Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville (IMCC) dedicated to the practice of mindfulness-awareness, also known as Insight or Vipassana Meditation. IMCC provides a full program of weekly meditation, ongoing classes, daylong programs, and retreats.

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August 23, 7:30-9pm

The Jealous Heart:
A Hundred Hues of Green
In the Time of the Buddha

Teacher-Author Susan Stone Will Read from and Discuss
Her Latest Buddhist Historical Novel and Offer Observations
About the Creative Process

At our regular Tuesday evening gathering August 23, 7:30-9pm, author Susan Stone will lead our meditation and then read from The Jealous Heart, her new novel, which is set in the time of the Buddha. The book is the second in the Sati Trilogy, which began with The Kosambi Intrigue.

To provide a clearer perspective on our contemporary understanding, Susan will discuss how the Buddha’s teachings were a product of yet differed from the times in which he lived. She will also discuss the creative process. There will be time for informal questions and discussion. Copies of The Jealous Heart and its predecessor, The Kosambi Intrigue, will be available for purchase.

Expanding on a Buddhist legend, The Jealous Heart tracks the unfolding tragedy in a royal harem where a queen gone mad with jealousy sows fear as she stalks her rival. Research-based, the novel interweaves the royal tragedy with the lives and challenges of characters from the first novel, including the Buddha, the monk Sati and his monastic brothers, some of whom are less than brotherly. It highlights how the Buddha’s teachings helped transform lives in that ancient era as it can for us these days.

Like The Kosambi Intrigue before it, The Jealous Heart is receiving notable praise. The Jealous Heart is “a great story…compelling drama and suspense,” said internationally known meditation teacher Stephen Batchelor. IMCC guest teacher Leigh Brasington said, “Excellent! Once again, a very engaging page-turner.”

The book is now available on in paperback and Kindle. Purchasing the book via Amazon provides a way to make a donation to the sangha: Sign up for the free AmazonSmile program, which allows you to designate a charity that Amazon will donate to every time you order something—at no cost to you.

Simply go to, and on your first visit to, select IMCC to receive donations from your eligible purchases. Amazon will remember your selection, and then with every eligible purchase, Amazon will donate to IMCC with no extra charge to you. The same selection and prices are available at AmazonSmile and

As with all our Tuesday evening meetings, all are welcome~newcomers as well as seasoned meditation practitioners. Chairs are provided; bring a cushion or mat if you prefer. At JABA, 674 Hillsdale Dr., CVille.

About IMCC

IMCC provides a welcoming environment for people to engage in Insight Meditation and related practices. IMCC offers ongoing weekly group meditation sessions and dharma talks as well as a variety of educational opportunities designed to increase the understanding, knowledge, and practice of Insight Meditation. These events are open to all people, whether they are newcomers, regular visitors, or members (see below).

Insight or Vipassana Meditation draws on the Buddhist tradition and the central techniques taught by the Buddha upon his enlightenment. IMCC embraces this tradition yet is nonsectarian and open to anyone with a desire to practice meditation.

Participation is free. Attendees are invited contribute donations or dana to help cover space rental, web hosting, and other expenses. Fees are required for some retreats and classes. IMCC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible. 

Membership in IMCC

In June 2014, the IMCC Board of Directors implemented a new Membership Structure designed to encourage community participation, with the goals of helping to sustain our mission and activities and providing opportunities for people to deepen their practice. As always, however, everyone is welcome at IMCC events, whether a member or not.

Everyone who received our bimonthly e-newsletter will continue to do so, and new contacts may sign up online to receive it without becoming members (see above).

To become a member, complete the Member Application.

What does becoming a Member mean? Registering as a “Member” of IMCC is an expression of one's commitment to

1. Maintain a regular meditation practice, including a commitment to integrating the principles of mindfulness-awareness into one’s daily life

2. Volunteer service to our community in keeping with one’s skills, personal interests, and availability

3. Make a financial contribution to our community as one’s personal circumstances permit.

Who can become a member? Anyone can become a member, provided he or she embraces the three Membership Commitments.

Why become a member? Membership in IMCC is a commitment to your practice and your community. These are some of the benefits:

• To deepen your practice by greater participation in IMCC.
• To have the chance to offer dana by volunteering for IMCC.
• To access early registration for workshops and retreats.
• To receive one individual meeting with an IMCC teacher.
• Access to the Members section of the IMCC website, where Board meeting minutes and the budget are posted.

Am I already a member? Unless you have visited and registered as a Member after June 15, 2014, you are not a member under the new Membership Structure. If you were registered in the past, you will continue to receive our e-blasts. But you must re-register to become a Member.

Who can answer other questions? If you have any questions about Membership in IMCC, please contact Board President Jeff Fracher, at

The Practice of Dana: Making a Donation

IMCC relies on the time-honored tradition of dana, or generosity, to support its weekly programs and special events. Donations are used to cover expenses such as space rental, web hosting, supplies, and other costs. Attendees have opportunities to make a contribution at every event.

Tuesday Evening and Weekday Donations. IMCC accepts donations to offset its expenses at each Tuesday evening meditation and Dharma talk as well as at its weekday meditation sessions. This voluntary expression of gratitude for the teachings we receive helps cover space rental and other IMCC costs and support our dedicated teachers. Any offering is welcome, though none is required, and people typically contribute $5 to $15.                                        

Other Opportunities to Donate. Individuals and corporations can make a tax-deductible annual, quarterly, or monthly contribution to help us. You may send a check made payable to IMCC in care of Jeffrey Fracher, 105 Monticello Ave, #402, Charlottesville, VA 22902. To pay via credit card, debit card, or direct debit from your checking account, use our secure PayPal account (no service fee applied).

Yes, Donations Are Tax-Deductible. Contributions made before December 31 of each calendar year are tax-deductible for that year; you may request a receipt for tax purposes.                                    

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Weekly Opportunities
for IMCC Meditation

Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm, Meditation and Dharma Talk.  JABA, 674 Hillsdale Dr., CVille.  Free admission; donations welcome ($5 to $15 is customary).

Wednesdays, 12-1 pm, Meditation and Discussion.  Common Ground, Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th St. NW #219, CVille (enter at left).  Free admission; donations welcome.

Fridays, 12-1 pm, Meditation and Discussion.  Common Ground, Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th St. NW #219, CVille (enter at left).  Free admission; donations welcome.

Please check our EVENTS page to learn more about classes, retreats, and other offerings.

(Meditation 101)



Upcoming events

24 Oct 2016 7:00 PM (EDT) • Common Ground Healing Arts Center
14 Jan 2017 9:00 AM (EST) • Sojourners United Church of Christ, 1017 Elliott Ave, Charlottesville, VA
31 Mar 2017 7:00 PM (EDT) • Shalom House Retreat Center, Hanover County, Virginia

IMCC is a nonprofit organization established in 1996. Its primary mission is to promote the instruction and practice of Buddhist Insight Meditation and related teachings that awaken an individual’s natural wisdom and compassion. IMCC is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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