This Week's Events

Monday Dec 22 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday Dec 23 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday Dec 23 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.

Wednesday Dec 24 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday Dec 25 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Friday Dec 26 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Friday Dec 26 at 5:15 pm. 5th Precept/mindful Recovery: .

Saturday Dec 27 at 9:00 am. Saturday Sit-In: . Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Sunday Dec 28 at 8:30 am. Sangha Mamas: Sangha Mamas. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Monday Dec 29 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .


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


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.


Heather Martin Non-Residential Retreat - Registration Form Available

Heather Martin is returning to Bellingham the weekend of February 14th and 15th to lead a weekend of study and meditation. Heather will slso be giving a public talk Friday, February 13th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The course will be held at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall in Bellingham. The cost is $25 (BIMS pledge members) or $50 (non-members). For more information contact Karen Sheldon at :

A flyer and registration form can be found at this link.


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.


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.


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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