This Week's Events

Monday Aug 18 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday Aug 19 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday Aug 19 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.

Wednesday Aug 20 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday Aug 21 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday Aug 21 at 7:00 pm. Teen Sangha: Teen Sangha. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Friday Aug 22 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Friday Aug 22 at 5:15 pm. 5th Precept/mindful Recovery: .

Saturday Aug 23 at 9:00 am. Saturday Sit-In: . Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Sunday Aug 24 at 8:30 am. Sangha Mamas: Sangha Mamas. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Monday Aug 25 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .


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

Saturday Sep 27 at 9:00 am. Beginning Again-Introduction to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall


Saturday Sep 13 at 9:00 am. September 13-14 Weekend with Ajahn Geoff . Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Sep 30 at 3:00 pm. Heather & Jean retreat Sept 30-Oct 5, 2014.

Friday Mar 20. Heather Martin and Teacher TBA Retreat March 20-29.

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.


Sustaining Practice - A Residential Retreat from September 30-October 5

Heather Martin and Jean La Valley will lead a residential retreat at Camp Samish September 30-Octobeer 4. Entitled "Sustaining Practice", we will use this retreat time to identify and work with the factors that sustain our practice, on retreat and in daily life. Gladness and spaciousness are two such factors which will be cultivated. We will also identify and appreciate the ways in which the practice sustains and supports us.

Further info and registration: The flyer and registration form is here.


Thanissaro Bhikku Retreat - Registration Form Available

Thanssaro Bhikku (Ajaan Geoff) is returning to Bellingham the weekend of September 13-14 to lead a weekend of study and meditation. During this course, he will lead us in an exploration of dhammas.

The course will be held at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall in Bellingham. The cost is $30 (BIMS pledge members) or $40 (non-members). For more information contact Karen the registrar at :

A flyer and registration form can be found at this link.


Practice Period Coming in October and November

Starting October 7, the practice period is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the Buddhist path and to more fully integrate your practice into your daily life. We do this as a Sangha to support and energize each other. A series of talks/discussions will be led by the teaching corps. Details will be available by mid-September.


Ajahn Santi visits BIMS on September 2nd

We are very pleased that Venerable Santidhammo (Ajahn Santi) will be joining us again at the Dharma Hall on Tuesday, the 2nd of September. He will lead the meditation at 7:00 p.m. and give a Dharma talk during the second hour.

Venerable Santidhammo is an American Buddhist monk in the Theravada tradition based at Wat Atammayatarama Monastery in Woodinville. He combines clear, practical instruction of the Dharma with a great deal of heart and humor.

Please join us in welcoming him back!


Heather Martin and Pascal Auclair Dharma Talks

Four evening Dharma talks were recorded at the April Camp Samish retreat with Heather and Pascal. They can be heard using the links below:

- Heather Monday April 7th

- Pascal Tuesday April 8th

- Pascal Thursday April 10th

- Heather Friday April 11th


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