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Upcoming events

    • 28 Mar 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA 674 Hillsdale Drive Charlottesville

    An Appropriate Response

    Teacher: Sharon Beckman-Brindley

    Zen Master Yun-Men was asked “What is the highest, most profound teaching of all the buddhas and the patriarchs?” 

    He replied, “An appropriate response.”

    In our practice, we cultivate awareness and wise discernment in order to see in each moment The presence of suffering, its cause and its end. 

    Such wise discernment gives us the ability to respond appropriately to whatever it is that arises, both internally in our own minds and emotions and externally in the world of our family and friends and jobs and political climates and national and international concerns. 

    Tonight's talk will explore the cultivation of this wise discernment which can guide our lives through all kinds of internal and external storms.

    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. 

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) 674 Hillsdale Drive CharlottesvilleVA
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    • 31 Mar 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Shalom House Retreat Center, Hanover County, Virginia

    Awareness and Release: Practicing with Difficult Emotions

    with Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Phyllis K. Hicks


    Much of the time as humans we live, not so much in life as in our mental patterns, our conditioned views about life. When an internal or external experience arises, we meet it with a mind state, a thought, an emotion or a whole story that colors the actual experience and leads to distorted views of reality and, ultimately to suffering. The practice of mindfulness reveals this process directly and opens the door to cultivating embodied awareness, spaciousness, non-identification and release. We discover the relief of a mind at peace; we learn to work with difficult emotions as discreet phenomena that come, go, and change.

    In this 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. 

    Click here for more information about the meditation practice of Insight Dialogue.

    24.5 CEs available for Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers and Counselors

    Click here for additional information or to register.





    • 04 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Dr

    Leaving India - The Dharma in Everyday Life

    Teacher: Susan Stone

    The Dharma (teaching) arises in the middle of everyday life. Susan Stone recently visited a pilgrimage retreat site in India and, upon leaving, she experienced three incidents that carried lessons from the Dharma that were as deep as any she had experienced on retreat. In a talk following the opening guided meditation, Susan relates these incidents and the Dharma lessons that each illustrated. An evening for all, whether you‘re new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner.


    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
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    • 07 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Carriage Hill Clubhouse

    Community Night & Potluck Dinner

    Friday, April 7 @ 6:00pm

    Carriage Hill Clubhouse

    825 Beverly Drive, Charlottesville (link to map below)


    IMCC Board Members will recap our sangha activities from 2016, share plans for 2017, and solicit your ideas and input.

    Bring your ideas and a dish to share and join us at Carriage Hill Clubhouse (map below). 

    Sign up here: Perfect Potluck!


    Directions:

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    • 10 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Common Ground Healing Arts Center
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    Registration is closed

    Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation :6-WeekClass

    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. 

    The class will cover introductions to mindfulness of the breath, the body, emotions, and thoughts. There will be instruction, guided practice together, and time for discussion and addressing participants questions. Regular home meditation practice is an integral part of the course. 

    Cost: $95 which includes a copy of Gil Fronsdal's book The Issue at Hand. No one will be turned away due to insufficient funds. A sliding scale is available.

    Schedule: Monday evenings, April 10-May 15.
    The first class will be 7-9 pm, and the remainder 7-8:30 pm.

    Class size: 20

    Teacher: David Silver
    Contact David with any questions about the class or financial arrangements. 

    Location:
    Common Ground Healing Arts Center

    233 4th St NW #219
    Charlottesville, VA

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    • 11 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    "Streaming"

    with Jeanne van Gemert

    Jeanne van Gemert is a co-founder and guiding teacher at Triangle Insight Meditation in Durham, NC.  She has been meditating since 1990, is a psychotherapist who often utilizes the expressive arts, and a sculptor.

    Jeanne integrates mindfulness concentration and transformation skills into her Mind/Body Psychotherapy in private practice and was  on staff full-time for 9 years at Duke Integrative Medicine.  She interned under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMass Medical Center in 1995, completed the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock in 2008 and was an Instructor in the Duke’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for 16 years.  She has studied extensively with Shinzen Young, Tara Brach and Leigh Brasington.

    Jeanne lived in Charlottesville from 1969-1992, taught art at PVCC and Sweet Briar College, and was one of the founders of McGuffey Art Center.


    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
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    • 15 Apr 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • JABA

    Meditation Retreat - Waking Up

    Teachers: Teresa Miller and Jeffrey Fracher

    Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

    Location: JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive, C’ville, VA

    (map below)

    The retreat is dedicated to waking up in this season of life, whatever it holds for you. An opportunity to nourish equanimity – increasing capacity to see clearly, to access natural wisdom, to act wisely and compassionately

    • Open to anyone – beginner or experienced meditator
    • Guided sitting and walking instructions  
    • Opportunity for questions
    • Please bring lunch, cushions; chairs provided

    Sliding scale: $25-50. Register online at imeditation.org.

    No one will be denied because of lack of funds. To request a fee waiver email: Teresa Miller or Jeffrey Fracher.


    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA 22901

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    • 18 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Community Involvement Night with Pat Coffey, Helen Knight Farrar, Kristina Weaver, Teresa Miller

    “What does it mean to be a dharma citizen?”


    All are welcome - newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.  The brief talk will include a guided meditation practice. 


    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 25 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 02 May 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Tuesday Night Meditation and Dharma Talk 

    Teacher: Susan Stone


    All are welcome - newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.  

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 09 May 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Tuesday Night Meditation and Dharma Talk 

    Guest Teacher: Amma Thanasanti

    All are welcome - newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.  

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
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    • 12 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Nelson County, Virginia

    The Heart of Awakening

    Weeklong Option: May 12-19

    Weekend Option: May 12-14

    Our world cries out for healing, for peace. Our spiritual practice reminds us that true peace isn't to be found "out there" but is already imminent for each of us in our own being.  In this retreat we will practice allowing our hearts and minds to open unconditionally to life and to our experience just as it is. We will inquire deeply into the forces that constrict our minds and hearts and that keep us from resting in the natural kindness, care and compassion for all that arises when the mind is at peace.

    In May 2017 we will return to the Serenity Ridge retreat center in Nelson County for a silent residential retreat. Our guest teacher will be internationally renowned meditation teacher Ajahn Thanasanti who will be joined by IMCC's Sharon Beckman-Brindley.


    This retreat will be an opportunity for you to establish, re-discover, or deepen your contemplative practice.  It is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned meditators. Through the skilled guidance of our teachers, you will be supported in exploring, healing, and transforming your relationship with yourself and all of creation. 

    So that participants may fully experience the benefits of the teachings and our practice, the retreatants will maintain silence, except for question/answer periods and meetings with the teachers. We will alternate sitting practice with walking meditation, and daily mindful movement classes will be offered.

    A collection of information on our residential retreats, including a link and map for the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, travel directions, short descriptions on what to expect on retreat, what to bring and other details and advice can be found at IMCC's  residential retreat resources page. 

    Registration Fees and Accommodations

    The type of accommodation you request will determine the cost of your attendance, which you will select on the registration page. (Click the 'register' button to the left on this page.) The cost is inclusive of all of your meals and snacks, tea and coffee.

    Regular Registration: A 50% deposit will be due upon registration. The balance will be due by April 14, 2017. Your registration is not complete until your 50% deposit has been received.

    Room assignments are on a first come, first served basis, and assignments are dependent upon availability. Early registration assures best room assignment.

    For those camping, Serenity Ridge has a number of gravel tent pads in the woods north of the meditation hall: in the past, tents pitched have remained dry even after successive days of rain. Indoor showers and restrooms are located about fifty yards from the camping area.

    Financial Aid and Contributions

    As you know, expenses for retreats are increasing, while personal incomes often are not. This means that some people who want to come to an IMCC retreat cannot afford the cost. It is our intention, when possible, not to turn anyone away for financial reasons. 

    If you are in need of financial support from IMCC, please see the information and application on our residential retreat resources page. Shared rooms are available to those requiring financial assistance.

    If you would like to make a donation to the IMCC Fred Meyer Scholarship Fund in order to assist those in need, you may do so when you register. Contributions are tax deductible; we will provide you with a statement of your contribution upon request. 

    Refund Policy

    If your plans change, please notify us as soon as possible as there may be people on a waiting list for the retreat. Requests for refunds will be considered before April 14, 2017. We are unable to offer refunds after that date due to fees that we must pay in advance to the retreat center. Refunds will be less a $50 cancellation fee. All cancellation fees support our scholarship fund. There will be no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early.

    Dana

    Retreat fees cover the cost of room, board, and facility fees. No part of the fee covers payment to the teachers. Teachers are dependent on dana, which are contributions from those attending the retreat. You will have an opportunity to make a dana payment to the teachers at the end of the retreat.

    Please note:

    If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support beyond our scheduled meetings with teachers, the retreat format may not be a good match at this time. Should  you have any questions about this, please contact the retreat manager. 

    Retreat Manager

    Please direct any questions regarding the registration process or the retreat to our Retreat Manager, Laura DeVault, at info.imccspring17@gmail.com.


    Location:
    Serenity Ridge Retreat Center
    554 Drumheller Ln
    Shipman, VA 22971

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    • 16 May 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Tuesday Night Meditation and Dharma Talk 

    Teacher: Pat Coffey


    All are welcome - newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.  

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 23 May 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Susan Bauer-Wu, President of the Mind & Life Institute will be a guest speaker at IMCC on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30pm.

    • 30 May 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Tuesday Night Meditation and Dharma Talk 

    Teacher: Kristina Weaver


    All are welcome - newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.  

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 06 Jun 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Tuesday Night Meditation and Dharma Talk 

    Teacher: Teresa Miller


    All are welcome - newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.  

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 13 Jun 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Tuesday Night Meditation and Dharma Talk 

    Teacher: Susan Stone


    All are welcome - newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.  

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 20 Jun 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Tuesday Night Meditation and Dharma Talk 

    Teacher: Jeff Fracher


    All are welcome - newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.  

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 27 Jun 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Tuesday Night Meditation and Dharma Talk 

    Teacher: Sharon Beckman-Brindley


    All are welcome - newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.  

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 04 Jul 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Tuesday Night Meditation and Dharma Talk 

    Teacher: Pat Coffey


    All are welcome - newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.  

    Location:

    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


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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