This Week's Events
Monday Jan 16 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Jan 17 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Jan 17 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.
Tuesday Jan 17 at 8:00 pm. Book Club: Book Club - . Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest Street
Wednesday Jan 18 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Jan 19 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Friday Jan 20 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Monday Jan 23 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Feb 7 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Tuesday Mar 7 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Friday Feb 10 at 7:00 pm. Public talk by Heather Martin.
Saturday Feb 11 at 9:00 am. Non-residential retreat with Heather Martin.
Friday Mar 24. March 24 - April 2, 2017 with Steve Armstrong and Heather Martin.
Monday Oct 9. October 9-15 2017 with Sister Santussika.
Friday Nov 10 at 7:00 pm. November 10-12 2017 with Kate Dresher.
Friday Apr 13. April 13-27, 2018 with Pascal Auclair and Heather Martin.
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 BIMS members in coordination with our Board and Program Committee.
BIMS welcomes people of people of all ethnicities, abilities, and gender identities. We work to build skills and heighten our awareness of actions that will make our community safe and welcoming.
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 and 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.
Our address is: Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest Street.
Heather Martin Non-Residential Retreat - February 2017
Heather Martin is returning to Bellingham the weekend of February 11th and 12th to lead a weekend of study and meditation. Heather will slso be giving a public talk Friday, February 10th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The course will be held at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall in Bellingham. The cost is $25 (BIMS pledge members) or $50 (non-members). For more information contact Karen Sheldon at : email@example.com
A flyer and registration form can be found at this link. 12/14/16
BIMS Winter Practice Period
BIMS begins its annual practice period on Tuesday, March 28th. Our practice period is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Buddhist path and to more fully integrate practice into our daily life.
The theme for this year is Renunciation. On five successive Tuesdays there will be a dharma talk on one aspect of this theme, followed by small group discussions. Recordings of the Dharma talks, notes and references will be on the Resources/Practice Period page.
Check the calendar or watch your emails for each Tuesdays topic and presenter.
We hope to see you at the Hall. 12/13/16
Workshop on Welcoming People of All Genders and Sexual Orientations
BIMS wants to welcome people of all colors, ability levels, sexes, genders, and sexual orientations. BIMS recognizes that having the right intention is not enough, and to make the intention a reality we need to build skills and heighten our awareness of actions that can make our spaces feel unsafe and unwelcoming.
BIMS is therefore happy to welcome April Hinkle-Johnson, Queer Youth Project Coordinator of Northwest Youth Services, who will lead a workshop aimed at heightening awareness and building the skills needed to make our community welcoming to people of all genders and sexual orientations. April is not charging a fee, but donations are welcome.
Who: April Hinkle-Johnson, Queer Youth Project Coordinator of Northwest Youth Services
What: Skill-building Workshop on Welcoming People of All Genders and Sexual Orientations
Where: Red Cedar Dharma Hall
When: December 13th, 7:30 to 9:00
We hope to see you all there. 11/25/16
Recorded Talks from Ayya Santussika Retreat
Ayya Santussika joined BIMS for a non-residential retreat, November 12th and 13th, 2016. Her theme was 'Breaking the Chain: Focusing on the weakest links in the chain of dependent origination and the way to Nibbana'.
Recordings of her public talk on Friday night as well as those during the weekend can be found at this link. 11/6/16
Book Club Starting Up in November
On November 1st we will begin a twice-per-month book group, reading Leigh Braisington's Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas.
From a review: "The Buddhist jhanas—successive states of deep focus or meditative absorbtion--demystified. A very practical guidebook for meditators for navigating their way through these states of bliss and concentration." 10/7/16
Through Dhamma Eyes: Training in Awareness and Wisdom
Recordings from the Steve Armstrong and Alexis Santos retreat on June 24th through 26th will be posted at this page. 7/2/16
New library catalog - Wow!
Chris Burkhart and Karen Ssebanakitta just completed cataloging all of the books in the Dharma Hall library! They used a site called LibraryThing.com. It is impressive! Go look at it for yourself.
It is linked from the Library page in the Resource section of this web site. 6/18/15