This Week's Events
Monday Aug 24 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Aug 25 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Aug 25 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.
Wednesday Aug 26 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Aug 27 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Aug 27 at 6:00 pm. Tai Chi: .
Friday Aug 28 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Friday Aug 28 at 5:15 pm. 5th Precept/mindful Recovery: .
Monday Aug 31 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Sep 1 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Oct 6 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
Friday Sep 25 at 7:00 pm. Public talk with Heather Martin.
Saturday Sep 26 at 9:00 am. Sept 25-27 with Heather Martin.
Sunday Sep 27 at 9:00 am. 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 .
Saturday Jun 25 at 7:00 pm. June 25-26 Retreat with Steve Armstrong.
Monday Oct 10. October 10-16, 2016 with James Baraz and Adrienne .
Friday Mar 24. March 24 - April 2, 2017 with Steve Armstrong and .
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.
Ajahn Santi returns on September 1st
After a several-month absence, Venerable Santidhammo (Ajahn Santi) is back in the Pacific Northwest to stay a while. And we are delighted to announce he will be coming up to Bellingham to lead us in our regular Tuesday meditation at 7:00 p.m. on September 1st and then gracing us with a Dharma talk in the second hour.
Venerable Santidhammo is an American Buddhist monk in the Theravada tradition based at Wat Atammayatarama Monastery in Woodinville. He combines clear, practical instruction of the Dharma with a great deal of heart and humor. 8/13/15
Heather Martin Non-Residential Retreat - Registration Form Available
Heather Martin is returning to Bellingham the weekend of September 26th and 27th to lead a weekend of study and meditation. Heather will slso be giving a public talk Friday, September 25th 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 Gretchen Harsch at : email@example.com
A flyer and registration form can be found at this link. 8/1/15
New library catalog - Wow!
Chris Burkhart and Karen Ssebanakitta just completed cataloging all of the books in the Dharma Hall library! They used a site called LibraryThing.com. It is impressive! Go look at it for yourself.
It is linked from the Library page in the Resource section of this web site. 6/18/15
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.
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