Mission & Values
Our guiding principles
IMCW is a community of individuals who share the common aspiration of awakening from suffering through the development of an ethical life, the cultivation of a loving heart and wise mind, and by learning to see ourselves, others, and the world clearly, just as they are.
Our offerings, which include online meditation classes, retreats and special events, are grounded in Buddhist Insight (Vipassana) teachings, and rest on the foundational practice of mindfulness. They are meant to be accessible to people of all backgrounds and beliefs who feel a sincere desire to be free from the suffering caused by fear, clinging, and the illusion of separation.
As a community, we:
- Continually re-affirm our dedication to dismantling systems of oppression—both internal and external—that keep us from moving towards the goal of liberation for all people, without exception.
- Commit to the open exchange of ideas. We support the practice of wise speech, as well as listening heartfully and mindfully. We value honesty and courage as we consider what is working and what is not working in our community.
- Prioritize the ethical conduct of our teachers, students, staff, and volunteers. We are a restorative community, and whenever possible seek to repair breaches of trust and facilitate healing.
- Are committed to the practice of joy, and seek opportunities to sing, dance, laugh, and have fun together! We enjoy each other’s company and view sangha as an essential element on the path of awakening.