Upcoming events

    • 02 Jun 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 and kindness of a boundless heart as we offer these qualities to ourselves, regardless of circumstance.

    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

    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Pen Park Picnic Shelter #1

    Whether you regularly attend IMCC events or not...Whether you currently practice meditation or not...We invite you to spend some social time together while enjoying some of the best potluck fare you've ever had (really).

    Our spring potluck is open to all~members and friends and friends of friends~who practice or are interested in Insight Meditation. Come spend some time together at Pen Park Shelter #1.

    Bring whatever you want! We track our potluck menu with a simple sign-up tool that helps the volunteers to fill in any menu gaps. Please sign up using this link.:


    Pen Park Shelter #1, 1400 Pen Park Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901

    Once you are inside the park: To reach the picnic shelters, ball fields and fitness/nature trails, turn left before the tennis courts and proceed to the parking area.  The three picnic shelters will be on your left; the fitness and nature trails start between shelters #1 and #2.  

    • 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)
    • 38

    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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