Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville (IMCC) has grown into a vibrant community since starting in the late 1990s as a small group led by Pat Coffey, Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Susan Stone.
Today, both our founding and our newer teachers, provide steady leadership for the sangha, in the Charlottesville community, and at the national level. On a weekly basis they offer unique teachings that include the cultivation of loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. These are the forces that build not only better personal relationships but better local communities, nations and world harmony.
"Dana" or generosity is an important part of our teachings. The practice of dana is a way that we can each express our appreciation for the priceless teachings of the dharma that we receive. Your financial gifts support our weekly teachings, retreats, classes, special events, and visits by guest teachers, as well as our operational expenses such as facility rental, staffing, etc.
As a non-profit organization, IMCC is completely dependent upon contributions. Secure contributions may be made online on our Donations page. If you are interested in making a recurring electronic transfer, email our Treasurer to set it up. If you prefer, you can send donations by mail to:
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Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression.
We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous.
We experience joy in the actual act of giving something.
And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given.
IMCC is a 501(c)3 organization which means your dana donations are tax-deductible. End-of-year statements will be issued to each contributor for annual dana paid by check or for cash donations. For more information please contact the IMCC Treasurer.
Dana — The Practice of Generosity
According to the Buddha, generosity or sharing what we have is one of the central pillars of spiritual life. In the act of giving we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring and acknowledge our shared interconnectedness.
The practice of dana has kept Buddhism alive for more than 2,500 years. In the Buddhist tradition there has always existed an interdependence between those who offer its teachings and those who receive them.