Upcoming events

    • 09 Apr 2015
    • 7:30 PM
    • 07 Jan 2016
    • 9:00 PM
    • Sojourner's Church, 1017 Elliott Ave., Cv, VA

    As we progress in our practice, it becomes important to know what the Buddha actually said and to explore how it is -- or is not -- supportive of your life.  Pat Coffey, Susan Stone, Heather Karp and Holly Robedeau are offering a 10-month course, meeting once a month, "Bringing Home the Buddha's Teachings."   The course, which is experiential, will include small group discussions, insight dialogue, film, poetry and other modalities to help us really bring home the teachings.

    Our study material will be: Bhikkhu Bodhi's In the Buddha's Words and, to give a better feel for the times in which the Buddha lived, Susan Stone's novel, The Kosambi Intrigue.  Both books are available on Amazon -- to benefit IMCC, please purchase by clicking on the Amazon link at the bottom of the IMCC website home page.

    We'll meet at Sojourner's United Church of Christ (1017 Elliot Ave., Cv) on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 starting April 9th.  Subsequent dates will be announced.  You don't need consider yourself a Buddhist to participate.  

    Meeting dates: 

    April 9, 2015, May 21, June 11, July 9, Aug 6, Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 3, Jan 7, 2016 

    Online registration required:

    Cost: $150, plus dana (donations to teachers).  While you must register online, if it's more convenient, you can pay by check in two installments--at the door on April 9th and at the door at the beginning of the class #5. If  you need to make other arrangements, please contact Susan Stone No one will be denied participation due to lack of funds. 

    For other questions contact: Holly Robedeau -

    • 26 May 2015
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA 674 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville

    Our spiritual path invites us to cultivate and, indeed, to simply awaken, a deep and abiding happiness that is independent of conditions. This evening's talk will focus on the happiness of a boundless heart with an inquiry together into ways to awaken kindness and care  for all - including ourselves. 

    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 Jun 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • 16 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York
    This Insight Dialogue retreat offers teachings, contemplations and practice on various facets of love as aspects of a path of awakening. The English word "love" includes a broad range of experience, from friendliness, to kindness and compassion for self and others, to romantic sexual involvement, to the desire and ability to release our masks of self and other and rest in shared interconnection. Ultimately, simply resting in love, we can embody an unconditional presence that has no expectations or demands and we find a love that is a quality of our being, rather than something to be constructed or longed for.

    See for additional information or to register

    Contact with questions 
    • 21 Aug 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • 23 Aug 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • City Space, 100 5th Street NE (on the Downtown Mall)
    • 40

    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 full or partial scholarships is available; contact Allie Rudolph at to apply.

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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