Welcome to the Valley Insight Meditation Society

Valley Insight Meditation Society (VIMS) is 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.

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.

Responding to the Earthquake in Nepal.  The chair of Dartmouth’s Anthropology Department has done extensive research in Nepal. If you feel inspired to donate, her recommendations of NGOs are here.

Monday sit, May 25, will be peer led with informal discussion.  We will resume the book discussion on June 1.

Daylong Retreat – Sunday, June 14,  9 am – 4 pm   at AVA. “Everyday Mindfulness”  details

VIMS is now a member of the United Valley Interfaith Project. Details to come.

Temple Forest Monastery has completed the purchase of the land in Temple, NH. New Hampshire now officially has a Theravadan Monastery in the Ajahn Chah Western Forest lineage.  This spiritual community has an unbroken link to the living Buddha of 2,500 years ago. Several of us plan to drive down for the opening ceremony on June 28. More information

Bhikkhu Bodhi in Upper Valley August 7 & 8: This world-renowned Buddhist scholar, translator, and social activist will take part in a climate conference “Changing Climate, Changing Minds.” Preregistration free and will open in late spring. Details forthcoming.

Monday Sits  are now teacher-led except for the holiday, May 25. Doreen will lead on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. Peg Meyer will lead first and third Mondays. Doreen will lead on June 8 and 22; Peg will lead  June 1 and 15. New book was started April 13. details

Second Sundays at AVA  The monthly Sunday sit (except June 14) is dedicated to the practice and exploration of the Brahma Viharas (beautiful mind states): friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity. The sit commences with a period of mindful movement.  Details.

CLASS – Everyday Mindfulness is exploring the intersection of secular mindfulness with traditional Buddhist practices. This 6-week class started April 30 and is co-taught by Peg Meyer and Landon Hall. Details

Advisory Board: Carol Westberg is the VIMS president; Geri DeLuca is our new treasurer. Penelope Prendergast, Kate Schaefer, Gina Sonne, and Deb Steele 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.

Addressing Climate Change – People’s Climate March Sept 21, NYC VIMS is part of the world-wide network of teachers and sanghas who are concerned about climate change.  Acting on this commitment, three people from the Valley Insight Sangha attended the People’s Climate March, an action designed to encourage world governments to address the looming planetary crisis.

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.

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