Valley Insight Meditation Society
Valley Insight Meditation Society is a spiritual refuge for all who seek freedom of mind and heart. We offer weekly sitting groups suitable for beginners and more experienced meditators; non-residential retreats; and instruction in meditation and mindfulness practice — all rooted in the ethics, concentration and wisdom teachings of Insight (Vipassana) Buddhism. These practices help develop awareness and compassion in ourselves, giving rise to greater peace and happiness in the world. Our teachers and formal practice are closely aligned with that of Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) in Barre, MA, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.
- Introduction to Meditation class with Lee Steppacher, September-October, more info
- Breathing with the Earth, a day for mindfulness in the wild with Peg Meyer and Lee Steppacher, September 28, more info
- Weekly sits: Monday , Tuesday , and Thursday
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.
- 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.
- Join our Support Sangha: Volunteer to join a circle of care for sangha members who may need temporary help. Details
- Join Valley Insight: Consider becoming a member of Valley Insight. Learn about other ways to be involved in Valley Insight.
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.
United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP) annual Micah award celebration. Please nominate one or more from our sangha to be honored. More here.
Board of Directors: Michael Stoner is the VIMS President, Gina Sonne is the Vice-President, and Suzanne Champlin our treasurer. Mindy Schorr, Sue McGilvray and Terry Cioffredi complete the board. Brief bios are here. Bob Metz and Doris Hampton have resigned from the Board. Bob was our vice president, who had special facility with finances. He will coordinate the facilitation of the Tuesday sit while Peg is away this winter. Doris has been the head of the Retreat Team and will continue to do this. We thank these two very loyal, generous people for the time and talent they continue to give to Valley Insight.
A VIMS Lending Library is open in The Barn on Green Street in Lebanon. The library has over 150 books, CDs, and pamphlets. Details