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IMCW News

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

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Warm Hand To Warm Hand: IMCW’s Mentor and True Refuge Companion Programs

IMCW is glad to announce that Mentor Program is restarting after a short hiatus.  At the heart of the program is the principle of sangha, or spiritual community -- the third jewel and refuge in Buddhism. Sangha was key to the 2,500-year tradition, by which practitioners passed the Dharma from “warm hand to warm hand”, as Suzuki Roshi put it. In this spirit, the Mentor Program pairs experienced practitioners with those seeking to deepen their practice. Thich Nhat Hanh explains that the sangha is crucial for those relatively new to the dharma: “[w]e are always running, and it is hard for us to stop and be here in the present moment, to encounter life. For those of us who have not learned to be present, we need to be supported in that kind of learning…With sangha you will be able to learn the art of stopping....

Dear Beloved Asian American and Pacific Islander Community...

As a community rooted in the ancient and living gifts of the Buddhadharma, members of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC stand, sit, and kneel with you in solidarity, compassion, and strength.   We deeply acknowledge the long history of anti-Asian racism in this country and the impact it has had over many generations. We strongly condemn the violent acts of hatred...

Invitation to Apply: IMCW Board of Directors

IMCW is seeking to bring on a few new board members to serve an initial 1-year term beginning July 2021 through June 2022. IMCW has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and encourages people from underrepresented communities to apply. Please email...

Larry Yang BIPOC Support Fund Launch

IMCW is honored to announce the launch of the Larry Yang BIPOC (Black, Indigeneous and People of Color) Support Fund. This fund will be used to provide resources to BIPOC students and teachers as they seek to learn, teach, and otherwise deepen their experience in the dharma. Our sincere belief is that when barriers to full inclusion are eliminated, there is a natural shift in the balance of power that leads to a greater sense of community and collective transformation for the benefit of all.....