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IMCW News

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

Mindfulness Online: What it is Like to Participate in Retreats, Workshops, Courses and Classes via Video Conference

As we settle into an extended season of protecting ourselves from the covid-19 virus, many of the gatherings we would have engaged in are shut down. For now, we cannot meet in person for any of the IMCW programs we formerly attended: retreats, workshops, courses, classes, sanghas, and Spiritual Friends groups. Fortunately, online versions are available for many of these programs, and are becoming more and more available. While initially there may be aversion to retreats and workshops offered via video conference, as we engage in them we find many benefits to the new medium as well as ways to work through the challenges we encounter. Here, then, is a listing of some of the benefits of attending IMCW programs online, as well as some tips for how to navigate the challenges....

Welcome to IMCW

For those of you who have joined us since the pandemic began, welcome! We are pleased to see new folks coming and taking advantage of our daytime and evening online classes and recorded talks. Most of our weekly classes are suitable for those new to meditation, offering guided meditation and a dharma, or teaching talk which will help you with your sitting practice...
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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.