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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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Due to current CDC guidelines, FIMC is returning to an online-only format until further notice.

See below for information and links.

Weekly Offerings

Next Monday

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.

Join Monday Sit

Zoom 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.

Next Wednesday

Weekly self-facilitated dharma support group including silent sit meets on Wednesdays at 6:30p.m. Zoom room opens around 6:15pm. See announcements below for details.

Join Wednesday Group and Sit

Zoom Meeting ID#: 957 7492 7457
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Every Morning

Morning silent meditation: online, seven days a week from 7:30 to 8:00AM. 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. For more information see the original announcement.

Join Morning Silent Meditation

Zoom Meeting ID#: 830 3029 9483
Password: 108108

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.




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.

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Survey About Monday Dharma Meeting Start Time

The FIMC board members have received some feedback on the start time of the Monday Dharma Meetings. The current start time is 7 pm. It seems that people would be able to participate more fully (particularly for the discussion following the dharma talk) if the start time was earlier. Your input is very important to us and we would like to hear from you. Thank you for taking this quick survey!

Click this link to take the survey.

An additional note: We are changing the sequence of offerings within the Monday Dharma Meetings. We will be starting with meditation for 25-30 minutes, followed by the dharma talk, announcements and discussion. This is the sequence most other centers offer and we hope the change will support more discussion. On occasion a teacher may decide to have the dharma talk first, followed by the meditation when that order supports the instruction. The invitation is that you are welcome to attend any and all offerings.

September In-Town Sit & Socials

FIMC is happy to offer four In-Town Sit & Socials in September. They will be on Thursday, September 15th, Monday, September 19th, Thursday, September 22nd, and Tuesday September 27th. Please save the dates and join us if you can. Also, please note that the times are different for each Sit & Social.

  • Thursday, September 15, 2022 - Time 5:30 pm - Sit & Social at the Tree Park
    • Location: The Tree Park (aka Jim Cullen Memorial Park)
    • 519 W. Piute Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    • Hosts: Barb Snider & Kelly Rowell
  • Monday, September 19, 2022 - Time 10:00 am - Sit & Social at the Tree Park
    • Location: The Tree Park (aka Jim Cullen Memorial Park)
    • 519 W. Piute Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    • Hosts: Jane Coe Smith
  • Thursday, September 22, 2022 - Time 5:30 pm - Sit & Social at Bushmaster Park
    • Location: Bushmaster Park
    • 3150 N. Alta Vista, Flagstaff, AZ meet near the South Pavilion area
    • Hosts: Tasha Miller Griffith
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - Time 11:30 am - Sit & Social at Bow and Arrow Park
    • Location: Bow and Arrow Park
    • 3701 N. Cochise Drive, Flagstaff,
    • Hosts: Barb Snider & Jane Coe Smith

In Town Sit & Social - These informal gatherings take place in Flagstaff (i.e. Thorpe park, Bushmaster park, the Tree park) during the day in the middle of the week or toward the end of the week. There will be two FIMC co-hosts to welcome everyone. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or cushions for sitting. We will try to find accessible locations for people with disabilities and covered spaces during the Monsoon season. We’ll play a meditation app timer for the sit and invite everyone to bring snacks or tea for a social after the sit. PLEASE NOTE: THE DAYS OF THE WEEK, TIME, AND LOCATION MAY CHANGE FROM SIT TO SIT.

For More Information:
Email registrar@flagstaffinsight.org

See original announcement.

Introduction to Insight Meditation Course

Online Introduction to Insight Meditation & Mindfulness Program
A 6-week course offered in collaboration with NAU Employee Assistance and Wellness.

Every Thursday evening from September 22 - October 27, 2022 6:00pm to 7:45pm (AZ time)
Guided by Drs. Allen Atkins, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Finance, and Cathy Small, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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 6 classes, as each class builds on previous instruction and practice. Please sign on 10 minutes early to get settled and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

This class is free and open to all NAU faculty, staff, students and the Flagstaff community (18 years and older.)

Please register by September 21, 2022 7pm (AZ time) Registrations received after Sept. 21st 7pm will be considered on a case by case basis.

New to Zoom or having trouble connecting? http://www.flagstaffinsight.org/index.php/about/zoom


Cathy Small is an author and retired professor of anthropology. who has been practicing vipassana meditation for more than twenty years. She has completed numerous extended meditation retreats focusing on awareness, loving kindness and concentration, and has taught meditation since 2010. She currently co-teaches a six-week course in mindfulness every semester for faculty and staff at Northern Arizona University, and offers a mindfulness course for inmates at the Coconino County jail. She is a regular teacher at the Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community.

Allen Atkins moved to Flagstaff in 1998 to work at Northern Arizona University (NAU) as a professor of Finance. He has been interested in meditation since first learning Transcendental Meditation (TM) in college. After college, in 1978, he was introduced to Vipassana and it has been his main practice ever since. He sits a retreat of at least a week or so almost every year. He sat the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) three month retreat three times and in 2000-2001 took a leave of absence from work to spend the year practicing at IMS and in Burma, Thailand and India. Allen taught yoga and meditation in Texas from 1979-1983. He has been teaching a six-week beginning Vipassana course each semester at NAU since 1999. The course is currently being taught with Cathy Small. His other main hobbies include music, singing and cycling.

See original announcement.

New! Peer-led Study Groups

Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community is happy to announce a new offering: peer-led study groups. We are currently requesting input from the community on formats and topics for these groups.

For more information click on the "Study Groups" link at the top of this page. Or to go directly to the survey, please click here.

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.

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


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

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 and Wednesday—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.

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