Upcoming events

    • 14 Jul 2015
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Road, Charlottesville, VA

    Bridging Separations: A Look at Racism

    Many feelings arise when we turn our hearts and minds toward the deeply entrenched impact of racism in our personal lives and in the world.   In the Buddha’s teaching on interdependence and interconnectedness of all life, we know that none of us escape the conditioning of past events and circumstances generated out of hatred and ignorance.

     Our mindfulness practice is an essential platform to support our community as we embark upon deeper conversations about what indeed separates us from our own hearts and the hearts of others.

    The work of seeking to understand, confront, and dismantle racism—on the inside and in the world—is an important facet of spiritual practice.


    Tonight’s talk will be offered by IMCC’s  Committee for Bridging Separations,    Rumi Moinudinnum, Bev Wann, Lucia King, Kristina Weaver, and Allie Rudolph







    • 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)
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    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, Nelson County

    Cultivating Intimacy with All Life:
    A Weeklong Residential Retreat at Serenity Ridge

    Led by Hugh Byrne, Sharon Beckman-Brindley, and 
    Pat Coffey

    Registration opens July 1 for Members, August 1 for non-Members.

    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.  

    Registration will open for Members July 1, and for nonmembers August 1. This event sells out quickly, so sign up as soon as you can.

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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