Affinity Groups

Develop your practice, spark friendships

Affinity sanghas offer a community of like-minded people within the larger IMCW sangha with which to develop your practice and to spark friendships.

We affirm that a key responsibility of these affinity sanghas is to determine their own internal organization, including the makeup of their membership. This will allow a circle of belonging that feels safe to its members and create a refuge where they can relax into the intimacy of spiritual exploration. These sanghas provide a harbor of mutual respect and understanding.

If you are interested in joining a current sangha, please contact the facilitator at the contact information given below. If you would like to start a new sangha, please email IMCW.

Facilitator(s):Anna Johns, Luanna Long
Location:Arlington, VA
Level:All levels
Audience:All people who self-identify as Asian, Asian American, or those with Asian ancestry.
Meeting Frequency:Sundays, weekly
Description:
  • To provide a safe space for people of Asian descent to be seen, heard, and supported in our practice of mindfulness meditation and in our lived experience as Asians in American culture.
  • To explore and share Asian cultural challenges and impacts on our individual and collective psyches in light of the Buddha dharma.
  • To cultivate a conscious community that fosters authentic connection and a sense of belonging.

This sangha will be online during the virus. Please see the calendar page for details.

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Facilitator(s):La Samiento
Location:Washington, DC
Level:All levels
Audience:Anyone self-identified as LGBTQIA+
Meeting Frequency:Monthly on 2nd Saturdays (see calendar)
Description:

This sangha will be online during the virus. Please see the calendar page for details.

Aspirations of the IMCW LGBTQIA+ Sangha:

- To explore our LGBTQIA+ identities in the light of the Buddhist dharma, across multiple and intersecting lines of difference that include, but are not limited to: sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, age, and dis/abilities.

- To provide a safe and intimate space where LGBTQIA+s can deepen the practice of meditation and mindful dialogue.

- To study the dharma from diverse perspectives and to inspire insightful discussion.

- To cultivate a sense of belonging and community both within the LGBTQIA+ sangha and the larger IMCW sangha.


LGBTQIA & POC Diversity Statement

Diversity Terms

Mindful Sharing Guidelines

Meet us on IMCW LGBTQIA Sangha Facebook Group

Affinity Mailing List

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Facilitator(s):Steve Zappalla
Location:Tenleytown, Washington, DC
Level:All levels
Audience:Military and military veterans
Meeting Frequency:First Saturday, monthly
Description:

This sangha will be online during the virus. Please see the calendar page for details.

This sangha is for veterans of any branch and component and those currently serving on active duty.   

Providing an opportunity and community for Veterans who wish to meet and relate to other veterans.  Time will be used to talk about and practice how meditation and mindfulness practices can be used to help us in our lives.  Many of us in the Military have used mindfulness to perform our duties.  Now we can learn to bring these same skills to our life outside the military in a new and more useful way.  

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Facilitator(s):La Sarmiento
Location:Washington, DC
Level:All levels
Audience:Anyone self-identified as POC
Meeting Frequency:Monthly, 4th Saturdays (see calendar)
Description:

This sangha will be online during the virus. Please see the calendar page for details.

Aspirations of the People of Color Sangha:

To explore our identity as People of Color in the light of the Buddhist dharma, across multiple and intersecting lines of difference that include, but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, socio-economic class, age, and dis/abilities.

To provide a safe and intimate space where People of Color can deepen the practice of meditation and mindful dialogue.To study the dharma from diverse perspectives and to inspire insightful discussions.

To study the dharma from diverse perspectives and to inspire insightful discussions.

To cultivate a sense of belonging and community both within the People of Color sangha and the larger IMCW sangha.

LGBTQ & POC Diversity Statement

Mindful Sharing Guidelines

Join us at IMCW People of Color Sangha Facebook page!

Affinity Mailing List

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Facilitator(s):Alison Shapiro
Location:Virtual meeting (Zoom)
Level:All levels
Audience:Anyone self-identified as deaf or having a dis/ability, illness, or injury that affects their involvement with and interactions to their surroundings.
Meeting Frequency:Monthly, 2nd Mondays
Description:

Aspirations for Sangha for People with Dis/Abilities and Deaf People:

  •  To cultivate a safe space in which sangha members come together to share their collective experience and wisdom as they engage in deepening their practices of meditation, loving kindness, compassion and equanimity. 
  • To utilize this space to study the dharma from diverse perspectives.

Capacity: 25 people

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Facilitator(s):Steve Zappalla
Location:Washington, DC
Level:All levels
Audience:IMCW singles
Meeting Frequency:Monthly, 2nd Fridays (see Calendar)
Description:

This sangha will be online during the virus. Please see the calendar page for details.

An evening of Buddhist insight meditation, conscious communication and connection for IMCW singles.

The IMCW Singles Sangha is a welcoming community of people who gather to experience a shared connection with others who are, by choice or by circumstance, single 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.

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Facilitator(s):Alexandra "Ali" Arbogast
Location:Washington, DC
Level:All levels
Audience:Vegans and aspiring vegans
Meeting Frequency:Monthly on 4th Saturdays
Description:
  • Aspirations of the IMCW Vegan Sangha:

    • To provide community support for vegans and aspiring vegans who feel that the practice of mindfulness and compassion for all beings as expressed through a vegan lifestyle is integral to their dharma and spiritual path.
    • To explore and support each other to be vegan in a non-vegan world.
    • To provide a safe and intimate space to deepen the practice of meditation and mindful dialogue.
    • To study the dharma from diverse perspectives and to inspire insightful discussion.
    • To cultivate a sense of belonging and community both within the vegan sangha and the larger IMCW sangha.


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Facilitator(s):Rashmi Nair-Ripley
Location:McLean, VA
Level:All levels
Audience:Anyone self-identified as a woman.
Meeting Frequency:Weekly, Saturdays
Description:

This sangha will be online during the virus. Please see the calendar page for details.

The women's class is a place of friendship and safety honoring the uniqueness of each and every one who enters. By uncovering our true hearts and experiencing our true nature we live true and fulfilled lives.

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Facilitator(s): Ashleigh Enriquez and Luana Long
Location:Washington, DC
Level:All levels
Audience:Young adults
Meeting Frequency:3rd Saturdays, monthly
Description:

This sangha will be online during the virus. Please see the calendar page for details.

Young adults in the IMCW community and other mindfulness-based communities around DC gather for an afternoon of meditation practice, mindful communication, discussion, and tea.

The group is for those in their 20’s and 30’s who want to take part in a conscious, mindful community. We welcome young adults of all ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, and different abilities to our sangha.

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