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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.
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Notice: Sit Cancelled
Due to weather, the sit is cancelled for Monday, January 23, 2017. Be warm and be safe.

Next Monday

On Monday, January 5th, at 7PM, there will be a Dharma talk followed by a sitting meditation. Please stay for an optional discussion afterwards, beginning around 8:15PM. Please see Activities & Location for more details and location information.

New Announcements

Meditation Retreat

Finding Freedom through Insight Meditation
A 2-day Vipassana Meditation Retreat
October 13th and 14th, 2018
Saturday & Sunday
Flagstaff, AZ

Register By: By: September 29th, 2018

This retreat offers the unique opportunity to practice Insight Meditation—a simple and direct practice based on moment-to-moment awareness, a technique that opens the heart and clears the mind. This will be an opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness in silence throughout the day—in sitting and walking meditation. In the silence we are freed from much of the daily barrage of stimulus that draws our attention outward, letting us delve deeply inward. Learning to be aware of our experience from a place of stillness and equanimity allows us to see more clearly, and as insight deepens, compassion and wisdom can arise.

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 teacher receives no compensation for his services. Retreatants are encouraged to help Brian lead a life devoted to teaching the dharma by offering donations to him 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.

See original announcement.

World Peace Day

Join us For 10 minutes of silence on September 21 in honor of World Peace Day.

We invite you to sit in silence for 10 minutes at 9:00am (Pacific time) together with others around the world in a synchronized expression of solidarity around the value of peace.  For more information can be found at:

as well as at these other supporting organizations:
Unify.org, Earth Dance, Compassion Games, and the Global Consciousness Project.

Volunteer Opportunities

One of the unique qualities about the FIMC is its commitment to offering all events freely, which allows us to co-create a culture of open-hearted and reciprocal generosity. Within this context, there are a variety of opportunities for volunteers.

Please take a moment to let us know how you would like to contribute to this community by filling out this brief survey.

Thank you for your time and willingness to nourish our community!

Beginning Mindfulness Class

A 6-Week Course

Every Tuesday, Sep 18 - Oct 23

The 2,500 year old practice of mindfulness meditation offers relevant benefits for our modern lives. These benefits can include feeling more calm, as well as being more self aware and resilient. Mindfulness teaches us to live in the present moment, with openness, curiosity, and kindness. Doing this, we can learn to step back from the pressures of our lives and ultimately experience a greater sense of well being and happiness.

This 6 week beginning course introduces simple tools for living a mindful life. Each week a new skill will be taught, practiced in classroom activities and then supplemented through assignments done at home

About the Teacher:
Michelle McClatchie works as a Counselor in Flagstaff. She is a UCLA Certified Mindfulness Teacher and a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She has been living in Flagstaff for over 20 years, enjoys her own meditation practice and any opportunity to be out in nature.

Joining the Course:
Please send an email to michellemcclatchie@protonmail.com or call (928) 793-1007 to register for the class. Please be willing to commit to the entirety of the 6-week course for the cohesiveness of the group.

There is NO FEE for this course. These teachings have been sustained by the 2,500 year old tradition of dana, a Pali word meaning "generosity.” The teacher receives no compensation for her services. Participants are invited to help support FIMC, Bell Garden, and the teacher in a way they feel they can afford through donations. In the act of giving, we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and honor our inter-connectedness.

Bell Garden Buddhist Center
2708 N. Fourth Street, Suite B-3
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

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