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Weekly virtual dharma meetings continue.

July 20 - This week Amanda Espinoza will continue with the third in a 5-week series on the 5 hindrances using Gil Fronsdal's (see bio below) prerecorded teachings. The video can be found here:
We will start with the video dharma talk on the hindrance sloth/torpor, followed by a discussion. Reflection and practice handouts can be found here:
-Click HERE for additional learning on the 5 hindrances
-Dana can be offered to IMC of Redwood City at:

Gil Fronsdal is the primary teacher at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) in Redwood City, California. This series is suitable for those with years of experience in Buddhism...and no experience. Gil has been teaching since 1990 and it is remarkable how he balances his teachings for a diverse audience. Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He has trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia. He was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers' collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In short, Gil is exceptional in his monastic experience, intellectual depth, and broad knowledge of both Theravada and Mahayana lineages. All of these strengths come to bear in his easy-going and accessible teaching style. Dana for Gil may be offered at this LINK at IMC.

Upcoming schedule:
July 27: Amanda Espinoza & Gil Fronsdal--Hindrances Pt. 4--RESTLESSNESS
August 3: Amanda Espinoza & Gil Fronsdal--Hindrances Pt. 5--DOUBT

Special Announcements

-Virtual Dharma Meeting- Zoom is the video conferencing program that we will be using to host our weekly virtual meeting.

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*Zoom application must be installed on computer or mobile device but account signup is not required.
*Virtual meeting requires a password which is delivered in the weekly newsletter.
*All participants will be muted during the silent 30 minute meditation.
*After the silent 30 minute meditation participants will use the "raise hand" feature to speak during the meeting.

Resources for Buddhist Perspectives on Racism: As you might imagine, Buddhist teachers and those on a Buddhist path have offered their own perspectives on racism and racial inequities that have for too long been ignored or overlooked in our society. We will be posting on our website resources for those who might be interested in reading these perspectives. Here are a few examples:
-10 Things White People Can do to Work for Racial Injustice. By Oren Jay Sofer. Sofer teaches mindfulness, meditation and Nonviolent Communication in both secular and Buddhist contexts. He is a long-time student of Joseph Goldstein, Michele McDonald, and Ajahn Sucitto, and a graduate of the IMS-Spirit Rock Vipasanna Teacher Training, and current member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council.
-Tricycle: Buddha Buzz Weekly: Buddhists Saying Black Lives Matter
-Statement on Racism from Buddhist Teachers & Leaders in the United States (2015)
-Adeana McNicholl. "Being Buddha, Staying Woke: Racial Formation in Black Buddhist Writing" (academic article in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion). 2018.

-Live Online Dharma- Until gathering restrictions are lifted several communities have taken their meetings online. Click on the websites below to find a meeting that fits your routine.

*Barre Center for Buddhist Studies daily from 10:30-11:15 EDT

*Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community every Monday 6:30pm PDT and Thursday 5:30pm PDT

*Jack Kornfield every Monday night

*David Chernikoff daily 8:00am MDT and every Tuesday 7pm MDT

*Winston-Salem Community of Mindful Living every Tuesday and Thursday 7-7:40am EDT and Thursday evening 6-7pm

*Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley every Wednesday 7:00pm EDT - 8:30pm EDT

*Insight Meditation Center of Redwood City Weekdays with Gil Fronsdal 7:00am PDT. Sunday 9:25am PDT. Monday evening sit 7:30pm PDT. Wednesday morning sit 11:00am PDT.

*Demo Rinpoche Special teachings for the Coronavirus, every Thursday 7pm - 8pm.

*Won Buddhism Meditation Temple weekends 10 am EDT live streaming, additional daily virtual gatherings available for registration.

*Deep River Sangha every Sunday from 4-5:30pm EDT and Wednesday from 7-8:30pm. First time visitors can request permission to attend a Zoom practice by sending an email to

*Upaya Institute and Zen Center UPAYA ELECTION SERIES: Joyful Defiance in the Call to Courageous Action

-Recommended Dharma offerings for troubling times.

*Thay's Poetry- Please Call Me by My True Names (song & poem)

*Self retreat- Creating a Home Retreat: Finding Freedom Wherever You Are by Jack Kornfield.

*Guided Meditation- for Times of Pandemic: "Calling on Your Awakened Heart" by Tara Brach.

*Practicing in a Pandemic article from Tricycle. Six new teachings on how to find compassion and equanimity in a time of great uncertainty.

*Take One Breath with Sharon Salzberg. Sharon leads a brief meditation to help cultivate a sense of protection wherever you are.

*IMS online and On Demand, live streams and recorded teachings

*Teachings on the Nature of Mind and Practice - article from Tricycle Magazine.