This Week's Events
Monday Mar 2 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Mar 3 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Mar 3 at 6:00 pm. Class: Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Mar 3 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.
Wednesday Mar 4 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Mar 5 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Mar 5 at 7:00 pm. Teens And 20s Group Cancelled: Cancelled Teens and 20s group .
Friday Mar 6 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Monday Mar 9 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Mar 3 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday May 5 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Jun 2 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
Friday Mar 20 at 3:00 pm. Heather Martin and Steve Armstrong Retreat March 2.
Monday Oct 12. Fall retreat October 12-17, 2015.
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.
Recordings from Heather Martin Retreat
Below are links to the Friday evening public talk by Heather Martin that kicked-off the non-residential weekend retreat, and Dharma talks given during the retreat. For faster download the longer recordings have been broken into segments.
Additional recordings from the weekend retreat will be posted soon. 2/16/15
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.
Beginning Again: Introduction to Insight Meditation
Saturday February 28th from 9AM - 3PM at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall
This day-long class 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 and 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. New and experienced students are welcome.
Pre-registration is recommended. Contact Karen Sheldon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Camp Samish residential retreat with Steve Armstrong and Heather Martin
This retreat is fully subscribed. No further registrations are being accepted.
Heather Martin and Steve Armstrong will lead a 9-day residential retreat (March 20th to 29th) on Samish Island. The retreat is called Awareness and Compassion at All Times and in All Places. Making the dhamma come alive for us in our lives is more than following a technique or a schedule. It requires a willingness to bring the dhamma understanding that flows from our hearts into all our activities. On this retreat we will offer pragmatic guidance in cultivating awareness in all activities as a support for establishing a lifestyle of dhamma awareness and wisdom upon leaving the retreat.
2014 BIMS Practice Period Notes and Recordings
Gladdening the Heart: Freeing the Mind from the Hindrances
The 8-week Practice Period for 2014 concluded on November 25th. Notes, handouts and some recordings of the talks are available on the Practice Period page. 11/26/14