IMC Calendar

Sun, 08/24 08:30 - 10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Sit with Maria Straatmann

Sunday Morning Sit with Maria Straatmann

  • 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
Maria Straatmann's biography

Sun, 08/24 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, 08/25 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting and Talk with Meg Gawler

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

Tue, 08/26 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Berget Jelane

Sitting with Berget Jelane

Tue, 08/26 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Establishing A Practice Group

Establishing A Practice Group
People who have completed IMC’s Introduction to Meditation class, are welcome to apply to be part of a small four week support group focused on getting further established in a regular meditation practice. The group will be led by Chris Clifford, a long time IMC practitioner and instructor. Participants will have a chance to have a personal meeting with Chris to discuss their meditation practice. These groups will be limited to 8 to 10 people who can commit to attending all four sessions. August Group: Tuesdays 7:30 to 9pm, August 5, 12, 19, 26 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.

Tue, 08/26 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

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

Wed, 08/27 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Ines Freedman

Half-day Retreat with Ines Freedman

  • 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, 08/28 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Robert Cusick

Sitting with Robert Cusick

Fri, 08/29 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, 08/30 01:00 - 04:00 PM
Collage as a Process of Inquiry

Collage as a Process of Inquiry
Playful collage making; no art-making experience necessary. IMC Meditation Hall. RSVP to Ryl Brock Wilson, ryl@artasaccess.com, (510)384-4795.

Sun, 08/31 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, 08/31 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Vegetarian Potluck

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

Mon, 09/01 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, 09/02 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Andrea Fella

Sitting with Andrea Fella

Tue, 09/02 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Dharma en Español

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

Wed, 09/03 09:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Half-day Retreat with Nikki Mirgafori

Half-day Retreat with Nikki Mirgafori

  • 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, 09/04 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Maria Straatmann

Sitting with Maria Straatmann

Sat, 09/06 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
CANCELED: Spanish Language Daylong with Andrea Castillo

CANCELED: Spanish Language Daylong with Andrea Castillo
El retiro del 6 de Sept. de Dharma en Español queda cancelado. La práctica de la atención plena y la meditación en retiros es esencial para madurar en la meditación introspectiva. En este día se alternarán periodos de meditación sentada y caminando, instrucción sobre la atención plena, y una plática de dharma. Se recomienda para principiantes y practicantes con experiencia. Favor de traer su comida de medio día. Andrea Castillo's biography

Sun, 09/07 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, 09/07 11:00 - 11:15 AM
Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Temple Cleaning and Sangha Gardening

Sun, 09/07 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, 09/07 05:00 - 07:00 PM
CANCELED: Mindful Teens (Highschool)

CANCELED: Mindful Teens (Highschool)

Sun, 09/07 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, 09/08 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, 09/09 09:30 - 11:00 AM
Sitting with Andrea Fella

Sitting with Andrea Fella

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

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

Wed, 09/10 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, 09/11 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, 09/11 07:30 - 09:00 PM
Sitting with Andrea Fella

Sitting with Andrea Fella

Fri, 09/12 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 and guest speakers who are local dharma leaders/ parents. No RSVP needed.

Sat, 09/13 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Introduction to the Eightfold Path Program

Introduction to the Eightfold Path Program
This is an introduction to both the Buddha's Eightfold Path and to IMC's Eightfold Path Mentoring Program. 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. Anyone interested in either the Eightfold Path or in possibly participating in IMC's Eightfold Path Mentoring Program are invited to attend. Thought by Chris Clifford and others.

Sun, 09/14 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, 09/14 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Community Tea

Sunday Community Tea

Sun, 09/14 05:00 - 07:00 PM
Dharma Rocks (3rd to 5th grades)

Dharma Rocks (3rd to 5th grades)
Led by Liz Powell. No meeting in July or August. Begins again in September on the second Sunday of each month, 5 to 7pm. Meditation and mindfulness practice by means of fun, interactive, community-building games, crafts, and pizza. Parents help 2 to 3 times per year. Contact  Liz at eapowell@aol.com with first name of your child who plans to attend.

Sun, 09/14 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, 09/15 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, 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
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 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 TBD

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

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
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 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
Introduction to IWA

Introduction to IWA

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