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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Venue

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

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 and sit. See announcements below for details.

Join Wednesday Group and Sit

Zoom Meeting ID#: 957 7492 7457
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Wednesday's virtual meeting will open up at 6:00pm. Need to dial in? Learn How.

Tea and Teapots

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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Announcements

Special Guest Dharma Teacher

Dharma Talk with Ruth Ozeki

Monday, December 6, 7:00 pm
During the regular virtual Monday night sit

Please come join us for this special event with guest teacher, Ruth Ozeki. She will be sharing with us her new book, The Book of Form and Emptiness.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/246725464
Meeting ID#: 246 725 464
Password: 306049
Virtual meeting will open at 6:30 pm.
Need to dial in? Learn how.

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of four novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was a finalist for the 2013 Booker Prize and has been translated into 28 languages. Her new novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, was published in September, 2021. Her nonfiction work includes a memoir, The Face: A Time Code, and the documentary film, Halving the Bones. She is affiliated with the Everyday Zen Foun­dation and the Brooklyn Zen Center, and lives in Western Massachusetts, where she teaches creative writing at Smith College and is the Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities. http://www.ruthozeki.com/

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Upcoming Weekend Retreat

Steadiness of Heart: Nurturing Equanimity

A 2-Day Insight Meditation Retreat with Brian Lesage
December 4 - 5, 2021

Saturday, December 4, 9:30am to 4:00pm
Sunday, December 5, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Online & In-Person
In-Person option will depend upon the COVID rates in Flagstaff 2 weeks before the retreat.

Please register by November 20, 2021.

The heart quality of equanimity is often viewed as a form of indifference, or as too difficult to be consistently available in daily life practice. Yet it is possible to develop this beautiful quality of equanimity through expanding the ability to recognize it in a way that resonates with our own system, your own heart-mind. During this retreat, we will be exploring the cultivation of equanimity in a step-by-step manner through meditation as a way of nurturing this important quality of heart in our lives.

This will be a silent retreat with guided meditations and time for discussion each day. Suitable for beginner and experienced meditators.

Depending upon the Covid rates in Flagstaff, this retreat will either be a hybrid form, meaning you can either be online or in person, or it will be online only.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:

In the spirit of supporting our practice together and our care for everyone in our community, including extended contacts, we want to avoid transmission of any disease and minimize risk to more vulnerable persons as much as possible. In light of this, we will continue to monitor the local situation and guidelines and make a final determination about in-person attendance two weeks prior to the retreat. If we determine that we can meet in-person, we are requiring that all who participate in-person be completely vaccinated. This means at least 2 weeks post vaccine (2nd dose if applicable). We also ask community members not to join if they have cold symptoms, or have had possible exposure to Covid-19 in the 2 weeks prior to the retreat.

Face coverings: We will determine if face covering are required for in-person attendance two weeks prior to the retreat. If they end up not being required, anyone who still wishes to wear a mask will be welcome to do so.

Registration is required. If the number of applicants exceeds the available space two weeks prior to the retreat, a lottery will be used to select retreatants. Those not selected can be placed on a waiting list. If an applicant is not selected in the lottery after applying for a retreat, the probability of getting accepted increases with each subsequent retreat they apply for. Any applications received after registration close will be admitted as room permits.

Additional information about the retreat, including its exact location and what to bring will be provided to everyone who is selected to attend in-person. And for those attending online, guidelines for online retreats will be provided. If you have any questions, please email registrar@flagstaffinsight.org

Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught meditation since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma.

See original announcement.

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.

Daily Morning Silent Meditation

Morning Silent Meditation

Mondays through Fridays
7:30am to 8:00am MST (AZ time)
Start Date: Monday, January 4, 2021
Zoom Link: Click Here
Meeting ID: 830 3029 9483
Passcode: 108108
Need to dial in? Learn How.

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: contact@flagstaffinsight.org

See original announcement.

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

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

contact@flagstaffinsight.org
www.flagstaffinsight.org

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, 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.

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