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.

Introduction to Meditation Class will begin Thursday, January 8. Taught by Peg Meyer, it will be held for 8 consecutive weeks with an optional daylong sit. Details

Sunday and Monday Sits Doreen Schweizer will lead the Sunday sit on January 11. The Sunday, Feb. 8 sit will be a special daylong (9:50 am -4 pm) led by Doreen and Peg. Doreen leads the Monday sits twice a month, usually the second and fourth Monday of each month.  She’ll lead on December 22 and January 12 and 26 .

Advisory Board changes: Carol Westberg will become president in January and Geri DeLuca, Penelope Prendergast, Kate Schaefer, Gina Sonne, and Deb Steele have joined 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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