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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

Taking Mindfulness off the Cushion: Foundations of Compassionate Communication

A Compassionate Communication Course

May 12th, Friday - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
May 13th, Saturday - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
May 14th, Sunday - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Flagstaff, AZ

Register By: April 21, 2017

This workshop will teach practical skills for intra- and interpersonal dialogue using a model called Compassionate (Nonviolent) Communication (CC) that is used around the globe to resolve conflicts, enhance relationships, and improve well-being. Through interactive learning exercises focused on the foundations and skills of CC and periods of sitting and walking meditation, participants will increase their capacity to bring compassion and mindfulness to their relationships. This workshop is designed for persons with some mindfulness meditation experience and for those who are either new to CC or have some experience with the model.

See original announcement for more information.

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.

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!

Mindful Hiking Retreat

A day-long silent hike

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
9:00am - 3:30pm
Flagstaff, AZ

Register By: April 16, 2017

Explore the power of mindfulness in an outdoor setting. This will be an opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness while hiking in silence throughout the day. The hiking will be interspersed with sitting meditation as well as time for discussion. 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.

See original announcement.

​Getting the Most Out of Noting & Labeling

A 6-Week Course
April 5th - May 10th
Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm

There are as many vipassana meditation techniques as there are teachers: the ubiquitous Breath Meditation, S.N. Goenka's Body Scan, Awareness of Body Sensations as elaborated by Ruth Dennison, and Mahasi Sayadaw's "Burmese Method," known in the west as "Noting" are just a few. It is only essential to know a single technique, but it can be useful to have other "tools in your meditation toolbox" to complement or contrast with your base practice.

See original announcement.

​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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