This Week's Events
Monday Sep 15 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Sep 16 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Sep 16 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.
Tuesday Sep 16 at 8:00 pm. Dharma Talk: Family Dharma at Spirit Rock.
Wednesday Sep 17 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Sep 18 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Friday Sep 19 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Friday Sep 19 at 5:15 pm. 5th Precept/mindful Recovery: .
Monday Sep 22 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Saturday Sep 27 at 9:00 am. Beginning Again-Introduction to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
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.
Beginning Again: Introduction to Insight Meditation - September 27th
Why do we meditate? What are the benefits? How do we do it? These are common questions that anyone curious about meditation may ask. And for those with a regular meditation practice, these questions are good to ask again from time to time, to freshen-up our intention. Several times a year BIMS offers an Introduction to Insight (Vipassana) Meditation class where meditation instruction is given and these questions are discussed. This is an opportune time for new and experienced practitioners to explore how meditation may fit into their life. Please consider joining us on Saturday September 27th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall. Cost is by voluntary donation. Registration is recommended by contacting Karen at 360-647-8414 or e-mail Karen firstname.lastname@example.org
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Practice Period in October and November
Gladdening the Heart: Freeing the Mind from the Hindrances
Starting October 7, the practice period is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the Buddhist path and to more fully integrate your practice into your 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 tentative schedule is:
Residential Retreat Cancelled
The residential retreat at Camp Samish, scheduled for Sept 30-October 5th, has been cancelled. Those who had registered have been notified and their fees refunded. The retreat's theme - sustaining practice - remains close to our heart. 9/15/14
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