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

Meditation and Mindfulness for the Military Culture

If you are a military veteran there are other veterans that practice with IMCW that can help you understand, practice, and truly benefit from this practice of meditation and mindfulness. IMCW offers a community of veterans that meet monthly to support each other and share their experience of the practice....

Bringing Our Practice into the World

Before I became a mindfulness practitioner and later a meditation teacher, I spent more than 20 years as an activist and organizer working for human rights and social justice in the United States, Africa, and Latin America. As a meditation teacher, what inspires me most is to bring our practice into the wider society and help heal the suffering of the world....

Turning Towards Grief

Grief is an expression of love and loss. We may grieve the loss of someone’s life, or we may grieve the loss of a job, a relationship, or a way of life. Impermanence is a central teaching of Buddhism. So, why do we Buddhists grieve when people or things or relationships end? Shouldn’t we know better?

Meditative Interpersonal Inquiry

I’m often moved by the well known story of Ananda asking the Buddha if having noble friends and companions was half of the holy life. The Buddha replied: “Do not say so, Ananda. Noble friends and companions are the whole of the holy life.” Meditative interpersonal inquiry is a practice that exemplifies this holy life....

Being a Mirror of Goodness: An Intention for the New Year

The medicine for our hurting world is love, and our loving becomes deeply healing when we see and reflect back the innate goodness of other beings. Jesuit priest and psychotherapist Anthony De Mello taught that the finest act of love you can offer is an act of seeing: “When you serve people, you help, support, comfort, alleviate pain. When you see people in their inner beauty and goodness, you transform and create.”