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, 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.

Next Wednesday

On Wednesday, January 5th, at 6:30PM, 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, 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.



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

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 Teasali at chris@flagstaffinsight.org.
  • If you are willing to give a short dana talk at an online sit (no technical ability required) please contact Molly Silverman at molly.silverman.sells@gmail.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://www.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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Find out more information about Zoom Video Conferencing

Unfamiliar with the Zoom Platform; need help articles; find installer links? Please see FIMC's dedicated Zoom page for More Information about the platform and a great list of resources.


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