This Week's Events

Monday Oct 16 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday Oct 17 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday Oct 17 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.

Tuesday Oct 17 at 8:00 pm. Aging As A Spiritual Practice: Aging as a Spiritual Practice.

Wednesday Oct 18 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday Oct 19 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Friday Oct 20 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Monday Oct 23 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .


Sunday Nov 5 at 10:00 am. Elementary Level Dhamma Studies. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Sunday Dec 3 at 10:00 am. Elementary Level Dhamma Studies. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Dec 5 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 BIMS members in coordination with our Board and Program Committee.

BIMS welcomes people of people of all ethnicities, abilities, and gender identities. We work to build skills and heighten our awareness of actions that will make our community safe and welcoming.

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 and 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.


Soup with the Sangha Tuesday October 24th

All are invited to come early on Tuesday October 24th to have a simple meal before the meditation period. You may bring additional dishes if you wish, but there should be plenty of soup and bread.

Where: The kitchen at the Dharma Hall (come down the stairs, or you may enter from the back).

When: Between 6:00 and 7:00 PM on October 24th

What: Soup, salad and camaraderie

Donations of a dollar or two to cover the cost of ingredients are appreciated but not required.


Non-residential retreat with Kate Dresher Nov 11-12

Kate Dresher will lead a non-residential retreat at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall on November 11 & 12. She will also be giving a public talk on Friday November 10th from 7-9 PM. The talk is open to all, whether you plan to come to the retreat or not.

Kate"s focus for this retreat is Cultivating & Appreciating Saddha. Saddha is a pali word meaning inspired confidence, trust, faith or devotion.

There are flyers and registration forms for this retreat at the Dharma Hall. A link to the flyer will be available by mid-October.


Ayya Santussika Retreat at Camp Samish

Meditation Retreat with Sister Santussika

October 9-15, 2017 at Samish Island, Washington

Cost: $410.00 (U.S. Funds), plus Dana to Teachers

"The ground from which the Path arises: From youth to aging, sickness and death"

The beauty and joy of awakening, complete peace and release,do not come from a life of comfort and complacency. They arise out of directly facing the toughest challenges of human life. In this retreat we will explore the territory of deep life experiences, the wake-up calls, beginning in our youth. We will draw upon the tools the Buddha gave us to make skillful use of these profound experiences, the miracles of birth and death and those that lay between. For more information on her interesting history and current projects, we recommend you go to her

website at:

See the retreat flyer and registration form here.


Elementary Level Dhamma Studies

This curriculum is translated into English from the official Thai curriculum which is endorsed by the King of Thailand. You will ponder some Buddhist proverbs, learn (or relearn from a new perspective) words like “evil” (which from a Buddhist perspective means unskillful) or virtue (which actually means skill), or punna or that which cleanses the mind — or something exotic sounding like Bala or states of dhamma power. Overall it is a rich and fun introduction to some classic Buddhist teachings.

We will meditate, contemplate and share our insights. We will also do a little chanting and take precepts, for those who want to.

The organizational meeting will be on Sunday Oct. 1 at 10:00 at the Red Cedar Hall, with plans to meet once a month. If you are interested in attending please email


Recorded Talks from Ayya Santussika Retreat

Ayya Santussika joined BIMS for a non-residential retreat, November 12th and 13th, 2016. Her theme was 'Breaking the Chain: Focusing on the weakest links in the chain of dependent origination and the way to Nibbana'.

Recordings of her public talk on Friday night as well as those during the weekend can be found at this link.


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