Welcome to Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community (FIMC).
We are dedicated to fostering a welcoming refuge for all people to explore meditation, mindful living, and the teachings of the Buddha. We are committed to cultivating an appreciation of the value of diversity and to acknowledging the need to recognize and dissolve barriers that separate us from each other. We open our doors and hearts to all social identities including, but not limited to, all races, classes, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, abilities, cultures, and ethnicities.
Due to current CDC guidelines, FIMC is returning to an online-only format until further notice.
See below for information and links.
On Monday, January 5th, at 7PM (MST), there will be a Dharma talk followed by a sitting meditation. Please stay for an optional discussion afterwards, beginning around 8:10PM.
Zoom Meeting ID#: 246 725 464
P a s s w o r d : 3 0 6 0 4 9
Monday's virtual meeting will open up at 6:30pm. Need to dial in? Learn How.
Weekly self-facilitated dharma support group including silent sit meets on Wednesdays at 6:30p.m. Zoom room opens around 6:15pm. See announcements below for details.
Zoom Meeting ID#: 957 7492 7457
P a s s w o r d : 3 1 2 1 0 5
Need to dial in? Learn How.
Morning silent meditation: online, seven days a week. This is a wonderful way to kick start and encourage your regular meditation practice. It is a chance to both receive the benefit of practicing with others as well as offer support to others through participating.
Zoom Meeting ID#: 830 3029 9483
Unfamiliar with the Zoom Platform; need help articles; find installer links? Please see FIMC's dedicated page for More Information about the platform and a great list of resources including how to Dial in.
Upcoming In-Town Sit & Socials
FIMC is happy to offer three In-Town Sit & Socials in August. They will be on Thursday August 11th, Friday August 19th, and Tuesday August 23rd from 10:00 am. Please save the dates and join us if you can.
- Thursday, August 11, 2022 - Time 10:00 am - Sit & Social at the Tree Park
- Location: The Tree Park (aka Jim Cullen Memorial Park)
- 519 W. Piute Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
- Hosts: Angie Moline & Jane Coe Smith
- Friday, August 19, 2022 - Time 10:00 am - Sit & Social at Bow and Arrow Park
- Location: Bow and Arrow Park
- 3701 N. Cochise Drive, Flagstaff, AZ
- Hosts: Tasha Miller Griffith & Jane Coe Smith
- Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - Time 10:00 am - Sit & Social at Bushmaster Park
- Location: Bushmaster Park
- 3150 N. Alta Vista, Flagstaff, AZ meet near the South Pavilion area
- Hosts: Barb Snider & Jane Coe Smith
In Town Sit & Social - These informal gatherings take place in Flagstaff (i.e. Thorpe park, Bushmaster park, the Tree park) during the day in the middle of the week or toward the end of the week. There will be two FIMC co-hosts to welcome everyone. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or cushions for sitting. We will try to find accessible locations for people with disabilities and covered spaces during the Monsoon season. We’ll play a meditation app timer for the sit and invite everyone to bring snacks or tea for a social after the sit. PLEASE NOTE: THE DAYS OF THE WEEK, TIME, AND LOCATION MAY CHANGE FROM SIT TO SIT.
For More Information:
Upcoming Outdoor Meditation Retreat
Opening to Joy
Saturday & Sunday, August 13th and 14th, 2022
Meditation can feel like serious business. But if we cannot open to the joy and delight in our meditation and in our lives, our practice is missing the mark. Joy offers rewards beyond pleasantness, as it stills the heart, encourages our practice, and leads us to tranquility and insight. This retreat examines the conditions that give rise to joy, and engages participants in uncovering the natural places where joy is found through sitting and walking meditation, as well as in our experiences off the cushion or chair.
This is a silent retreat, designed for beginners and experienced practitioners, conducted in an outdoor environment in Flagstaff, where chairs, indoor bathrooms, and lunch will be available.
Register By: August 1, 2022
There is NO FEE for this retreat. The teachings of the Buddha have been sustained by the 2,500 year old tradition of dana, a Pali word meaning "generosity.” Our teachers receive no compensation for their services, and retreatants are encouraged to offer a gift, as they are able, in return for the gift of Brian and Cathy’s teaching. Retreatants are encouraged to help the teachers lead a life devoted to teaching the dharma by offering donations at the retreat's end. In the act of giving, we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and honor our inter-connectedness.
Registration is Required:
Retreat Registration Form
A lottery will be used to select retreatants. The lottery will occur 2 weeks prior to the retreat. Those not selected can be placed on the Waiting List. If an applicant is not selected in the lottery after applying for a retreat, the probability of getting accepted increases with each subsequent retreat they apply for in the future.
Any applications received after the end of registration will be admitted as room permits.
Details & Location:
This is a non-residential retreat. Additional information about the retreat, including the location and what to bring, will be provided to all participants who register.
For More Information:
August Online Study Group
Before You Die: A Poetic Exploration of Reflecting on Death
An Online Study Group
Thursdays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm AZ (outside of Navajo Nation) & CA time
August 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2022
Maranasati is the daily practice of reflecting on our death encouraged by the Buddha. In this 4 week study group, we will explore Maranasati with the intention to open depth and dimensionality to our practice of the Dharma and to our journey of living and dying. We will be reading excerpts from the early Buddhist literature along with poetry and literature that will be intertwined with the meditative dimension of this practice as well. There will be discussion time during each class.
- Commit to attending all four classes.
- Engage in a daily meditation practice during the course.
- Have a preliminary understanding of Insight meditation and have been on at least one Insight meditation retreat or have regularly attended an Insight meditation sitting group. Please check-in with the teacher, Brian Lesage at email@example.com if you are uncertain if you meet this requirement.
- Willingness to actively engage in the course discussions.
Registration closes on July 30th.
Once you have registered for the class, you will be sent details for the class, including the Zoom link for the course.
Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught meditation since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma.
Weekly Dharma Support Group and Sit
Weekly Dharma Support Group and Sit (on Zoom)
Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:00pm
An intimate online support group of spiritual friends. Leaderless and lightly self-facilitated. After sitting 30 minutes, we ask if anyone has brought a topic or would like support with a challenge. We support each other with deep listening and by offering our individual experiences and understanding of the dharma. This offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationships as spiritual friends and our practice together. We abide by the group agreements for confidentiality, listening, and participation used for discussions after Monday sits. Please join us.
We continue to be confronted with the historical legacy of racism that is interwoven into the very fabric of our society. Names such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have now been added to the seemingly endless list of unarmed black people murdered by police. Our hearts are heavy with a mixture of feelings such as grief and outrage and compassion.
At the heart of our practice is a desire to see clearly. At this time, we are being called to face the realities of discrimination that black, indigenous, and other people of color face daily in our country and around the world. We acknowledge that as an organization, FIMC has failed to adequately address issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are at the beginning of our journey to investigate how we can be present with these issues, and be of better service to both our sangha family, and to people of color in our wider community. This work will not be easy, but we are committed to it as an essential part of opening the pathway to freedom.
“It is said the Buddha’s teachings turn upright what has been overturned. In light of this, we commit to this principle of righting wrongs by learning to decenter whiteness and to deepen our listening.”
-Brian Lesage, FIMC Guiding Teacher
We encourage white members of our community to explore how their hearts and minds have been overturned by habitual tendencies rooted in racism and bias.
In that light, we invite you to read two essays written by Buddhist practitioners of color, which offer two perspectives on the intersection between racial justice and our practice:
- Being Mindful of Race by Ruth King
- Your Liberation is on the Line by Rev. angel Kyodo williams
“A central principle of Buddhist ethics is that we practice not for ourselves but for the benefit of all; therefore, the conditioning that perpetuates racial suffering and separation is to be known and uprooted through our practice and our actions. We all have a part to play in the symphony of racial healing."
-Ruth King, African American psycologist & meditation teacher
One way FIMC plans to move forward is by making diversity, inclusion, and equity a top priority. We will educate ourselves on how we can do this skillfully, commit to concrete actions as soon as possible, and announce these actions to our community. If you would like to join us and get involved with these first steps, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
May our work together bring freedom and happiness to all beings everywhere without exception.
May all of us turn upright what has been overturned to dispel the tyranny of racism.
Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community (FIMC) Board of Directors:
Tasha Miller Griffith
Opportunities to Help
For those in our sangha who are at home and looking for meaningful ways to connect and contribute during these challenging times, we would like to offer a few suggestions.
To our healthcare providers and other essential workers, who are working harder than ever, we would like to offer our deep appreciation and thanks.
Opportunities to help
- FIMC is looking for volunteers to assist in hosting Zoom meetings. If you are able to help support the tech side of this, please contact Chris at email@example.com
- If you are willing to give a short dana talk at an online sit (no technical ability required) please contact Tasha at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dharma Relief, a Buddhist organization formed to provide protective gear for medical workers, is seeking both donations and help with coordinating local distribution of masks. For more information please visit https://dharmarelief.org/
- Reaching out to neighbors, friends, and local organizations such as food banks and animal shelters are also wonderful ways help
We hope that this time of disruption can also be an opportunity to deepen our practice, to appreciate our interconnectedness, and to offer our service. We are continuing to gather online every Monday and Thursday evenings, and we have a new gathering on Wednesdays. Everyone is welcome to join us, which now includes anyone with internet or phone access, no matter their physical location. Details of how to connect to each gathering are posted on the main page at http://flagstaffinsight.org/
Wishing you health, safety, and peace,
The FIMC board
Starting today, all future online public meetings hosted by FIMC will use passwords.
Passwords are now enabled for our next Monday meeting on April 20th, 2020 and all other public offerings. Password information is provided in this email and on our website homepage so that participants can easily find the resources needed to join each meeting.
We kindly ask that you familiarize yourself with the information below to help us navigate our implementation of passwords.
Why is FIMC choosing to enable passwords?
It has come to our attention that there are individuals that have been Zoom bombing public meetings and sharing unwanted content via video, screen, chat, etc. Therefore, to reduce the chances of this happening to one of our meetings, FIMC has implemented several protections and is now enabling passwords for all our public offerings.
Please do not share our meeting passwords online.
FIMC asks that if anyone wants to share our offerings online—via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, forums, other websites, etc—we ask they only share the direct link to our website for instructions on connecting, where the meeting information (including password) can be found and not the passwords themselves.
- Website: http://flagstaffinsight.org/
Why shouldn't we share passwords on other sites?
By sharing passwords on other platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, forums), our risk significantly increases.
Why can FIMC share the passwords on its website?
We have implemented code on our website (and in this email) to reduce the chances that hackers/robots can scan our pages to extract this information. This code is designed to require an individual to actually read the password—with the intention of preventing robots extracting this information automatically via code or scripting.
Will the passwords change?
Each weekly meeting has it's own unique password—Monday and Wednesday—and these passwords will not change week to week at this time. We will notify our community via email and website if passwords change in the future.
Having trouble reading the passwords below or on our website?
Please reach out to email@example.com for assistance.