Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville (IMCC) 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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July 16 

"Embracing Sincerity": A Daylong Retreat with Susan Stone

Many of us come to spiritual practice to find a way out of suffering. Soon however we discover another reason to practice: the heart’s yearning for truth. Embracing the sincerity of the heart is the lifelong process of responding to this yearning.

When we embrace this sincerity, we say yes and incline toward expressing nonjudgmentally with clarity and kindness amidst our daily challenges and joys. We discover a circle—namely, that the yearning of the heart fuels our ongoing commitment to spiritual practice even when our discipline flags, and that the practices of mindfulness, lovingkindness and others clarify and affirm the heart’s yearning. We move more deeply into the reality of the Buddhadharma (the Buddha’s teaching), which has been defined as “the undefended truth,” and we live with greater peace and happiness.

This silent retreat will include guided and unguided meditation, walking meditation, mindful movement and a talk. There will be time for questions. Open to all, whether you are new to meditation or a long-time practitioner.

The retreat takes place at JABA, 674 Hillsdale Dr., CVille. Chairs are provided; please bring a cushion if you wish, as well as a bag lunch.

To Register

Please register online so we know to expect you; the fee is $30, and you may pay online or at the door. Questions? Please contact Cynthia Power, cjpower@ntelos.net, (434) 923-4543.

About Susan Stone

Susan Stone, PhD, has been engaged in Buddhist meditation for more than 25 years, 3 of them in monasteries. She offers teachings focusing with gentleness and kindness on awakening through the forms of life into formless awareness. A graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Community Dharma Leaders Program and ordained as a Zen lay priest, Susan also teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Virginia Mindfulness Center. She has taught mindfulness in middle school and in men’s and women's prisons. She is a Reiki master and author of multiple books, including Buddhist fiction. 



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. 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 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 Jeffrey Fracher, 105 Monticello Ave, #402, Charlottesville, VA 22902. 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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Weekly Opportunities
for IMCC Meditation

Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm, Meditation and Dharma Talk.  JABA, 674 Hillsdale Dr., CVille.  Free admission; donations welcome ($5 to $15 is customary).

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

Fridays, 12-1 pm, 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

28 Jun 2016 7:30 PM (EDT) • JABA 674 Hillsdale Drive
16 Jul 2016 9:00 AM (EDT) • JABA 674 Hillsdale Drive, Cville 22901







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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