This Week's Events

Monday Aug 29 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday Aug 30 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday Aug 30 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.

Wednesday Aug 31 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday Sep 1 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Friday Sep 2 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Monday Sep 5 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .


Tuesday Sep 6 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.


David Karma Choephel - "Dharma for Difficult Times"

BIMS will host a special guest visitor to Bellingham on Thursday evening, September 8th, at 7:30 p.m.

David Karma Choephel is a Western monastic in the Tibetan tradition. He is one of the most renowned Tibetan-English translators working today. He has translated many Tibetan texts into English and also serves as an oral translator for important Tibetan teachers including Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche and HH. Karmapa 17. He teaches the dharma widely in Asia and North America.


Two Great Retreat Opportunities in September and October

The Fall will see a non-residential retreat with Thanissaro Bhikkhu (aka Ajaan Geoff) Saturday and Sunday, September 10th and 11th, and a seven-day residential retreat at Camp Samish with James Baraz and Adrianne Ross from Monday October 10th to Sunday October 16th. Use the links to see flyers with the full retreat descriptions and registration forms.

Thanissaro's theme this year will be "Teachings from the Wilderness." The Baraz/Ross retreat will explore "Connecting Body, Mind and Heart."

Note: As of August 22nd the Thanissaro Bhikkhu weekend retreat is full.


Through Dhamma Eyes: Training in Awareness and Wisdom

Recordings from the Steve Armstrong and Alexis Santos retreat on June 24th through 26th will be posted at this page.


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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