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


Mindful Engagement 2020: Bringing Our Practice into the World

... I helped organize demonstrations, civil disobedience campaigns, and legislative pressure to change U.S. policies in Latin America, which were funding economic elites and propping up military dictatorships.... I wasn’t looking for Buddhism but it found me at the end of the 1980s and gradually transformed the way I looked at and engaged in politics....

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

In these challenging times it is easy to forget the incredible blessings that we enjoy. The Buddha taught that this human birth is a most precious gift—and provides the possibility of realizing our true nature of immeasurable freedom. Further, for those fortunate to have encountered the Buddha’s teachings, access to the Dharma provides a clear path from a life built around the illusion of a separate, limited self to a freedom that is not dependent on conditions—on the ups-and-downs of the stock market, the political cycle or our mood of the day....

Engaging with the Suffering of Our World

The Buddha’s teachings offer skillful ways: - of engaging in wise action to bring about the change that our world needs without being attached to outcomes;  - of disagreeing without turning those we disagree with into enemies;  - of having views and opinions but not being lost in or attached to our views and beliefs;  - and of knowing that violence cannot be ended by violence, only by love.   The poet T.S. Eliot said, "Teach us to care, and not to care." The Buddha’s teachings likewise encourage us to care deeply but not to cling and hence cause additional suffering to ourselves and others....