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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, December 31, 2018. 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

Study Group: Goodwilled Hunting: A Modest Look into Kamma, Self, and Mindfulness

A three-week dhamma discussion

February 13, 20, 27, 2019
Wednesdays 7pm to 8:00pm

There will be an opportunity for sitting, 6:00 to 6:45 p.m., for those who are able to attend. 
Facilitated By: John Gordon

This three-week collaborative dhamma study is based on the notion that an informed conceptual framework can help to nudge our practice along. We will read (in advance), discuss, and hope to make meaningful (and useful) three articles by Ajahn Sucitto, a Theravada monk in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah.
These articles attempt to tease out what (early) Buddhism might mean by the (sometimes confounding) terms, kamma, self, and mindfulness. With any luck, we might come to some deeper understanding of their relationship to one another. If nothing else, we can cultivate goodwill trying.
The articles by Ajahn Sucitto can be found on his website (ajahnsucitto.org), under “articles.”
Here are links:
Week 1: Kamma, self, and liberation
Week 2: Mindfulness and the relational field
Week 3: Mindfulness: Its friends and relatives

This series will be facilitated by John Gordon, a member of the FIMC sangha. John will have a thought or two but regards these discussions as an occasion for creating a genuine (if temporary) ‘community of interpreters’. For those who might be interested, there will be a kind of follow-up series in April that inquires more specifically into the practice of meditation, using Ajahn Sucitto’s little book, Meditation: An outline. (One can attend either without the other, however.)
Meditation: An outline (Ajahn Sucitto)

There is NO FEE for this study group. The teachings of the Buddha have been sustained by the 2,500 year old tradition of dana, a Pali word meaning "generosity.” Participants are encouraged to help FIMC facilitate such programs as well as the teacher by offering donations at the end of the meeting. 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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Meditation Retreat

The End of Suffering
A 2-day Silent Vipassana Meditation Retreat

March 16 & 17, 2019
Saturday & Sunday
Flagstaff, AZ


Register by March 2, 2019

Do you think the end of suffering is too ambitious a goal for a weekend retreat?  Think again! (Or, maybe, don’t think at all.)
     In this retreat, we seek to uncover what creates our unhappiness and discontent here and now, and how to release ourselves to greater contentment and ease. We use experiences both on and off the cushion to help us find freedom from suffering and touch the peace that comes from knowing ourselves beyond the transient conditions of our lives.
     This retreat provides an opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness in silence throughout the weekend in sitting and walking meditation.  We use the silent space of the retreat to be present with the flow of experience, and the deeper spaciousness and stillness that underlies that experience.  This retreat is designed for beginners and experienced practitioners.

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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!

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