This Week's Events
Monday Apr 20 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Apr 21 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Apr 21 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.
Wednesday Apr 22 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Apr 23 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Apr 23 at 6:00 pm. Tai Chi: .
Friday Apr 24 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Saturday Apr 25 at 9:00 am. Saturday Sit-In: . Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Saturday Apr 25 at 12:00 pm. AwakeningJoy: AJ group meeting.
Sunday Apr 26 at 8:30 am. Sangha Mamas: Sangha Mamas. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Monday Apr 27 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday May 5 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Jun 2 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Aug 4 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Sep 1 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Nov 3 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Dec 1 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Saturday Sep 26. Sept 26-27 with Heather Martin.
Monday Oct 12. October 12-17, 2015 with Ayya Santussika.
Saturday Jan 23. Jan 23 - 24, 2016 with Jill Shepherd.
Monday Mar 28. March 28-April 4 2016 - Heather & Pascal .
Monday Oct 10. October 10-16, 2016 with James and Adrienne .
Friday Mar 24. March 24 - April 2, 2017 with Steve and Heather.
Monday Oct 9. October 9-15 2017 .
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.
Recordings from Heather Martin Retreat
Below are links to the Friday evening public talk by Heather Martin that kicked-off the non-residential weekend retreat, and Dharma talks given during the retreat. For faster download the longer recordings have been broken into segments.
Additional recordings from the weekend retreat will be posted soon. 2/16/15
Awakening Joy Course
Awakening Joy is a book written by vipassana teacher James Baraz. It is also offered as an on-line course. The course relies on Buddhist principles but the material seems to be universally appreciated by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. The course offers talks by James and many guest teachers, practice materials and group exercises.
There is a group forming in Bellingham to work/play with this course. We expect to start mid February.
Beginning Again: Introduction to Insight Meditation
Saturday February 28th from 9AM - 3PM at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall
This day-long class will include both discussion and practice. Four meditation objects will be taught: sitting, walking, eating and metta (kind-heartedness). We will discuss core elements of Buddhism and meditation practice. Ideas on developing a home practice as well as ways of cultivating awareness in our daily activities will be included in the class. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion. New and experienced students are welcome.
Pre-registration is recommended. Contact Karen Sheldon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 12/17/14
Camp Samish residential retreat with Steve Armstrong and Heather Martin
This retreat is fully subscribed. No further registrations are being accepted.
Heather Martin and Steve Armstrong will lead a 9-day residential retreat (March 20th to 29th) on Samish Island. The retreat is called Awareness and Compassion at All Times and in All Places. Making the dhamma come alive for us in our lives is more than following a technique or a schedule. It requires a willingness to bring the dhamma understanding that flows from our hearts into all our activities. On this retreat we will offer pragmatic guidance in cultivating awareness in all activities as a support for establishing a lifestyle of dhamma awareness and wisdom upon leaving the retreat.
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