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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, December 31, 2018. 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

August Meditation Retreat

Silence & Presence in the Outdoors
A 2-day Insight Meditation Retreat

August 31 - September 1, 2019
Saturday & Sunday
Flagstaff, AZ

Register by: August 16, 2019

Explore the power of mindfulness while immersed in the beauty and richness of nature. This will be an opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness in silence throughout the day—in sitting and walking meditation. In these silences we can penetrate our deepest wisdom and activate a natural compassion for ourselves and the world. The retreat is designed for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. There will also be time for discussion.

See original announcement.

Study Course - Tearing off the Sparkling Feel-Good Spiritual Bandaid

A 3-Week Course

August 7th, 14th, & 21st
Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm
Taught By: Janine Schipper

No Registration Required

Have you ever thought something along the lines of “Once I awaken or become enlightened, I will know exactly how to handle every situation with grace and wisdom?”
Or perhaps you have dismissed your emotions as unimportant because in meditation practice we watch the arising and passing of emotions, recognizing them as ultimately “empty.”
There is a very real tendency for us to place all of our apples in the spiritual basket, so to speak; to believe that spiritual practice will make all our problems disappear. In its extreme form, we may use spirituality as a mechanism to repress our most challenging feelings.  
While we may experience (and research confirms) tremendous benefits from spiritual practice, there can also be a shadow side to spiritual practice, what Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist John Wellwood calls spiritual bypassing.  According to Wellwood, a spiritual bypass is when we "use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks".
In this 3-week study course we will:

  • Learn to recognize spiritual bypassing and deepen our ability to apply our practice to daily living.
  • Explore the inherent emptiness of thoughts and feelings while concurrently recognizing their reality.
  • Learn strategies for being with and relating to challenging emotions while deepening our spiritual practice.

Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community Community Meeting

Rescheduled for July 31st!

FIMC opened a new chapter this past April as we took on the lease for the 4th Street space. In April 2020, our lease for the space that we are in comes up.  We would like to gather the community together and tap into your collective wisdom as we explore the future of the sangha.

At this meeting participants will all have an opportunity to contribute to the vision of the sangha.  What would you like the sangha to become and what type of space would support this vision?

We hope you can join us!  Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 5:45pm to 8:30pm
2708 North Fourth Street
Suite B-3
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

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