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    • 27 Sep 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 674 Hillsdale Drive

    Born into the Sakiyan clan that traced their mythic roots to the sun, the Buddha was known as the Friend and Kinsman of the Sun -- itself an early symbol of awakening.   As the sun radiates its warm and light to all without distinction, so too we will carry the image of the sun, opening to the basic goodness within ourselves and each other, as we practice loving-kindness, compassion and appreciative joy.


    • 24 Oct 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • 28 Nov 2016
    • 8:30 PM
    • Common Ground Healing Arts Center
    Registration is closed

    6-Week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Class

    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. 

    The course will be taught by David Silver.

    Location: Common Ground Healing Arts Center at the Jefferson School City Center.  

    Cost: $95 which includes a copy of Gil Fronsdal's book The Issue at Hand.  

    Classes will be held on Monday evenings, October 24-N0vember 28.
    The first class will be 7-9 pm, and the remainder 7-8:30 pm.
    Class size is limited to 20. 

    No one will be turned away due to insufficient funds. A sliding scale is available.


    $95 and includes a copy of Gil Fronsdal's book The Issue at Hand.  
    • 14 Jan 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Sojourners United Church of Christ, 1017 Elliott Ave, Charlottesville, VA

    Living Peace: A Day Long Insight Dialogue Retreat

    led by

    Sharon Beckman-Brindley

    The teaching of our spiritual practice is that true peace isn't to be found "out there" but is already imminent in our own being. In this Day Long 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. Meditating in this way together, we will discover and investigate the mind's constructing nature and its great potential for awareness and for freedom as we both remember and cultivate a healing peace in our own, very personal, minds and hearts. 

    Because Insight Dialogue builds on our established meditation practice, prior experience of at least a daylong or weekend insight meditation retreat is requested. If you would like guidance about the suitability of this retreat for you, please contact Sharon,sharon@metta.org.  Additional information about Insight Dialogue may be found at www.metta.org. 

    Scholarships are available. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.



    • 03 Mar 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 05 Mar 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • Sevenoaks Retreat Center, Madison, VA

    Waking Up in Real Life: Practices for Mind, Body and Heart

    How do we bring the expansive qualities of mind, body and heart that we cultivate on the cushion into the messy and often difficult places--the "muddy water"--in which we find ourselves, and our world? How do we abide in peace, joy and equanimity in the middle of real life?

    This silent Vipassana meditation retreat will focus on teachings and practices for mind, body and heart that are both imminently practical, and deeply sacred. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as opportunities for daily yoga/movement.

    We invite you to join us as we sit with these questions together in supportive community at the beautiful Sevenoaks Retreat Center. Comfortable rooms, 200 acres of walking trails and delicious homemade meals provide a truly special environment for this practice.


    • 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


    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 - designed for therapists by therapists - 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.

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

    Click here for additional information or to register





    • 12 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 19 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Serenity Ridge, Nelson County Virginia

    The Heart of Awakening

    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 we 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 2016 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 interviews 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 for this retreat will open in January, 2017.

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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