This Week's Events

Monday Oct 27 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday Oct 28 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday Oct 28 at 6:30 pm. Practice Period Discussion: .

Tuesday Oct 28 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.

Tuesday Oct 28 at 8:00 pm. Practice Period: .

Wednesday Oct 29 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday Oct 30 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday Oct 30 at 7:00 pm. Teen Sangha: Teen Sangha. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Friday Oct 31 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Friday Oct 31 at 5:15 pm. 5th Precept/mindful Recovery: .

Monday Nov 3 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .


Tuesday Dec 2 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Jan 6 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall


Welcome to Bellingham Insight

Bellingham Insight Meditation Society (BIMS) supports meditation and practice in the Buddhist Theravada tradition. We do not have a single guiding teacher. Rather, we are a sangha-led community. We bring in regional and national teachers, including monastics, for residential and non-residential retreats. Our weekly programs are facilitated by senior members in coordination with our Board and Program Committee.

Insight meditation is a simple and direct practice, the moment-to-moment investigation of the mind/body process through calm and focused awareness. Learning to observe experience from a place of stillness enables one to relate to life with less fear and clinging. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure, pain, fear, joy and all aspects of life with increasing equanimity and balance. As insight deepens, wisdom and compassion arise. This practice is sometimes called "vipassana", which is a Pali word for insight.

Our address is: Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest Street.


Practice Period in October and November

Gladdening the Heart: Freeing the Mind from the Hindrances

BIMS will begin its annual practice period on October 7th. A practice period is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Buddhist path and to more fully integrate our practice into our daily life. We do this as a Sangha to support and energize each other. A series of talks/discussions will be led by the teaching corps. The schedule is:

  • Tuesday October 7th, Opening the Practice Period, Jean LaValley and Iris Dunaway

  • Tuesday October 14th, The Gradual Training, John Fries and Mary Stone

  • Tuesday October 21st, The Hindrance of Sensual Desire, Mary Haberman

  • Tuesday October 28th, The Hindrance of Ill Will, Mary Haberman and Jean LaValley

  • Tuesday November 4th, The Hindrance of Sloth and Torpor, Geneva Blake and Mary Stone

  • Saturday November 8th, Daylong retreat with Ajahn Santidhammo

  • Tuesday November 11th, The Hindrance of Restlessness and Anxiety, Geneva Blake and Mary Stone

  • Tuesday November 18th, The Hindrance of Uncertainty, Steve Hansen and Iris Dunaway

  • Tuesday November 25th, Wrap-up of the Practice Period, Teaching Corps

Everyone is invited to attend as their schedule permits - one, some or all.

Let us practice together


Beginning Again: Introduction to Insight Meditation - September 27th

Why do we meditate? What are the benefits? How do we do it? These are common questions that anyone curious about meditation may ask. And for those with a regular meditation practice, these questions are good to ask again from time to time, to freshen-up our intention. Several times a year BIMS offers an Introduction to Insight (Vipassana) Meditation class where meditation instruction is given and these questions are discussed. This is an opportune time for new and experienced practitioners to explore how meditation may fit into their life. Please consider joining us on Saturday September 27th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall. Cost is by voluntary donation. Registration is recommended by contacting Karen at 360-647-8414 or e-mail Karen

To see a class flyer: flyer


Residential Retreat Cancelled

The residential retreat at Camp Samish, scheduled for Sept 30-October 5th, has been cancelled. Those who had registered have been notified and their fees refunded. The retreat's theme - sustaining practice - remains close to our heart.


Audio Recordings of Ajahn Geoff Retreat Weekend

The residential retreat with Thanissaro Bhikku (Ajahn Geoff) at Red Cedar Hall on September 13th and 14th was recorded. For faster download the recordings for each session have been broken into segments, each of approximately 30 minutes in length. They can be heard using the links below:

- Opening Meditation

- Saturday morning, part 1

- Saturday morning, part 2

- Saturday morning, part 3

- Saturday morning, part 4

- Saturday afternoon, part 1

- Saturday afternoon, part 2

- Saturday afternoon, part 3

- Sunday morning, part 1

- Sunday morning, part 2

- Sunday morning, part 3

- Sunday morning, part 4

- Sunday afternoon, part 1

- Sunday afternoon, part 2

- Sunday afternoon, part 3

- Sunday afternoon, part 4

The 20 page study guide used during this retreat is available as a PDF file here.


Heather Martin and Pascal Auclair Dharma Talks

Four evening Dharma talks were recorded at the April Camp Samish retreat with Heather and Pascal. They can be heard using the links below:

- Heather Monday April 7th

- Pascal Tuesday April 8th

- Pascal Thursday April 10th

- Heather Friday April 11th


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