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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

Study Group: The Meeting of Zen and Insight Meditation

A 3-week study group on the Zen text – Actualizing the Fundamental Point (Genjo Koan). By Zen Master Dogen.

Wednesdays - August 9, 16, & 30, 2017
7:15pm to 8:45pm

Join us in taking the next step on your spiritual path through exploring this illuminating Zen text in this 3-week course. The course will consist of weekly gatherings in which we will study this text by Zen Master Dogen through discussion in a way that informs our lives and our insight meditation practice in a very practical way.

Must commit to the entire three weeks.
Must be willing to commit to a daily meditation practice during the 3-week course.
Must have a preliminary understanding of Vipassana meditation and have done at least one vipassana meditation retreat or have regularly attended a vipassana meditation sitting group (please check-in with the teacher, Brian Lesage, if you are uncertain if you meet this requirement).

Registration is Required:
Course Registration Form
Registration closes on August 7th, so please register before then. Any applications received after registration close will be admitted as room permits.

See original announcement.

Freedom Beyond the Confines of Personality

A 2-day Insight Meditation Retreat

August 5th and 6th, 2017
Saturday, Sunday
Flagstaff, AZ

Register By: July 20, 2017

Through living as a “little me,” many of us can get trapped by a continual self-improvement project to achieve some better, happier, or more complete self that never really pays off for us. We restrict ourselves and others within the limited confines of our personalities, which are always lacking and often separate from everyone else! This retreat invites participants to explore who we are beyond the confinement of our personalities, and to awaken to a vaster dimension of ourselves and others.

See original announcement for more information.

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!

Wednesday & Sunday Sit Update

Wednesday Sit

The Wednesday sit has been discontinued for the meantime.

Sunday Sit

July 30th, 2017 will be the last Sunday sit.

Thank you all for your interest and support for these sits over the years. Also, a wonderful thanks to John and others for keeping these sits going for so long!

Monthly Sunday Potluck

Every first Sunday of the Month

Please join us for our monthly community potluck party.

Please provide a vegan or vegetarian dish to share, and feel free to bring your family to partake in this mindfully joyous event!

For address details, please Contact Us.

Flyers will be provided on Monday nights with details as well.

​Monthly Dharma & Diversity Movie Nights

3rd Saturday of every month, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Come join us for evenings of informative movies and conversations on topics around diversity. One of the aims of Buddhist practice is to undermine the narrow confining conceptual constructs we place on 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). These movies 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!

Upcoming Movie Nights & Films:

Feb 18 - The Secret Life of Muslims
Mar 18 - Race: The Power of an Illusion Ep. 2
Apr 15 - Trans
May 20 - 13th
Jun 17 - Inlaws & Outlaws
Jul 15 - Diagnosing Difference


Bell Garden Buddhist Center
2708 North Fourth Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

See original announcement.

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