Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation - Gil Fronsdal


Several times a year Gil Fronsdal offers a 5-week instructional series for beginning meditators. These classes provide a good overview of insight meditation practice as well as many guided meditation sessions which help the student learn how to establish and sustain a daily meditation practice.

Gil Fronsdal - is the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practiced Zen and Vipassana in the U.S. and Asia since 1975. He was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985, and in 1989 began training with Jack Kornfield to be a Vipassana teacher. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. Gil has an undergraduate degree in agriculture from U.C. Davis where he was active in promoting the field of sustainable farming. In 1998 he received a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Gil teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he is part of its Teachers Collective. He is a husband and a father of two boys.

The Insight Meditation Center (IMCenter) - is a community-based urban meditation center for the practice of Vipassana or Insight meditation. We are a non-residential center in Redwood City, California, dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhist teachings.

IMC offers a broad range of practice and community activities. This includes a weekly schedule of meditation sessions, dharma talks (talks on Buddhist teaching and practice), classes, group discussions, yoga practice and a variety of meditation and study retreats.

IMC began in 1986 as a gathering of individuals who meet in order to learn, support and deepen their mindfulness practice. It is an informal group, and those interested in mindfulness meditation are heartily welcome to participate whenever they wish.

IMC does not require payment for any of our teachings or meetings. The support of our teachers and all our center expenses is done through the voluntary donations of our community.



Introduction to Meditation - (1 of 5) 10/03/07

Introduction to Meditation - (2 of 5)




Introduction to Meditation - (3 of 5)




Introduction to Meditation - (4 of 5)




Introduction to Meditation - (5 of 5)




"The recording for Week 6 is not available. However, the entry below proivides a talk delivered on the topic for Week 6"

Mindfulness of Heart-Mind Quality 11/04/07

The handouts for the course, which are given at the end of each class, are available here:


Week 1 - homework : Mindfulness of Breathing     (PDF / download)

Week 2 - homework : Mindfulness of the Body      (PDF / download)

Week 3 - homework : Mindfulness of Emotions     (PDF / download)

Week 4 - homework : Mindfulness of Thoughts     (PDF / download)

Week 5 - homework : Mindfulness of the Mind      (PDF / download)

Walking Meditation Instructions      (PDF / download)


- Special Thanks to © Insight Meditation Center -