This Week's Events

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

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

Tuesday Dec 6 at 6:00 pm. Class: Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Dec 6 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.

Tuesday Dec 6 at 8:00 pm. Annual Meeting: BIMS Annual Meeting.

Wednesday Dec 7 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday Dec 8 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday Dec 8 at 6:00 pm. Tai Chi Canceled: .

Friday Dec 9 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Saturday Dec 10 at 9:00 am. Saturday Sit-In: Saturday Sit-In. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Sunday Dec 11 at 8:30 am. Sangha Mamas: Sangha Mamas. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Monday Dec 12 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .


Classes

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

Tuesday Jan 3 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday Aug 1 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Sep 5 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Oct 3 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Dec 5 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

An invitation to the BIMS Annual Meeting

Everyone is invited to the BIMS Annual Meeting, this Tuesday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m. It"s been an active year for BIMS. During the annual meeting we"ll review what we have been doing and recognize all the volunteers that make it possible. We will also report on our financial situation and the 2017 budget and give a recap of the survey that many of you participated in this year.

And of course, there will be cookies!

We hope to see you all there

Linda Booth

BIMS Board Chair

12/4/16

Workshop on Welcoming People of All Genders and Sexual Orientations

BIMS wants to welcome people of all colors, ability levels, sexes, genders, and sexual orientations. BIMS recognizes that having the right intention is not enough, and to make the intention a reality we need to build skills and heighten our awareness of actions that can make our spaces feel unsafe and unwelcoming.

BIMS is therefore happy to welcome April Hinkle-Johnson, Queer Youth Project Coordinator of Northwest Youth Services, who will lead a workshop aimed at heightening awareness and building the skills needed to make our community welcoming to people of all genders and sexual orientations. April is not charging a fee, but donations are welcome.

Who: April Hinkle-Johnson, Queer Youth Project Coordinator of Northwest Youth Services

What: Skill-building Workshop on Welcoming People of All Genders and Sexual Orientations

Where: Red Cedar Dharma Hall

When: December 13th, 7:30 to 9:00

We hope to see you all there.

11/25/16

Recorded Talks from Ayya Santussika Retreat

Ayya Santussika joined BIMS for a non-residential retreat, November 12th and 13th, 2016. Her theme was 'Breaking the Chain: Focusing on the weakest links in the chain of dependent origination and the way to Nibbana'.

Recordings of her public talk on Friday night as well as those during the weekend can be found at this link.

11/6/16

Book Club Starting Up in November

On November 1st we will begin a twice-per-month book group, reading Leigh Braisington's Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas.

From a review: "The Buddhist jhanas—successive states of deep focus or meditative absorbtion--demystified. A very practical guidebook for meditators for navigating their way through these states of bliss and concentration."

10/7/16

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.

7/2/16

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

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