Bowing Buddha

May you be held in the heart of lovingkindness.

May you be free from inner and outer harm.

May you be well.

May you have ease of well-being.

May your life be of service to all beings.

May you come to know great and natural peace.

May you awaken and be free.

Diversity & Belonging at IMCW

Commitment Statement

IMCW is committed to dismantling all forms of institutionalized and systemic oppression so that the embodiment of diverse perspectives is present in every aspect of our sangha and organization. Though this work is often painful and challenging, our trust in the Dharma and in the practices of skillful speech and action and whatever else is needed will manifest and realize true diversity, equity, and belonging.

Statement on Racism

Recognizing that racism is a deeply rooted form of oppression, IMCW is working on uprooting our racist conditioning with courage and dedication, examining how we have played a role in developing a sangha that replicated societal models where our sangha members, board, and teachers were predominantly white.

We now have a diverse board with regards to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, dis/ability, socio-economic status, and culture. We also have more Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) in our Teachers Council, so BIPOC sangha members can benefit from feeling reflected and connected through a stronger sense of belonging. 

Initiatives

Board and Teachers: We continue to strive to create increasingly more a diverse board of directors and teacher's council.

Larry Yang Fund: This fund is used to provide resources to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) students and teachers as they seek to learn, teach, and otherwise deepen their experience in the dharma.

IMCW 2.0 Visioning report re: DEIA-Focus Groups 2020: Exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW). This report analyzes focus groups conducted by the IMCW to better understand how the organization can foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive climate for members across a range of identities. 

Resources

Affinity Sanghas

Black Lives Matter Statement 

The Use of Inclusive Language at IMCW

Larry Yang Fund

Social Justice articles

Racism Against Asian Americans

Americans with Dis/abilities

 

IMCW has a Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee which is actively engaged in activities and initiatives that make real our aspiration to dismantle all forms of institutionalized and systematic oppression so that the embodiment of diverse perspectives is present in every aspect of our sangha and organization. For more information on our mission, authority, activities, and membership, please contact us.

Note: We are currently in the process of updating our policies, statements and charter, as our community grows and our organization evolves.