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

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What Are You Doing For Others? Insight on the Inside

There were a lot of insightful questions directed both to me and their peers, who chimed in with insights that may have come straight out of the dharma. There were discussions on how to make peace with the treatment by police and the justice system, as well as how to make peace with the things that landed them there in the first place. We ended up going a bit over time because everyone was so engaged...
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No Self, No Problem: Exploring Anatta

The writer Emily McDowell isn't a Buddhist, but in today's language she has accurately described one of Buddhism's most difficult and misunderstood concepts - that of no-self, or anatta -- in this short statement: "Finding yourself is not really how it works. You aren't a 10-dollar bill in last winter's coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right here, buried under cultural conditioning, other people's opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are...

Registration Now Open for "Jhanas & Insight" Retreat

"The jhanas are altered states of consciousness with little or no ego. They are arrived at by one-pointed concentration and temporary abandonment of unwholesome mind states of greed and aversion." (Mary Aubry) In May, IMCW teacher Mary Aubry is offering a special, deepening practice, 10-day residential retreat for experienced meditators...
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Three Refuges Class, Bethesda

Our drop-in class tonight, Wednesday, January 2, in Bethesda is canceled. The next class will be on Wednesday, January 9 and is our special Three Refuges class. The three classic refuges of Buddha (awareness), Dharma (truth) and Sangha (loving relatedness) are each expressions of our deepest essence....
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Help us nurture compassionate awakening

We hope that as you reflect on how IMCW has influenced you to live mindfully and with love, you will offer support to IMCW to continue its work. With your donation, we can continue to offer these teachings and practices as a way to transform fear, hatred, and delusion into awakened, loving presence....