Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m.

River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road (Corner of Whittier Blvd. & River Road), Bethesda, MD

(See class webpage for more information and Mapit. Guest Teachers will be announced on the homepage and on the calendar.)

The Wednesday night meditation class in Bethesda began in 1998 as a small group gathered around Tara Brach in the Fireside Room of River Road Unitarian Church. Since then IMCW's flagship class has grown to a class of about 250-300 meeting weekly in the main sanctuary of the church. Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. The result is a distinctive voice in Western Buddhism, one that offers a wise and caring approach to freeing ourselves and society from suffering.

This class includes 1/2 hour of Vipassana meditation instruction and guided meditation followed by an hour-long dharma talk. This is a large gathering of approximately 250-300 people. Beginners through advanced students are all welcome. There is no registration, but dana (donation) of about $10-15 is suggested to help us cover our expenses, and is gratefully received. Learn more about the Buddhist tradition of dana here. Find IMCW's weekly class calendar here.

Orientation: Every Wednesday night before class, 7-7:30 p.m.

Intro to Meditation: 1rst Wednesday of each month, 6:30-7:25 p.m.

Discussion Group: Every Wednesday after class: 9:10-9:45 p.m.

Blessing Circle: 2nd Wednesday of each month after class, 9:10-9:45 p.m.

American Sign Language interpreting: 3rd Wednesday of each month (please check calendar class page to confirm)

Teen sangha (community): 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, concurrent with adult class, 7:30-9 p.m.

Book Table and Lending Library

In the Buddhist tradition of circulating dharma material, the IMCW lending library is now available at the Book Table every week. You are invited to donate Buddhist-related books, magazines, tapes and CD's to our growing Lending Library. Check out the table, see something of interest, fill in the sign-out sheet and take the material home to enjoy. Items can be returned or donated on any Wednesday night.

Blessing Circle

IMCW offers the Blessing Circle to comfort and support those experiencing loss, grief, illness or any of the "10,000 sorrows" of this life. We gather for a 30-minute service of  metta practice, readings, and music, offering blessings to all in need as we take refuge together in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.

2nd Wednesday of each month after class.

Lost and found

All found items will be kept for one month and then donated to charity. Please ask the Wednesday Night Coordinator at class for your item, or contact IMCW.

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