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

Invitation to Define IMCW’s Future Vision & Our Collective Awakening: Class Focus Groups

Are you interested in sharing your perspectives and experiences as we envision IMCW’s future? Join us for a focus group session! IMCW is engaging in a deep visioning process aimed at how IMCW might grow and change over the next 5–10 years in order to better support the aspiration of collective awakening. You can read more about the IMCW visioning process here.  Below is a list of classes/groups and the teachers/leaders where we will be holding focus groups in September...

Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump: A Letter from the Washington National Cathedral

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington’s vision is that all living beings realize the freedom of their true nature and that our world be filled with the growing expression of love, compassion, wisdom and peace. We stand with the Washington National Cathedral and its recent letter: Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump. We urge you to read and reflect upon it...
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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...