This Week's Events

Monday Sep 25 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .

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

Tuesday Sep 26 at 6:00 pm. Soup With The Sangha: Sangha Meal.

Tuesday Sep 26 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.

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

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

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

Sunday Oct 1 at 10:00 am. Class: Elementary Level Dhamma Studies. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Monday Oct 2 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .


Saturday Sep 23 at 1:00 pm. Beginning Again-Introduction to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Sunday Oct 1 at 10:00 am. Elementary Level Dhamma Studies. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Tuesday Oct 3 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall

Sunday Nov 5 at 10:00 am. Elementary Level Dhamma Studies. 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 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.


Soup with the Sangha

All are invited to come early on Tuesday September 26th to have a simple meal before the meditation period. Fall Stew with Moroccan spices and salad will be provided. (You may bring additional dishes if you wish, but there should be plenty of stew and bread).

Where: The kitchen at the Dharma Hall (come down the stairs, or you may enter from the back).

When: Between 6:00 and 7:00 PM on September 26th

What: Stew, salad and camaraderie

Donations of a dollar or two to cover the cost of ingredients are appreciated but not required.


Ayya Santussika Retreat at Camp Samish

Meditation Retreat with Sister Santussika

October 9-15, 2017 at Samish Island, Washington

Cost: $410.00 (U.S. Funds), plus Dana to Teachers

"The ground from which the Path arises: From youth to aging, sickness and death"

The beauty and joy of awakening, complete peace and release,do not come from a life of comfort and complacency. They arise out of directly facing the toughest challenges of human life. In this retreat we will explore the territory of deep life experiences, the wake-up calls, beginning in our youth. We will draw upon the tools the Buddha gave us to make skillful use of these profound experiences, the miracles of birth and death and those that lay between. For more information on her interesting history and current projects, we recommend you go to her

website at:

See the retreat flyer and registration form here.


Elementary Level Dhamma Studies

This curriculum is translated into English from the official Thai curriculum which is endorsed by the King of Thailand. You will ponder some Buddhist proverbs, learn (or relearn from a new perspective) words like “evil” (which from a Buddhist perspective means unskillful) or virtue (which actually means skill), or punna or that which cleanses the mind — or something exotic sounding like Bala or states of dhamma power. Overall it is a rich and fun introduction to some classic Buddhist teachings.

We will meditate, contemplate and share our insights. We will also do a little chanting and take precepts, for those who want to.

The organizational meeting will be on Sunday Oct. 1 at 10:00 at the Red Cedar Hall, with plans to meet once a month. If you are interested in attending please email


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.


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