Hart: 415 -567-9823.

Sun, 10/12 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, 10/12 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, 10/12 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Community Tea

Sunday Community Tea

Sun, 10/12 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, 10/13 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Establishing a Practice Group

Establishing a Practice Group
Establishing a Practice Group with Chris Clifford 7:30pm - 9:00pm Registration required A four week support group focused on establishing a regular meditation practice. Participants will have a chance to have a personal meeting with Chris to discuss their meditation practice. The group is limited to 10 people who can commit to attending all four sessions. Mondays 7:30 to 9pm, October 6, 13, 20, 27. Prerequisite: having completed IMC’s Introduction to Meditation Series. New Location: at the new IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D. Mondays 7:30 to 9pm, October 6, 13, 20, 27 at the new IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave. Suite D. Click here to apply. If the group is already full, the form will tell you it is no longer accepting submissions.

Mon, 10/13 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, 10/14 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Berget Jelane

Sitting with Berget Jelane