Upcoming events

    • 02 Sep 2014
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA 674 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville 22901

    Self -Compassion and the Path to Freedom

    One definition of self-compassion is "opening to our own pain or suffering with kindness". Lack of self-compassion is cited as "the great unnamed epidemic."

     We all want to avoid pain and find happiness.  Learning to identify and accept difficult emotions and responding compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgment or blame, are essential steps on the path to freedom from suffering.

    Tonight, after a guided meditation,  we will explore self-compassion through a talk followed by a special guided meditation on self compassion.

    This week's teacher is Allie Rudolph.

    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. There is no fee and dana (donations) are gratefully accepted.  Chairs are provided, and bring a cushion if you prefer.

    Everyone is welcome.  Please join us.


    • 08 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • 13 Oct 2014
    • 9:00 PM
    • Common Ground, 233 4th St, C'ville
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    6 Week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation 

    Mondays, September 8 - October 13, 2014  
    7:00 to 9:00 PM

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

                                               Cost- $60.00

    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

    Please contact

    No one will be turned away due to insufficient funds.

    • 27 Sep 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Dr. Charlottesville VA 22901

    Leigh Brasington, one of the world’s foremost teachers of the meditative absorptions, is leading a day-long retreat at IMCC to introduce newcomers to the meditative absorptions and support those who already practice them. 

    The meditative absorptions or jhanas, are non-ordinary states of consciousness that in Western traditions are known as mystical states. They include experiences of rapture, happiness, bliss, equanimity, and other more refined states. While in the West there is a general belief that only rare individuals (mystics) experience these states, the Buddha taught laypeople how to access them.

    With a focus on lovingkindness, Leigh teaches with a gentle humor and easy manner that is attracting a growing number of students in the United States and internationally.  (See

    While attainment of meditative absorptions requires sustained effort over time, this retreat introduces the basic principles of the practice. It will include instruction coupled with sitting and walking meditation and ample time for questions and answers. 

    Open to all whether you are a new or seasoned meditator.

    Please bring lunch, beverage, meditation cushion or bench and wear comfortable clothing. Tea and snacks will be provided. Chairs are available.

    Online registration required
    Fee: $35

    No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

    In addition to the online registration fee and in order to help support Leigh, dana (donation) will be gratefully accepted on the day of the retreat.

    Contact: Cathy Boyd, 

    • 30 Sep 2014
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Dr, Charlottesville 22901
    Leigh Brasington one of the world's leading teachers of the jhanas (non-ordinary states of consciousness), will be IMCC's guest teacher tonight. He will follow up on the day-long retreat on the 27th with a talk on "Mindfulness, Insight and Jhana." Leigh will explore these topics and how they are connected. He will  identify the different practices involved in mindfulness and jhana, and the discuss the role of insight in deepening spiritual practice. Leigh's gentle humor and informal manner illuminate his talks. There will be a period of guided meditation and time to ask Leigh questions. An evening for all, whether you're new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner. 
    • 17 Oct 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • 19 Oct 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Nelson County, VA

    It is now culturally accepted that there are many mental and even physical benefits of an effective meditation practice.  A residential retreat like this one offered by the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville can be an important support in cultivating these benefits for yourself.  For those completely new to meditation, the skilled gentle instruction offered in a supportive atmosphere will launch your practice in a meaningful way.  For those already established in practice, the retreat offers the support and guidance to experience even more profound effects of meditation. 

    Our fall retreat, held in noble silence, will emphasize relaxing and quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice. Traditional meditation instruction will be combined with silent sitting, walking, Dharma talks, and meetings with the teachers. 

    Held at Serenity Ridge in Nelson County, this weekend retreat is suitable for both seasoned practitioners and beginners given that full instruction will be offered.

    The retreat cost is $100 (with a separate fee for room and board). Some partial scholarships may be available. Please apply for a partial scholarship on the registration form and a retreat manager will contact you. 

    Room and board cost varies by selection. Click through the reservation form to view a detailed list of accommodation options and their costs.

    Cancellation policy:

    In the event that you need to cancel your registration, please provide notification in writing to Heather Karp, We are able to return fees only as follows:

    If you cancel before September 26, you will receive a refund of 60% of your payment. If you cancel on September 26 or later, we will not be able to offer a refund.

    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. 
    • 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.

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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