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  • Mindful Leadership Summit, November 14-16, 2014 by Editor

    UPDATE: Regular seats are sold out. Extra seats have been added. Register today before they're gone! 

    There is an alternative to just leading from the top down. It's leading from the inside out. That's what mindful leadership is all about. It's about recognizing that your leadership is in service to others. It's about creating the space in your life to cultivate self-awareness and compassion, and leading with authenticity in a way that inspires others....

  • Carolyn Hobbs, Guest teacher Arlington & Bethesda by Editor

    On October 27 and 29, author and teacher Carolyn Hobbs will be guest teaching at IMCW's Arlington and Bethesda classes. She will be talking about her new book, Free Yourself: Ten Life-Changing Powers of Your Wise Heart:

    Though the voice of our heart may be buried beneath the shouts of our ego and the clamors of our worries, our heart already has all the characteristics of the person we want to be in the world -- it's trusting, curious, aware, resourceful, compassionate, kind, grateful, forgiving, truthful, and peaceful. And if we manage to listen deeply, we can access these traits and the strengths they bring....

  • Focus Groups, Family Mindfulness by Editor

    If you have a child between the ages of 5-12 and practice mindfulness in any way with family members, please consider joining us on Sunday, October 19 in Arlington or Sunday, November 16 in Tenleytown to participate in a study on family mindfulness. Your participation would involve completing a brief questionnaire and having a group discussion with other parents about mindfulness practices in families....


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  • Mindful Leadership Summit, November 14-16, 2014

    Editor posted on Oct 22 2014
    Mindful Leadership Summit, November 14-16, 2014

    UPDATE: Regular seats are sold out. Extra seats have been added. Register today before they're gone! 

    There is an alternative to just leading from the top down. It's leading from the inside out. That's what mindful leadership is all about. It's about recognizing that your leadership is in service to others. It's about creating the space in your life to cultivate self-awareness and compassion, and leading with authenticity in a way that inspires others....

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  • Carolyn Hobbs, Guest teacher Arlington & Bethesda

    Editor posted on Oct 13 2014
    Carolyn Hobbs, Guest teacher Arlington & Bethesda
    On October 27 and 29, author and teacher Carolyn Hobbs will be guest teaching at IMCW's Arlington and Bethesda classes. She will be talking about her new book, Free Yourself: Ten Life-Changing Powers of Your Wise Heart:

    Though the voice of our heart may be buried beneath the shouts of our ego and the clamors of our worries, our heart already has all the characteristics of the person we want to be in the world -- it's trusting, curious, aware, resourceful, compassionate, kind, grateful, forgiving, truthful, and peaceful. And if we manage to listen deeply, we can access these traits and the strengths they bring....
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  • Focus Groups, Family Mindfulness

    Editor posted on Oct 10 2014
    Focus Groups, Family Mindfulness
    If you have a child between the ages of 5-12 and practice mindfulness in any way with family members, please consider joining us on Sunday, October 19 in Arlington or Sunday, November 16 in Tenleytown to participate in a study on family mindfulness. Your participation would involve completing a brief questionnaire and having a group discussion with other parents about mindfulness practices in families.... Read more
  • State of the Sangha Report FY2014

    Editor posted on Oct 03 2014
    State of the Sangha Report FY2014

    During fiscal year 2014 (July 2013-June 2014) IMCW has continued to grow in a vibrant way, and is flourishing on several new fronts. Over the past year the number of visitors on IMCW’s website—our virtual community--has grown by 20%, to over 94,000 people. There they have found new dharma talks and guided meditations, more teachers, more classes and daylongs. The new teachers’ collective has been working with the IMCW board, staff and community volunteers to strengthen established programs and add new programs this year to address the needs of our members....

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  • Minds, Inc.: Mindfulness in DC-area Schools

    Editor posted on Sep 29 2014
    Minds, Inc.: Mindfulness in DC-area Schools

    Minds Incorporated is a D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming schools and their communities into conscious, connected, and compassionate learning environments by teaching mindfulness and other scientifically validated mind-body practices to students, teachers, and parents. During the 2013-2014 academic year our mindfulness programming reached over 1,800 students in 10 different local schools and over 3,300 adults in 25 different school communities and youth-serving organizations.

    Interest continues to grow, and we are expecting the number of adult workshops (school parents, administrators, teachers, counselors) to double for the coming year... Read more
  • Get Involved with Earth Care Week, October 5-12

    Kristin Barker posted on Sep 19 2014
    Get Involved with Earth Care Week, October 5-12

    IMCW is invited to join sanghas everywhere participating in the second annual Earth Care Week, October 5–12. Earth Care Week is an opportunity to come together with our sanghas (community), Spiritual Friends groups, and other mindfulness groups to both celebrate the natural world and address the major environmental issues of our time, including climate change....

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  • Online Conversations: Mindfulness and Climate Change

    Editor posted on Sep 17 2014
    Online Conversations: Mindfulness and Climate Change

    As part of Earth Care Week this October, One Earth Sangha and the Dharma Teachers International Collaborative on Climate Change are launching a set of five online conversations with leading dharma and mindfulness teachers such as Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield and Ruth King. This introductory series will be followed by a three-month online interactive program for aspiring “EcoSattvas” beginning Earth Day, April 22.

    We invite you to join a conversation as we explore the impact of climate change, its underlying causes, and how dharma practice can inform our personal and collective response.... Read more
  • Awaken with IMCW this Fall!

    Editor posted on Sep 12 2014
    Awaken with IMCW this Fall!
    The fall of 2014 offers many opportunities for awakening heart and mind. Weekly classes, daylongs, retreats and special programs are plentiful to steep yourself in the dharma; mentoring, Spiritual Friends groups and volunteering offer opportunity for sangha (community).

    On October 5-November 2, join us for a series of online conversations on “Mindfulness and Climate Action”. It will be offered on the web, free to all....

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  • Creating a Mindful Nation, Sep. 18

    Sylvia Boorstein posted on Sep 02 2014
    Creating a Mindful Nation, Sep. 18

    Creating A Mindful Nation, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. is an innovative peace movement to renew vital dialogue on essential issues. Congressman Tim Ryan, Tara Brach and I will explore how to peacefully coexist in a polarized world with a shakuhachi flute intro by Senior Pastor Charlie Parker.

    I grew up a 1940s Jewish household committed to "tickun olam," healing the world....
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  • Supporting Young Bodhisattvas

    La Sarmiento posted on Aug 29 2014
    Supporting Young Bodhisattvas
    Three and one-half years ago, the Universe challenged me to face my fears. I had finished teaching my first residential weekend retreat with Tara and Cheri Maples when I was approached by a young woman named Jessica Morey. She said, “La, I love the way you teach. I think you’d be great with kids. Do you have any experience working with teenagers?” I told her that not only did I not have any experience working with teens, but that I was quite afraid of them.... Read more
  • Mindfulness and Climate Action: Online Conversations

    Editor posted on Aug 28 2014
    Mindfulness and Climate Action: Online Conversations

    As part of Earth Care Week this October, the Dharma Teachers International Collaborative on Climate Change and One Earth Sangha will launch a set of five online conversations with leading dharma and mindfulness teachers. The first panel, scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 12:30-2 p.m., includes a panel with Tara Brach, Ruth King and Jack Kornfield....

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  • Racial Healing Weekend

    Editor posted on Aug 18 2014
    Racial Healing Weekend

    Saturday, August 30-Monday, September 1

    Washington, DC 

    What would it be like to step into an exploration of culture, and our placement within it, as white folks and poc folks together? Could we take honest stock of the legacy of white supremacy without losing ourselves in shame, rage, or grief? What would it be like to trace the connection between racism and ecocide, and look for patterns of life-sustaining culture deep within our respective, ancestral pasts?

    Engaging in the work that reconnects as taught by Joanna Macy, we will move systematically through the spiral to engage our unique personal and ancestral experiences....

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  • Jack Kornfield Daylong: Buddhist Psychology

    Editor posted on Aug 04 2014
    Jack Kornfield Daylong: Buddhist Psychology

    Join Jack Kornfield at a daylong workshop to benefit the IMCW Mindfulness in Schools programs and IMCW scholarship fund. The renowned clinical psychologist, teacher, and author will lead a day of teachings and mindful meditations on love, consciousness, healing and the nature of mind. Based on the fundamental principles of Buddhist psychology, this day-long training combines practical examples, teaching stories, case studies and visionary wisdom. Explore techniques...

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  • Mindful Leadership Summit

    Editor posted on Jul 23 2014
    Mindful Leadership Summit

    IMCW joins Mindful magazine and the Garrison Institute to sponsor the groundbreaking Mindful Leadership Summit, being held November 14-16 at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA. The conference includes keynote talks, main stage presentations, workshops and mindfulness practice, as well as opportunities for making personal connections and building community through small roundtables, organic group discussions and social events....

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  • Tara Brach Class Q&A July 23

    Editor posted on Jul 07 2014
    Tara Brach Class Q&A July 23
    Dear IMCW friends,

    On Wednesday, July 23, Tara will be leading a guided meditation and then responding to questions from the IMCW community. While she will be inviting questions from those present at class, she will also respond to questions that you send via email ahead of time. If you have an inquiry about meditation practice, or about the teachings that Tara explores...

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  • Awaken with IMCW this summer!

    Editor posted on Jul 02 2014
    Awaken with IMCW this summer!

    You can start right where you are, in the midst of your life, and find peace in any circumstance. (Tara Brach) 

    Join IMCW this summer for a daylong benefit by Jack Kornfield, retreats with our guiding teachers, a nature walk on Sugarloaf Mountain or a mindfulness gathering for children and their families. Many different daylongs and special events are being offered this summer (as well as our regular weekly classes and monthly sangha meetings!) to help us awaken our natural insight, love and wisdom...

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  • Family Mindfulness Gathering

    Jennifer Jordan posted on Jul 01 2014
    Family Mindfulness Gathering

    Come join us for an afternoon of family summer fun! The Arlington & Tenleytown Family Meditation classes are hosting an outdoor mindfulness gathering on Sunday, July 20th from 4-6 p.m. in the Cabin John/ Carderock area. Activities are likely to include meditation in nature, a mindful walk in the woods, labyrinth-building, a possible dip in a swimming hole...

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  • Yearlong: Bringing Mindfulness to Life

    Editor posted on Jun 18 2014
    Yearlong: Bringing Mindfulness to Life
    IMCW teacher Trisha Stotler, along with master journaling instructor Deborah Ross and yoga instructor Corinne Krill, are now accepting applications for the second year of the course called "Bringing Mindfulness to Life". The course combines meditation and in-depth dharma study with structured journaling exercises and movement to create an environment that supports both the individual and the group as a whole. Read more
  • Extraordinary Personal Stories June 19-22 at BuddhaFest

    Editor posted on Jun 06 2014
    Extraordinary Personal Stories June 19-22 at BuddhaFest
    Allan Lokos was on a plane departing from a Burma airport on Christmas Day 2012 when it crashed and burst into flames. Two people died. Alan suffered severe injuries, and doctors in four countries all said he would not survive. Yet, he not only survived, but has thrived, and he'll share the story of how various Buddhist practices that have been a part of his life for many years helped him to do that.

    That's one of several powerful stories that will be told at this year's 5th anniversary of BuddhaFest. The festival, held in Rosslyn, VA, features four days of films, talks, meditation and music.... Read more
  • Guest Teacher Sister Sayalay Susila

    Editor posted on May 25 2014
    Guest Teacher Sister Sayalay Susila
    IMCW welcomes Sister Susila as guest teacher for three classes in June: the POC & LGBTQ sanghas (special class) on June 7, Takoma Park on June 8, and Capitol Hill on June 9.

    Born and educated in Malaysia, Sayalay Susila ordained as a Theravada Buddhist nun in 1991 at the age of 28, and has trained with two renowned Burmese meditation masters–the Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita and the Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw, under whose guidance she continues to practice today....

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  • Mindful Memorial Day May 23-24, 2014

    Editor posted on May 22 2014
    Mindful Memorial Day May 23-24, 2014

    Mindful Memorial Day events will take place over the course of two days at Arlington National Cemetery. On Friday, May 23, volunteers will meet at the Women's Memorial to hang 6,805 yellow ribbons in remembrance of all fallen warriors. After completion of the ribbon memorial, CAMunity volunteers will conduct informal training sessions on the practice of mindfulness. 

    Through increased familiarity with mindfulness practice, Armor Down hopes to build support for a bill currently before Congress (H.R. 3516) that would encourage the use of CAM techniques and other approaches to wellness and preventive care at....

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  • Tara Brach class Q&A May 14

    Editor posted on May 08 2014
    Tara Brach class Q&A May 14

    Dear IMCW friends--On Wed May 14, Tara will be leading a guided meditation and then responding to questions from the IMCW community. While she will be inviting questions from those present at class, she will also respond to questions that you send via email ahead of time.

    If you have an inquiry about meditation practice...

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  • Ram Dass, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzburg and Dan Harris Join BuddhaFest June 19-22

    Editor posted on Apr 27 2014
    Ram Dass, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzburg and Dan Harris Join BuddhaFest June 19-22
    It's the 5th anniversary of BuddhaFest, and a strong theme of generosity and service has emerged for this year’s festival. Tickets are now on sale for this year’s festival of films, talks, meditation and music, being held June 19-22 at the Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA.

    The first film is “Blood Brother”, a vivid portrayal of someone who, though not a Buddhist, is walking the Bodhisattva’s path. Perhaps the most generous gift is to give of ourselves, and that’s what the film’s subject, Rocky Braat, does when he walks into an orphanage for kids with HIV and AIDS in a remote village in India... Read more
  • BuddhaFest Announces 5th Anniversary Program June 19-22

    Editor posted on Apr 04 2014
    BuddhaFest Announces 5th Anniversary Program June 19-22
    Early bird passes are now on sale for BuddhaFest's 5th anniversary festival, which will be held June 19-22 at the Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, in the Rosslyn area of Arlington. BuddhaFest is four days of films, talks, meditation and music, inspired by the principles of mindfulness and compassion.

    On Saturday, there will be talks with Gelek Rimpoche, Roshi Joan Halifax and Tara Brach. In the afternoon, BuddhaFest partners with the International Campaign for Tibet...

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  • New Classes at IMCW: Tyson's Corner

    Editor posted on Mar 28 2014
    New Classes at IMCW: Tyson's Corner
    The energy of expansion is palpable in Tyson’s Corner, Va., from the growth in business, retail and living space to the long awaited arrival of Metro’s new Silver Line. IMCW’s weekly drop-in classes there seem to be following suit, with a significant increase in attendance in the Sunday morning class since its formation in 2009. To accommodate requests for an additional, after-work class, IMCW recently began a Monday evening sangha as well.... Read more
  • Loveland, Opening at the Arena Stage March 18

    Editor posted on Mar 11 2014
    Loveland, Opening at the Arena Stage March 18

    Ann Randolph's critically acclaimed play, Loveland, premiers at the Arena Stage on March 18. Loveland follows the journey of irreverent oddball, Frannie Potts, as she flies cross-country to attend a family member’s funeral. She breaks down while soaring over the nation’s heartland and Randolph brilliantly portrays a plane full of hilarious characters in a show that is both achingly funny and achingly poignant....

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  • Teaching Meditation to Inmates: the IMCW "Insight on the Inside" Program

    Editor posted on Mar 07 2014
    Teaching Meditation to Inmates: the IMCW "Insight on the Inside" Program
    In a windowless room lighted by fluorescent bulbs, eight men in matching navy blue outfits are silently sitting in a circle, waiting for me to speak.

    Glancing around nervously, I begin. “Take a deep breath, and let your eyes close,” I tell them, doing the same myself after a moment. “Notice how you’re holding yourself; is your spine straight but relaxed, your shoulders loose, your face soft?”

    I take a peek: Everyone’s eyes are closed. Sitting in hard plastic chairs, some concentrate intensely; others slouch. But they all look serious....

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  • Sacred Journey Intro Workshop and Yearlong Program: Being Present with Aging, Illness and Dying

    Editor posted on Mar 03 2014
    Sacred Journey Intro Workshop and Yearlong Program:  Being Present with Aging, Illness and Dying

    The Sacred Journey program is for participants who are deeply curious about or have experience with issues related to aging, illness, or dying. Please join our Introductory Workshop: Sacred Journey-Being Present with Aging, Illness and Dying this Saturday, March 8. This workshop is for anyone who wants to know more about the yearlong Sacred Journey program which begins November 7, and will also stand alone as a path to one’s own natural and genuine compassion.

    The deadline for the Sacred Journey yearlong program application is March 16.

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  • IMCW Offers Classes for Teens to Develop Mindfulness Practice

    Editor posted on Feb 10 2014
    IMCW Offers Classes for Teens to Develop Mindfulness Practice

    If you could have learned mindfulness during your teen years, how would that had made a difference in those difficult years? In school teens are focused on grades and academics, yet most schools and communities fail to focus on one of the most important aspects of learning: how to care for and nurture the mind.

    Beginning on March 1, we are offering a new 6-week class series in Washington, DC: Mindfulness for Teens: Stop, Breathe and Be (Based on the .b Curriculum) with Silvia Garcia Pereira and Glen Harrison. Teens ages 14 to 18 will learn how to use mindfulness...

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  • Krishna Das Launches New Album Tour in DC on March 26

    Editor posted on Jan 27 2014
    Krishna Das Launches New Album Tour in DC on March 26
    BuddhaFest presents Krishna Das in Concert on Wednesday, March 26 at the Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC. The show is sponsored by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Early Bird tickets are now available at BuddhaFest.org.

    KD's new album, Kirtan Wallah, is being released in March... Read more
  • Awakening Joy 2013 Course with James Baraz

    Editor posted on Jan 13 2014
    Awakening Joy 2013 Course with James Baraz

    Awakening Joy is a 5-month course with a different theme every other week. Themes such as mindfulness, gratitude and intention are explored with talks by leading experts, accompanying audio, video and written materials, and a series of supporting practices to deepen insight. Participants can access the course at anytime, from anywhere, and engage with fellow participants...

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  • Sacred Journey: Being Present with Aging, Illness and Dying

    Editor posted on Jan 05 2014
    Sacred Journey:  Being Present with Aging, Illness and Dying
    IMCW is pleased to announce Sacred Journey: Being Present with Aging, Illness and Dying, a deepening-practice program for dedicated practitioners. During the program, participants who are deeply curious about or have experience with issues related to aging, illness, or dying will come together to attend monthly retreats in the DC area from November 2014 to June 2015.

    According to Tara Brach, “Sacred Journey is a rare opportunity to join with others in spiritual community, and dedicate yourself to exploring teachings and practices that can guide you to the loving presence that is your true home....

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  • Classes canceled, January 1

    Editor posted on Dec 29 2013
    Classes canceled, January 1
    Please note that most classes on December 31 and all classes on January 1 are canceled due to the holidays. If you like, please visit our Talks pages for guided meditations and dharma (teaching) talks, and see our Calendar pages for lots of classes and new daylongs that have been posted for 2014. We hope to see you there.

    We wish you a happy holiday and all blessings for the New Year. Read more
  • BuddhaFest brings Krishna Das Back to DC for Another Affair of the Heart

    Editor posted on Dec 18 2013
    BuddhaFest brings Krishna Das Back to DC for Another Affair of the Heart
    Krishna Das kicks off his new tour in Washington, DC on March 26, featuring lots of music from his soon-to-be-released album. Early Bird tickets are now available at BuddhaFest.org.

    If you were at the Krishna Das concert last spring, you know how wonderful the energy felt in the theater. The sweet, soulful sounds of the instruments, combined with Krishna Das's unmistakable voice, sent out beautiful vibrations that touched hearts deeply....

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  • Board Profile: Jim Regan

    Editor posted on Dec 11 2013
    Board Profile: Jim Regan

    Besides leading me to IMCW and my marriage, these tributaries of my life have carried me to several other places relevant to my service on the IMCW board. I am an Organization Development consultant, which means I help people wake up to the possibilities of working together more mindfully and collaboratively to get important work done. As a member of All Souls Church, Unitarian, in Washington, DC, I am fortunate to experience a diverse urban spiritual community with a wide range of ministries and a vibrant commitment to social justice. And as the father of a young adult with autism, I am blessed with daily opportunities to learn about the dignity and talents of people with disabilities, and about the fears and prejudices I carry....

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  • Week of December 9 WEATHER

    Editor posted on Dec 09 2013
    Week of December 9 WEATHER
    Due to inclement weather this week, classes may be canceled. As long as the teachers and staff have electricity we will be posting class cancellations as they are needed. Please check the class page on the website before you leave for class. And please, stay safe if the roads look risky. We have audio and video dharma talks and guided meditations available on the website Talks pages by Tara, Hugh, Jonathan and many guest teachers. If your class is canceled this week, we invite you to listen to our audio offerings. Read more
  • Tara Brach's Bethesda Class on December 4 Canceled

    Editor posted on Dec 01 2013
    Tara Brach's Bethesda Class on December 4 Canceled

    Every December, River Road Unitarian holds a huge bazaar. As they need the sanctuary space, our Wednesday night class is canceled for one week. Our monthly Introduction to Meditation will be moved to next week, on December 11 at 6:30 p.m.

    Remember that our special annual Solstice class will be held on December 18 in Bethesda at Tara's regular class. We will have a candle-lighting ceremony, music, guided meditation and a short dharma talk. There will also be festive goodies at the tea table after class.

    If you are available at any of Tara's December or January classes... Read more
  • What Is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

    Shell Fischer posted on Nov 20 2013
    What Is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

    The MBSR series is intended to help people establish their own unique mindfulness practice, teach them techniques that can help address physical and emotional symptoms made worse by stress, and increase their peace and quality of life. The classes are intimate, highly experiential, and focus on helping students understand the various mental causes of stress (i.e. suffering), how it affects the mind and body, and how to work with it through mindfulness to reduce its effects. And, while the more spiritually-based teachings that involve topics such as ethics, kindness, and compassion are taught, the modern science around the practice of mindfulness meditation tends to be strongly emphasized....

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  • Response to Suffering in the Philippines

    IMCW Guiding Teachers posted on Nov 13 2013
    Response to Suffering in the Philippines
    Hi Friends,

    As a Filipino-American, seeing the heart-wrenching images of loss and devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan in the central Philippines evokes a profound sadness and deep compassion for my people and a greater realization of our interdependence in the world community. I honor and respect the depth of and refuge in the faith of the Filipino people to carry them through this catastrophic time.... Read more
  • IMCW's State of the Sangha 2013

    Editor posted on Nov 03 2013
    IMCW's State of the Sangha 2013

    Fiscal year 2013, extending from July of 2012 through June of 2012, saw significant growth in IMCW: we added new teachers, events, programs and yogis. We also opened a new meditation center in Washington – the IMCW Center for Mindful Living, began the MINDS program bringing meditation to DC schools, and expanded the prison dharma program...

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  • Learn to Teach Meditation to Teenagers

    Editor posted on Oct 28 2013
    Learn to Teach Meditation to Teenagers
    iBme is hosting .b Teacher Training in partnership with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) November 9-12 in the Washington, DC area.

    This course will provide an in-depth training in how to teach mindfulness to high school students using the dynamic and engaging .b curriculum. Participants will learn about some of the theoretical underpinnings for the curriculum and mindfulness practices that enable more effective classroom teaching....

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  • Susan Piver, "The Wisdom of a Broken Heart"

    Editor posted on Oct 24 2013
    Susan Piver, "The Wisdom of a Broken Heart"
    Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart: How to turn the pain of a breakup into healing, insight, and new love, spoke at Tara Brach's Wednesday night class in Bethesda last night, October 24. We apologize that the publisher was not able to send us the books that we hoped for. However, you can... Read more
  • 2013 Special Daylong with Rick Hanson

    Editor posted on Oct 16 2013
    2013 Special Daylong with Rick Hanson

    Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence

    Sat. October 19, 2013, 9:30 am-5 pm at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, MD

    IMCW invites you to attend this special daylong with Rick Hanson, Ph.D., neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha's Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. This workshop will present the four simple HEAL steps of taking in the good and creating lasting neural resources. We'll explore how to use these methods to increase learning outcomes, build confidence, focus attention, lower anxiety, and hardwire happiness into the brain....

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  • MINDS Seed Campaign

    Editor posted on Oct 07 2013
    MINDS Seed Campaign
    Minds Incorporated is bringing together the region’s best teachers of mindfulness, yoga, creative arts, and other contemplative practices to transform our schools by teaching mindfulness to our students.
    • 1 in 5 teens will experience depression before adulthood. 
    • 500,000 young adults will attempt suicide this year.
    • 8,000 teens drop out of school each day.
    • How many do you think know about mindfulness? 
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  • Spirituality + Emotions: Awakening to the Wisdom of Your Heart

    Editor posted on Sep 30 2013
    Spirituality + Emotions: Awakening to the Wisdom of Your Heart

    BuddhaFest presents Spirituality + Emotions, a special daylong program exploring the power of emotions and their role in our daily lives this Saturday, October 12. The event features the Washington, DC area premiere of the film Tears of the Buddha, as well as talks, meditation and music. It is sponsored by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and takes place at the Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA.

    Teachers Tara Brach, Judith Blackstone and Jon Bernie join film director Joel Lesko for a panel discussion following the film. They also present individual teachings about emotions.... Read more
  • Earth Care Week 2013

    Tara Brach posted on Sep 17 2013
    Earth Care Week 2013
    September 28 - October 7 with other events spanning September 23-December 9

    During the first week of October, Earth Care Week will bring us together to both celebrate our natural world and address the major environmental issues of our time, including climate change. 

    On Oct. 2, Tara will be giving a talk at her Wednesday night class in Bethesda addressing the theme of healing our planet, followed by some small group discussions. Several other IMCW classes and sanghas in the DC metro area will ...

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  • Center for Mindful Living Open House this Weekend!

    Editor posted on Sep 13 2013
    Center for Mindful Living Open House this Weekend!
    IMCW’s Center for Mindful Living (4708 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200, NW, DC) is having an “Open House” this Sunday, September 15, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

    Please come, if you can, and bring family and friends to share friendship and food! We’re joining with our building partners on this Open House – LiL Omm Yoga Studio and Noya Chiropractic – to highlight our shared commitment to providing a welcoming place dedicated to health and well-being.... Read more
  • Cultivating Resilience: An evening with Tara Brach and U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan

    Editor posted on Sep 06 2013
    Cultivating Resilience: An evening with Tara Brach and U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan

    How mindfulness training can benefit students and the adults who nurture them

    Monday, October 7, 7:30 p.m.
    Walt Whitman High School Auditorium
    7100 Whittier Blvd, Bethesda, MD

    Tara Brach and Tim Ryan will explore the growing body of empirical and anecdotal evidence on the benefits of mindfulness for youth, educators and parents. You will be invited to explore meditation practice first hand and hear how Whitman plans to incorporate mindfulness practices into the school day.

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  • New Center for Mindful Living Website is Live!

    Editor posted on Aug 30 2013
    New Center for Mindful Living Website is Live!
    IMCW's Center for Mindful Living has a new website! Please see it here, at www.living-mindfully.org.

    You can see the available classes, learn how to rent space, or simply come in for a quiet sit during the morning meditation class. You will also find acupuncture, massage, MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and yoga, as well as meditation classes and daylongs.

    We hope to see you there!

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  • Building Awareness Around Race & Privilege

    Editor posted on Aug 04 2013
    Building Awareness Around Race & Privilege
    Over the weekend of September 6-8, IMCW will host educator and racial justice advocate Eleanor Hancock for an innovative workshop entitled “Waking Up to Race: White Identity and the Value of Racial Awareness”. This three-day, intensive training is the continuation of a four-part series designed for participants who identify as white.

    The goal of the series is for white practitioners to build greater awareness and sensitivity to issues of race and privilege, all in support of IMCW’s larger intention to be a compassionate, cohesive community that welcomes and nurtures diversity in all its forms....


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  • BuddhaFest Presents Special Program on Emotions with Tara Brach

    Editor posted on Aug 01 2013
    BuddhaFest Presents Special Program on Emotions with Tara Brach
    A special daylong event exploring the power of emotions, and looking at their role in our daily lives. If what we’re looking for is peace, serenity and enlightenment, how do we relate to the myriad of raw and challenging emotions that arise along the way?

    The day opens with Joel Lesko’s thought-provoking new film, TEARS OF THE BUDDHA. Joel interviews a dozen Buddhist, non-dual oriented teachers, including Gangaji and Eli Jaxon-Bear, to find out how their teachings apply in daily life.... Read more
  • Building Awareness around Race & Privilege

    Editor posted on Jul 27 2013
    Building Awareness around Race & Privilege

    On Sunday, Aug. 4 from 2-5:30 p.m., IMCW will host educator and racial justice advocate Eleanor Hancock for an innovative workshop entitled, “Waking Up to Race: White Identity and the Value of Racial Awareness”. 

    This half-day introductory training is the first in a four-part series. It is designed for white practitioners to build greater awareness and sensitivity to issues of race and privilege, all in support of IMCW’s larger intention to be a compassionate, cohesive community that welcomes and nurtures diversity in all its forms....

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  • Imagine if Mindfulness was a way of life, instead of a class...

    Editor posted on Jul 10 2013
    Imagine if Mindfulness was a way of life, instead of a class...
    When the meditation class we’ve taken ends, or our practice seems to hit a plateau, it’s easy to fall back into our old, unconscious habit of living life on auto-pilot. Imagine the possibilities if you could continue to deepen your experience of mindfulness in a supportive setting, with a group of like-minded people, for an entire year.

    We're pleased to announce that a team of committed and experienced instructors have come together to guide you through this year-long journey of exploration and discovery...Bringing Mindfulness to Life....

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  • Welcome New Board Members

    Editor posted on Jun 30 2013
    Welcome New Board Members
    IMCW Board members are volunteers who serve terms of one to three years, helping to steward the organization in such areas as community outreach, diversity, fundraising and program development. We're pleased to welcome seven new members to the Board beginning this July. They bring a wealth of talent, energy and passion for sharing the dharma, both in our local sanghas and in our virtual community that extends far beyond the DC area. Please help us welcome them!

    We would also like to thank outgoing board member Gabriel Riera for his work on the IMCW board over the past several years. He will be missed.
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  • One Earth Sangha: A Buddhist Response to Climate Change

    Kristin Barker posted on May 21 2013
    One Earth Sangha: A Buddhist Response to Climate Change

    A group of Insight meditation practitioners in the Washington, D.C. area are creating a new sangha in response to the growing threat of climate change. Our mission is to create a community of teachers and practitioners to support one another in awakening and responding to this and other threats to our shared home.

    Beginning this summer, One Earth Sangha will gather, share and cultivate the dharma perspective on climate change. Through our website, www.1earthsangha.org, we will give sangha members ways to connect and support one another in practicing wise response....

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  • Join us for BuddhaFest 2013

    Editor posted on May 05 2013
    Join us for BuddhaFest 2013

    The fourth annual BuddhaFest will be here soon! We hope you’ll join us June 20-23 for another wonderful four days of films, talks, meditation and music. This year you’ll be treated to some favorite teachers, and introduced to a few you may not know. The festival will be held at Artisphere in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, VA....

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  • Planting the Seeds: The Power of Mindfulness

    Editor posted on Apr 29 2013
    Planting the Seeds: The Power of Mindfulness
    A film for children, parents and educators

    Please consider supporting "Planting Seeds," based on the book 'Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh & The Plum Village Community. A flexible funding campaign is underway to help Plum Village complete this film....

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  • Science & Spirituality: Awakening the Mind-Body Connection

    Editor posted on Apr 14 2013
    Science & Spirituality: Awakening the Mind-Body Connection
    Benefit for the Am Kolel Retreat Center
    with Hugh Byrne and Candace Pert

    Sunday, April 28, 3-6 p.m.
    River Road Unitarian Church, Bethesda, MD

    Hugh Byrne will teach about "Meditation: Training Your Mind Can Improve Your Brain." Candance Pert will talk about the "Science of Conciousness and Molecules of Emotion." There will also be a healing sound concert by Eli Ammerman and Kathryn Ashera Rose.... Read more
  • Free Screening April 8, The Revolutionary Optimists

    Editor posted on Apr 04 2013
    Free Screening April 8, The Revolutionary Optimists
    Dear Friends,

    Please join us for a free special screening of The Revolutionary Optimists on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown University in the Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium / 37th and O St. N.W., Washington, DC. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers, Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen & Amlan, Shikha and Salim from the film. Find more information at http://revolutionaryoptimists.org/

    DC Theatrical premiere at The Avalon Theatre April 5-11.... Read more
  • Heavenly Messengers: Awakening Through Illness, Aging and Death

    Editor posted on Apr 01 2013
    Heavenly Messengers: Awakening Through Illness, Aging and Death
    Heavenly Messengers is a two-year program drawing on the practice and study of classical teachings and contemporary approaches to illness, aging, death and the potentialities of awakening, and in mindful and compassionate companionship to others facing these experiences.

    What drove Siddhartha Gotama to leave the palace were the inescapable realities of aging, illness, and death and the potentialities of awakening. It was this realization that sparked and fueled his urgency to be released from suffering and experience deep freedom. We trust this "leaving the palace" is as personally relevant to you as it is for us.... Read more
  • Secular Mindfulness Program in DC Schools Launched

    Jesse Torrence posted on Mar 29 2013
    Secular Mindfulness Program in DC Schools Launched
    IMCW is excited to announce the launch of The Mindfulness in DC Area Schools Project (MINDS). MINDS aims to introduce secular practices of mindfulness to K-12 schools in the Greater Washington D.C. area, starting this spring and fall. Read more
  • Heavenly Messengers: Awakening Through Illness, Aging and Death

    Editor posted on Mar 25 2013
    Heavenly Messengers: Awakening Through Illness, Aging and Death
    Heavenly Messengers is a two-year program drawing on the practice and study of classical teachings and contemporary approaches to illness, aging, death and the potentialities of awakening, and in mindful and compassionate companionship to others facing these experiences.

    What drove Siddhartha Gotama to leave the palace were the inescapable realities of aging, illness, and death and the potentialities of awakening. It was this realization that sparked and fueled his urgency to be released from suffering and experience deep freedom. We trust this "leaving the palace" is as personally relevant to you as it is for us.... Read more
  • Meditation Centered Cohousing Community Initiative Continues Sunday, April 14

    Rob Creekmore posted on Mar 20 2013
    Meditation Centered Cohousing Community Initiative Continues Sunday, April 14
    Come join us as we continue to explore the possibility of forming a meditation centered cohousing community in the DC area. Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space.... Read more
  • Tara Brach Book Gala this Wednesday, Feb. 6

    Editor posted on Feb 04 2013
    Tara Brach Book Gala this Wednesday, Feb. 6
    To celebrate the publication of Tara's new book, True Refuge, we'll be holding a book launch party February 6th at 7:30 p.m. as part of her regular Wednesday night class.

    In addition to a talk, meditation, and book signing, there will be some special music (led by very talented buddies from her ashram days), refreshments, and time to socialize.

    Please join Tara and old and new friends--we'd love to have you with us.

    A conversation with Tara about her book is available here.... Read more
  • A Year Living Mindfully 2013-4

    Jonathan Foust posted on Feb 01 2013
    A Year Living Mindfully 2013-4
    "In the group I experienced being surrounded by a protective blanket of safety all year long. And I carry that with me in the form of the friendships that I made and that continue with me to this day." YLM member

    Join the Year of Living Mindfully course this year with Jonathan Foust, supporting you in integrating the dharma into your daily life.... Read more
  • Meditation-Centered Cohousing Community Initiative Continues on February 23

    Rob Creekmore posted on Jan 28 2013
    Meditation-Centered Cohousing Community Initiative Continues on February 23
    We will be meeting with Ann at Takoma Village on Saturday, February 23, 1-3 p.m. Ann will take us on a tour and then she and other Takoma Village residents will talk with us about what it has been like to create and live in this cohousing community.... Read more
  • Awakening Joy 2013 with James Baraz

    Editor posted on Jan 24 2013
    Awakening Joy 2013 with James Baraz
    I’m happy to let you know that the 2013 Awakening Joy course is now open for registration at our new website: www.awakeningjoy.info. I’m very excited about the course. There are a number of innovations in the next course, so even if you’ve taken it before, I think you’ll find it a fresh experience... Read more
  • Meditation-Centered Cohousing Community Initiative -- Meeting Jan. 23

    Rob Creekmore posted on Jan 23 2013
    Meditation-Centered Cohousing Community Initiative -- Meeting Jan. 23

    Come join IMCW teacher Rob Creekmore in exploring the possibility of forming a meditation-centered cohousing community in the DC area. Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also share extensive common eco-friendly buildings and features that they themselves have designed to facilitate and encourage a healthy community life that balances togetherness with privacy....

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  • Awakening Joy 2013 with James Baraz

    Editor posted on Jan 06 2013
    Awakening Joy 2013 with James Baraz

    The 2013 Awakening Joy course is now open for registration at our new website. There are a number of innovations in the next course, such as a new format, new presenters, a new app and 3 live videoconferences...

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  • Special Dedication for Newtown, CT Tragedy

    Editor posted on Dec 18 2012
    Special Dedication for Newtown, CT Tragedy

    Dear Friends,

    Our annual solstice celebration--held tomorrow, December 19th, 7:30 p.m. in Bethesda, MD--will include a special dedication in response to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Please join us...

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  • Holiday Classes During the Coming Week

    Editor posted on Dec 13 2012
    Holiday Classes During the Coming Week
    IMCW is offering several special holiday classes during the upcoming week. We hope you will join us to celebrate solstice and the New Year!

    The yearly Solstice class with Tara Brach on Wednesday in Bethesda will include meditation, dharma, chanting and music, a beautiful candle ceremony andd refreshments. Please bring your friends and family.

    The Baltimore class with Trish Magyari will be having a holiday celebration...

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  • Open House, December 9 for New IMCW Center for Mindful Living in Tenleytown

    Hugh Byrne posted on Nov 13 2012
    Open House, December 9 for New IMCW Center for Mindful Living in Tenleytown
    We hope you can join us at a class or meditation session at the new Center for Mindful Living in Tenleytown—and can come and see the new space at our Open House from 1–3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9.

    In September IMCW opened the Center for Mindful Living, a space in the Washington metro area dedicated to Buddhist teachings, the practice of meditation, and the exploration of the many ways we can bring deeper presence and awareness into our lives.

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  • Bhante Rahula, Guest Speaker in Arlington on Monday Night

    Editor posted on Nov 05 2012
    Bhante Rahula, Guest Speaker in Arlington on Monday Night

    We are privileged to have Bhante Rahula as our guest speaker at the Arlington class this Monday night. Bhante Rahula was born in Southern California in 1948 and was ordained as a novice Buddhist monk in 1975 in Sri Lanka. He received his higher ordination (Upasampada) at Wat Thai Los Angeles in 1979. Living at the Bhavana Society Forest Monastery in West Virginia from 1986 until 2010, he was a senior teacher and was instrumental in designing and building the new meditation building at Bhavana....

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  • Teachers Graduate from Community Dharma Leader Program

    Editor posted on Nov 04 2012
    Teachers Graduate from Community Dharma Leader Program
    IMCW would like to announce that teachers Trudy mitchell-gilkey and La Sarmiento, and affiliate teachers Mary Aubry, Alicia Bazan-Jimenez and Larissa Kitenko graduated in September 2012 from the CDL program sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. The 2-year CDL program seeks to train "leaders who are ethical, who understand the principles of dharma practice and who can elicit clarity, kindness and patience within their community."

    IMCW congratulates these teachers a is pleased to announce that Mary Aubry, Alicia Bazan-Jimenez and Larissa Kitenko have accepted IMCW's invitation to become full teachers.

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  • Sending Metta to Those Affected by Sandy

    Editor posted on Oct 30 2012
    Sending Metta to Those Affected by Sandy

    Dear Friends,

    We hope that you and your family and friends have weathered Hurricane Sandy without loss or harm and send our prayers, love and care to all who are suffering as a result of the storm.

    With loving-kindness,

    IMCW teachers and staff

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  • Hurricane Sandy and Class Cancellations

    Editor posted on Oct 27 2012
    Please stay tuned to this page for cancellation announcements of D.C. area classes. As the week progresses we will keep this page updated with any information we receive on class cancellations. Read more
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  • iBme Teen Retreats and School Programs

    Editor posted on Oct 23 2012
    iBme Teen Retreats and School Programs

    iBme teaches teens proven awareness and concentration practices that have been used for thousands of years. Teens learn how to settle a busy mind, how to skillfully handle emotions and thoughts, how to direct and sustain attention, how cultivate compassion, and how to truly listen and communicate....

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  • Mindfulness and Meditation in the Military (M3) KM Support Group Forming

    Editor posted on Oct 12 2012
    Mindfulness and Meditation in the Military (M3) KM Support Group Forming

    If you are an Active Duty, National Guard or Reserve member of the military, a veteran, family member, or identify with the military in some way we are offering a “home base” for you in the newly forming military interest/KM groups.

    We invite you to share your story and explore the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. We may form separate groups according to interest....

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  • Five Yogis Take 8 Lifetime Precepts in Takoma Park Ceremony

    Catherine Brousseau posted on Oct 08 2012
    Five Yogis Take 8 Lifetime Precepts in Takoma Park Ceremony
    In the Takoma Park sangha, five long-term yogis took the Eight Lifetime Precepts on Sunday evening, September 23. In a simple but powerful ceremony, lead by Venerable Dhammasiri, abbot of the Washington Buddhist Vihara, the yogis made a public declaration of intention to follow the path of Buddhist practice in life.... Read more
  • Eckhart Tolle, Meditation and the Meaning and Benefits of Inner Peace

    Hugh Byrne posted on Oct 04 2012
    Eckhart Tolle, Meditation and the Meaning and Benefits of Inner Peace
    Have you ever been caught up in a wave of anger, craving or worry where you felt the emotion carry you away like a wild horse you could not control? Most of us have experienced the strength of these energies and wondered how to work with rather than be ruled by them.

    Have you felt such a wave of unruly emotion but been able to bring awareness to it and observe it instead? An important shift takes place: the awareness creates space and allows us to see other possibilities than just acting out whatever we are feeling.....

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  • Student Scholarships Available to Eckhart Tolle Event Oct. 4

    Editor posted on Sep 26 2012
    Student Scholarships Available to Eckhart Tolle Event Oct. 4

    Eckhart Tolle, best known as the author of the The Power of Now and A New Earth, is coming to Washington DC for an evening talk on Thursday October 4, 2012 from 7:30-9 p.m. The event will be held at Warner Theater 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC. 

    Event planners are reaching out to some of the local high schools, universities and colleges in the DC area to invite students to come experience this live event as their guests....

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  • Deepen Your Practice this Fall with IMCW

    Editor posted on Sep 05 2012
    Deepen Your Practice this Fall with IMCW
    Once people have been coming to IMCW classes for a while, they often feel drawn to explore what might support them in deepening practice. This fall we have a wonderful set of options for those looking for such support. Read more
  • Eckhart Tolle, DC Public Talk October 4

    Editor posted on Sep 04 2012
    Eckhart Tolle, DC Public Talk October 4

    Renowned wisdom teacher Eckhart Tolle will give his first-ever Washington, DC public talk on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. This landmark event is being cosponsored by IMCW. The face-to-face encounter with this visionary author is a rare opportunity to experience his conscious presence drawing you into what he calls “the spaciousness that words can only point to.” The talk, “Living in Presence” is expected to draw a capacity crowd to the Warner Theatre venue....

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  • Teen Weekend Retreat with Tara Brach

    Editor posted on Aug 29 2012
    Teen Weekend Retreat with Tara Brach

    Teens are invited to learn how to settle their busy minds; how to skillfully handle emotions and thoughts; how to direct and sustain attention; how to cultivate compassion; and how to truly listen and communicate. At iBme teens are taught proven awareness and concentration practices through mindfulness meditation, small group discussions, and fun workshop activities....

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  • Bhante Buddharakkhita July 8 Reception and Class in DC

    Editor posted on Jul 04 2012
    Bhante Buddharakkhita July 8 Reception and Class in DC

    Both a reception for and class led by Bhante Buddharakkhita will be held on Sunday, July 8. The class topic will be “Drop by Drop: Integrating Mindfulness and Cultivating Sangha within Oppressed Communities.”  Please join us in D.C....

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  • New IMCW Center in Tenleytown

    Hugh Byrne posted on Jul 01 2012
    New IMCW Center in Tenleytown

    A small and growing group begins their day each weekday morning in June with a period of meditation at IMCW’s beautiful new, metro-accessible meeting space in Tenleytown. On Tuesdays and Fridays, people drop by to meditate anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

    Building on this initial step, IMCW’s board voted this month to rent a larger space in the same building. This step will allow our community to host regular meditation classes for 30-40 people, as well as a variety of other classes—mindful yoga, qigong, mindfulness-based stress reduction...

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  • New Family Class, Arlington, VA

    Editor posted on Jun 27 2012
    New Family Class, Arlington, VA

    This new family meditation class provides young children 5-11 years old with a mindfulness framework to develop healthy responses to the ever-changing world around and inside of them. Children will learn how to express their innate qualities of being present with what is happening, respect for others and nature, loving kindness and compassion. Planting these seeds at an early age can reduce stress as well as sustain and nourish the mind, body and spirit for a lifetime...

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  • Thanks for BuddhaFest

    Editor posted on Jun 18 2012
    Thanks for BuddhaFest
    IMCW would like to offer a warm thanks to BuddhaFest staff and volunteers for offering us an inspiring weekend of film, music, meditation and sangha. It was exciting to see first-run films investigating the spread of Buddhism in the modern world, and discussing the importance of the sense of connection with the people and world around us. We loved hearing the teachings and the sacred music that was offered.

    We know that many of you were able to join us at BuddhaFest—we met sangha members from many states, and even Canada... Read more
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  • Welcome to IMCW's New Homepage!

    Editor posted on Jun 15 2012
    Welcome to IMCW's New Homepage!
    IMCW is working this weekend to update it's homepage and calendar. Our events and programs will be even easier to find and to register for. We hope you like it!

    Please be patient with us as we work to complete the improvements to the site. We hope to have all upgrades completed this weekend.

    We welcome your comments and questions. Thanks. Read more
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  • Finding True Refuge: Meditation Stories Told Through Video

    Editor posted on Jun 04 2012

    Hear stories of intimate journeys into meditation told through video: what people have learned, how they’ve struggled, why they began and how it’s transformed their lives when you watch the new "Finding True Refuge" videos.

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  • Sacred Earth Program: BuddhaFest, June 16

    Editor posted on Jun 03 2012
    Sacred Earth Program: BuddhaFest, June 16
    “Sacred Earth: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Planet” explores the practice of mindfulness as a means for helping each of us individually, and for helping us to preserve life on Earth. It takes place at BuddhaFest... Read more
  • Gathering Merit: A Trip To Burma

    Vicki Goodman posted on Jun 03 2012
    Gathering Merit: A Trip To Burma
    Being on a spiritual pilgrimage we donned the brown sashes that signified us as such and made our way to an ancient temple and cleaned it of it’s accumulated sand and termite piles... Read more
  • New Meditation CD by Tara Brach

    Editor posted on May 16 2012
    Discover a way to live your life aligned with heart and spirit... Read more
  • "Teaching What We Need to Learn" Teleseminar

    Editor posted on May 09 2012

    Tara Brach will be one of 40 teachers featured in a 20-week, free series of online interviews on how spiritual teachers deal with their own personal challenges....

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  • A Film Festival for Heart & Mind: June 14-17 at BuddhaFest

    Editor posted on May 06 2012

    BuddhaFest speakers this year include Rick Hanson, author of Buddha's Brain, on the neuroscience of mindfulness, and Congressman Tim Ryan, of A Mindful Nation....

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  • IMCW Opens New Meditation Space & Meeting Room in Tenleytown

    Hugh Byrne posted on May 06 2012
    IMCW Opens New Meditation Space & Meeting Room in Tenleytown
    Would you like to come to an IMCW meditation space in Washington, DC that is beautiful, accessible from different parts of the metro area, and available for sitting groups, classes, and other dharma activities?

    Would you like to join others for a group meditation before your working day begins, or after work, or drop in during the day for some moments of quiet and presence in the midst of our busy lives?

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  • A Mindful Nation on C-Span Saturday!

    Editor posted on May 04 2012
    A Mindful Nation on C-Span Saturday!

    On Saturday, May 4 at 9 p.m. (ET), C-Span will air Congressman Tim Ryan's talk from IMCW's Bethesda class on April 11. C-Span notes:

    Democratic Representative Tim Ryan from Ohio presents his thoughts on the teachings of mindfulness and what he believes are the meditative practices' benefits...

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  • Integrating Mindfulness into the Schools

    Editor posted on Apr 28 2012

    Over the past decade, training in mindfulness—the intentional cultivation of moment-by-moment non-judgmental focused attention and awareness—has spread from its initial western applications in medicine to other fields, including education....

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  • Movie "I Am" Thursday Night at 9 & 12 on OWN

    Editor posted on Apr 25 2012
    The movie I Am, received so well at last year's BuddhaFest, will be shown tonight on Oprah's Network.... Read more
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  • Audio Dharma by Tsoknyi Rinpoche Now Available on IMCW Talks Page

    Editor posted on Apr 24 2012
    Audio Dharma by Tsoknyi Rinpoche Now Available on IMCW Talks Page

    Tsoknyi Rinpoche discusses his teachings on "Open Heart, Open Mind" with Tara Brach....

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  • Building a Mindful Nation: Talk by IMCW Guest Speaker Congressman Tim Ryan

    Editor posted on Apr 16 2012
    Building a Mindful Nation: Talk by IMCW Guest Speaker Congressman Tim Ryan

    Congressman Ryan received a standing ovation at Wednesday's Bethesda class when he spoke of building a nation based on mindfulness and kindness...

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  • IMCW's Prison Dharma Program Enters DC Dept. of Corrections

    posted on Apr 16 2012

    Volunteers from IMCW's prison dharma program, Insight on the Inside will begin teaching meditation at the District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DCDC). IMCW is pleased that the IOI program, begun in 2009 through the Good Works initiative, is continuing to expand....

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  • The Question of Essential Human Goodness

    Carl Skooglund posted on Apr 01 2012
    The Question of Essential Human Goodness

    Buddhism today, through its myriad forms, presents to us two very different models of human nature: one of inherent goodness and purity, and one of plasticity, of malleability, of no-essence. Where we come down in this issue – consciously or unconsciously – determines what we see as our existential starting point and necessarily leads to two very different frameworks of intention and effort.  It has a profound effect on what we think our Dharma practice should be about....

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  • Two Special Guest Speakers: Congressman Tim Ryan & Tsoknyi Rinpoche

    Tara Brach posted on Mar 27 2012

    April 11 & 18 bring two special speakers to the Wednesday class in Bethesda.  You are invited to attend their talks and book signings...

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  • Tibetan Monks to Hold Medicine Buddha Puja at UUCA Class on April 9

    Editor posted on Mar 12 2012
    Tibetan Monks to Hold Medicine Buddha Puja at UUCA Class on April 9

    Playing traditional instruments and chanting, the Gaden Jangtse monks will perform a Medicine Buddha puja. Hearing the Medicine Buddha mantra is believed to alleviate our physical and mental suffering and leave the imprints of the entire path to Enlightenment in our minds....

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  • Bringing Mindfulness to Schools in our Region

    Hugh Byrne posted on Mar 08 2012
    Bringing Mindfulness to Schools in our Region
    If the profound teachings and practices of mindfulness are to address the great social suffering of our society and world, and help us live with greater wisdom and compassion, there is probably no more important area to put attention than bringing the practices of mindfulness and compassion into our schools.... Read more
  • Building a Mindful Nation--Together!

    Editor posted on Mar 05 2012
    Building a Mindful Nation--Together!

    Please join Wednesday guest speaker, Congressman Tim Ryan on April 11 as he talks to IMCW about his new book about how in these tough times, living mindfully is creating a quiet revolution...

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  • BuddhaFest June 14-17: A Film Festival for the Heart & Mind

    Editor posted on Mar 04 2012
    BuddhaFest June 14-17: A Film Festival for the Heart & Mind

    An exciting new feature--the BuddhaFest Short Films Showcase--has been added to this year’s festival. A $1,000 top prize is being offered for films of five minutes or less that explore the question, “What does it mean to be awake in the world?”

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  • When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West

    Editor posted on Feb 07 2012
    Help Kickstart a new film about the introduction of Tibetan Buddhism to the West and the spiritual collaboration between east and west that has resulted....
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  • The Brahma Viharas by Hugh Byrne

    Hugh Byrne posted on Jan 30 2012
    The Brahma Viharas by Hugh Byrne

    The Buddha provided a path of training that helps us to see the thoughts, words, and actions that lead us to continued suffering and those that lead to freedom from suffering....

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  • Bringing Mindfulness and Compassion into the World, Jan. 27

    Hugh Byrne posted on Jan 24 2012
    Bringing Mindfulness and Compassion into the World, Jan. 27

    Join us to continue the discussion about how to bring compassion to D.C.'s schools and military veterans...

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  • Dharma: The Musical

    Editor posted on Jan 04 2012
    La Sarmiento, IMCW teacher, sings 3 dharma spoof songs for the 2011 IMCW Solstice Celebration. Read more
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  • Awakening Joy Course 2012

    Tara Brach posted on Jan 01 2012

    Awakening Joy is an engaging and highly regarded internet course that has been written up in O Magazine. Joy is not for just the lucky few–it’s a choice anyone can make....

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  • A Message from Tara

    Editor posted on Dec 16 2011

    A holiday greeting video from Tara and all of us at IMCW...

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  • Wednesday Class: Solstice & 3 Refuge Ceremonies

    Editor posted on Dec 12 2011
    Wednesday Class: Solstice & 3 Refuge Ceremonies

    Join us for candles and chanting...

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  • Create a More Compassionate World, Friday, December 9

    Hugh Byrne posted on Dec 07 2011

    Join us as we bring the teachings and practice of mindfulness into bear, exploring ways in which we can act together to create a more compassionate community and world....

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  • Anam Thubten to Teach Arlington Class Monday, December 5

    Editor posted on Nov 16 2011
    Anam Thubten to Teach Arlington Class Monday, December 5

    Anam Thubten, Buddhist teacher and author of the recently released No Self, No Problem teaches at IMCW's Arlington class on Monday, December 5.

    He says, "Buddha spoke of attention as one of the most powerful methods to become free...."

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  • Inward Bound: Teens Wake Up to Mindfulness, Themselves, and Each Other

    La Sarmiento posted on Nov 06 2011
    Inward Bound: Teens Wake Up to Mindfulness, Themselves, and Each Other

    La Sarmiento, IMCW teacher & iBme teen retreat leader, witnesses "what can happen when young people are given a space where they are fully accepted for all of who they are and where their perspectives are heard, seen, and honored, and taken seriously. Through this container, their natural wisdom and compassion flows."

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  • IMCW Community Picnic, October 23, Meadowbrook Park

    Editor posted on Oct 04 2011

    Join the IMCW community at a fall picnic!

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  • 9.11 Weekend of Compassion Dharma Talks Now on Video

    Editor posted on Oct 03 2011

    Watch video dharma talks by Tara Brach, Sylvia Boorstein, Hugh Byrne and Ruth King...

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  • Mindfulness on the Job Workshop/ Fundraiser

    Editor posted on Sep 30 2011
    Mindfulness on the Job Workshop/ Fundraiser

    Practice a variety of applied mindfulness tools to be less reactive in this interactive retreat. You'll learn to  communicate more calmly and definitively, and maintain mental focus.


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  • A Warm Welcome to Newcomers

    Tara Brach posted on Sep 23 2011
    A Warm Welcome to Newcomers

    Tara Brach welcomes newcomers to IMCW and invites you to explore the resources available to you here...

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  • Pay a Visit to Yourself: New Intro to Meditation Audio & Video by Tara Brach

    Editor posted on Sep 20 2011

    Tara offers new insights on how to establish a rich and satisfying meditation practice. 

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  • Guest Teacher Ajahn Kusalo to Teach 3 IMCW Classes in September

    Editor posted on Sep 20 2011

    Join guest teacher Ajahn Kusalo at IMCW this month...

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  • Registration Opens for Class Series & Guest Teacher Retreat

    Editor posted on Sep 15 2011

    Guest teacher Sharon Salzberg is offering a daylong in October and several new class series beginning this month are open for registration.

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  • Explore Our New Website: Audio & Video Dharma

    Editor posted on Sep 11 2011
    Explore Our New Website: Audio & Video Dharma

    Explore our audio dharma and our new video dharma on the Talks webpage...

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  • Learn to Meditate with IMCW This Fall in MD & VA

    Editor posted on Sep 06 2011
    Learn to Meditate with IMCW This Fall in MD & VA

    Tara Brach and other IMCW teachers are teaching introduction to meditation classes this fall. Learn how to quiet the mind and awaken mindful and compassionate awareness with Vipassana (insight) meditation. 


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  • Hurricane Irene

    Editor posted on Aug 27 2011

    Class cancellations may occur due to the storm...

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  • Man Alive Retreat CANCELLED

    Editor posted on Aug 26 2011
    Jonathan Foust would like to announce that the Man Alive Retreat for Saturday, August 27 has been CANCELLED.
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  • Explore Our New Website: Not from D.C.? The Virtual Sangha Page is Designed for You

    Editor posted on Aug 07 2011
    Explore Our New Website: Not from D.C.? The Virtual Sangha Page is Designed for You

    IMCW offers a variety of resources for our virtual sangha.  Our audio and video dharma talks are just the beginning....

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  • 9.11 Weekend of Peace, Compassion & Forgiveness

    Editor posted on Aug 06 2011

    Join teachers Lama Surya Das, Sylvia Boorstein, and Tara Brach, as they help to offer us refuge from the media hype about the 10th anniversary of 9.11 and offer tools, guidance and perspective to help us connect with our true nature.  

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  • Tibetan Teacher Anam Thubten to Co-teach IMCW December Retreat

    Editor posted on Aug 05 2011
    Tibetan Teacher Anam Thubten to Co-teach IMCW December Retreat
    When I first met Tibetan teacher Anam Thubten informally, I was immediately struck by his warmth and humor. As we began talking, a striking depth and clarity of wisdom came through. Anam is the real deal- a very realized, awake being.... Read more
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  • The Gifts of Buddhist & Western Psychology, with Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield & Mark Epstein

    Editor posted on Aug 03 2011

    Join IMCW and Omega for a weekend with these 3 noted Buddhist teachers and psychologists, as they explore how Western psychology and Eastern Buddhist psychology have become partners in one of the greatest of human quests—the exploration, understanding, healing, and awakening of the human heart and mind....

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  • Love, Commitment and the Creation of a Sand Mandala: Teachings by the Monks of Drepung Monastery

    Trish Magyari posted on Jul 25 2011
    Love, Commitment and the Creation of a Sand Mandala: Teachings by the Monks of Drepung Monastery

    What if the thing that you lovingly crafted would be destroyed as soon as it was complete and perfect—how would you not suffer from that loss?

    Such are the teachings of the monks of Drepung Monastery, emissaries of the Dalai Lama’s lineage, who spent five days this past week prayerfully creating an exquisite Medicine Buddha sand mandala only to ceremonially “destroy” it when it was finished....

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  • Audio dharma by Lama Surya Das: It's Not Time We Lack, But Focus

    Editor posted on Jul 18 2011
    Audio dharma by Lama Surya Das: It's Not Time We Lack, But Focus

    Lama Surya Das speaks about living the "infinite possibilities of now."

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  • IMCW in the News: A meditation on the inconspicuous Buddhists around us

    Editor posted on Jul 17 2011

    A Washington Post reporter discovers "inconspicuous Buddhists."

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  • Explore Our New Website: Tara's Dharma Talks on Video

    Editor posted on Jul 11 2011
    Explore Our New Website: Tara's Dharma Talks on Video

    See Tara Brach's dharma talks on video!    

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  • Dalai Lama's Monks to Guest Teach in Baltimore, Tuesday, July 19

    Editor posted on Jun 23 2011
    Dalai Lama's Monks to Guest Teach in Baltimore, Tuesday, July 19

    Please join us in welcoming the Dalai Lama's monks, who are coming to Baltimore to create a sand mandala and to teach meditation...

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  • BuddhaFest Online with Tricycle Magazine

    Editor posted on Jun 20 2011

    Watch BuddhaFest online through July 4!  Tricycle.com is offering several BuddhaFest movies over the next 2 weeks....

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  • Connect with Community this Week at BuddhaFest!

    Editor posted on Jun 13 2011
    Experience a unique blend of films, talks and meditation this Thursday-Sunday, June 16-19, at Artisphere in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, VA.  Read more
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  • Guest Teacher, Lama Surya Das, Wednesday, July 13

    Editor posted on Jun 13 2011
    Guest Teacher, Lama Surya Das, Wednesday, July 13

    Listen to Buddhist teacher Surya Das, poet, writer and chant-master....

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  • Explore Our New Website: the Calendar

    Editor posted on Jun 12 2011
    Explore Our New Website: the Calendar

    Learn about the new website's many features.  This week we look at the calendar and talk about how to find classes, teachers, and other items of interest.

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  • Book Review: The Making of Buddhist Modernism by David McMahan

    Editor posted on Jun 12 2011

    Eastern Buddhism meets Western philosophy and culture in a book by Religious Studies professor David McMahan. Read the book review by IMCW teacher Carl Skooglund....

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  • Inward Bound Mindfulness Education Summer Retreats

    Editor posted on Jun 08 2011

    Teen and adult summer retreats offered by iBme in nearby Virginia offer "a practical toolkit for lifelong mental health, social-emotional wellbeing, and sustainable living."

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  • RRUUC Bethesda Beats the Heat!

    Editor posted on Jun 07 2011

    RRUUC installs new air conditioner today.

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  • IMCW/Omega Retreat: The Gifts of Buddhist & Western Psychology

    Editor posted on Jun 06 2011

    September 16–17, 2011 

    Join three of the West's most prominent Buddhist teachers—Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and Mark Epstein—for an exclusive weekend program. Tap into the healing wisdom for lasting happiness inherent within each of us through the ancient, life-changing power of Buddhist teachings and the latest research in contemporary Western psychology. 

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  • Non-IMCW Retreat: Fierce Tenderness

    Editor posted on May 11 2011

    This June 17 retreat, in Pagosa Springs, CO, with teacher Dori Langevin, will weave a balance of effort and ease, stillness and motion, stability and openess in our body, heart and mind.

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  • Busy Life Syndrome?

    Editor posted on May 04 2011
    Busy Life Syndrome?

    Teacher Klia Bassing classes have been filmed for ABC news segment airing Monday, May 9...

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  • IMCW Unveils New Website

    Editor posted on May 02 2011

    New website, new look, new features, new experience--with metta from IMCW.

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  • Hugh Byrne wins "Best Contender for Guru" Status, Washington City Paper

    Editor posted on Mar 24 2011
    Hugh Byrne wins "Best Contender for Guru" Status, Washington City Paper

    Read the "Best of DC 2011"!

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  • Sharon Salzberg, Guest Teacher Wednesday night/PBS interview segment

    Editor posted on Feb 12 2011
    Sharon Salzberg, Guest Teacher Wednesday night/PBS interview segment

    Watch Sharon Salzberg's PBS segment--filmed at IMCW.

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  • A Year of Living Mindfully

    Editor posted on Feb 09 2011

    A YLM "graduate" describes how YLM works and how it has affected her life....

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  • BuddhaFest 2011

    Editor posted on Feb 06 2011
    BuddhaFest 2011

    Join us at BuddhaFest 2011, June 16-19 at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA for films, meditation and dharma....


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  • Mentoring Program: Companionship through the Dharma

    Editor posted on Jan 15 2011
    Mentoring Program: Companionship through the Dharma
    Whether you are new to meditation or have been practicing regularly for a while, you may find working with a mentor to be a welcomed support on the path. Read more
  • State of the IMCW People of Color & LGBTQ Sanghas/Diversity Efforts, 2010-11

    Editor posted on Dec 10 2010

    A summary of the past year's classes, retreats, teachers, and the growth of the affinity communities.

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  • Loving the Earth

    Editor posted on Nov 08 2010
    Loving the Earth
    This article begins to discuss IMCW's examination of its response to global environmental crisis and how you can get involved.
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  • Inclement Weather Policy--Wednesday Nights

    Editor posted on Nov 08 2010
    Inclement Weather Policy--Wednesday Nights

    Don't get stuck -- keep an eye on the homepage!

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  • The Sangha Speaks!

    Editor posted on Sep 08 2010
    The Sangha Speaks!

    2010 survey receives 600 responses!

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  • Jonathan Foust on Diane Rehm Show

    Editor posted on Jun 22 2010
    Jonathan Foust on Diane Rehm Show

    Listen to Jonathan on the Diane Rehm show!

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  • IMCW Community Dharma Leaders: Bringing the Dharma to Diverse Communities

    Editor posted on Feb 22 2010
    To bring the dharma to still more people in our troubled world, and to expand its reach to diverse communities, Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California will conduct its fourth Community Dharma Leader (CDL) training course beginning in September 2010. Five teachers and teachers-in- training from IMCW have been accepted to the program. Read more
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