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    • 23 Mar 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • 27 Apr 2015
    • 8:30 PM
    • Common Ground, 233 4th St, C'ville
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    6 Week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation 

    Mondays, March 23 - April 27, 2015 
    7:00 to 8:30 PM

    Offered by IMCC at Common Ground 
    233 4th St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 

    Cost- $95.00

    Tuition includes a copy of Gil Fronsdal's book, The Issue at Hand. 


    This class is open to anyone who would like to establish a regular practice of mindfulness and  Insight Meditation.  

    There will be talks, discussion and guided meditations based on the Buddha's teachings of the foundations of mindfulness, including mindfulness of breathing and all physical experiences, mindfulness of emotions and mindfulness of thought.

    Participants will be encouraged to experiment with establishing a regular meditation practice as well as incorporating mindfulness into everyday life.

    Teacher: Jeffrey Fracher, Ph.D. 

    Please register at www.imeditation.org.

    Questions?
    Please contact jeffreyf@imeditation.org

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



    • 27 Mar 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • 01 Apr 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Shalom House Retreat Center, Hanover County, Virginia


    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 mental health professionals, we will explore together the wholesome and less wholesome tendencies of the mind; we will develop wholesome practices that create a foundation for clarity and resiliency in our lives and the lives of our clients.

    CE credits available.

    Click here for more information or to register.
    • 31 Mar 2015
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA 674 Hillsdale Road, Charlottesville, VA

    Jesus, Mindfulness and the Buddha

    As we deepen our meditation practice, we encounter the conditioning of our minds by cultural values, attititudes, religious roots etc.  In Western culture, Christianity has played a dominant role in shaping our values and beliefs.

    How do we relate to the often subtle but strong influence  of religious conditioning as well as to our opinions, beliefs and attitudes shaped by this conditioning?

    This talk is aimed at supporting an ongoing conversation and exploration of questions and reflections that emerge from our early religious and spiritual roots as we practice mindfulness the path of awakening our hearts and minds.

    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 suitable and of interest to people with no meditation experience as well as more advanced practitioners. 
           

    This week's teacher:  Allie Rudolph



    • 09 Apr 2015
    • 7:30 PM
    • 07 Jan 2016
    • 9:00 PM
    • Sojourner's Church, 1017 Elliott Ave., Cv, VA

    As we progress in our practice, it becomes important to know what the Buddha actually said and to explore how it is -- or is not -- supportive of your life.  Pat Coffey, Susan Stone, Heather Karp and Holly Robedeau are offering a 10-month course, meeting once a month, "Bringing Home the Buddha's Teachings."   The course, which is experiential, will include small group discussions, insight dialogue, film, poetry and other modalities to help us really bring home the teachings.

    Our study material will be: Bhikkhu Bodhi's In the Buddha's Words and, to give a better feel for the times in which the Buddha lived, Susan Stone's novel, The Kosambi Intrigue.  Both books are available on Amazon -- to benefit IMCC, please purchase by clicking on the Amazon link at the bottom of the IMCC website home page.

    We'll meet at Sojourner's United Church of Christ (1017 Elliot Ave., Cv) on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 starting April 9th.  Subsequent dates will be announced.  You don't need consider yourself a Buddhist to participate.  

    Meeting dates: April 9, 2015, May 21, June 11, July 9, Aug 6, Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 3, Jan 7, 2016 

    Online registration required: www.imeditation.org

    Cost: $150, plus dana (donations to teachers).  While you must register online, if it's more convenient, you can pay by check in two installments--at the door on April 9th and at the door at the beginning of the class #5. If  you need to make other arrangements, please contact Susan Stone --susancstone@embarqmail.com. No one will be denied participation due to lack of funds. 

    For other questions contact: Holly Robedeau - robedehg@gmail.com

    • 26 Apr 2015
    • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Sojourners United Church of Christ, C'Ville, VA

    Sunday Afternoon Women's Retreat: Love, Sexuality and Awakening

    Led by Ajahn Thanasanti

    The theme of this afternoon retreat is a beginning exploration of love and sexuality as aspects of our journey to health, well-being and full embodiment on our path to awakening. 

    This retreat is open to anyone who is self-identified as a woman.

    Ajahn Thanasanti (Amma) is a Buddhist nun who blends rigor with gentle loving encouragement, finding a balance between fierce holding of the dhamma and compassion, tenderness and empowerment. She has been teaching meditation internationally since 1996.

    Date: April 26, 2015
    Time: 1:30 - 5:30 PM
    Location:  Sojourners United Church of Christ,
    1017 Elliott Avenue, Charlottesville

    Registration fee: $20, to cover rental and other costs
    Dana will be accepted at the retreat for Amma.

    (Scholarships available)

    Bring a meditation cushion; chairs will be provided

    Printable flier available here


    Contact Sharon Beckman-Brindley with questions: Sharon@metta.org
    Please pre-register on this page.


    • 08 May 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • 10 May 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Nelson County, VA
    • 0
    Registration is closed

                                            Led by

         Chas DiCapua, Pat Coffey and Sharon Beckman-Brindley

    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.  

    The retreat will be conducted primarily in silence.  There will be group meetings with teachers as well as periods for questions and answers.  Even if you have never meditated before, this retreat offers you the caring instructions and support needed for you to establish a powerful contemplative practice. 

    The base retreat cost is $100. An additional fee will be added, depending on your choice of room. Click through the reservation form to view a detailed list of accommodation options and their costs. 

    Some partial scholarships may be available. Please apply for a partial scholarship on the registration form and a retreat manager will contact you. 

     Also, the form allows you to pay with PayPal. If you prefer to send a check, please forward it to Barbara Maille, 1008 E Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
     

    Cancellation policy:

    In the event that you need to cancel your registration, please provide notification in writing to Barbara Maille, bmailleimccretreat@gmail.com   We are able to return fees only as follows: before 4/12/15, refund of 60%. Because of our obligations to the retreat center, we are not able to offer a refund on or after 4/12/15. There is no refund if you leave the retreat early.   

    Our retreat center, Serenity Ridge, is a smoke-free environment. There is no smoking anywhere on the retreat center grounds. 

    PLEASE NOTE: WEEKEND IS NOW FULL.
    TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITLIST contact Barbara Maille at bmailleimccretreat@gmail.com

     
    • 08 May 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • 15 May 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Nelson County, VA
    • 3

                                               Led by

           Chas DiCapua, Pat Coffey and Sharon Beckman-Brindley

    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.  

    The retreat will be conducted primarily in silence.  There will be private and group meetings with teachers as well as periods for questions and answers.  Even if you have never meditated before, this retreat offers you the caring instructions and support needed for you to establish a powerful contemplative practice. 

    The base retreat cost is $100. An additional fee will be added, depending on your choice of room. Click through the reservation form to view a detailed list of accommodation options and their costs. You may pay the full fee online. If you prefer to pay 1/2 the total amount as a deposit, send a check made out to IMCC to Susan Kaufman,501 Faulconer Dr. 2D, Charlottesville,VA 22903.

    Some partial scholarships may be available. Please apply for a partial scholarship on the registration form and a retreat manager will contact you. 

    Cancellation policy:

    Your registration will be confirmed when you have made payment of at least 1/2 of the total amount owed. In the event that you need to cancel your registration, please provide notification in writing to Barbara Maille, bmailleimccretreat@gmail.com   We are able to return fees only as follows: before 4/12/15, refund of 60% of the amount already paid. Because of our obligations to the retreat center, we are not able to offer a refund on or after 4/12/15. There is no refund if you leave the retreat early.   

    Our retreat center, Serenity Ridge, is a smoke-free environment. There is no smoking anywhere on the retreat center grounds. 

    PLEASE NOTE: registration for this retreat will close on April 20, 2015.
    • 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 http://www.awakeningtruth.org for additional information or to register

    Contact sharon@metta.org with questions 

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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