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.

Special Offering – daylong teaching with Andrew Olendzki – Saturday, November 19.  Details will be announced in October.

Valley Insight 2016 Micah Award Nominees Announced; Join in the Celebration Oct 30
We are one of the 14 faith communities of the United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP), which holds an annual ceremony, the “Micah Awards,” to honor people within the member communities who have contributed meaningful service as volunteers. In bestowing the 2016 Micah Award, VIMS celebrates the local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ). We nominate three people from our Dharma community – the group’s co-founder Carol Rougvie, planning committee member Peg Meyer, and Diane Root, a very active member. We recognize their determination to take direct action in the alleviation of suffering. More here.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the award ceremony October 30 (UVIP’s annual fundraiser) honoring Carol, Peg, Diane and all the other Micah nominees. Please contact Mindy Schorr at Contact Us to purchase a ticket ($25 in advance).  Further info about UVIP is here.

Volunteers needed! Are you tech savvy and/or interested in strengthening our Valley Insight sangha?  The VIMS Communications Team is seeking additional members to help with outreach and publicity, and we would welcome your energy or expertise. We meet three or four times a year only, but have a lot of fun. If you are interested, please send an email to Contact Us .

Sangha-wide study of the Eightfold Path. Details here.
Wed, Oct 12 – Peg Meyer will lead a discussion group at the Howe Library, Rotary Room, 1:30-2:30 pm on Right Intention

Click here to see our latest newsletter.

Mark your calendars!  Author Michael Pollen will speak at the Hanover Inn’s Grand Ballroom Monday, October 24,  7 pm
This will be Dartmouth’s Environmental Studies Department annual George Link Jr. Environmental Awareness lecture.

Advisory Board: Gina Sonne is the VIMS president; Geri DeLuca is our treasurer. Doris Hampton, Penelope Prendergast, Suzanne Serat, Mindy Schorr, and Deb Steele complete the board. Brief bios are here.

A VIMS Lending Library is open in the Friends Meetinghouse in Hanover. The library has over 150 books, CDs, and pamphlets.  Details

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.

VIMS is now a member of the United Valley Interfaith Project and other Advisory Board news.

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.