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.

Sunday and Monday Sits Doreen Schweizer will lead the Sunday sit on November 9. Doreen leads the Monday sits twice a month, usually the second and fourth Monday of each month.  She’ll lead on October 27,  November 10 and 24. Details

Updating our email and contact list – The Advisory Board sent out a questionnaire on October 8 to everyone on the newsletter email list.  We would very much appreciate your completing and returning it.  Since the form is a Google doc, if you don’t have a Google account, please let us know by sending an email to the gmail address which is the source of the questionnaire.  Thank you very much, Rob Chambers, Geri DeLuca, David Gumpert, Roy Hatch, Connie O’Leary, Penelope Prendergast, Karen Summer, and Carol Westberg.

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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