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 to access our sits, workshops and other events. Here are some helpful tips for using Zoom.
We’ve added a wide range of helpful resources related to COVID-19 and practice on the new Resources page. We have also added additional security features for Zoom which are described on the Resources page.
We’re now holding all our sits in Valley Insight’s Online Dharma Hall, which is powered by Zoom. Karen Summer, guiding teacher, leads the Monday evening sit. The Tuesday evening sit is led by Lee Steppacher on the last Tuesday of the month; on other days, it’s peer-led. Thursday’s sit for experienced meditators is led by Doreen Schweizer, senior teacher. (See teacher bios].
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.
- Weekly sits: Monday , Tuesday , and Thursday
- A six-session Introduction to Mindfulness class with Michael Stoner begins on April 19; see details here.
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