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IMCW News

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

Racial Justice: What Can I Do?

Over the years, the hateful killing of black Americans at the hands of police has been shocking, heartbreaking, and paralyzing. Why does this keep happening and what can we do to stop it...what can I do to stop it? And to stop other horrendous acts of hatred toward minority communities and individuals in our country? The heinous murder George Floyd (a horizontal lynching, actually) has galvanized much of America. Modern social media tools have shown a spotlight on this cancer of hate and have broadcast it to the entire world. This is what America has become?
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What the Flowers Can Teach Us

There’s a Zen story about a laywoman, wise and enlightened; a practitioner who many centuries ago, traveled around visiting teachers. She composed the following verse: Upon the high slopes, I see only woodcutters Everyone has the spirit of the knife and the axe. How can they see the mountain flowers  Reflected in the water – glorious, red? When I read this recently, as so often happens with ancient Zen stories, the relevancy and timelessness of the verse drew me in....
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Learning to Stay

At least here in the Washington, DC area, we've entered our fourth month of mostly stay-at-home, shelter-in-place, quarantine—however you want to label it. And no matter where you are in the world, more than likely you've felt a mixture of emotions, thoughts, motivations, intentions, challenges, successes, etc. around this new reality of a worldwide pandemic....
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Invitation: IMCW Fundraising Committee

IMCW is looking for individuals to serve on its fundraising committee. With input from the governing board, this group is charged with imagining and implementing funding priorities based on IMCW’s stated long-range goals. Among other things, these include expanding annual giving and class dana, and supporting a range of initiatives geared toward awakening to racial, environmental and social issues...
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IMCW Stands in Support of Black Lives Matter

Our nation, and the world, grieves the continued violence against Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery represent but a fraction of the brutality at the hands of police and other authorities.  While we’re heartened by the many expressions of solidarity and calls for action, so much work remains to be done...