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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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FIMC Switching to Virtual Online Meetings
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the FIMC Board has decided to move our public offerings to an online format for now. Please see information below in New Announcements.

POSTPONED: Mindful Music at the Sangha

Due to COVID-19 there are many precautions being taken and communities are being asked that many nonessential social gatherings should be postponed or cancelled. Thus FIMC plans postpone the following activities and will make further announcements when these activities resume.

  • Mindful Music at the Sangha (postponed until further notice)

Next Monday

On Monday, January 5th, at 7PM, there will be a virtual Dharma talk followed by a sitting meditation. Please stay for an optional discussion afterwards, beginning around 8:10PM.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/246725464
Meeting ID#: 246 725 464

Monday's virtual meeting will open up at 6:30pm. Need to dial in? Learn How.

Next Thursday

On Thursday, January 5th, at 6PM, there will be a virtual Dharma talk followed by a sitting meditation.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/804836431
Meeting ID#: 804 836 431

Thursday's virtual meeting will open up at 5:30pm. Need to dial in? Learn How.

On Thursday, January 5th, at 6PM, there will be a Dharma talk followed by a sitting meditation. Please see Activities & Location for more details and location information.



Find out more information about Zoom Video Conferencing

Unfamiliar with the Zoom Platform; need help articles; find installer links? Please see FIMC's dedicated page for More Information about the platform and a great list of resources including how to Dial in.


New Announcements

April 14 Final Virtual Meeting for Book Club

Virtual Instructions for Study and Discussion Group
for the book,“Dancing with Life” by Phillip Moffitt

FINAL VIRTUAL MEETING DATE - no in-person meeting:
April 14th 6-7 pm (reflection on Book 4: 4th Noble Truth & Eightfold Path)

Please join us by computer or phone; internet access is required. If you haven't been able to attend the first two meetings, you can join us now! Apologies if this format does not work for you. We may have a similar book study in the future in-person so stay tuned.

Download the ZOOM app for your computer/phone Or simply paste the URL below into your browser.
https://coconino.zoom.us/j/2338754180
Personal Meeting ID: 233-875-4180

Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

See original announcement.

Caring for Our Community: FIMC Temporarily Meeting Online Only

Dear friends,
 
As a way of embodying Wise Action that is informed by care and compassion, the FIMC Board has decided to move our public offerings to an online format for now. We are not cancelling our offerings, rather we are offering a new format for our community to continue to connect during these changing times.

We will begin to meet online starting Monday, March 16th at 7:00pm (MST/PDT). Please visit the FIMC Website for more information on how to participate on Mondays and Thursdays.

It is important that we do what we can to support the overall health and well-being of our community, including those in vulnerable populations and our health care system. In light of this, the FIMC physical location will be closed until further notice.

It is especially important and valuable at this time to come together to practice in community, in whatever form is available. This can even be a wonderful practice opportunity to switch from an individual or small group perspective into a collective perspective of what is best for the whole. Our spiritual practice at its core is meant to support us in meeting such uncertain times with wisdom, compassion, and equanimity. In this moment in which 'social distancing' is encouraged to maintain our physical well-being, we can continue to come together as a community to explore and support each other in the practice of the Dharma by gathering online.
 
FORMAT and PLATFORM
 
FIMC will be hosting our weekly online sits (meetings) using the Zoom platform, which is FREE to participants, and allows them to connect via computer, phone app, or dial in by long distance phone call. Links and information for each meeting will be posted on our website. We plan to offer time in advance of each sit's regular starting time to help assist those with challenges connecting. We welcome participants to start the process of joining a meeting early if they are unfamiliar with the platform, or new to participating in online meeting spaces.  
 
SUPPORT

For our first online meeting, Monday March 16th, we will be opening up the meeting 1 hour early at 6pm (subsequently 30 minutes early), with a regular start time of 7pm for the Monday sit. This is to provide enough time for community members who are new to this format to join the meeting, and for support to have sufficient time to help anyone having trouble connecting. After attempting to join the meeting, if you continue to have trouble connecting, please contact us at:

help@flagstaffinsight.org or send us a message via our FIMC Facebook page.

     - Please include your phone number if you would like someone to call you.

MORE INFORMATION

For anyone seeking more information on the novel coronavirus, or to clarify our perspective on this decision, please see the following resources:


Sincerely,
The FIMC Board

 

See original announcement.

CANCELLED - Opening to Joy: Silent Retreat

Saturday & Sunday, March 28-29
Flagstaff, AZ

With Cathy Small

Register by: March 14, 2020

Meditation can feel like serious business. But if we cannot open to the joy and delight in our meditation and in our lives, our practice is missing the mark. Joy offers rewards beyond pleasantness, as it stills the heart, encourages our practice, and leads us to tranquility. This retreat examines the conditions that give rise to joy and engages participants in uncovering the natural places where joy is found through sitting and walking meditation, as well as our experiences off the cushion or chair.

This is a silent retreat, designed for beginners and experienced practitioners. There is NO FEE for this retreat. The teachings of the Buddha have been sustained by the 2,500 year-old tradition of dana, a Pali word meaning "generosity.” Our teacher receives no compensation for her services, and retreatants are encouraged to offer a gift, as they are able, in return for the gift of Cathy’s teaching.  

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:
Online Retreat Registration Form.

See the original announcement.

Mindful Music at the Sangha (POSTPONED)

Every Friday Night 7-9pm — Postponed Check back for updates. 
Starting February 7, 2020

In this weekly gathering we will combine the 2,600 year old practice of mindfulness with the ancient art of connecting with our community through the creation of music. Participants are invited to bring a musical instrument, their voice, or just their ears and hearts to mindfully engage in the arising and passing away of sound experience. Noting the feeling tones of harmony and dissonance and letting go of our expectations for the discovery of the moment, we will practice equanimity as a way of accepting our own sound offerings as well as those of our community. Ultimately, our goal is to experience the joy of connection and the freedom of creation in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

QUESTIONS? Contact Jeff at jefferyabowler@gmail.com or 928-853-5890.

Location: FIMC, 2708 N. Fourth Street, Suite B-3

See original announcement

"Dancing With Life" Study Group NEW DATES

UPDATE:

VIRTUAL MEETING DATES - no in-person meeting:
Tuesday March 24th 6-7 pm (reflection on Book 3: 3rd Noble Truth)
Tuesday March 31st 6-7 pm (reflection on Book 4: 4th Noble Truth)

Please join us by computer or phone; internet access is required. If you haven't been able to attend the first two meetings, you can join us now! Apologies if this format does not work for you. We may have a similar book study in the future in-person so stay tuned. 

Download the ZOOM app for your computer/phone
Or simply paste the URL below into your browser.  
https://coconino.zoom.us/j/2338754180​
Personal Meeting ID: 233-875-4180   
ONLY TO BE USED from 5:30 pm -7:30 pm on our two meeting dates. 

DETAILS ON THE STUDY GROUP:
CLICK ON THIS LINK to Study Guide Questions: DWL Study Guide
Author:  More details here: About Phillip Moffitt
Book: Amazon purchase options (Hardcopy, digital, audio) and publisher synopsis.

6 - 7 pm on select Tuesdays.

Study and Discussion Group for the book,“Dancing with Life” by Phillip Moffitt

Free books for the first 7 participants to reserve a spot!

Deepen your practice and connection to Sangha with this 5-week book study. Participants are asked to read this book during the course of the study and reflect on applications and integration of the material using a free study-guide developed by the author. Actively investigate the experience of dukkha, the causes of dukkha and concepts such as not-self, attachment and impermanence as we study the 4 Noble Truths.

Facilitated by Melinda R. McKinney

To reserve your free book or to find out more, please email: melindarmckinney@gmail.com.
Or show up to the first meeting!

Location: FIMC, 2708 N. Fourth Street, Suite B-3

See original announcement.

Offering Additional Thursday Night Sits

Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm 

Beginning January 30

We will be offering an additional weekly teacher-led program that will include 30 or more minutes of sitting meditation practice with instruction. These Thursday offerings may include discussions of particular teachings, explorations of relational ways of engaging in this path, or guided meditations. The details, including teacher and topic, plan to be posted on our website at least one week prior to each sit. We will continue to offer Monday night dharma talks.

Location: FIMC, 2708 N. Fourth Street, Suite B-3

FIMC Vision Statement

The Board of Directors would like to bring your attention to FIMC's new Vision Statement—which was presented at the December 4th community meeting:

"FIMC aspires to develop a supportive, inclusive, and healthy community that can grow and flourish. Our goal is to expand our offerings and to have a space that supports the needs of our community. We aspire to this goal while continuing with our generosity-based model which allows us to offer services freely, with the support of donations and volunteer service."

A reminder that FIMC's Mission, Vision, and Goals can be found on the About Us page.

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Find out more information about Zoom Video Conferencing

Unfamiliar with the Zoom Platform; need help articles; find installer links? Please see FIMC's dedicated Zoom page for More Information about the platform and a great list of resources.


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