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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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Notice: Sit Cancelled
Due to weather, the sit is cancelled for Monday, January 23, 2017. Be warm and be safe.

Next Monday

On Monday, January 5th, at 7PM, there will be a Dharma talk followed by a sitting meditation. Please stay for an optional discussion afterwards, beginning around 8:15PM. Please see Activities & Location for more details and location information.

New Announcements

Meditation Retreat

Finding Our True Refuge
A 2-day Insight Meditation Retreat
August 4th and 5th, 2018
Saturday, Sunday
Flagstaff, AZ

Register By: July 19, 2018

One day, I’ll be in a better place.  Many on the spiritual path are seeking a “true refuge,” where we envision that we will finally feel a sense of happiness, belonging, and safety. The journey, though, can take roads that never seem to arrive at our destination, like a mirage in the distance beyond our reach.  It is easy to get lost, confused and disappointed.

On this retreat, we explore together the roadmap to refuge, our true home. We use walking and sitting meditation in slinece to point the way, to touch the joy of finding refuge and to help us recognize where true refuge is not.

See original announcement.

Diversity Movie Night: Including Samuel

An award winning documentary about the inclusion of people with disabilities.  Directed by Dan Habib

Saturday, June 30th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Come join us for this evening of movie watching and conversation. One of the aims of Buddhist practice is to undermine the narrow confining conceptual constructs we place on ourselves and others. This allows us to create a space of inclusivity and compassion which are foundations of this path and the vision of Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community (FIMC). Diversity Movie Night will provide the basis for our explorations and discoveries that can lead to a greater awareness around pressing issues of difference facing the world we live in. Welcome one and all!
Bell Garden Buddhist Center
2708 North Fourth Street, Suite B-3
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Volunteer Opportunities

One of the unique qualities about the FIMC is its commitment to offering all events freely, which allows us to co-create a culture of open-hearted and reciprocal generosity. Within this context, there are a variety of opportunities for volunteers.

Please take a moment to let us know how you would like to contribute to this community by filling out this brief survey.

Thank you for your time and willingness to nourish our community!

Study Group: Deepening Our Contemplative Practices Through Asking The Big Questions

A 4-Week Course

July 18th - August 8th
Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm

Taught By: Janine Schipper

This 4-week study course will explore life’s Big Questions: Who am I? What’s True? What Matters?  The inner drive to ask these questions comes from a place different from our social conditioning.  As spiritual teacher Mooji explains, you don't need to explore these questions “for a job, you don't need it to get married, you don't need it to buy a house….” Yet, through asking such questions “many beings came out of confusion forever; free from the fear of dying, from the fear of living, free from the sense of other.”
Here are some of the teachings we’ll delve into as we explore these perennial questions:
Who am I? 
What did the Buddha say about who we are and why did the Buddha respond to many questions about the self with silence?
We will also examine modern teachings in non-duality that typically use the question “Who am I?” as an entryway into deeper contemplative practice.
What’s true?
How do our beliefs about reality lead to personal and collective suffering?  We will draw on “The Work” of Byron Katie to identify and question our taken-for-granted beliefs and assumptions at both individual and collective levels.
What matters? 
What really matters in life?  What will lead to happiness and well being for ourselves and others? How may we break out of social conditioning that constrains our hearts so that we may bring our hearts more fully into the world? We will look to the wisdom of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu for some insights into these questions.

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.” Participants are encouraged to help FIMC facilitate such programs as well as the teacher by offering donations at the end of the meeting. In the act of giving, we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and honor our inter-connectedness.

Bell Garden Buddhist Center
2708 N. Fourth Street, Suite B-3
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

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