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.
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.
Buddha’s Teachings and Issues of Cultural Spiritual Bypassing
A Two and a half day Course
June 1 - 3, 2018
Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday
Register By: May 18th, 2018
Spiritual cultural bypassing, as we will be exploring it in this course, is using one’s spiritual practice to avoid or “bypass” unresolved cultural issues such as racism and social injustice. The exploration of this dynamic will be situated in the context of how the Buddha of early Buddhism addressed cultural forms of oppression and will include how cultural spiritual bypassing manifests both collectively and individually; especially within spiritual communities. The course will be a combination of silent meditation and interactive explorations. There will also be time for affinity groups where participants can explore and investigate their experiences of these issues in safety.
Prerequisites: Participants need to have an established silent meditation practice.
Teachers: Sebene Selassie and Brian Lesage.
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!
Freeing the Heart & Mind through Presence and Generosity
A seven-day residential Insight Meditation Retreat
May 5 - 11, 2018
Juniper Well Ranch
Skull Valley, AZ
Register by: March 31st, 2018
This retreat, which is offered through the generosity of others, will focus on cultivating an embodied quality of presence as a way of bringing a deeper sense of freedom and contentment into our lives. Join us for this opportunity to explore the power of mindfulness through silent sitting and walking meditation fully immersed in a silent retreat setting for seven days. In silence we have the space to delve deeply inward and learn to skillfully place the intention to be present with the flow of experience in a way that allows compassion and wisdom to arise. This retreat is designed for beginners and experienced practitioners.
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.
Also, please consider offering a donation to support this retreat based upon generosity. Donations are purely to help with this offering and do not increase your chances of admittance.
Please see our original announcement for more information.