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Gil Fronsdal

Gil Fronsdal is the co-teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California and the Insight Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California. He has been teaching since 1990. 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. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers' collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 he received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He has been the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California since 1990. He is a husband and father of two boys.

Heartwood 2018-01-2141:44
Dharmette: Transformation 2018-01-1014:27
Practice Note: Present 2018-01-103:34
The Four Noble Truths and Untangling the Tangle 2018-01-0742:10
Disentangling 2018-01-0312:49
Experiencing Purely 2018-01-036:11
Four Noble Truths 2018-01-0142:35
Reflections on Sustaining Meditation Practice 2017-12-3140:26
Dharmette: Luminosity and torments 2017-12-2012:21
Practice Note:Continuity and Ease 2017-12-204:10
Like a Lotus in Muddy Water 2017-12-1840:30
Dec 10-17: Gil Fronsdal & Andrea Fella
Hindrances and Putting Aside Covetousness and Grief
Dec 10-17: Gil Fronsdal & Andrea Fella
Buddhist Ethics 2017-12-1035:56
With an Open Hand 2017-12-067:59
The Ideal vs What is 2017-12-063:44
Deep Connection Through Doing Nothing 2017-12-0438:32
Renunciation and Loss 2017-12-0342:07
Preparing for Death 2017-11-2743:12
Gratitude is Free 2017-11-2634:15
Dharmette: Freedom in Restraint
Practice Note: Stillpoint 2017-11-223:30
Setting up for meditation 2017-11-2038:49
Factor of Awakening: Tranquility
Nov 12-19: Gil Fronsdal, Mel Weitsman and Max Erdstein
Guided Instructions: Mindfulness and Thinking
Nov 12-19: Gil Fronsdal, Mel Weitsman and Max Erdstein
Factors of Awakening: Mindfulness and Investigation
Nov 12-19: Gil Fronsdal, Mel Weitsman and Max Erdstein
Guided Instruction: Breathing
Nov 12-19: Gil Fronsdal, Mel Weitsman and Max Erdstein
How Do We Change Through Buddhist Practice
Guided Instruction: Mindfulness of Thinking
Nov 5-8: Gil Fronsdal & Ruth King
Wisdom: Benefiting Self and benefiting Others
Nov 5-8: Gil Fronsdal & Ruth King
Befriending Fear
Cultivating and Letting Go 2017-11-0443:31
Practice Note 2017-11-014:16
Dharmette 2017-11-0111:54
Appreciating Mindfulness of Breathing 2017-10-3045:55
Sixteen Steps of Breathing Meditation 2017-10-2946:19
Senjo And Overcoming Separation 2017-10-2341:04
2-week Retreat: Anapanasati (Gil Fronsdal, assisted by Ines Freedman) (Series)
Oct 15-28: Gil Fronsdal, assisted by Ines Freedman
Generosity 2017-10-1548:11
Buddhist Environmental Chaplaincy Daylong Intro (with Kirsten Rudestam)
Environmental Buddhist Chaplaincy Daylong (Series)
Buddhist Environmental Eco-Chaplaincy
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation (Series) 2017-10-114:34:14
Practice Note 2017-10-113:41
Dharmette 2017-10-1110:41
The Buddha's Poem of Peace
The Gratification, the Danger, and the Escape 2017-10-0842:11
Pleasure Vs. Happiness 2017-10-0737:42
Dharmette 2017-10-0411:11
Loving the Earth 2017-10-0240:49
Earth Care Week 2017-10-0136:21
On the Way to Unshakeable Faith 2017-09-1739:53
Dharmette 2017-09-139:28
Practice Note 2017-09-135:38
The Power of Faith 2017-09-1139:02
Questions and Answers 2017-09-1046:57
Daylong on the Five Faculties (Series) 2017-09-093:35:16
Practice Note 2017-09-066:19
Tranquility 2017-09-0443:36
Choices and Conditions 2017-09-0340:56
Dharmette: Simple Knowing 2017-08-308:02
Practice Note: Settling 2017-08-302:54
Creating Beneficial Conditions for Practice 2017-08-2735:40
Tranquility and Happiness
Aug 22-26: Gil Fronsdal & John Travis
Instruction: Stillness and Emotions
Aug 22-26: Gil Fronsdal & John Travis
Concept and Direct Experience 2017-08-1443:42
Inner Seeing 2017-08-0736:39
Happiness 2017-07-3033:55
Dharmette: Taking Responsibility
Practice Note: Responsibility to Stay Aware
The Tensions we live with
Reflections On Identity 2017-07-0936:45
Practice Note: Feeling Rather Than Thinking
Dharmette: The Force Behind Preoccupation
Thinking and the Me Train 2017-06-2640:37
The Role and Value of Community Practice 2017-06-2534:59
Dharmette: Bowing to the Teacup
Practice Note: A Timeless Present Moment
Juneteenth 2017-06-1942:49
Being Your Own Teacher 2017-06-1843:14
Dharmette: Clear Recognition
Practice Note: Stability
The Four Resolves
• The Four Resolves are found in the Dhatuvibanga Sutta which is sutta number 140. In the Bhikkhu Bodhi translation they are called "Foundations" even though the word in Pali usually means resolve or determination
A Life Based on Resolve
Jun 4-11: Gil Fronsdal & Nikki Mirghafori
Instruction: How we are mindful
Jun 4-11: Gil Fronsdal & Nikki Mirghafori
Resolved on Peace
Jun 4-11: Gil Fronsdal & Nikki Mirghafori
Instructions: Mindfulness of Emotions
Jun 4-11: Gil Fronsdal & Nikki Mirghafori
Resolved on Truth
Jun 4-11: Gil Fronsdal & Nikki Mirghafori


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