This Week's Events
Monday Nov 24 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Nov 25 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Nov 25 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.
Tuesday Nov 25 at 8:00 pm. Practice Period: .
Wednesday Nov 26 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Nov 27 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Nov 27 at 6:00 pm. Tai Chi: .
Friday Nov 28 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Friday Nov 28 at 5:15 pm. 5th Precept/mindful Recovery: .
Monday Dec 1 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
Saturday Feb 28 at 9:00 am. Beginning Again-Introduction to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Saturday Feb 14 at 9:00 am. Heather Martin February 14-15, 2015.
Sunday Feb 15 at 9:00 am. Heather Martin February 14-15, 2015.
Friday Mar 20. Heather Martin and Teacher TBA Retreat March 20-29.
Monday Oct 12. Fall retreat October 12-17, 2015.
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.
2014 BIMS Practice Period Notes and Recordings
Gladdening the Heart: Freeing the Mind from the Hindrances
The 8-week Practice Period for 2014 concluded on November 25th. Notes, handouts and some recordings of the talks are available on the Practice Period page. 11/26/14
Teen and 20s Group
Follow this link to see a flyer for the Teen and 20s Group that is meeting on Thursday nights a the Red Cedar Hall.
If you're in your Teens or 20s, please join us for a 20 minute guided meditation followed by discussion. We often have a reading or short talk on a theme of Buddhist philosophy and how it applies in our lives. Often we gain insight into how the mind works and what options we have in dealing with our thoughts, emotions and experiences. 9/17/14
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:
The 20 page study guide used during this retreat is available as a PDF file here. 9/15/14
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 Friday April 11th 5/5/14