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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January 9
Practicing with Anger: A Daylong Retreat Led by Sharon Beckman-Brindley

The arising of anger in our lives can lead to all sorts of confusion. We can struggle with rigidity and inflexibility, hostility, righteousness, guilt, confusion, paralysis, fear and overwhelm – in ourselves and others.  Spiritual guidance can sometimes sound as though we are supposed to patiently tolerate injustice, suppress our natural instincts or become pious hypocrites in denial of our own energies. In this retreat we will together explore wise relationship with the energies of anger in order to cultivate more ease in navigating anger both internally and externally.

This will be a daylong Insight Dialogue retreat. We will practice silent meditation and, together, the contemplations of Insight Dialogue in which we will explore our moment-to-moment experience while meditating in dialogue with others.  This dialogue practice can open us to perceive and understand things that are normally overlooked in our own personal perceptions. Meditating together, we discover and investigate the mind's constructing nature and its great potential for awareness and for freedom.   

Because Insight Dialogue builds on our established meditation practice, prior experience of at least a daylong or weekend insight meditation retreat is requested. If you would like guidance about the suitability of this retreat for you, please contact Sharon, Additional information about Insight Dialogue may be found at

Date: January 9, 2016
Time: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive, CVille
Cost: $25
Contact: Sharon Beckman-Brindley,

December 15
HOLIDAY SEASON TEA AND COOKIE NIGHT as part of our regular sangha meeting

Each December, IMCC sets aside part of a Tuesday evening to socialize while enjoying tea and sweets. It's a heartwarming way to close out the year and welcome winter. This year's event will take place Tuesday, December 15. We'll sit for the first part of the evening, and then spend the second part of the evening visiting. Bring a goodie to share if you like. If not, come anyway. There will be plenty! (Note: The First Tuesdays Tea and Cookie Night will resume in January.)


Mark your calendars for our Spring 2016 Residential Retreat, May 13 - 20Our guest teacher will be nationally renowned meditation teacher Kate Lila Wheeler. Details forthcoming here and in our upcoming newsletters.

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

01 Dec 2015 7:30 PM • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville
09 Jan 2016 9:00 AM • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville

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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