• Meditation Workshop, Jason Siff, July 25

    Editor posted on Jul 09 2015
    Meditation Workshop, Jason Siff, July 25
    Jason Siff will be teaching in the D.C. area for the first time, offering this one-day introductory Recollective Awareness Meditation workshop. He will draw from his recent book, "Thoughts are not the Enemy: An Innovative Approach to Meditation," which teaches ways to become more tolerant and accepting of one's thoughts and emotions in meditation... Read more
  • An Open Letter to Buddhist Teachers, Monastics, Priests, Leaders, Ministers, Practitioners, and Clergy

    Editor posted on Jul 05 2015
    An Open Letter to Buddhist Teachers, Monastics, Priests, Leaders, Ministers, Practitioners, and Clergy
    As Buddhist teachers and leaders we are deeply shaken and saddened by the intentional and premeditated murder of nine worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015. We send our heart-filled condolences to the families, loved ones, church, and communities, who have experienced this grievous loss.... Read more
  • Mindful Leadership Summit 2015

    Editor posted on Jul 03 2015
    Mindful Leadership Summit 2015

    November 6-8
    Washington, DC

    Listen to speakers such as: Roshi Joan Halifax, Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in New Mexico; Richard Davidson, known as a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain; and David Gelles, business reporter for the New York Times and the author of "Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Business from the Inside Out."

    You are invited to the 2nd annual Mindful Leadership Summit being held in the Washington, DC area...

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  • The Power of Loving-Kindness

    Hugh Byrne posted on Jul 03 2015
    The Power of Loving-Kindness

    Just before he began to sing ‘Amazing Grace’ at the end of his eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, slain pastor of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, President Obama reflected that what we need most in these difficult times is “an open heart. That more than any particular policy or analysis is what’s called upon right now.”

    The president’s words resonate deeply with the Buddha’s teaching of loving-kindness, a quality that is described as ‘boundless’ and ‘immeasurable’ because there’s no limit to the kindness and love we can feel for ourselves and others, and no boundary to those whom we can include in our wishes and intentions for well-being and freedom.... (More)

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  • Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

    Anne Administrator posted on Jun 24 2015

    Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains why white people implode when talking about race:

    I am white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture. But mainstream sources -- schools, textbooks, media -- don't provide us with the multiple perspectives we need. Yes, we will develop strong emotionally laden opinions, but they will not be informed opinions. Our socialization renders us racially illiterate....

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  • Tragedy in Charleston

    Anne Administrator posted on Jun 23 2015
    Tragedy in Charleston

    As Buddhist students and teachers we are deeply shaken and saddened by the murder of nine worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. With heavy hearts we send our deep condolences to the families, church, and community that have experienced this grievous loss.         

    We are particularly pained knowing that this incident of violence occurs not in isolation but as part of deeply engrained patterns of racial oppression and injustice in the United States. These patterns are rooted in the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow laws and violent...

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  • June 24 Kirtan with Gaura Vani and Visvambhar of the Juggernauts

    Editor posted on Jun 10 2015
    June 24 Kirtan with Gaura Vani and Visvambhar of the Juggernauts

    Please join us during Tara Brach's Wednesday, June 24 class in Bethesda for a special event: Kirtan with Gaura Vani and Visvambhar of the Juggernauts. During a slightly extended class, Tara will offer a  ​regular guided meditation, and a shortened talk to allow for music.

    Before the Kirtan chanting begins...

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  • Beloved Community: Healing What Separates Us

    Editor posted on May 19 2015
    Beloved Community: Healing What Separates Us

    BuddhaFest panel, Sunday, June 14, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

    In the spirit of MLK's vision of “beloved community", we look at how we can make our own Buddhist communities more inclusive. This program, "Beloved Community: Healing What Separates Us," explores how issues of separate-ness connect deeply both with our collective spiritual journey, and with our own personal paths of awakening...

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  • BuddhaFest: June 11-14

    Editor posted on May 02 2015
    BuddhaFest: June 11-14

    Join us at BuddhaFest as we screen the new film PLANETARY, followed by a discussion with director Guy Reid and two members of the cast, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei and Buddhist dharma teacher and comedian Wes Nisker.

    We have forgotten...

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  • Nepal Disaster Relief

    Editor posted on May 01 2015
    Nepal Disaster Relief

    We at IMCW are holding the people of Nepal in our hearts and our prayers following last week's devastating earthquake, in which over 6,000 people died and innumerable others have been injured and left homeless.

    The New York Times has published an article that may interest you and includes links to a number of respected groups that are responding to the tragedy by helping provide food, water, shelter and medical aid....

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