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.
Valley Insight Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
The Valley Insight Dharma Hall – Connect With the Sangha Using Zoom
We’re now using Zoom for our sits and for workshops and other events. Here are some helpful tips for using Zoom. Once you’ve installed Zoom on your computer you can access The Valley Insight Dharma Hall, which transforms you into a participant at any scheduled Valley Insight sit, the Dharma Cafe, or other scheduled event here. We’ll add other helpful resources related to COVID-19 and practice on the new Resources page.
Doreen, Peg, and Karen are using Valley Insight’s Online Dharma Hall for our weekly sits until further notice. Each of the teachers will share login information in their regular weekly sit update emails. If you’d like to receive an update from any of the teachers, please go to our Teachers Page and email the teacher directly to be added to their email list.
Beginning on Monday, March 23 and ending Sunday, April 29, we’re going to open up the Dharma Hall for people who would enjoy tea and conversation with others from our Sangha. Please join any time from 4:00-5:00 pm.
This is a time to gather informally and share tea and conversation with your friends. There won’t be a leader or moderator, just anyone who shows up.
If we find that this is something that people find valuable, we’ll continue it after our first week.
And a reminder
May we continue to find refuge in curiosity, kindness, beauty, space, breath, gratitude, and one another. This is a time to practice patience, restraint, and evoke a “settled back” feeling as much as possible. We are all in this together.
Karen Summer, Doreen Schweizer, and Peg Meyer
- Dialogue across Differences: How to Speak with Truth and Kindness
How can we use our spiritual practice as a resource to address a polarized political climate, divisive speech, and violence in our communities ? How do we bring qualities of integrity, truth, and kindness into our relationships and conversations, staying true to our values while creating conditions for real dialogue ? Join Buddhist meditation teacher, author and Nonviolent Communication Trainer Oren Jay Sofer for this unique program in Mindful Communication. Saturday April 25th – On-Line. Registration on The Retreat Page is required for attendance.
- 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.
VIMS is a member of the United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP). More information 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 Joel Lazar complete the board. Brief bios are here.
A VIMS Lending Library is open in The Barn on Green Street in Lebanon. The library has over 150 books, CDs, and pamphlets. Details