Valley Insight Current Crises
We’ll share our own resources as well as links to Dharma talks and other valuable information to help us all process the current crises.

A message from the Valley Insight Teachers and Board.

Oren Jay Sofer on Communicating During Covid-197/10/2020 10% Happier

Valley Insight uses Zoom to access its weekly Sits and the Dharma Hall.  All other Sites on this page are links and do not require the use of Zoom.

All Valley Insight Zoom sessions are held by invitation only.  Requests for invitations may be submitted to any VIMS Teacher.  Attendees will be admitted into a Wait Room and admitted by the Teacher.  This process has been made essential by identified security problems with Zoom.  Zoom has been responsive to security problems identified over the past weeks and has released new versions that address security concerns.  VIMS has implemented our sign-in procedures upon a review of Zoom’s changes and recommendations of independent reviewers.

If You Haven’t Installed Zoom Here Are Installation Instructions
How To Install Zoom and Join a Zoom Meeting
Using Valley Insight’s Online Dharma Hall

To Join the Dharma Hall Click Here

Now, Here Are Some Other Helpful, Even Illuminating, Opportunities

Oren Jay Sofer on The Utility of Hope – 10% Happier.

Gil Fronsdal is offering a guided meditation and a dharma talk weekdays at 10:00 am EST via YouTube. You can join the IMC livestream here.  And, previous talks here.  All IMC archived meditations and talks are also available, including a dharma talk on “Seven Factors of Awakening – Mindfulness.”  Gil’s archived dharma talks are available here.

How To Heal Yourself in Nature – Mark Coleman 7/10/2020 10% Happier

Self-Guided Nature Meditation WalkThe natural world is reemerging, with blossoms, buds, warm breezes and bird songs.  It is reassuring that, yes, spring comes again and summer follows.

Lee Steppacher, an Upper Valley resident and trained Awake in the Wild meditation teacher, offers this guided meditation.  Similar to a self-guided tour of a museum, this audio file can be downloaded to your phone and accompany you on a walk. You can  walk wherever you like, and because you can turn  the audio on and off,  you can make the walk as long or as short as you like.

Lee says,“There are so many good reasons to take your practice outside, especially in the unprecedented times we live in now.  As much as I would like to be with you in the woods, at this time of social distancing it does not seem wise. Instead, I offer a guided meditative nature walk. Enjoy your walk — and your meditation!”

The LA Times has a Guide to Staying Sane in These Times, a thoughtful collection of Times articles

Just a little perspective.  This is love

IMS is offering Loving Kindness Meditation on the IMS YouTube Page to help connect our community during this challenging period. All are encouraged to join in and support your fellow meditators, some of whom may be suffering with worry, stress, or health concern.  Click the links below to view recent meditations and reflections.

Jack Kornfield in The New York Times, Things Keep Getting Scarier

Gil Fronsdal Caring For Self and Others in The Time of Covid-19 and a host of other Teachers talks Offered by YouTube and ‘pushed out’ to its users, Monday Morning April 6th.

Practicing in a Pandemic – Six new teachings on how to find compassion and equanimity in a time of great uncertainty – Tricycle Magazine

Pandemic Care Resources – compiled on Tara Brach’s website

The Bodhisattva Response to Coronavirus – Jack Kornfield

Judson Brewer’s article published in the NYTimes on March 13

Insight Timer blogpost with helpful tips and guided meditation

Cambridge Insight is going virtual with their Wednesday evening sits/dharma talk. You can get the link on their home page.

Yael Shy is the author of What Now? Meditation for Your 20’s and Beyond and the Senior Director of NYU’s Office of Global Spiritual Life and MindfulNYU.

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies – A Daily Guided Meditation With Bill and Susan Morgan – Daily 10:30 to 11:15 am

Ajan Amaro
Dhamma Reflections, Heavenly Messages
Amaravati Buddhist Monastery for 03/22/2020

How To Meditate Outdoors With The New York Times

‘And Now For Something Completely Different’  (Maximize the YouTube Window Once You Are In There)

‘Somewhat Zen-Like, Pure Inspiration’ (Maximize the YouTube Window Once You Are in There)