Singles' Sangha

Steve Zappalla IMCW Center for Mindful Living IMCW Center for Mindful Living

Steve Zappalla

2nd Friday, monthly  at  IMCW Center for Mindful Living (4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Upper floor, Tenleytown, Washington DC, 20016) (Map It)
As a precautionary measure in response to coronavirus in our region, we will be holding this class online via video conference until further notice. We hope to see you there!

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Dana

As always, dana (donation) is voluntary. We are always grateful for dana of any amount, which helps pay for the expenses of making our classes available, and helps support the teacher. You can send dana through:

  • Venmo at: @Admin-IMCW
  • PayPal or Zelle to the account: Admin@IMCW.org
  • the IMCW Giving page — https://imcw.org/Giving
  • or you can send a check to IMCW, P.O. Box 3, Cabin John, MD 20818

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Please see our IMCW online/virtual class calendar here.

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2nd Friday, monthly

An evening of meditation, conscious communication and connection for IMCW singles. Bring a dish or beverage to share for the potluck, if you wish. No registration is necessary.

  • 7:00 p.m. Doors open. Arriving and snacks
  • 7:30-8:45 p.m. Class starts: Short dharma talk, meditation, discussion, and mindful activities
  • 8:45-9:45 p.m. Potluck and socializing

The IMCW Singles Sangha is a warm, welcoming, inclusive community of people who gather to connect with others who are, by choice or circumstance, single or who live alone without a partner, at this time in their lives. In a couple-centric world, our purpose is simply to create a space for connection and shared experience.

We practice inclusion of and respect for our sangha’s rich diversity of ages, experiences, identities and personal expression, and encourage all varieties and ages of single people to join.

Volunteer: To support the event and meet like-minded singles, we encourage you to arrive early and stay late to help with a few simple tasks.

Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend our regular weekly and monthly classes in metro D.C. Chairs are always provided or you may bring your sitting gear.

This venue is accessible to those with mobility impairments.

Find more ongoing classes.

Singles Sangha Agreements:

  • We agree to do the best we can to show up as our authentic selves.
  • We will look for the best in each other, and appreciate each others' unique beauty and gifts.
  • We will take responsibility for ourselves and our own emotions.
  • We agree to honor one another’s boundaries.
  • We will listen to each other; we will avoid giving advice and trying to fix others.
  • We will keep what is shared here confidential.
  • We will not speak negatively about anyone here. We will not gossip.

The Buddha's Five Precepts:

  1. Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami. (I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.)
  2. Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami. (I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.)
  3. Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami. (I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.)
  4. Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami. (I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.)
  5. Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami. (I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.)

The Bhavana Society's Eight Precepts:

I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking a life.
I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given.
I undertake the training rule to abstain from sexual misconduct.
I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech.

I undertake the training rule to abstain from malicious speech.
I undertake the training rule to abstain from harsh speech.
I undertake the training rule to abstain from useless speech. 
I undertake the training rule to abstain from wrong livelihood.

These teachings are given freely, with the opportunity to offer voluntary donations, or dana to support the teacher and class expenses. A donation (dana) of $10-15 is suggested for IMCW classes, but all are welcome, regardless of their ability to pay.

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Parking

There is plenty of on-street parking.

Metro/Bus

The Center for Mindful Living is 3 blocks south of the Red Line Tenleytown/AU Metro stop, and also on bus lines.

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