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


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

Look here for links to materials and audio recordings from these sessions.

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

Let us practice together


Teen and 20s Group


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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