This Week's Events

Monday Sep 26 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday Sep 27 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Tuesday Sep 27 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.

Wednesday Sep 28 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Thursday Sep 29 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Friday Sep 30 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

Monday Oct 3 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .


Tuesday Oct 4 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Nov 1 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall


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 members in coordination with our Board and Program Committee.

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. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure, pain, fear, joy and all aspects of life 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.


James Baraz and Adrianne Ross Retreat

In October BIMS will host a a seven-day residential retreat at Camp Samish with James Baraz and Adrianne Ross from Monday October 10th to Sunday October 16th. Use the link to see a flyer with the full retreat description and registration form.

The Baraz/Ross retreat will explore "Connecting Body, Mind and Heart."


Breaking the Chain--Ayya Santussika Retreat, November 2016

Ayya Santussika will join BIMS for a non-residential retreat, November 12th and 13th, 2016. Her theme will be 'Breaking the Chain: Focusing on the weakest links in the chain of dependent origination and the way to Nibbana'. See the retreat flyer and registration here. Sister Santussika will also give a public talk on Friday evening, November 11th, at 7 p.m. in the Red Cedar Hall.

Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni is a fully ordained Theravada Buddhist female monastic. Before her ordination, Ayya Santussika lived, studied and practiced in large and small communities of nuns, including Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries of the Ajahn Chah tradition in England.

At present, she is the founding resident of Karuna Buddhist Vihara, a neighborhood monastery in Mt. View CA. In addition to teaching Dhamma, Ayya Santussika serves as a director for Buddhist Global Relief and engages in climate change action.


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.


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 It is impressive! Go look at it for yourself.

It is linked from the Library page in the Resource section of this web site.


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