Upcoming events

    • 03 May 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • City Space, 100 5th Street NE (on the Downtown Mall)
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    We again welcome Dharma Teacher and exceptional group facilitator Ruth King to offer the workshop  "Mindful of Race."

    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.

    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.

    This workshop  was offered last year and was very powerful for all those who attended.  IMCC continues to pioneer a series of programs designed to guide us in looking more deeply 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.

    For further information, please contact Kristina Weaver kristina.nellweaver@gmail.com.

    Space is limited to 40 participants.

    Tuition: $140.

    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 accommodation. We also hope to offer a limited number of full or partial scholarships for this retreat. Please be in touch with any questions.

    • 23 May 2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • 29 May 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • Loveland, CO
    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 http://www.awakeningtruth.org for additional information or to register

    Contact sharon@metta.org with questions 
    • 13 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 17 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Buffalo, MN
    How can therapists who spend their days working with stress, deepen their own and their clients' capacities to be in the present moment, with full awareness and openness?
    In this retreat, through both silent meditation and Insight Dialogue practice, therapists will have the opportunity to deepen this capacity by bringing awareness, acceptance and loosening of identification with self to their professional practices. 

    See link for more information.

    • 17 Jun 2014
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA

    Ven. Pannavati – Guest Teacher at IMCC

    • Tuesday, June 17, 7:30-9pm  

    Venerable Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage Hendersonville, NC. She is a Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions and known for her work with homeless youth in Appalachia and her ministry to the "untouchables" in India.

    Ven. Pannavati, who was a guest teacher last June, returns to IMCC to speak of going inward to understand the roots of the painful separations we feel. 

    As she has written, "We have divisions of power and privilege in our own hearts and minds that out-picture into the world. Re-imaging the world requires an internal paradigm shift. Understanding how we got to this place in consciousness and how to uproot what we deeply wish to abandon is the challenge.”

    Abiding in compassion for ourselves and all beings, we are changed, and the process equips us with the skillfulness to positively impact all beings - in our community and in the world.

    Free admission on Tues, June 17th - dana (generosity; donation) is greatly appreciated.



    • 21 Jun 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • JABA

    Ven. Pannavati – Guest Teacher at IMCC

    • Saturday, June 21, 2014 - daylong from 9am - 4pm

    Ven. Pannavati, a Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, is known for her work with homeless youth in Appalachia and her ministry to the "untouchables" in India.

    Ven. Pannavati, who was a guest teacher last June at IMCC, returns to lead a daylong retreat on Saturday, June 21st.

    We're offered an opportunity to explore the divisions in our own hearts and minds that create a sense of separation in ourselves and in the world and to cultivate qualities of compassion and wisdom for the our well-being and that of the world.

    Please register at www.imeditation.org   

    Fee: $30 (to cover rental costs - no one will be turned away) 

    Retreat manager: Cynthia Power (cjpower@ntelos.net)


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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