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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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.


Next Thursday

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.


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.



New Announcements

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.

Volunteer Celebration Brunch

You are invited!
Volunteer Celebration Brunch

Saturday March 7th from 11am-1pm
At our regular meeting space:
2708 N. Fourth Street, Suite B-3

The board and teachers of FIMC would like to invite all of the past, present, and future volunteers of our sangha to a brunch to celebrate and appreciate everyone who makes it possible for our community to grow and thrive. FIMC's offerings would not be possible without the many volunteers who do everything from behind-the-scenes work on our website and maintaining our physical space, to in-person acts of service like greeting those who come to sit with us and facilitating events. If you have volunteered in any capacity in the past, are doing so now, or are interested in doing so in the future, please join us!

Food and beverages will be provided.

RSVPs are appreciated to help us plan. Please let us know you are coming by filling out this short online form. We hope to see you there!

See original announcement.

Special Guest Monday, March 2

What is Buddhism For?
Exploring Happiness, Ethics, and Practice
with William Edelglass

Monday, March 2, 2020 Starting at 7:00 pm
During the regular Monday Night Sit

Everything we do, some people say, is aimed at gaining happiness. And Buddhist practice, it is often said, is particularly helpful in increasing happiness. But in the Saṃyutta Nikāya we read: “What others speak of as happiness (sukha), That the noble ones say is suffering (dukkha)” (SN 35.136). Together, we will explore how Buddhist conceptions of happiness might open up new spaces for thinking of the relationship between happiness, ethics, justice, and practice.

See original announcement.

Mindful Music at the Sangha

Every Friday Night 7-9pm
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

6 - 7 pm on select Tuesdays: February 18, 25 and March 10, 24, 31

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.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

A 6-Week Course

First Tuesday of each month
Beginning October 1, 2019
- Ending March 3, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The 2,600 year old practice of Mindfulness meditation offers many benefits for our modern lives. These benefits include feeling more calm, as well as being more self aware and resilient. Mindfulness teaches us to live in the present moment with openness, curiosity, and kindness. Doing this, we can learn to step back from the pressures of our lives and ultimately experience a greater sense of well being and happiness. These monthly drop-in classes will provide an opportunity to focus on meditation, classroom activities to learn simple practical tools for everyday life and supplemental recommendations to enhance ongoing learning. This is a perfect class for people who feel they can't meditate, have never tried meditation before or for those who could use a refresher.

See original announcement.

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