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.
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.
Who Are We? - Finding Balance in an Unstable World
A 2-day Insight Meditation Retreat
June 1st & 2nd, 2019
Saturday & Sunday
Register by May 18, 2019
Who we think we are - our personal characteristics, our beliefs, our identification with family and ethnicity, gender, religion and race, or social and political movements - can be a source of support and empowerment. Who we think we are can also imprison us, battering us with every news cycle, confining us to the limits of our egos, and cutting us off from a deeper sense of who and what we are.
How do we find a balance? How can we cut the fetters of identity that bind us yet still draw on our conventional identity for support and empowerment? How can we live from a deeper sense of who we are as beings in the world?
This retreat will have brief times for discussion, as well as longer periods in silence. This retreat is designed for both beginners and experienced practitioners.The retreat will be co-taught by Brian Lesage and Cathy Small.
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!
FIMC has signed a Lease!
We have received amazing support from our community and FIMC has come to a lease agreement with the landlord for the B-3 location on 4th Street--previously called Bell Garden. We look forward to seeing you in the space! Many blessings, FIMC Board.
A Transition for FIMC and a Request
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!
The FIMC Board of Directors
See the Original Announcement.