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.
Leigh Brasington Retreat October 3-5: There is a possibility that people on the wait list may have a chance to join the retreat. If you are interested in attending, please add your name to the wait list here.
Leigh Brasington public talk at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, Friday, Oct 3, 7:30-9:00 pm. His theme will be “Fruits of the Spiritual Path”. Special opportunity for those not attending Leigh’s retreat. Leigh is a master Insight Meditation teacher. Details.
Sunday and Monday Sits - Doreen Schweizer will lead the Sunday sit on October 12. Doreen leads the Monday sits twice a month, usually the second and fourth Monday of each month. She’ll lead the September 22, October 13 and 27 sits. We are starting a new book on September 22. Details
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, several people from the Valley Insight Sangha will attend the People’s Climate March, an action designed to encourage world governments to address the looming planetary crisis. Email karen [dot] summer2 [at]gmail [dot]com for details.
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.