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.
Due to new CDC guidelines, FIMC is temporarily returning to an online-only format until we can develop new protocols for in-person gatherings.
See below for information and links.
September 30, 2021 - Continuation of Online Only
FIMC Board decided to remain online only for the month of October
On Monday, January 5th, at 7PM (MST), there will be a Dharma talk followed by a sitting meditation. Please stay for an optional discussion afterwards, beginning around 8:10PM.
Zoom Meeting ID#: 246 725 464
P a s s w o r d : 3 0 6 0 4 9
Monday's virtual meeting will open up at 6:30pm. Need to dial in? Learn How.
Weekly self-facilitated dharma support group and sit. See announcements below for details.
Zoom Meeting ID#: 957 7492 7457
P a s s w o r d : 3 1 2 1 0 5
Wednesday's virtual meeting will open up at 6:00pm. Need to dial in? Learn How.
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.
Guest Dharma Teacher
Climate Change & the Dharma
A Dharma Talk offered by Molly McCormick
Monday, October 11
7:00 pm during the regular virtual Monday night sit
"Our search for a querencia* is both a response to threat and a desire to find out who we are. And the discovery of a querencia, I believe, hinges on the perfection of a sense of place."
From The Rediscovery of North America by Barry Lopez
* In Spanish, la querencia refers to a place on the ground where one feels secure, a place from which one's strength of character is drawn.
Climate change is bringing unprecedented challenges that disrupt our sense of place. How can the teachings of the Dharma guide us through the feelings that arise when confronted with these challenges? What if we allowed ourselves to fully arrive in the present, including the place where our feet currently stand, on a landscape full of complexity and meaning? In this talk, we will cultivate a sense of place by exploring Flagstaff's ponderosa forest, what climate change is predicted to bring to it, and how cultivating mindfulness around often painful truths about climate change can liberate us from suffering.
Please come join us to explore this important topic with guest teacher, Molly McCormick. She will be sharing with us during our regular Monday night gathering.
Molly McCormick is a botanist and restoration ecologist. She has 20 years of experience working with people and the land, facilitating reciprocal and meaningful relationships. Some of her job titles have included naturalist guide, adventurer, native plant farmer, restoration story-teller, citizen science coordinator, herbalist, permaculture designer, rainwater harvester, and finally botanist and ecologist. She currently works for the federal government, supporting public lands management across the Southwest. She and her husband, Jeff Bowler, also have a native plant nursery and permaculture landscaping company called Plants for the People.
Weekly Dharma Support Group and Sit
Weekly Dharma Support Group and Sit (on Zoom)
Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:00pm
An intimate online support group of spiritual friends. Leaderless and lightly self-facilitated. After sitting 30 minutes, we ask if anyone has brought a topic or would like support with a challenge. We support each other with deep listening and by offering our individual experiences and understanding of the dharma. This offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationships as spiritual friends and our practice together. We abide by the group agreements for confidentiality, listening, and participation used for discussions after Monday sits. Please join us.
Special 3-Week Class
Healing through Compassion
Tuesdays: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19
6:30 - 7:30 pm
In this time where many people feel like the earth is upside down and shaking, changing rapidly in ways that feel overwhelming and difficult to understand, it can be quite helpful to have tools available to help us cope, regulate our nervous systems and feel more peaceful.
If you find yourself more reactive and less able to feel calm, or are just curious to learn more about compassion practices, this class may be a good fit for you. You will learn and have an opportunity to practice a series of compassion and self regulation tools that can benefit your overall health and well being, improve relationships and provide an alternative lens for viewing the events of the world with a fresh perspective.
Previous meditation experience encouraged but not required.
Please register for this class by October 1st.
Michelle McClatchie is a licensed therapist in private practice, spiritual counselor, mindfulness teacher and founder of Many Mindful Moments. She is dedicated to helping people become more aware, to discover their inner strength & to find peace in their minds & hearts. She loves everything Nature and can often be found outside with her two dogs, likely meditating and immersed in the present moment.
Introductory Insight Meditation Class Series
Insight Meditation Classes (On Zoom)
A 6-week online course offered in collaboration with NAU Employee Assistance and Wellness.
Guided by Drs. Allen Atkins, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Finance and Cathy Small, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
September 21 through October 26
Tuesdays 6:00pm to 7:45pm
Insight Meditation is part of an ancient tradition originating in India 2,600 years ago. The practice involves both concentration and contemplative methods of meditation. Learn to reduce stress and anxiety by focusing on the present moment, while opening a doorway to greater peace and freedom at a deeper level. It is important participants attend all six classes, as each class builds on previous instruction and practice. Please sign on 10 minutes early to get settled, and wear loose, comfortable clothing. There is no fee for this class, and it is open to all NAU faculty, staff, students and the Flagstaff community (18 years and older).
Daily Morning Silent Meditation
Morning Silent Meditation
Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community (FIMC) is excited to announce this new opportunity to practice together as a community in silent meditation. This is a wonderful way to kick start and encourage your regular meditation practice. It is a chance to both receive the benefit of practicing with others as well as offer support to others through participating. These sits will have a facilitator who, depending on their availability, will remain after the sit from 8:00 to 8:15am MST (AZ time) for questions and/or discussion.
For More Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedback Wanted - Diversity & Inclusion Survey
Diversity & Inclusion Survey
Dear FIMC community, We are dedicated to fostering a welcoming refuge for all people to explore meditation, mindful living, and the teachings of the Buddha. In order to continue with this vision, we would love to hear from you by filling out a brief survey. This survey is confidential and will not record any personal information.
Click here to complete the brief survey.
Wishing you peace and well-being,
The FIMC Diversity Committee
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:
- Being Mindful of Race by Ruth King
- Your Liberation is on the Line by Rev. angel Kyodo williams
“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 email@example.com
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:
Tasha Miller Griffith
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are willing to give a short dana talk at an online sit (no technical ability required) please contact Tasha at email@example.com
- 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
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.
- Website: http://flagstaffinsight.org/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.