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

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Meditative Interpersonal Inquiry

I’m often moved by the well known story of Ananda asking the Buddha if having noble friends and companions was half of the holy life. The Buddha replied: “Do not say so, Ananda. Noble friends and companions are the whole of the holy life.” Meditative interpersonal inquiry is a practice that exemplifies this holy life....
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Being a Mirror of Goodness: An Intention for the New Year

The medicine for our hurting world is love, and our loving becomes deeply healing when we see and reflect back the innate goodness of other beings. Jesuit priest and psychotherapist Anthony De Mello taught that the finest act of love you can offer is an act of seeing: “When you serve people, you help, support, comfort, alleviate pain. When you see people in their inner beauty and goodness, you transform and create.”
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Mandalas for Mental Health

Ajahn Chah said that all people without exception are mentally ill. If I take time and, instead of thinking about Carolyn and Her Problems and focus on other people, I find I am less so. I have practiced in this way 2009 within a volunteer program that was initiated by IMCW, Insight on the Inside, IOI....
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Reading List: Meditation, Buddhism and more

The following books are recommended by IMCW's teachers, including authors from Jack Kornfield to Jon Kabat-Zinn to Kristin Neff. We hope that you enjoy them. Sections include: Vipassana/Insight Meditation; Zen; Tibetan; Grieving, Death and Dying; Racism, Equity, Inclusivity; Engaged Buddhism; and Mindfulness for Children and Teens; as well as a wide assortment of other recommendations.

Tonglen Practice for Uncertain Times

In moments of anxiety, uncertainty, loneliness and feeling disconnected, there's a simple yet profound Buddhist practice that can provide an immediate ballast to the weight of suffering. I invite you to practice this with me daily in these coming weeks, or whenever uncertainty has you in its grip....