Description of Organization
Flagstaff Insight Meditation took root in 1999 when Vipassana meditators began meeting on Monday nights. The sangha has grown steadily since that time. A guiding council was formed in 2010 and Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community was incorporated in 2016. FIMC is dedicated to fostering a welcoming refuge for all people to explore meditation, mindful living, and the teachings of the Buddha. They are committed to cultivating an appreciation of the value of diversity and to acknowledging the need to recognize and dissolve barriers that separate us from each other. Their doors and hearts are open to all social identities, races, classes, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, abilities, cultures, and ethnicities. They are a group of meditators who meet for silent meditation, Buddhist teaching and discussion. FIMC emphasizes Insight Meditation, also known as Vipassana or Mindfulness, though anyone is welcome to sit with them and practice their preferred meditation techniques. They offer many sits throughout the week which encompass dharma talks, silent sitting, and discussion. In addition, FIMC offers monthly events that include full-day sits (mini-retreats), mindful hiking, community potlucks, and other events. Retreats are an opportunity to practice embodied presence in silence throughout the day – in sitting and in walking meditation. The retreats include instructions, daily dharma talks, and opportunities for questions.
In 2018, a grant in the amount of $5,000 was awarded to Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community to assist in the cost of their first annual weeklong silent retreat in the Vipassana meditation tradition held in rural Arizona. This annual retreat is self-sustaining and fully supported by dana in the ancient Buddhist tradition of generosity, thus participants are not charged a fee to attend the retreat.