This Week's Events
Monday Oct 5 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Oct 6 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Oct 6 at 6:00 pm. Class: Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Oct 6 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.
Tuesday Oct 6 at 8:00 pm. Dharma Talk: Living Buddhadharma in the world.
Wednesday Oct 7 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Oct 8 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Oct 8 at 6:00 pm. Tai Chi: .
Friday Oct 9 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Saturday Oct 10 at 9:00 am. Saturday Sit-In: . Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Saturday Oct 10 at 12:00 pm. AwakeningJoy: AJ group meeting.
Sunday Oct 11 at 8:30 am. Sangha Mamas: Sangha Mamas. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Monday Oct 12. Retreat: October 12-17, 2015 with Ayya Santussika.
Monday Oct 12 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Oct 6 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Saturday Oct 24 at 9:00 am. Beginning Again-Introduction 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
Tuesday Jan 5 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Feb 2 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Mar 1 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Apr 5 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday May 3 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
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.
Sister Santussika retreat at Camp Samish
After many requests that we offer a retreat with a female monastic,
we are excited to announce that Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni will lead
our Fall retreat, October 12th to 17th, 2015.
Ayya Santussika is an American who traveled to Asia in 1999 to train with various masters, particularly in Thailand. She has learned greatly from and has a deep respect for the Pali scholar, Venerable Bhikku Bodhi, and Ajahn Pasanno (who was a student of Ajahn Chah and is the current Abbot of Abahayagirl Monastery). Before her ordination, Ayya Santussika lived, studied and practiced in large and small communities of nuns, including those of Amaravati and Chithurst in England.
A flyer and registration form can be found at this link. 10/8/15
Beginning Again: Introduction to Mindfulness and Insight Meditation
Saturday October 24th from 9AM - noon at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall. See the flyer here for full details.
During this half -day-class, there will be several short meditation periods with guided instruction. We will explore breath meditation, walking meditation, whole body awareness and metta (kind-heartedness). We will review and discuss core elements of Buddhist meditation practice. Ideas on developing a home practice as well as ways of cultivating mindfulness in our daily activities will be included in the class. There is time for questions and discussion.
The class will be taught by Jean La Valley and Mary Haberman. Both Jean & Mary are members of the Bellingham Insight Teaching Corps.
Jean has been practicing insight meditation since 1980 and is part of the Community Dharma Leadership program through Spirit Rock Center- Insight Meditation West. She is interested in applying the dharma to the pleasures and dilemmas of daily life.
Mary is a community college teacher and is on the Bellingham Insight board. She has been meditating since 2003 and has just started the Community Dharma Leader Program.
Pre-registration is recommended. Contact Karen Sheldon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Martin Non-Residential Retreat - September 26 & 27
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. 9/6/15
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