"Mindful of Race"
Dharma Teacher and Group Facilitator Ruth King
Returns to IMCC to Conduct Workshop August 21-23
For the third year in a row, IMCC welcomes Dharma Teacher and exceptional group facilitator Ruth King, who will lead the weekend workshop "Mindful of Race." Ruth's wise guidance, infused with compassion and humor, offers us new and powerful ways to heal ourselves, our groups, and our institutions.
Racism--fed through unawareness and a misuse of power--remains one of the most rooted and painful impasses of our time and our history here in Charlottesville as in other communities. To understand the dynamics of racism, and the flesh we put on its bones, is to understand other forms of oppression and our relationship to differences, divisions, and diversity. As citizens and leaders, we have the power to influence our communities through our awareness and actions.
This exploration requires courage and compassion, and an intention to be more whole than hidden. In our time together, we will explore the Relative reality of racism from three levels of experience: individual, group, and institution, and the system of oppression in our mind that is reflected in the world. Through periods of sitting meditation, respectful dialogue, and ceremony, we will recognize the ways in which our racial history has shaped our perception of others and ourselves, and how our views impact our relationships and well-being.
IMCC champions the ongoing inquiry into the experience of "separation" and the creation of "the other." By grounding our personal practice in the Buddha Dharma, we can investigate the causes and conditions within ourselves and society that perpetuate the suffering of separation. We can also explore together, in community, that which opens our hearts and minds to our true nature and interconnection of all life.
Friday, August 21, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Saturday, August 22, 9am-5pm
Sunday, August 23, 9am-5pm
Online Registration Required.
Contact: Allie Rudolph at firstname.lastname@example.org
IMCC aspires to be an inclusive and accessible community. We welcome participation from anyone, including those who may be new to meditation. If you are coming from out of town, we are happy to provide suggestions for accommodations. A limited number of full or partial scholarships is available; contact Allie Rudolph at email@example.com to apply.
IMCC provides a welcoming environment for people to engage in Insight Meditation and related practices. IMCC offers ongoing weekly group meditation sessions and dharma talks as well as a variety of educational opportunities designed to increase the understanding, knowledge, and practice of Insight Meditation. These events are open to all people, whether they are newcomers, regular visitors, or members (see below).
Insight or Vipassana Meditation draws on the Buddhist tradition and the central techniques taught by the Buddha upon his enlightenment. IMCC embraces this tradition yet is nonsectarian and open to anyone with a desire to practice meditation.
Participation is free. Attendees are invited contribute donations or dana to help cover space rental, web hosting, and other expenses. Fees are required for some retreats and classes. IMCC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible.
Membership in IMCC
In June 2014, the IMCC Board of Directors implemented a new Membership Structure designed to encourage community participation, with the goals of helping to sustain our mission and activities and providing opportunities for people to deepen their practice. As always, however, everyone is welcome at IMCC events, whether a member or not.
Everyone who received our bimonthly e-newsletter will continue to do so, and new contacts may sign up online to receive it without becoming members (see above).
To become a member, complete the Member Application.
What does becoming a Member mean? Registering as a “Member” of IMCC is an expression of one’s commitment to:
1. Maintain a regular meditation practice, including a commitment to integrating the principles of mindfulness-awareness into one’s daily life
2. Volunteer service to our community in keeping with one’s skills, personal interests, and availability
3. Make a financial contribution to our community as one’s personal circumstances permit.
Who can become a member? Anyone can become a member, provided he or she embraces the three Membership Commitments.
Why become a member? Membership in IMCC is a commitment to your practice and your community. These are some of the benefits:
• To deepen your practice by greater participation in IMCC.
• To have the chance to offer dana by volunteering for IMCC.
• To access early registration for workshops and retreats.
• To receive one individual meeting with an IMCC teacher.
• Access to the Members section of the IMCC website, where Board meeting minutes and the budget are posted.
Am I already a member? Unless you have visited imeditation.org and registered as a Member after June 15, 2014, you are not a member under the new Membership Structure. If you were registered in the past, you will continue to receive our e-blasts. But you must re-register to become a Member.
Who can answer other questions? If you have any questions about Membership in IMCC, please contact Board President Jeff Fracher, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Practice of Dana: Making a Donation
IMCC relies on the time-honored tradition of dana, or generosity, to support its weekly programs and special events. Donations are used to cover expenses such as space rental, web hosting, supplies, and other costs. Attendees have opportunities to make a contribution at every event.
Tuesday Evening and Weekday Donations. IMCC accepts donations to offset its expenses at each Tuesday evening meditation and Dharma talk as well as at its weekday meditation sessions. This voluntary expression of gratitude for the teachings we receive helps cover space rental and other IMCC costs and support our dedicated teachers. Any offering is welcome, though none is required, and people typically contribute $5 to $15.
Other Opportunities to Donate. Individuals and corporations can make a tax-deductible annual, quarterly, or monthly contribution to help us. You may send a check made payable to IMCC in care of Maggie MacInnis, 8 Winchat Ln., Palmyra, VA 22963. To pay via credit card, debit card, or direct debit from your checking account, use our secure PayPal account (no service fee applied).
Yes, Donations Are Tax-Deductible. Contributions made before December 31 of each calendar year are tax-deductible for that year; you may request a receipt for tax purposes.
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