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IMCW News

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

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Tools for a More Meaningful Life

Sharing the Dharma with people who are curious and inquisitive about tools to make their lives more fully and meaningful has become a passion for me. Since I began the practice of insight meditation about 15 years ago, my main focus has been to find ways in which the Dharma can be used as a source of tools to live better....

Post-Retreat Meditation Practice Encouragement

There is something special about the ending of a silent retreat. Whether it feels as if it’s the best retreat we’ve sat, the most difficult, or in-between. Perhaps it’s the sense of leaving the intensive, protected atmosphere for practicing the Dharma and wondering how to incorporate it into the usual routine of our daily lives.      If you’re new to practice, then you have a wonderful foundation on which to build. If you’ve been practicing for a while, then the retreat may have been a resetting of your practice. What now?
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Prayer and the Dharma

For the last two months, my now 7-month-old child has woken me up around 4:20 a.m. I’m lucky if I get five hours of sleep a night. I am exhausted.  All of the effects of low sleep are painfully apparent. I’ll put the box of Cheerios in the refrigerator or forget to put my daughter’s shoes on before we go out for a morning walk. Trying to complete a 10-minute work task may take 30 minutes because I follow every impulse to get a snack, text a friend, step outside, or find a new exciting song on Spotify. But the most harmful effect is that I am more irritable. I struggle to be gentle, kind, and non-reactive in some of the most important relationships in my life....

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...