Buddhist Teachings and Meditation in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire & Vermont
Valley Insight garden seating

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 holding all our sits and other events 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].

Though life is returning to normal, we’ll continue to use Zoom until later in the summer or early fall. When we do re-introduce our in-person sits, we’ll enable access though Zoom so anyone can continue to attend them.

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.

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.

Coming Up

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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