I feel extremely blessed to have a place to meet weekly in person surrounded by others in the community.
~ Sangha member
Classes are offered by IMCW teachers in D.C., Maryland and northern Virginia. Most are offered on a dana (donation) basis; registration is encouraged for others. You will want to wear comfortable clothing if possible. Please read our article on "Meditation Etiquette" for how to be mindful in class.
ASL interpreting is offered at our Bethesda (Wednesday) and Takoma Park classes from time to time. Assisted listening devices are always available at the Wednesday class, and with advanced notice assisted listening devices are also available at retreats.
Find out more class information on our FAQs page.
Introduction to Meditation Classes
Our introductory classes are available in different formats, such as a single class, half-day or four-part weekly series. They explore, in varying depths, the purpose of meditation and the practice of Vipassana (Insight or mindfulness) meditation. Basic elements of Vipassana include quieting the mind with a concentrative focus on the breath (or other "anchor") and awakening a mindful and compassionate awareness of all dimensions of our experience.
These classes included guided meditation and a dharma talk. Registration is encouraged for some of the introductory classes; others are offered on a dana (donation) basis.
Ongoing Classes: Weekly, Monthly
IMCW ongoing classes offer instruction in Buddhist meditation and talks on the awakening of our natural love and wisdom. While the meditation practices derive from the Buddhist tradition, they are universal in orientation and address spiritual themes of concern to all contemplative traditions.
Ongoing classes generally offer 30-40 minutes of guided meditation, followed a dharma talk. These classes are all offered on a dana (donation) basis. American Sign Language is available at our Takoma Park class and/or our Wednesday night Bethesda class twice each month upon request.
Deepening Practice Program
IMCW’s senior teachers have developed the deepening practice program to help you bring the central teachings of the Buddha more fully into your family, relationships, work, and all areas of your life, so that you can live with greater kindness, awareness, and freedom. Study and practice, informed by assigned reading, regular meditation and daily practice, deepen your commitment to and awareness of Buddhist teachings.
The DSPP forms an important part of IMCW’s Path of Practice, providing a “road map” for individual growth and development in dharma practice. It includes:
- Year of Living Mindfully
- Buddhist Teachings: Special Series
- Sutta Study
Some of these programs require advanced registration.