Welcome to the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville
We are dedicated to the practice of mindfulness-awareness, also known as Insight or Vipassana Meditation. 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 free of charge, whether they are newcomers, regular visitors, or members of IMCC.
What is Insight Meditation?
Insight or Vipassana Meditation is a practice that trains us to live mindfully in the present moment. Vipassana literally means "to see clearly." It enables individuals to experience all aspects of life from a place of stillness. The meditator learns to relate to life with greater clarity and loving kindness and with less fear, anxiety and stress. Vipassana represents the central meditation practice taught by the Buddha upon his enlightenment. Although the origins of Vipassana lie in the Buddha's teachings, Insight Meditation, or "mindfulness" meditation may be practiced by anyone regardless of religious beliefs. Mindfulness meditation does not require belief in a god, the Buddha, or an adherence to specific doctrines. One cultivates the ability to focus the mind on the changing nature of experience both internal and external, ultimately revealing insights into the very nature of heart and mind.
Weekly Opportunities for 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.