This Week's Events
Monday Aug 22 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Aug 23 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Aug 23 at 7:00 pm. Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation.
Wednesday Aug 24 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Thursday Aug 25 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Friday Aug 26 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Saturday Aug 27 at 9:00 am. Saturday Sit-In: Saturday Sit-In. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Sunday Aug 28 at 8:30 am. Sangha Mamas: Sangha Mamas. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Monday Aug 29 at 6:30 am. Morning Meditation: .
Tuesday Sep 6 at 6:00 pm. Orientation to Insight Meditation. Red Cedar Dharma Hall
Saturday Sep 10 at 9:00 am. Weekend retreat with Thanissaro Bhikkhu .
Sunday Sep 11 at 9:00 am. Weekend retreat with Thanissaro Bhikkhu .
Monday Oct 10. October 10-16, 2016 with James Baraz and Adrienne .
Friday Mar 24. March 24 - April 2, 2017 with Steve Armstrong and .
Monday Oct 9. October 9-15 2017 with Sister Santussika.
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.
David Karma Choephel - "Dharma for Difficult Times"
BIMS will host a special guest visitor to Bellingham on Thursday evening, September 8th, at 7:30 p.m.
David Karma Choephel is a Western monastic in the Tibetan tradition. He is one of the most renowned Tibetan-English translators working today. He has translated many Tibetan texts into English and also serves as an oral translator for important Tibetan teachers including Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche and HH. Karmapa 17. He teaches the dharma widely in Asia and North America. 9/8/16
Two Great Retreat Opportunities in September and October
The Fall will see a non-residential retreat with Thanissaro Bhikkhu (aka Ajaan Geoff) Saturday and Sunday, September 10th and 11th, and a seven-day residential retreat at Camp Samish with James Baraz and Adrianne Ross from Monday October 10th to Sunday October 16th. Use the links to see flyers with the full retreat descriptions and registration forms.
Thanissaro's theme this year will be "Teachings from the Wilderness." The Baraz/Ross retreat will explore "Connecting Body, Mind and Heart."
Note: As of August 22nd the Thanissaro Bhikkhu weekend retreat is full. 7/12/16
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
Teen and 20s Group
The meetings are suspended for the time being. If you would like to help revive the group, please contact Mary Haberman. 11/1/15
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