This Week's Events
Monday Dec 9 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Dec 10 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Dec 10 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.
Tuesday Dec 10 at 8:00 pm. Book Club: . Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest Street, Bell
Wednesday Dec 11 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Dec 12 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Friday Dec 13 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Saturday Dec 14 at 9:00 am. Saturday Sit-In: . Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Sunday Dec 15 at 8:30 am. Sangha Mamas: Sangha Mamas. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Monday Dec 16 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Dec 19 at 7:00 pm. Going Forth - Mindful Aging.
Thursday Jan 23 at 7:00 pm. Going Forth - Mindful Aging.
Thursday Feb 20 at 7:00 pm. Going Forth - Mindful Aging.
Thursday Mar 20 at 7:00 pm. Going Forth - Mindful Aging.
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.
Special New Year's Eve Tuesday Meditation and Program
Join the combined BIMS and Zen communities for a celebration of New Year's Eve.
This event has been a tradition with the Zen community and since the 31st falls on Tuesday this year, BIMS can join in. We will have our usual 45 minute Insight Meditation at 7:00, then the ceremony will start at 8:00 after setting up the hall and an explanation of the ceremony.
The ceremony involves writing resolutions of what we are ready to get rid of, 108 rings of the big bell and bowing, chanting, and culminates with a fire ceremony in the back courtyard/garden where the slips of paper on which are written our 'ready to let go of' resolutions are burned with some ceremony and people make statements about their dreams for the new year.
After the ceremony we have tea and mochi and stand around the fire. 12/31/13
Musical & Mindful - an event for the whole family THIS Sunday November 24, 6-7:30 PM
Bellingham Insight and Sangha Mamas invite everyone to join visiting singer and songwriter Betsy Rose for an evening of songs that encourage inner calm, kindness, slowing down and paying attention. The evening will start with a set for the whole family. Then children will be invited to join our mindful teens for a light dinner and activities that encourage the qualities Betsy sings about. Adults will remain with Betsy for a special set on mindful parenting and presence. Betsy is a mother, singer, songwriter and teaches in the family practice program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
This evening is offered by Bellingham Insight; there is no charge for admission. There will be a chance to offer dana (donation) to Betsy.
THIS Sunday at the Fairhaven Public Library. Look for the signs and guides!
Beginning Again - An introduction to meditation on November 9th
Whether you are new to meditation or think it"s time for a refresher, we invite you to join us for this day-long class that will include both discussion and practice. Four meditation objects will be taught: sitting, walking, eating and metta (kind-heartedness). We will discuss core elements of Buddhism meditation practice. Ideas on developing a home practice as well as ways of cultivating awareness in our daily activities will be included in the class. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.
The class will be taught by Mary Haberman & Jean La Valley, both members of the Bellingham Insight Teaching Corps.
Time: 9AM - 3PM
Place: Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest
To register or for more information, see the flyer.
CANCELLED - Ajahn Santi November 5th Visit to BIMS
Ajahn Santi has had to cancel his November 5th visit to BIMS, but we will keep you informed about future visits as they are planned. 11/3/13
Statement of Solidarity with the Lummi Nation
The BIMS Board has, as individuals, unanimously endorsed a statement of solidarity with the Lummi Nation supporting their stand against the construction of the proposed coal export terminal on land sacred to them and in waters important to them for fishing. See here for more information and a copy of the statement that can be downloaded for printing and mailed, if you are inclined. There will also be a copy of this statement at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall to which you can add your name. 9/4/13
Residential Retreat October 2013
Tina Rasmussen & Stephen Snyder will lead a residential retreat at Camp Samish from October 13-19, 2013. The theme will be the Brahma Viharas.The Bramaviharas are part of the samatha (concentration/serenity) portion of the Buddha"s path of practice. In this retreat there will be opportunities to experientially practice each of these four meditations.
Letter from Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Larry Yang, Joanna Macy,
Dear Dharma Leaders,
Next month, June 10-13, there will be an International Vipassana Teachers gathering at Spirit Rock. Teachers from around the US, Europe and abroad will be meeting to vision together how the Dharma can best serve the community of practitioners and our world. Among the topics we will look at the role of the Dharma and Dharma teachers as we face the reality of climate change.
As the impacts of a warming world grow and become more obvious, we risk a society that moves from disbelief to dismay and depression – skipping over the activity that can reduce the suffering to come. This suffering will be unevenly borne, exacerbating existing environmental injustice and environmental racism, as those least responsible for its causes bare an undue share of the burden.
Teachers respond to the needs of students. If teachers hear from practitioners that this is an important priority, they will respond. In the Buddhist tradition of "requesting the dharma to be taught,” some dharma friends in the UK and USA have developed an online “letter of request” that students can sign. It asks teachers to take a leadership role on this issue by providing guidance and teachings in the most skillful way to deal with the consequences we all will face in the coming years resulting from climate change. We’re writing you to ask your support in spreading this request to your communities. We hope thousands of dharma practitioners will sign so that the teachers at the June meeting see their concern and respond accordingly.
We would be grateful if you can help with spreading the link to the request form below through email, Facebook and other social media outlets. You might consider taking a suitable computer or print-out to sangha meetings so students can sign the request in-person. Signed hard copies can be sent to: James Baraz, c/o Sprit Rock, PO Box 169, Woodacre, CA 94973.
Thank you for your support in making this happen.
With appreciation and metta,
Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Larry Yang, Joanna Macy, Catherine McGee and James Baraz 5/19/13
Recording from Richard Shankman Talk
The talk and discussion on Friday evening, February 8th, which opened the weekend retreat with Richard Shankman, was recorded and is available here. 3/10/13
BIMS Practice Period Audio and Notes
Audio and notes from the five Practice Period Tuesday night programs are now available.
New Saturday Sit-In Schedule for 2013
With the start of the New Year, BIMS is adopting a new Saturday Sit-In schedule. Our once-monthly morning and afternoon sits are being replaced with twice-monthly morning-only sits. Here is what things will look like from now:
If you have never attended the Sit-In before, or if it has been a while, our BIMS January Practice Period may be just the time to start, or begin again.
Hope to see you there!
Buy a Book for the Library
Follow the link to see a list of books that have been suggested as possible additions to the Bellingham Insight library at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall. Maybe you would like to buy one of these, read it, and then donate it? 11/5/12