Upcoming events

    • 01 Dec 2015
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville

    In this evening's session, we will reflect on happiness: inquiring together what "happiness" means from different perspectives.  We will explore what it might mean to "cultivate what is wholesome" across different areas of our lives and at the many levels of our human experience.

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

    This week's teacher:  Sharon Beckman-Brindley

    • 09 Jan 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville

    The arising of anger in our lives can lead to all sorts of confusions. 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 

    • 13 Jan 2016
    • 8:00 PM
    • 24 Aug 2016
    • 10:00 PM
    • Online
    • 8

    The Buddha taught that the purpose of life is to cultivate a capacity for the happiness that is not afflicted by changing internal and external conditions.  At times, however, our ordinary human emotions can seem to be barriers to this promised spiritual freedom.  In this eight month, online course, we will explore together the ways that our spiritual practice can enable us to know and manifest a wholesome relationship with these universal and often challenging emotional life energies.

    Course will be limited to 10 participants who have:

            Commitment to meet together regularly via internet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings of each month 8 PM – 10 PM US eastern time, beginning January 13, 2016.

            Have completed at least one 7 day or longer silent Vipassana meditation retreat.

            Have participated in at least one Insight Dialogue retreat or are enrolled in the January 9th  Insight Dialogue Day Long Retreat, “Practicing with Anger” in Charlottesville (visit for more details).

            Maintain a regular meditation practice.

            Commitment to doing assigned readings, keeping a small private journal, and engaging in Insight Dialogue practice with a partner outside of group meetings at least once a month.

                   No fee; Dana will be accepted for Teachers

                   Contact: with questions

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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