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IMCW News

This blog contains announcements, insights and articles from the Insight Meditation Community of Washington

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Someone Once a Stranger: A Retreat Experience

The truth about a meditation retreat is that you really don’t know what will happen. Try as you might to predict and you will undoubtedly be surprised. But no matter what, something will happen that will help you to open your eyes, to “wake up,” out of the habitual ways you think and behave.
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Maintaining a Fragrance-Free Retreat

Though this issue may be unfamiliar to you, there are a growing number of people who are sensitive to commonly used items. This condition or disability is known as multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) and involves people who have developed an acute sensitivity to various chemicals in the environment.
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The Tradition of Dana

Considered priceless, these teachings have been given freely since the time of the Buddha. That 2500-year tradition is being continued to this day. The cost of retreat registration covers only room and board plus administrative overhead. None of the registration fee goes to teachers or to the retreat managers. Their ability to continue offering these retreats depends solely on donations from retreat participants. This tradition of making offerings to those who make these retreats possible is called dana, which is the Pali (the language of the Buddha) word for generosity. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to teachers and retreat staff at the end of the retreat.
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About the Pearlstone Retreat Center

The Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center is a beautiful Jewish retreat center and farm nestled on 160 rural acres just outside of Baltimore, MD. We've found the staff to be warm and welcoming, the accommodations to be very comfortable and the grounds to be peaceful...
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What to Expect at a Meditation Class

Create a space in your life for regular mediation practice. Insight meditation classes are offered weekly, biweekly or monthly by over 50 IMCW teachers in D.C., Maryland and northern Virginia. IMCW welcomes people from all walks of life. The IMCW sangha (community) is about working to create a Buddhist life of belonging, safety, and generosity towards each other—it’s about having a spiritual home.