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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

A Transition for FIMC and a Request

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your practice and your interest in the Dharma. Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community exists to serve you and the rest of the sangha to work towards our freedom from suffering and to create a thriving Buddhist community in Northern Arizona.

Overview
We are now at a crossroads and we need your participation in the next step. The generosity of the Bell Garden group has allowed us to use our current space for the past 6 or 7 years based on what was given as Dana (financial support) each week or on each retreat. They are ending their lease and now our community is considering to taking on this lease for one year to keep our current programs and to examine our space needs and consider our next step. The Board will be considering several options for housing our sits and retreats during this next year. The input from the January 22 meeting has been documented and the ideas will be further discussed in community meetings to be held this spring.

This process represents a change in how our community manages our aspirations and intentions. FIMC is committed to serve the community with the policy of Dana, the ancient Buddhist tradition which respects that everyone is welcome regardless of whether they can contribute.  Dana practice respects more of a sacred economy rather than the consumer economy we are all faced with each day.

Why is FIMC Asking this of its Community?
As part of this process it is necessary to have a budget to work from, to cover the costs of the lease and other expenses such as utilities and insurance, estimated to be about $15,000 for the year.  A community meeting was held on January 22 and about 30 Practitioners attended, discussed ideas, concerns and dedication to this plan. The Board members and teachers in the community along with many at the meeting, have made financial pledges for 2019 so that the Board has a predictable source of income.

Make a Pledge
We are asking you to also consider a pledge of support over the next year. Make a pledge to FIMC for 2019 today. As you will see, we would like to know what total contribution will be, and then specify how you plan to make the payment, as a monthly or one-time contribution.

How to Donate
In order to make that donation, we accept various methods of donations (Check, Bill Pay, Credit Cards, PayPal, etc). Please see our online documentation for many different Donation Methods. Some methods can be setup to automatically be sent every month (see Bill Pay, and PayPal).

If you do not have sufficient resources at this time to participate, thank you for your continuing participation in our community.

We thank the community for all that you do for FIMC and one another, and we look forward to being able to continue and serve everyone in the future!
 
With Metta,
The FIMC Board of Directors

See the Original Announcement.

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: Goodwilled Hunting: A Modest Look into Kamma, Self, and Mindfulness

A three-week dhamma discussion

February 13, 20, 27, 2019
Wednesdays 7pm to 8:00pm

There will be an opportunity for sitting, 6:00 to 6:45 p.m., for those who are able to attend. 
Facilitated By: John Gordon

This three-week collaborative dhamma study is based on the notion that an informed conceptual framework can help to nudge our practice along. We will read (in advance), discuss, and hope to make meaningful (and useful) three articles by Ajahn Sucitto, a Theravada monk in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah.
 
These articles attempt to tease out what (early) Buddhism might mean by the (sometimes confounding) terms, kamma, self, and mindfulness. With any luck, we might come to some deeper understanding of their relationship to one another. If nothing else, we can cultivate goodwill trying.
 
The articles by Ajahn Sucitto can be found on his website (ajahnsucitto.org), under “articles.”
Here are links:
Week 1: Kamma, self, and liberation
Week 2: Mindfulness and the relational field
Week 3: Mindfulness: Its friends and relatives

This series will be facilitated by John Gordon, a member of the FIMC sangha. John will have a thought or two but regards these discussions as an occasion for creating a genuine (if temporary) ‘community of interpreters’. For those who might be interested, there will be a kind of follow-up series in April that inquires more specifically into the practice of meditation, using Ajahn Sucitto’s little book, Meditation: An outline. (One can attend either without the other, however.)
 
Meditation: An outline (Ajahn Sucitto)

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.

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

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Meditation Retreat

The End of Suffering
A 2-day Silent Vipassana Meditation Retreat

March 16 & 17, 2019
Saturday & Sunday
Flagstaff, AZ

 

Register by March 2, 2019

Do you think the end of suffering is too ambitious a goal for a weekend retreat?  Think again! (Or, maybe, don’t think at all.)
     In this retreat, we seek to uncover what creates our unhappiness and discontent here and now, and how to release ourselves to greater contentment and ease. We use experiences both on and off the cushion to help us find freedom from suffering and touch the peace that comes from knowing ourselves beyond the transient conditions of our lives.
     This retreat provides an opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness in silence throughout the weekend in sitting and walking meditation.  We use the silent space of the retreat to be present with the flow of experience, and the deeper spaciousness and stillness that underlies that experience.  This retreat is designed for beginners and experienced practitioners.

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