This Week's Events
Monday Nov 30 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Dec 1 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Dec 1 at 6:00 pm. Class: Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Dec 1 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.
Tuesday Dec 1 at 8:00 pm. Dharma Talk: Ajahn Ritthi on NEW RETREAT CENTER near Bellingham.
Wednesday Dec 2 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Dec 3 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Dec 3 at 6:00 pm. No BIMS Events Tonight: No BIMS events tonight.
Thursday Dec 3 at 7:00 pm. Teens And 20s Group Cancelled: Cancelled Teens and 20s group .
Friday Dec 4 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Monday Dec 7 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
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
Saturday Jan 23. Jan 23 - 24, 2016 with Jill Shepherd.
Monday Mar 28. March 28-April 4 2016 - Heather & Pascal .
Saturday Jun 25 at 9:00 am. 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.
Ajahn Ritthi to Visit BIMS on Tuesday, Dec. 1st
WILL TALK ABOUT PLANS FOR NEW MEDITATION RETREAT CENTER NEAR BELLINGHAM!!
Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery (aka "Wat Atam," the monastery in Woodinville where Ajahn Santi is based) has been moving ahead with plans to establish a new meditation retreat center right here in Whatcom County. The abbot of Wat Atam, Ajahn Ritthi, will be in the area next Tuesday to look at a potential site for the center and will join us at the Hall for our Tuesday evening program.
After our 7:00 pm meditation, Ajahn Ritthi will share his vision for this exciting project and answer any questions we may have.
We hope you will join us! 11/26/15
Two Audio Recordings from Recent Dharma Talks
Recordings of two recent talks given on Tuesday evenings at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall are now available. John Fries' talk on "Tinnitus and Appreciation" from October 27th and Santidhammo Bhikkhu's "Balancing Engagement and the Spiritual Life" from November 2nd can be found on the Recorded Audio/Video page of this website. 11/19/15
Presentation on Jhamtse Gatsal School in India Nov 17
Join BIMS member Jeannie Dodd (a school counselor) and Jackie Brown (a Bellingham first grade teacher) who will talk about their summer travels to Jhamtse Gatsal School in India. The school was featured in the film Toshi and the Monk. The monk is a Tibetan monk who started this community for unwanted and uncared for kids. Their volunteer work included evaluating how the community and school is able to turn around the lives of these kids, using compassion and Buddhist based methods. Please join us Nov 17 at 8 after the meditation. 11/9/15
Gratitude workshop Nov 10 after the sit
Partake in some simple gratitude exercises, based on Joanna Macys work. Led by Mary Haberman, who had the privilege of participating in a day long workshop with Joanna Macy last April. 11/9/15
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. 11/1/15
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