Calendar & Events

Events such as dharma talks, outings, pot-lucks, picnics, hikes, daylongs, birding, retreats and the like, sponsored by or supported by the Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley will be listed in our calendar below. If you’re looking for something else, please see our Affiliated Communities page for a wealth of dharma events and practice opportunities.


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Mar
5
Mon
Meditation Class: Ernie Isaacs
Mar 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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Beginning Meditation Class

6 Monday Evenings,

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm from February 12th to March 19th, 2018

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

1823 Ninth St. at Hearst, Berkeley, CA

Sponsored by the Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

Insight (mindfulness) meditation, taken from the teachings of the Buddha, is a process of learning to live in the present moment. It cultivates a clear mind and an open heart. It develops the equanimity and compassion that allows us to live more easily with the ups and downs of our lives.

Ernest Isaacs, MFT, began practicing Buddhist meditation in 1977. He has been through a teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has been teaching a weekly meditation group in Contra Costa for over 25 years. He is also a student of Hameed Ali in the Diamond Approach, and a psychotherapist in private practice.

There is no fee for the classes, and no pre-registration.

For more information: ernesti@pacbell.net or (510) 526-0711.

 

 

 

 

Mar
8
Thu
James Baraz: IMCB Dharma Talk
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Dear Friends,
 
I look forward to being with you and sharing the Dharma at the monastery 7:30-9:30pm. Do you ever find yourself needing to communicate something that will be hard for someone else to receive? I’m planning to give a talk on the Buddha’s words on how to skillfully give feedback. I hope you join us.

Much metta,
James

Mar
12
Mon
Meditation Class: Ernie Isaacs
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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Beginning Meditation Class

6 Monday Evenings,

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm from February 12th to March 19th, 2018

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

1823 Ninth St. at Hearst, Berkeley, CA

Sponsored by the Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

Insight (mindfulness) meditation, taken from the teachings of the Buddha, is a process of learning to live in the present moment. It cultivates a clear mind and an open heart. It develops the equanimity and compassion that allows us to live more easily with the ups and downs of our lives.

Ernest Isaacs, MFT, began practicing Buddhist meditation in 1977. He has been through a teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has been teaching a weekly meditation group in Contra Costa for over 25 years. He is also a student of Hameed Ali in the Diamond Approach, and a psychotherapist in private practice.

There is no fee for the classes, and no pre-registration.

For more information: ernesti@pacbell.net or (510) 526-0711.

 

 

 

 

Mar
15
Thu
James Baraz: IMCB Dharma Talk
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Dear Friends,

Topic to be determined…..

Hope to see you there.

Much metta,
James

Mar
17
Sat
Improvisation Theatre Class
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Welcome to our Improv Theatre Class,

We meet on Saturdays from 10am-1pm in the Parish Hall behind the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on 9th Street at Hearst in Berkeley, CA.

Doors and kitchen open at 9:45am. Please consider stopping by early to help set up, enjoy a cup of tea and the company of your classmates.

Newcomers are welcome to attend any class.

Please contact Mike Dempsey with any questions or concerns.

Classes are offered on a dana (generosity) basis.

This week we will focus on listening and taking things slowly. With luck, we’ll hit that sweet spot between high energy and easy confidence. There’ll be a lot to get through. So please come on time. We’ll warm up right at 10am and then dive into scene work. 

Until Saturday, I leave you with the following:
 
“I think all great improvisors are out to protect everybody else onstage and make them look good. So it’s almost like you’re in the cradle being loved …” — Scott Adsit
 
“You can’t be controlling in improv.” — Matt Walsh
 
“With improv, it’s a combination of listening and not trying to be funny.” — Kristen Wiig

Much Metta,

Mike

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Mar
19
Mon
Meditation Class: Ernie Isaacs
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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Beginning Meditation Class

6 Monday Evenings,

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm from February 12th to March 19th, 2018

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

1823 Ninth St. at Hearst, Berkeley, CA

Sponsored by the Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

Insight (mindfulness) meditation, taken from the teachings of the Buddha, is a process of learning to live in the present moment. It cultivates a clear mind and an open heart. It develops the equanimity and compassion that allows us to live more easily with the ups and downs of our lives.

Ernest Isaacs, MFT, began practicing Buddhist meditation in 1977. He has been through a teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has been teaching a weekly meditation group in Contra Costa for over 25 years. He is also a student of Hameed Ali in the Diamond Approach, and a psychotherapist in private practice.

There is no fee for the classes, and no pre-registration.

For more information: ernesti@pacbell.net or (510) 526-0711.

 

 

 

 

Mar
22
Thu
James Baraz: IMCB Dharma Talk
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Dear Friends,

I look forward to being with you and sharing the Dharma at the Monastery.  Doors open at 7:15pm and close at 9:30pm for straightening the hall. 
 

I want to explore the idea of individual and collective karma. What is the responsibility of the individual member of a society when that society is creating suffering for many? 

Description: Karma, the unfolding situation of our individual lives, is often understood to be dependent on our actions. These are, in turn, based on the intention of our underlying mind state. But what about societal conditions—including prejudice and inequality—that affect people’s lives? Is there collective karma? If so, can we affect it?

I hope you join us. 

Much metta,
James

Mar
29
Thu
James Baraz: IMCB Dharma Talk
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Dear Friends,

Dalits Buddhist in India 

(formerly Untouchable Caste)

Joining James to discuss his work is Gautham Prabu, co-founder of FSHM an NGO for social transformation whose work has primarily supported Dalits (formerly India’s “Untouchable” caste) many of whom have become become Buddhist practitioners and the Tamil Buddhist Society based in Tamil Nadu, India. He is a member of International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) Executive Committee.
 

Hope to see you there.

Much metta,
James

Apr
5
Thu
Potluck: (every 1st Thursday of the month)
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Sangha Potluck: Every 1st Thursday of the month in the dining hall.

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Out of respect for the Monastery and Monks, please refrain from bringing foods made with onions, garlic or meat.

If you’re curious about what the Monks eat at the Monastery or are having trouble deciding what to bring, here is the link to the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery’s list of vegan-recipes.

Here’s a link to the recipes submitted by our Sangha members:  IMCB Potluck and Recipes

Is your mouth watering yet?

If you are bringing a home-made dish and are so inclined, please also bring the recipe for your dish. We are gathering recipes for our Sangha website recipe collection.

Or, you can submit your recipe online by clicking on the link below:

IMCB Recipe Submission

It’s all very yummy.  Join us if you’re able.

And enjoy!