Welcome

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Welcome to Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community (FIMC).

We are dedicated to fostering a welcoming refuge for all people to explore meditation, mindful living, and the teachings of the Buddha. We are committed to cultivating an appreciation of the value of diversity and to acknowledging the need to recognize and dissolve barriers that separate us from each other. We open our doors and hearts to all social identities including, but not limited to, all races, classes, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, abilities, cultures, and ethnicities.

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FIMC only meeting online currently
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the FIMC Board has decided to move our public offerings to an online format using Zoom. More Information about Zoom

Weekly Offerings

Next Monday

On Monday, January 5th, at 7PM (MST), there will be a virtual Dharma talk followed by a sitting meditation. Please stay for an optional discussion afterwards, beginning around 8:10PM.

Join Monday Sit

Zoom Meeting ID#: 246 725 464
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Monday's virtual meeting will open up at 6:30pm. Need to dial in? Learn How.

Next Wednesday

On Wednesday, January 5th, at 6:30PM (MST), there will be an online discussion group.

Join Wednesday Sit

Zoom Meeting ID#: 957 7492 7457
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Wednesday's virtual meeting will open up at 6pm. Need to dial in? Learn How.

Tea and Teapots

On Thursday, January 5th, at 6PM, there will be a Dharma talk followed by a sitting meditation. Please see Activities & Location for more details and location information.



Unfamiliar with the Zoom Platform; need help articles; find installer links? Please see FIMC's dedicated page for More Information about the platform and a great list of resources including how to Dial in.

Find out more information about Zoom Video Conferencing


Announcements

Upcoming "Social Dharma" Talk

An Evening Exploring Consciousness & Social Change

by Janine Schipper

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
6:00pm – 7:30pm (Arizona time)

In this “social dharma talk” Janine Schipper, sociology professor and dharma teacher, reflects on the relationship between consciousness and social change. Exploring one of the most destructive collective illusions of Western Society— that we are separate from each other and separate from the rest of the natural world— Janine asks: How may we begin to heal the divisions with each other and with the more than human world? What is the relationship between mindfulness practices and social justice work? How may mindfulness practices foster positive social change and how may a social justice orientation complement our mindfulness practices?

Through guided meditations and conversation, participants will have an opportunity to explore not only how to begin healing these divisions, but also how to embody the profound insights gained through mindfulness practices and become the change we wish to see in the world.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82024198937?pwd=VS9rVzdRVzI1cTFtdk1yb2xhQk1sZz09

Meeting ID#: 820 2419 8937
Password: 611550
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Janine Schipper is a professor of sociology at Northern Arizona University where she writes about and teaches courses in environmental sociology and contemplative studies. She is the co-author of Teaching with Compassion: An Educator’s Oath to Teach from the Heart (Rowman & Littlefield 2018) and author of Disappearing Desert: The Growth of Phoenix and the Culture of Sprawl (University of Oklahoma Press 2008) Janine is a teacher at the Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community and facilitates workshops on compassion and mindfulness practices. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her husband and three wild beautiful children.

See original announcement.

Special Guest Teacher

Dharma Talk
by Neesha Patel

Monday, April 12th, 2021
Starting at 7:00 pm
During the regular virtual Monday Night Sit

Please come join us for this special event with guest teacher, Neesha Patel. She will be sharing with us a Dharma talk during our regular Monday night gathering.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/246725464
Meeting ID#: 246 725 464
Password: 306049
Virtual meeting will be open at 6:30 pm.
Need to dial in? Learn how.

Neesha Patel PhD is deeply grateful for the liberative teachings of the Buddha. She has been fortunate to have learned and practiced in both Asia and the US. Her practice has been influenced by the guidance of many wonderful teachers including Sayadaw U Tejaniya and Thai Forest Tradition teachers.

See original announcement.

Envisioning FIMC Post-Pandemic Survey

Dear Sangha,

The FIMC board of directors is looking forward to a time when we can meet and practice together in person again. Although we don't envision that happening for some time to come, we want to take this opportunity to engage with you, our community, to renew our vision for the future of FIMC.

This means considering practical matters for the time when we can reopen, as well as broader questions about what we want our community to be moving forward. As we come through this time when most of our norms have been upended, let us embrace the opportunity to start fresh.

We hope you will imagine where FIMC fits in your vision of the future, and share that vision with us. In that light, we are offering a short survey which you can find here. Please take a few moments to fill it out and help us decide on our next steps. For further input and discussion we will also schedule an online community meeting in the near future.

Many thanks for your help, and be well!
The FIMC Board of Directors

4-week Study Group on Samādhi

Samādhi: The Unification of the Mind

A 4-week study/practice group exploring stabilizing of the attention in meditation practice

March 17 - April 14, 2021 ONLINE
Wednesdays 6:00pm to 7:30pm AZ & CA time (no meeting on April 7th)

Take the next step on your spiritual path through exploring this quality that is essential for our meditation practice: Samādhi. Samādhi refers to the stabilization of attention or unification of the mind. We will be using Chapter 5 of Rob Burbea's book, The Seeing that Frees to provide insight into exploring the cultivation of Samādhi. You can purchase Rob's book at a local bookstore (such as Brightside Bookshop in Flagstaff), or Bookshop.org, or on Amazon.

If purchasing this book is out of your financial means, please contact Brian Lesage at contact@liberatingawareness.com for support in accessing the reading material for this class.

Requirements:

  1. Commit to attending all four classes.
  2. Engage in a daily meditation practice during the course.
  3. Have a preliminary understanding of Insight meditation and have been on at least one Insight meditation retreat or have regularly attended a Insight meditation sitting group. Please check-in with the teacher, Brian Lesage at contact@liberatingawareness.com if you are uncertain if you meet this requirement.
  4. Have access to Chapter 5 of Rob Burbea's book, The Seeing that Frees

Registration is Required: Course Registration Form
Registration closes on March 15th.

Any applications received after registration closes will be admitted as room permits.
Once you have registered for the class, you will be sent details for the class, including the Zoom link for the course.

There is NO FEE for this study group. The teachings of the Buddha have been sustained by the 2,500 year old tradition of dana, a Pali word meaning "generosity.” Our teacher receives no compensation for his services. Retreatants are encouraged to help Brian lead a life devoted to teaching the dharma by offering donations to him at the retreat's end. In the act of giving, we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and honor our inter-connectedness.

For More Information: Email registrar@flagstaffinsight.org

See original announcement.

Daily Morning Silent Meditation

Morning Silent Meditation

Mondays through Fridays
7:30am to 8:00am MST (AZ time)
Start Date: Monday, January 4, 2021
Zoom Link: Click Here
Meeting ID: 830 3029 9483
Passcode: 108108
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Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community (FIMC) is excited to announce this new opportunity to practice together as a community​ in silent meditation. This is a wonderful way to kick start and encourage your regular meditation practice. It is a chance to both receive the benefit of practicing with others as well as offer support to others through participating. These sits will have a facilitator who, depending on their availability, will remain after the sit from 8:00 to 8:15am MST (AZ time) for questions and/or discussion.

For More Information: contact@flagstaffinsight.org

See original announcement.

Feedback Wanted - Diversity & Inclusion Survey

Diversity & Inclusion Survey

Dear FIMC community, We are dedicated to fostering a welcoming refuge for all people to explore meditation, mindful living, and the teachings of the Buddha. In order to continue with this vision, we would love to hear from you by filling out a brief survey. This survey is confidential and will not record any personal information.

Click here to complete the brief survey.

Wishing you peace and well-being,
The FIMC Diversity Committee

Confronting Racism

We continue to be confronted with the historical legacy of racism that is interwoven into the very fabric of our society. Names such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have now been added to the seemingly endless list of unarmed black people murdered by police. Our hearts are heavy with a mixture of feelings such as grief and outrage and compassion.

At the heart of our practice is a desire to see clearly. At this time, we are being called to face the realities of discrimination that black, indigenous, and other people of color face daily in our country and around the world. We acknowledge that as an organization, FIMC has failed to adequately address issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are at the beginning of our journey to investigate how we can be present with these issues, and be of better service to both our sangha family, and to people of color in our wider community. This work will not be easy, but we are committed to it as an essential part of opening the pathway to freedom.

It is said the Buddha’s teachings turn upright what has been overturned. In light of this, we commit to this principle of righting wrongs by learning to decenter whiteness and to deepen our listening.
-Brian Lesage, FIMC Guiding Teacher

We encourage white members of our community to explore how their hearts and minds have been overturned by habitual tendencies rooted in racism and bias.

In that light, we invite you to read two essays written by Buddhist practitioners of color, which offer two perspectives on the intersection between racial justice and our practice:

A central principle of Buddhist ethics is that we practice not for ourselves but for the benefit of all; therefore, the conditioning that perpetuates racial suffering and separation is to be known and uprooted through our practice and our actions. We all have a part to play in the symphony of racial healing."
-Ruth King, African American psycologist & meditation teacher

One way FIMC plans to move forward is by making diversity, inclusion, and equity a top priority. We will educate ourselves on how we can do this skillfully, commit to concrete actions as soon as possible, and announce these actions to our community. If you would like to join us and get involved with these first steps, please contact us at contact@flagstaffinsight.org

May our work together bring freedom and happiness to all beings everywhere without exception.

May all of us turn upright what has been overturned to dispel the tyranny of racism.

Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community (FIMC) Board of Directors:
Allen Atkins
Laura LaBranche
Brian Lesage
Leslie McLean
Tasha Miller Griffith
Janine Schipper
Chris Taesali

contact@flagstaffinsight.org
www.flagstaffinsight.org

Opportunities to Help

For those in our sangha who are at home and looking for meaningful ways to connect and contribute during these challenging times, we would like to offer a few suggestions.

To our healthcare providers and other essential workers, who are working harder than ever, we would like to offer our deep appreciation and thanks.

Opportunities to help

  • FIMC is looking for volunteers to assist in hosting Zoom meetings. If you are able to help support the tech side of this, please contact Chris at contact@flagstaffinsight.org
  • If you are willing to give a short dana talk at an online sit (no technical ability required) please contact Tasha at contact@flagstaffinsight.org
  • Dharma Relief, a Buddhist organization formed to provide protective gear for medical workers, is seeking both donations and help with coordinating local distribution of masks. For more information please visit https://dharmarelief.org/
  • Reaching out to neighbors, friends, and local organizations such as food banks and animal shelters are also wonderful ways help

We hope that this time of disruption can also be an opportunity to deepen our practice, to appreciate our interconnectedness, and to offer our service. We are continuing to gather online every Monday and Thursday evenings, and we have a new gathering on Wednesdays. Everyone is welcome to join us, which now includes anyone with internet or phone access, no matter their physical location. Details of how to connect to each gathering are posted on the main page at http://flagstaffinsight.org/

Wishing you health, safety, and peace,

The FIMC board

FIMC Virtual Online Meeting Passwords

Starting today, all future online public meetings hosted by FIMC will use passwords.

Passwords are now enabled for our next Monday meeting on April 20th, 2020 and all other public offerings. Password information is provided in this email and on our website homepage so that participants can easily find the resources needed to join each meeting.

We kindly ask that you familiarize yourself with the information below to help us navigate our implementation of passwords.

Why is FIMC choosing to enable passwords?

It has come to our attention that there are individuals that have been Zoom bombing public meetings and sharing unwanted content via video, screen, chat, etc. Therefore, to reduce the chances of this happening to one of our meetings, FIMC has implemented several protections and is now enabling passwords for all our public offerings.

Please do not share our meeting passwords online.

FIMC asks that if anyone wants to share our offerings online—via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, forums, other websites, etc—we ask they only share the direct link to our website for instructions on connecting, where the meeting information (including password) can be found and not the passwords themselves.

 
Why shouldn't we share passwords on other sites?

By sharing passwords on other platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, forums), our risk significantly increases.

Why can FIMC share the passwords on its website?

We have implemented code on our website (and in this email) to reduce the chances that hackers/robots can scan our pages to extract this information. This code is designed to require an individual to actually read the password—with the intention of preventing robots extracting this information automatically via code or scripting.

Will the passwords change?

Each weekly meeting has it's own unique password—Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday—and these passwords will not change week to week at this time. We will notify our community via email and website if passwords change in the future.

Having trouble reading the passwords below or on our website?

Please reach out to help@flagstaffinsight.org for assistance.

See original announcement.

Caring for Our Community: FIMC Temporarily Meeting Online Only

Dear friends,
 
As a way of embodying Wise Action that is informed by care and compassion, the FIMC Board has decided to move our public offerings to an online format for now. We are not cancelling our offerings, rather we are offering a new format for our community to continue to connect during these changing times.

We will begin to meet online starting Monday, March 16th at 7:00pm (MST/PDT). Please visit the FIMC Website for more information on how to participate on Mondays and Thursdays.

It is important that we do what we can to support the overall health and well-being of our community, including those in vulnerable populations and our health care system. In light of this, the FIMC physical location will be closed until further notice.

It is especially important and valuable at this time to come together to practice in community, in whatever form is available. This can even be a wonderful practice opportunity to switch from an individual or small group perspective into a collective perspective of what is best for the whole. Our spiritual practice at its core is meant to support us in meeting such uncertain times with wisdom, compassion, and equanimity. In this moment in which 'social distancing' is encouraged to maintain our physical well-being, we can continue to come together as a community to explore and support each other in the practice of the Dharma by gathering online.
 
FORMAT and PLATFORM
 
FIMC will be hosting our weekly online sits (meetings) using the Zoom platform, which is FREE to participants, and allows them to connect via computer, phone app, or dial in by long distance phone call. Links and information for each meeting will be posted on our website. We plan to offer time in advance of each sit's regular starting time to help assist those with challenges connecting. We welcome participants to start the process of joining a meeting early if they are unfamiliar with the platform, or new to participating in online meeting spaces.  
 
SUPPORT

For our first online meeting, Monday March 16th, we will be opening up the meeting 1 hour early at 6pm (subsequently 30 minutes early), with a regular start time of 7pm for the Monday sit. This is to provide enough time for community members who are new to this format to join the meeting, and for support to have sufficient time to help anyone having trouble connecting. After attempting to join the meeting, if you continue to have trouble connecting, please contact us at:

help@flagstaffinsight.org or send us a message via our FIMC Facebook page.

     - Please include your phone number if you would like someone to call you.

MORE INFORMATION

For anyone seeking more information on the novel coronavirus, or to clarify our perspective on this decision, please see the following resources:


Sincerely,
The FIMC Board

 

See original announcement.

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