This Week's Events

Monday May 2 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday May 3 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday May 3 at 6:00 pm. Class: Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday May 3 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.

Wednesday May 4 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday May 5 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday May 5 at 6:00 pm. Tai Chi: .

Friday May 6 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Saturday May 7 at 9:00 am. Saturday Sit-In: Saturday Sit-In. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Sunday May 8 at 8:30 am. Sangha Mamas: Sangha Mamas. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Monday May 9 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .


Tuesday May 3 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Jun 7 at 6:00 pm. Orientation 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.


Community Dharma Leader Fundraiser Dinner Sunday May 1st

We are holding a special fundraising event to support the Community Dharma Leader (CDL) Scholarship Program. Many of you have already been generous to this CDL scholarship providing funds for Mary Haberman's training expenses.

We want to continue this momentum with a community-wide fundraising event. We have chosen Bellingham Cohousing as the locale and you can help in one of many ways -

1) Relax, let us do the cooking, and come sit down to a traditional multi-course Indian dinner followed by a short movie about the benefits of mindfulness in the classroom. Our own Mary Haberman will talk about her experience with the CDL program. We are suggesting a $50 donation at the door. 5:00 to 7:30, Sunday May 1st. Click this link to reply.

2) Offer to help with the event (we have a variety of tasks for all abilities)

3) Forward this evite through social media to anyone you know who enjoys contributing to fundraising events with an interest in the benefits of mindfulness.

Notes on the Evite - Select View Invitation for details.

When you choose to reply, there is a box to uncheck the box to minimize advertising.

Call Cindy Madigan at 360-305-7951 or Jeannie Dodd at 360-296-0000 for more details and to volunteer.

Here is a link to the movie trailer.


Beginning Again: Introduction to Mindfulness and Insight Meditation

May 19th from 6:00 to 8:30 PM 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 Steve Hansen, members of the Bellingham Insight Teaching Corps.

Pre-registration is recommended. Contact Karen Sheldon by email at


Evening led by teacher Dunse Jampal Norbu

On April 19th Dungse Jampal Norbu will lead the Tuesday evening meditation and give a public talk, titled "Engaging the World with Genuine Compassion." The son of well known Tibetan teachers, he is a proficient teacher in his own right, with a passion to speak with young audiences about their outlook as they engage with society.

Dungse Jampal is known for his fresh perspective, humor and insight into dharma and its role in our lives. On what principles will young people base their identity as they leave home, go to and then leave college, and then enter the adult world? Can compassion and self-awareness become their ground, rather than ambition, selfishness and insecurity? Dungse la firmly believes "yes!", and that by looking at the age-old (and age appropriate) question of identity through the lens of the Buddhist teachings, younger students of dharma can find a flexible, open, yet deeply grounded platform from which to relate to their lives.


Teen and 20s Group

The meetings are suspended for the time being. If you would like to help revive the group, please contact Mary Haberman.


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 It is impressive! Go look at it for yourself.

It is linked from the Library page in the Resource section of this web site.


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