IMC Calendar

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 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 - 06:30 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
The Paramis with Berget Jelane

The Paramis with Berget Jelane
Three Tuesday Mornings 9:30 - 11:00am October 7,14,21 In this three week series, we will be discussing the 10 paramis or paramitas; the perfected qualities of the fully enlightened Buddha. Through discussion and reflection, we will explore how to practice with the paramis in our daily lives and how to increase their strength and power in our lives.

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 - 12:30 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 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
The Paramis with Berget Jelane

The Paramis with Berget Jelane
Three Tuesday Mornings 9:30 - 11:00am October 7,14,21 In this three week series, we will be discussing the 10 paramis or paramitas; the perfected qualities of the fully enlightened Buddha. Through discussion and reflection, we will explore how to practice with the paramis in our daily lives and how to increase their strength and power in our lives.

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

Sitting with Berget Jelane

Tue, 10/14 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, 10/14 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

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

Wed, 10/15 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Max Erdstein

Half-day Retreat with Max Erdstein

  • 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, 10/15 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, 10/16 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, 10/16 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, 10/16 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Max Ersdtein

Sitting with Max Ersdtein

Fri, 10/17 07:00 - 08:30 PM
Dharma Inspired Book Group

Dharma Inspired Book Group
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, 10/18 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
The Burmese and Thai Roots of Western Insight Meditation with Donald Rothberg - Sati Center event

The Burmese and Thai Roots of Western Insight Meditation with Donald Rothberg - Sati Center event
What are the roots of our Western practice of insight meditation? Why do we practice in the ways that we practice? In this daylong, we explore the fascinating and sometimes surprising history from the Buddha through to 19th and 20th century Burma and Thailand, and then to the West, where the practice of insight meditation is now widespread, along with “secular” applications of mindfulness and lovingkindness proliferating in many settings. Looking at how our practice was formed not only gives us a sense of our different lineages and roots, but also a clearer sense of key decision points and issues concerning our practice. We’ll examine in particular the lives, teachings, and practices, of the Burmese and Thai teachers who have been our main influences. For example, our core practice of mindfulness is based on the Burmese teacher Mahasi Sayadaw's technique of noting, starting with the breath and moving to all aspects of experiences. How did we receive this practice, as well as the form of intensive retreats, from Burmese sources? We’ll look also at several other main Burmese teachers, and the larger context of Buddhism in Burma. In the afternoon, we’ll particularly examine the sometimes rather different influences of the great teachers from the Thai Forest tradition, such as Ajahn Mun, Ajahn Maha Boowa, Ajahn Chah (especially), and Ajahn Buddhadasa, all in the context of developments, in both social and more Buddhist contexts, in twentieth-century Thailand. The day will combine talks (with images from 19th and 20th century Burma and Thailand, including images from practice places and teachers, and from Donald’s time in Thailand); periods of sitting and walking meditation following the instructions of the main Burmese and Thai teachers; and discussion. Donald Rothberg's biography

Sun, 10/19 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, 10/19 11:00 - 11:15 AM
Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Sun, 10/19 01:00 - 03:30 PM
Eightfold Path Program - Introduction and Right View

Eightfold Path Program - Introduction and Right View
9-MONTH EIGHTFOLD PATH PROGRAM TAUGHT BY CHRIS CLIFFORD AND SENIOR IMC STUDENTS. 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. Pre-requisite: completion of IMC’s Introduction to Meditation course or the equivalent. 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 to discuss one’s practice and reflections on the Eightfold Path factors. 4. Ends with a one-day Eightfold Path retreat at the Insight Retreat Center in Scotts Valley on June 20, 2015. DATES AT IMC: (Optional: Introduction to the 9-Month Eightfold Path Program, Saturday September 13, 9am to 12:30pm) Introduction and Right View — Sunday, October 19, 1 to 3:30pm Right Intention – Sunday, November 16, 1 to 3:30pm Right Speech – Sunday, December 7, 1 to 3:30pm Right Action – Saturday, January 10, 10am to 12:30pm Right Livelihood – Sunday, February 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Effort – Sunday, March 8, 1 to 3:30pm Right Mindfulness – Sunday, April 12, 1 to 3:30pm Right Concentration – Sunday, May 10, 1 to 3:30pm To apply, fill out an application found under the Eightfold Path Mentoring notice on the Special Events page of IMC’s website

Sun, 10/19 05:00 - 06:30 PM
Mindful Teens (High School)

Mindful Teens (High School)
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, 10/19 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, 10/20 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, 10/20 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, 10/21 09:30 - 11:00 AM
The Paramis with Berget Jelane

The Paramis with Berget Jelane
Three Tuesday Mornings 9:30 - 11:00am October 7,14,21 In this three week series, we will be discussing the 10 paramis or paramitas; the perfected qualities of the fully enlightened Buddha. Through discussion and reflection, we will explore how to practice with the paramis in our daily lives and how to increase their strength and power in our lives.

Tue, 10/21 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Berget Jelane

Sitting with Berget Jelane

Tue, 10/21 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, 10/21 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

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

Wed, 10/22 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with tbd

Half-day Retreat with tbd

  • 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, 10/22 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, 10/23 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, 10/23 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Matthew Brensilver

Sitting with Matthew Brensilver

Sat, 10/25 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat with Terry Lesser

Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat with Terry Lesser
In this retreat we will develop a continuity of awareness in movement and in stillness. We will integrate guided, silent, and moving meditation (yoga) as we cultivate mindfulness of the body, feelings, and mental processes. 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. Terry Lesser's biography

Sun, 10/26 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