Upcoming events

    • 28 Jul 2015
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA


    “Enough is as good as a feast” is an old proverb pointing to the virtue of moderation in all things.  It also points to the story of the Buddha coming home to his body and touching Earth, in his discovery of the Middle Way as the path to awakening, and the possibility of our own -- transforming narratives of hunger and separation to the feast of “what is,” in deepened connection with ourselves and the world. 

    IMCC meets every Tuesday evening for a period of guided meditation and a talk by one of IMCC's  meditation teachers.  The program is designed to be suitable and of interest to people with no meditation experience as well as more advanced practitioners.

    This week's teacher:  Charmi Neely


    • 01 Aug 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • JABA 674 Hillsdale Dr. Cv 22901

    Life is perhaps our most powerful teacher. When we listen with mindfulness and kindness, we drop our prescriptions about how things should be. Then we find a joy requiring no props, a deep peace flowing beneath even unwanted events. This silent retreat focuses on listening to life in the midst of our everyday challenges. The day will include a talk by Susan Stone  and two sound-oriented meditations guided by musician and UVA Associate Professor Fred Maus. Open to all, whether you are new to meditation or a long-time practitioner.

    Bring a cushion and a bag lunch. Chairs are provided.

    $25 registration fee. Please register online so we know how many people to expect. You may pay online or at the door.

    • 21 Aug 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • 23 Aug 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • City Space, 100 5th Street NE (on the Downtown Mall)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For the third year in a row, IMCC welcomes Dharma Teacher and exceptional group facilitator Ruth King, who will lead the weekend workshop  "Mindful of Race." Ruth's wise guidance, infused with compassion and humor, offers us new and powerful ways to heal ourselves, our groups, and our institutions.

    Racism--fed through unawareness and a misuse of power--remains one of the most rooted and painful impasses of our time and our history here in Charlottesville as in other communities.  To understand the dynamics of racism, and the flesh we put on its bones, is to understand other forms of oppression and our relationship to differences, divisions, and diversity. As citizens and leaders, we have the power to influence our communities through our awareness and actions. 

    This exploration requires courage and compassion, and an intention to be more whole than hidden. In our time together, we will explore the Relative reality of racism from three levels of experience: individual, group, and institution, and the system of oppression in our mind that is reflected in the world. Through periods of sitting meditation, respectful dialogue, and ceremony, we will recognize the ways in which our racial history has shaped our perception of others and ourselves, and how our views impact our relationships and well-being.

    IMCC champions the ongoing inquiry into the experience of "separation" and the creation of "the other." By grounding our personal practice in the Buddha Dharma, we can investigate the causes and conditions within ourselves and society that perpetuate the suffering of separation. We can also explore together, in community, that which opens our hearts and minds  to our true nature and interconnection of all life.

    Friday, August 21, 6:30pm-9:30pm
    Saturday, August 22, 9am-5pm
    Sunday, August 23, 9am-5pm

    Tuition: $150

    Contact: Allie Rudolph at

    IMCC aspires to be an inclusive and accessible community. We welcome participation from anyone, including those who may be new to meditation. If you are coming from out of town, we are happy to provide suggestions for accommodations. A limited number of  partial scholarships are available; contact Allie Rudolph at to apply.

    • 25 Sep 2015
    • 02 Oct 2015
    • Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Nelson County, VA

    Led by

           Hugh Byrne, Pat Coffey and Sharon Beckman-Brindley

    Registration is now open! 

    Click here to access the retreat's dedicated website, where you can register and select your accommodations.

    In meditation ~ as in daily life ~ we can have all sorts of experiences, some pleasant, some not so much.  In this retreat, we will explore ways to bring our meditation practice more deeply and more fully alive with it all, both on the cushion and in our ordinary and everyday challenges.  We will see that we can make friends with all sorts of energies ~ as we discover and practice, together, the deep wisdom, kindness, compassion, and tranquility that are available to us in every single moment.  This retreat will be an opportunity for you to establish, re-discover, or deepen your contemplative practice.  Through the skilled guidance of our teachers, you will be supported in exploring, healing and transforming your relationship with yourself and all of creation.  

    This event sells out quickly each year, so please register as soon as you can by accessing the retreat registration website.

    • 19 Oct 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • 23 Nov 2015
    • 8:30 PM
    • Common Grounds, Jefferson School
    • 20

    6-Week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Class

    IMCC will offer a six-week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Class open to anyone who is new to meditation or who would like to establish a regular practice of mindfulness and Insight Meditation. 

    There will be talks, discussion and guided meditations  based on the Buddha's teachings of the foundations of mindfulness. Regular home meditation practice is an integral part of the course.

    The class will be taught by David Silver. 

    Location: Common Ground Healing Arts Center at the Jefferson School City Center.  The cost is $95 and includes a copy of Gil Fronsdal's book The Issue at Hand; a sliding scale is available.

    Classes will be on Monday evenings, October 19-November 23.
    The first class will be 7-9 pm, and the remainder 7-8:30 pm.
    Class size is limited to 20

    Please register at If you have questions, contact David at

    No one will be turned away due to insufficient funds. Scholarships are available.

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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