This blog contains announcements, insights and articles from the Insight Meditation Community of Washington

IMCW's Core Curriculum Offerings

Starting in September, IMCW teachers will be offering a wide range of online courses designed to support and deepen your practice. From foundational Dharma like the Eightfold Path and the Brahma Viharas to the practical application of these teachings in daily life, there are offerings for every level....

Return to In-Person Gatherings

Like many of you, we're eager to return to our pre-COVID norms of gathering in-person -- unmasked, with greetings of hugs or hand-shakes. We're also eager to continue serving those who have been able to join us virtually over the past year and a half....

Warm Hand To Warm Hand: IMCW’s Mentor and True Refuge Companion Programs

IMCW is glad to announce that Mentor Program is restarting after a short hiatus.  At the heart of the program is the principle of sangha, or spiritual community -- the third jewel and refuge in Buddhism. Sangha was key to the 2,500-year tradition, by which practitioners passed the Dharma from “warm hand to warm hand”, as Suzuki Roshi put it. In this spirit, the Mentor Program pairs experienced practitioners with those seeking to deepen their practice. Thich Nhat Hanh explains that the sangha is crucial for those relatively new to the dharma: “[w]e are always running, and it is hard for us to stop and be here in the present moment, to encounter life. For those of us who have not learned to be present, we need to be supported in that kind of learning…With sangha you will be able to learn the art of stopping....