"Each of us has a genuine capacity for
love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion.
Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves
the unique happiness that is our birthright.”
~ Sharon Salzberg
The Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte is dedicated to the practice of Insight (Vipassana) Meditation and Lovingkindness (Metta) practice. Persons of all faiths and beliefs who seek freedom of heart and mind are welcome.
We also study and practice Mindfulness with the intention of integrating wisdom and manifesting compassion in all aspects of our lives.
Although based on the 2,500 year-old teachings of the Buddha, Insight Meditation is relevant in our current challenging times as a means for quieting the mind, trusting the heart and living with ease.
Teachings and meditations are offered freely. In the Buddhist tradition, teachings are considered so precious as to be priceless. Dana is the ancient Pali word for generosity arising effortlessly from deep gratitude. The generosity of your donations, your dana, to offset expenses, is greatly appreciated.
TWO WEEKLY PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES
We meet every Wednesday evening at 7 PM. There is an instruction period from 7-7:30 PM, then a 30-minute silent insight meditation followed by a dharma talk and discussion. Appropriate for all levels of experience.
We also meet Tuesdays from noon to 1:00. The Tuesday format will includes a brief instruction period, a thirty-minute period of silent meditation, and a brief period of questions and answers.
Location: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, in the Milford Chapel. Please park in the back of the church and take the sidewalk to the second building on the left. Click here for map.
Please refrain from using perfume, aftershave or strongly scented lotions when attending IMCC events. This could be distracting to individuals with sensitivities, at the very least. Thank you.
Please visit our Meetings and Events section for the latest news and events!
Annual Sangha Retreat: July 28-30. Click Meetings and Events for information and to download the registration form.
Damma Study and Practice Program: Click here for a detailed Program Description and here for the Program Application. Applications must be postmarked by June 15.
Inclement weather policy: We follow the cancellation decisions of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Please check the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools website to see if school has been canceled. If inclement weather is expected in the evening after regular school hours, check to see if school or school events are closed for either that evening or the next day. If so, we will also be closed that evening. Always use your best judgment concerning driving in inclement weather. If we are closed or you decide not to come, please consider meditating at home from 7:30-8 PM.
The Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte
is dedicated to the practice of
Insight (Vipassana) Meditation
and Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation.
reflected in the Theravada Buddhist teachings,
it is intended to be a place
where a diverse group of people,
who seek freedom of heart and mind, can come
together to foster
mindfulness, sympathetic joy, equanimity and
We practice and study with the intention of
manifesting wisdom and compassion
in all aspects of our lives.
not a religion,
a science of mind."
– The Dalai Lama
In the fall of 2009, Joy LiBethe, a Charlotte psychologist, created an insight meditation sangha in Charlotte, recognizing the importance of meditating with a community. Starting as a small group meditating together, the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte (IMC Charlotte) has grown into a large, vibrant community. The group is an educational (rather than religious) non-profit organization devoted to the study and practice of the Buddha’s liberating teachings. We welcome individuals of all (or no) religious traditions who share an interest in the practice of insight (vipassana) meditation. We offer weekly Dharma talks, study series (such as the Noble Eightfold Path), retreats, service events, book discussions, movie nights, a monthly newsletter, and social gatherings. We have hosted speaking guests including Sharon Salzberg, Phillip Moffitt, David Chernikoff, and a group of Tibetan monks traveling in the US. Events are either free or include modest suggested facility fees. No one is turned away. As is customary, voluntary dana (donation) for the Dharma Leader(s) is appreciated.
IMCC Community Service Events
As a sangha, IMCC practices the principle of generosity through service events as a way of giving to the local community. In the past, we have helped build fences for the Unchained Dogs organization, served dinner at Dove’s Nest a substance abuse facility for women, sorted grocery items at Second Harvest Food Bank, and cooked dinner for guests at Hospitality House where family members of hospital patients can stay. These events also help build friendships and relationships between sangha members. Plus, we always have fun doing them!