Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville (IMCC) is dedicated to the practice of mindfulness-awareness, also known as Insight or Vipassana Meditation. IMCC provides a full program of weekly meditation, ongoing classes, daylong programs, and retreats.

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Learn about a recent IMCC event
“What the Buddha Also Taught”:
Guest Teacher Leigh Brasington Led Daylong Retreat and Tuesday Session

Internationally renowned meditation teacher
Leigh Brasington led a daylong retreat Saturday, September 27, and led our regular evening session Tuesday, September 30. Leigh infused these programs with his gentle humor, that is attracting a growing number of students, Leigh teaches throughout the United States and around the world.

"What the Buddha Also Taught" refers to an area other than mindfulness meditation. The Buddha also taught people how to access certain meditative states. Focusing on lovingkindness as a doorway, Leigh spoke about the basic practice principles in accessing these meditative absorptions. Also called the jhanas, in the West they are known as mystical states. They include experiences of rapture, happiness, bliss, equanimity, and other more refined states. 

During the Tuesday evening session, Leigh guided us in meditation and offered a talk on the connections among mindfulness, Insight, and the jhanas.

Like all Tuesday evening sessions, the event was open to all whether  new or seasoned meditators. Chairs are always provided; some people prefer to bring a cushion, mat, or bench. Admission is free; donations accepted. 7:30pm-9pm, JABA, 674 Hillsdale Dr., Cville.

About IMCC

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. IMCC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible. 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. Donations do sustain us and are always welcome.

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 individual welcome meeting with an IMCC teacher.
• Access to the Members section of the IMCC website where Board meeting minutes and the budget will be 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 jeffreyf@imeditation.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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Four Weekly Opportunities
for IMCC Meditation

Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm, Meditation and Dharma Talk. JABA, 674 Hillsdale Dr., CVille.  Free admission; donations welcome ($5 to $15 is customary). 

Wednesdays, 12-1pm, Meditation and Discussion, Common Ground, Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th St. NW #219, CVille (enter at left). Free admission; donations welcome.

Thursdays, 7:30am-8:30am, Meditation and Discussion, Common Ground, Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th St. NW #219, CVille (enter at left). Free admission; donations welcome.

Fridays, 12-1pm, Meditation and Discussion, Common Ground, Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th St. NW #219, CVille (enter at left). Free admission; donations welcome.

Please check our EVENTS page to learn more about classes, retreats, and other offerings.

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Upcoming events

30 Dec 2014 7:30 PM • JABA 674 Hillsdale Drive Charlottesville
05 Jan 2015 7:00 PM • Common Grounds, Jefferson School
17 Jan 2015 9:00 AM • JABA 674 Hillsdale Dr., Charlottesville

IMCC is a nonprofit organization established in 1996. Its primary mission is to promote the instruction and practice of Buddhist Insight Meditation and related teachings that awaken an individual’s natural wisdom and compassion. IMCC is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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