Valley Insight Meditation Society
We are a community of individuals who practice primarily in the Insight Meditation lineage within the Theravadan Buddhist tradition. Our teachers and formal practice are closely aligned with Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, and other lay teachers connected with IMS and BCBS in Barre, MA. We are also informed by the Western Monastic Order of Thai Forest Monks, centered at Amaravati Monastery in England, whose monks and nuns teach world-wide.
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Our intention is to provide opportunities and support for exploring the teachings of Buddhism and practice of vipassana, also known as insight meditation. Wise and careful training of attention can lead to a more peaceful, steady mind and kind heart. This path helps us find the way to wisdom and compassion in the midst of our complex, stressful lives. We welcome all who are interested.
Response to Terrorism in Charlottesville:
On behalf of VIMS, our guiding teacher, Doreen Schweizer, as our clergy representative to the wonderful, engaged, and active United Valley Interfaith Project, has signed a national RESPONSE TO TERRORISM IN CHARLOTTESVILLE. The document, from a coalition of faith-based groups around the country, is calling for wisdom and clarity as well as strong, balanced action in direct and immediate support for people of color. It is truly in support of liberty, justice, compassion, and sanity. Although some of the document’s language is not language we might use to express our basic beliefs, the spirit of solidarity and action called for are important. To read the petition, go here.
More on UVIP
Sangha Support – volunteer to join a circle of care for sangha members who may need temporary help. Details
Times to socialize! Join the informal group first Monday of every month for Dinner and Dharma. After the sit we go to a local restaurant. Also, third Thursday of every month – after the Barn sit, we re-convene at a nearby Lebanon restaurant.
Advisory Board: Gina Sonne is the VIMS president; Geri DeLuca is our treasurer. Doris Hampton, Terry Lyons, Bob Metz, Suzanne Serat, and Mindy Schorr complete the board. Brief bios are here.
Diversity Policy Valley Insight Meditation Society is committed to offering a safe, welcoming environment for people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, classes, religions, abilities and ages in which to practice meditation and to explore the ideas put forth in the Buddha’s teachings. We recognize that all people hold unexamined beliefs, assumptions, fears and prejudices about others, and especially about those who seem different from themselves, and we acknowledge that these beliefs are a great source of suffering for individuals and societies. We strive for inclusivity, kindness and generosity toward all, in our programs and in our hearts.
Prison Sangha – Consider joining us for our regular visits with the prison sangha at the New Hampshire Department of Corrections in Berlin or volunteer to be a letter-writing correspondent with an inmate. View photos of the prison sangha. Consider becoming a member of Valley Insight. Learn about other ways to be involved in Valley Insight. Read reflections on Dhamma practice and Buddhism by Doreen and a Valley News interview of Landon about volunteering at the prison.
A VIMS Lending Library is open in The Barn on Green Street in Lebanon. The library has over 150 books, CDs, and pamphlets. Details