Welcome

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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)

Weekly Offerings

Next Monday

On Monday, January 5th, at 7PM (MST), 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
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Monday's virtual meeting will open up at 6:30pm. Need to dial in? Learn How.

Monday, July 13, 2020 7PM
- Arizona, Mountain Standard Time (MST)Dharma Talk: Janine Schipper

Next Wednesday

On Wednesday, January 5th, at 6:30PM (MST), there will be an online discussion group.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95774927457
Meeting ID#: 957 7492 7457
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Wednesday's virtual meeting will open up at 6pm. Need to dial in? Learn How.

Tea and Teapots

Next Thursday

On Thursday, January 5th, at 6PM (MST), 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
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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.


Thursday, July 9, 2020 6PM
- Arizona, Mountain Standard Time (MST)Special Event: Kan YanEmbodied Dharma:  What dance can teach us about mindfulness


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

Special Guest Teacher July 9th

Embodied Dharma:
What dance can teach us about mindfulness
with Kan Yan

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
Starting at 6:00 pm
During the regular virtual Thursday Night Sit

Often times our practice is associated with sitting still. Yet in the Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta the Buddha advises practitioners that "[w]hatever posture their body is in, they know it" and to act "with situational awareness when going out and coming back; when looking ahead and aside; when bending and extending the limbs" (DN 22). Many of us live in a culture that emphasizes the mind over the body in our awareness. Together we will explore how contemplative embodiment and movement can nourish our individual and collective liberation.

See original announcement.

Clarifying the Dynamics of Whiteness Study Group

Clarifying the Dynamics of Whiteness:
A Study Group for Exploration and Change

ONLINE - 5 sessions
July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 4, 2020
Tuesday's 6:00pm to 7:30pm (Arizona time)
with an optional sitting meditation from 5:15 to 5:45pm

Join us in exploring the dynamics of whiteness as a way of liberating our hearts and minds that leads onward to the liberation of all. In this 5-week study group, we will be reading the book “White Fragility” by Robin Di’Angelo to support a deeper understanding of the dynamics of whiteness in our communities and in our minds. In addition to meeting in the large group, there will be time for deeper discussion and connection in small groups. Our intention is to create a supportive atmosphere where we can safely explore these topics, as well as connect our explorations with our spiritual practice.

Registration is Required:
Course Registration Form

Once you register, links and other details for the course will be sent to you.

For More Information: Email registrar@flagstaffinsight.org,
or visit the FIMC Website

See original announcement.

FIMC Listening Circles

Tuesday June 23, 2020
5pm Arizona / 8pm Eastern

Listening circles create openings for transformative love, wisdom, and healing. We are offering two listening circles to provide sangha members an opportunity to share the impact of the recent tragic events of racial oppression, and to tie these experiences into our spiritual practice.  
 
Two listening circles will be offered, more information below:

  1. Listening circle for people of color (POC)
  2. Listening circle for white people/non-POC

Listening circle for people of color

Facilitated by Kan Yan, this group will gather to explore being People of Color (POC), and the different experiences each of us has within that umbrella term. It’s an opportunity to investigate together--as individuals and as members of a dharma community--our relationship to race in this particular American moment, connecting over shared experiences and learning from our differences.
 
Many of us have conversations about race and our experiences within our own racial group. This is a forum to come together with people who don’t all look like you, but also have to navigate this world based on their proximity to whiteness. It’s an opportunity to create and deepen connections with other POC and foster solidarity and community.
 
This event is open to anyone who sees themselves as a POC and/or people who are seen by others as a POC.
 
Maybe you have been doing your own work around our racial identity, or maybe you know you need to and don’t know where to start. You are welcome at any point in your journey. You don’t have to be perfectly politically correct, or up-to-date on all the latest race theory. This is a space for us to learn from each other’s stories. It’s ok to say things wrong, we just ask that you are respectful of all people and experiences in the room.
 
Zoom Link for FIMC Listening Circle – For People of Color
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81508846454
Meeting ID#: 815 0884 6454
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Information about Dialing in by Phone.


Listening circle for white people/non-POC

Facilitated by Janine Schipper, this group is open to white people, or people who do not identify as people of color and often have the experience as being seen by others as white.  
 
This gathering provides an opportunity to investigate together--as individuals and as members of a dharma community--our relationship to race in this particular American moment. The intention of this gathering is to create a safe container for connection and support for sharing how you have been impacted by the recent events of racial oppression and how to deepen our wisdom both personally and as a collective. 
 
Maybe you have been doing your own work around whiteness or racialization, or maybe you know you need to and don’t know where to start. You are welcome at any point in your journey. You don’t have to be perfectly politically correct, or up-to-date on all the latest race theory. This is a space for us to learn from each other’s stories. It’s ok to say things wrong, we just ask that you are respectful of all people and experiences in the room.
 
Zoom Link for FIMC Listening Circle - White people/non-POC
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84702483080
Meeting ID#: 847 0248 3080
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Information about Dialing in by Phone.


Some questions you may have:

Why are there two separate listening circles based on racial identity? Doesn’t this foster separation, not inclusion?

Affinity groups allow support and exploration to happen within a group that shares a common identity.  For people who are members of marginalized groups, these affinity groups can often create a space of deep support and safety that can allow for explorations which wouldn’t be possible in a larger community gathering. 
 
These groups are part of the process of creating a socially just community where everyone and every part of us feels welcomed and respected.  Taking time separately allows us to join together collectively with wisdom, and create connection rather than harm. 

How are these listening groups related to Buddhism and the mission of FIMC?

The Buddha offers a clear and direct description of what freedom or awakening is, namely it is a heart free of greed, hatred, and delusion.  Systemic racism is both an individual and collective manifestation of hatred, and in order to embody this aspiration of awakening for all, it is imperative that we address this form of hatred in our hearts and in our communities.
 
At 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.


About the Teachers

Kan Yan has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over a decade in various Zen and Insight traditions both in the US and Asia. He has a meditation teacher certification from the Interdependence Project and participated in Spirit Rock's Advanced Practitioner Program. He currently trains and coaches executives in leadership skills and has designed and facilitated mindful leadership retreats. He has organized POC discussions for dharma communities in his hometown of Austin, TX. 

Janine Schipper is a professor of sociology at Northern Arizona University where she writes about and teaches courses in environmental sociology and contemplative studies. She is the co-author of Teaching with Compassion: An Educator’s Oath to Teach from the Heart and author of Disappearing Desert: The Growth of Phoenix and the Culture of Sprawl. Janine is a teacher at the Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community and facilitates workshops on compassion and mindfulness practices. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her husband and three wild beautiful children.

Confronting Racism

We continue to be confronted with the historical legacy of racism that is interwoven into the very fabric of our society. Names such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have now been added to the seemingly endless list of unarmed black people murdered by police. Our hearts are heavy with a mixture of feelings such as grief and outrage and compassion.

At the heart of our practice is a desire to see clearly. At this time, we are being called to face the realities of discrimination that black, indigenous, and other people of color face daily in our country and around the world. We acknowledge that as an organization, FIMC has failed to adequately address issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are at the beginning of our journey to investigate how we can be present with these issues, and be of better service to both our sangha family, and to people of color in our wider community. This work will not be easy, but we are committed to it as an essential part of opening the pathway to freedom.

It is said the Buddha’s teachings turn upright what has been overturned. In light of this, we commit to this principle of righting wrongs by learning to decenter whiteness and to deepen our listening.
-Brian Lesage, FIMC Guiding Teacher

We encourage white members of our community to explore how their hearts and minds have been overturned by habitual tendencies rooted in racism and bias.

In that light, we invite you to read two essays written by Buddhist practitioners of color, which offer two perspectives on the intersection between racial justice and our practice:

A central principle of Buddhist ethics is that we practice not for ourselves but for the benefit of all; therefore, the conditioning that perpetuates racial suffering and separation is to be known and uprooted through our practice and our actions. We all have a part to play in the symphony of racial healing."
-Ruth King, African American psycologist & meditation teacher

One way FIMC plans to move forward is by making diversity, inclusion, and equity a top priority. We will educate ourselves on how we can do this skillfully, commit to concrete actions as soon as possible, and announce these actions to our community. If you would like to join us and get involved with these first steps, please contact us at contact@flagstaffinsight.org

May our work together bring freedom and happiness to all beings everywhere without exception.

May all of us turn upright what has been overturned to dispel the tyranny of racism.

Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community (FIMC) Board of Directors:
Allen Atkins
Laura LaBranche
Brian Lesage
Leslie McLean
Tasha Miller Griffith
Janine Schipper
Chris Taesali

contact@flagstaffinsight.org
www.flagstaffinsight.org

Opportunities to Help

For those in our sangha who are at home and looking for meaningful ways to connect and contribute during these challenging times, we would like to offer a few suggestions.

To our healthcare providers and other essential workers, who are working harder than ever, we would like to offer our deep appreciation and thanks.

Opportunities to help

  • FIMC is looking for volunteers to assist in hosting Zoom meetings. If you are able to help support the tech side of this, please contact Chris at contact@flagstaffinsight.org
  • If you are willing to give a short dana talk at an online sit (no technical ability required) please contact Tasha at contact@flagstaffinsight.org
  • Dharma Relief, a Buddhist organization formed to provide protective gear for medical workers, is seeking both donations and help with coordinating local distribution of masks. For more information please visit https://dharmarelief.org/
  • Reaching out to neighbors, friends, and local organizations such as food banks and animal shelters are also wonderful ways help

We hope that this time of disruption can also be an opportunity to deepen our practice, to appreciate our interconnectedness, and to offer our service. We are continuing to gather online every Monday and Thursday evenings, and we have a new gathering on Wednesdays. Everyone is welcome to join us, which now includes anyone with internet or phone access, no matter their physical location. Details of how to connect to each gathering are posted on the main page at http://flagstaffinsight.org/

Wishing you health, safety, and peace,

The FIMC board

A Weekly Discussion Group with Eric Kolvig

Every Wednesday Night 6:30-8pm
Starting April 22, 2020

Hosted by: Eric Kolvig

The times are hard.  We can't hug each other, but we can gather together to talk about what's important. This weekly dharma discussion group will meet Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 on Zoom for as long as the pandemic confines us to our homes.

Join us.

DIRECTIONS FOR JOINING THE MEETING:
Topic: A Weekly Discussion Group with Eric Kolvig
Time: Apr 22, 2020 06:30-8:00 PM Arizona (Every Wednesday)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95774927457
Meeting ID: 957 7492 7457
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Information about Dialing in by Phone.

See original announcement.

FIMC Virtual Online Meeting Passwords

Starting today, all future online public meetings hosted by FIMC will use passwords.

Passwords are now enabled for our next Monday meeting on April 20th, 2020 and all other public offerings. Password information is provided in this email and on our website homepage so that participants can easily find the resources needed to join each meeting.

We kindly ask that you familiarize yourself with the information below to help us navigate our implementation of passwords.

Why is FIMC choosing to enable passwords?

It has come to our attention that there are individuals that have been Zoom bombing public meetings and sharing unwanted content via video, screen, chat, etc. Therefore, to reduce the chances of this happening to one of our meetings, FIMC has implemented several protections and is now enabling passwords for all our public offerings.

Please do not share our meeting passwords online.

FIMC asks that if anyone wants to share our offerings online—via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, forums, other websites, etc—we ask they only share the direct link to our website for instructions on connecting, where the meeting information (including password) can be found and not the passwords themselves.

 
Why shouldn't we share passwords on other sites?

By sharing passwords on other platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, forums), our risk significantly increases.

Why can FIMC share the passwords on its website?

We have implemented code on our website (and in this email) to reduce the chances that hackers/robots can scan our pages to extract this information. This code is designed to require an individual to actually read the password—with the intention of preventing robots extracting this information automatically via code or scripting.

Will the passwords change?

Each weekly meeting has it's own unique password—Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday—and these passwords will not change week to week at this time. We will notify our community via email and website if passwords change in the future.

Having trouble reading the passwords below or on our website?

Please reach out to help@flagstaffinsight.org for assistance.

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.

Mindful Music at the Sangha (POSTPONED)

Every Friday Night 7-9pm — Postponed Check back for updates. 

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

Offering Additional Thursday Night Sits

Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm 

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: Online for the time being. 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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