This Week's Events

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

Tuesday May 24 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday May 24 at 6:00 pm. Soup With The Sangha: Sangha Meal.

Tuesday May 24 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.

Tuesday May 24 at 8:00 pm. Book Club: Book Club - . Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest Street

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

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

Thursday May 26 at 6:00 pm. Tai Chi: .

Thursday May 26 at 7:00 pm. Engaged BIMS: Engaged BIMS Meeting.

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

Saturday May 28 at 9:00 am. Saturday Sit-In: Saturday Sit-In. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Sunday May 29 at 8:30 am. Sangha Mamas: Sangha Mamas. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

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


Tuesday Jun 7 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 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.


Beginning Again: Introduction to Mindfulness and Insight Meditation

May 19th from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall. See the flyer here for full details.

During this evening class, there will be several short meditation periods with guided instruction. We will explore breath meditation, walking meditation, whole body awareness and metta (kind-heartedness).  We will review and discuss core elements of Buddhist meditation practice.  Ideas on developing a home practice as well as ways of cultivating mindfulness in our daily activities will be included in the class. There is time for questions and discussion.

The class will be taught by Jean La Valley and Steve Hansen, members of the Bellingham Insight Teaching Corps.

Pre-registration is recommended. Contact Karen Sheldon by email at


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.


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 It is impressive! Go look at it for yourself.

It is linked from the Library page in the Resource section of this web site.


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