This Week's Events

Monday May 25 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday May 26 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday May 26 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.

Tuesday May 26 at 8:00 pm. Book Club: . Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest Street

Wednesday May 27 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday May 28 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday May 28 at 6:00 pm. Tai Chi: .

Thursday May 28 at 6:30 pm. AwakeningJoy: AJ group meeting.

Thursday May 28 at 7:00 pm. Going Forth: Going Forth - Mindful Aging.

Friday May 29 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Friday May 29 at 5:15 pm. 5th Precept/mindful Recovery: .

Saturday May 30 at 9:00 am. Class: Beginning Again-Introduction to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Monday Jun 1 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .


Classes

Saturday May 30 at 9:00 am. Beginning Again-Introduction to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Jun 2 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Jul 7 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Aug 4 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Sep 1 at 6:00 pm. Orientation 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


Retreats

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.


News

Cultivating Compasssion with Tim Burnett

Nomon Tim Burnett from the Red Cedar Zen Community (our Dharma Hall mates) will provide discussion, exercises and meditation on Compassion. Tim is certified to teach a Compassion Cultivation Training course, which he will be offering again in the Fall. Tentatively scheduled for June 2.

6/2/15

Beginning Again: Introduction to Insight Meditation

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 May 30th, 9 a.m. to noon 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 karen.sheldon@gmail.com

5/30/15

Bob Lau will present about his recent spiritual travels to India

Join BIMS member and Tai Chi teacher Bob Lau for a presentation about his travels to India, including a stay with the spritual group known as The Dera. May 19 at 8 after our 7 pm sit.

5/19/15

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.

Check out the website and/or you can get in touch with Jean LaValley by email for more information.

1/25/15

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

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