Buddhist Teachings and Meditation in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire & Vermont
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 Mindfulness Meditation, 6 Saturdays in February and March, via Zoom. More info here.
- Daily Gatherings for Refuge and Clarity, weekdays at 7:30 AM (Eastern time); details here.
- Weekly sits: Monday , Tuesday , and Thursday We publish weekly updates and login information for each sit. To be added to the list for a sit, email Karen Summer for Monday; Lee Steppacher for Tuesday; and Doreen Schweizer for 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.
Board of Directors: Michael Stoner is Valley Insight’s president and Sue McGilvray is our treasurer. Charlene Gates, Joel Lazar, and Carol Rougvie complete the board. Karen Summer, guiding teacher, is an ad hoc member. Brief bios are here.