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 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.
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.
Attendance is open to all and free. You have the opportunity to make a financial donation that supports us in having a space for us to foster mindfulness, joy, equanimity, and compassion.
*Our community meets every Wednesday except for those days when Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools are closed due to inclement weather.
Join our group of Volunteer Coordinators
They are crucial to making our Wednesday night meetings run smoothly. If you are new, this is a great way to get to know everyone.
For more information or to sign up, email Doris at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Suggestions Welcome
In the past, we have participated in community service projects with Dove’s Nest and with the Coalition to Unchain Dogs. We always welcome ideas for other volunteering projects for our sangha.
If you have any projects you would like to investigate and take the lead in initiating, please contact either Cynthia Glickman at email@example.com or
Joy LiBethe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly Advanced Practitioners' Discussion Sessions
First Wednesday Evening of each month 6:45 – 7:25
This is an opportunity for those with an established practice to gather monthly with other sangha members for a question and answer session led by one of our Dharma Leaders. Hopefully, this will provide additional support for your meditation practice and an opportunity to share and learn from other practitioners’ experiences.
Kalyana Mitta (KM) Group
Looking for a way to strengthen your practice? Consider joining a Kalyana Mitta (KM) Group. KM groups bring together sangha members to study and share practice experiences in a friendly, supportive environment. For more information contact Robin at email@example.com
Cancellation fee policy for IMC Charlotte events with registration/event fees:
• General Rule - Registrants cancelling:
a. More than two weeks before the event incur no cancellation fee;
b. Within two weeks of the event but before the date of the event incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the event fee; and
c. The day of the event (including no-shows) incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the event fee.
• Exception, for Events Where Facility Cost is Calculated on a Per-Person Basis (e.g. annual residential retreat) - Registrants cancelling:
a. More than two weeks before the date on which the facility requires a head count incur no cancellation fee;
b. Within two weeks of the date on which the facility requires a head count incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the event fee; and
c. After the date on which the facility requires a head count incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the event fee.
New! Evening Book Discussion Group
It's Easier Than You Think:
The Buddhist Way to Happiness
By Sylvia Boorstein
Meets Monday evenings beginning October 2
Have you been waiting for an IMCC book discussion group that meets in the evenings?
Well your wait is over!
This short book (160 pages) deals with using the Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives. It is extremely practical and down-to-earth. Here are some of the chapters: “Mary Kay and the Onions,” “My Grandfather and the Oranges,” and “Larry King and the Swami.” These titles may seem humorous. However, the insights are profound and useful. We can relate to the situations Boorstein describes; there’s a great deal to discuss.
Sylvia Boorstein is cofounding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She lectures nationally on Buddhism and mindfulness, and teaches Vipassana and Metta meditation.
Dates…………….…First Monday of the month beginning October 2
Time……………..….7 – 8:30 pm
Cost…….......……...Free. Dana is appreciated to help cover facilities cost.
Location…………....Room CC501, Park Road Baptist Church
Contact…….…….…Elaine if you want to become a member of this new group:
The Engaged Spiritual Life
Donald Rothberg, Ph.D.
Saturday Evening Talk, October 28, 2017
Sunday Daylong Retreat, October 29, 2017
To get the most benefit from the Sunday daylong retreat, attendance at the Saturday evening talk is highly encouraged.
Saturday Evening, October 28, 2017, Talk
“The Engaged Spiritual Life: Connecting Inner and Outer Transformation”
Despite contemporary examples such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and historical examples such as those of the Jewish prophets, Jesus, and Buddhist bodhisattvas, all too often the spiritual and the social have been separated. Donald Rothberg will explore connecting the spiritual and social, how we might bring them together in a contemporary way, how they deeply require one another, and how this integration might help us respond to the great challenges of our times. He will identify key principles and practices that can help us to weave together the different parts of our lives--personal, interpersonal, and social--increasingly into a seamless whole.
Daylong Retreat, Sunday, October 29, 2017
Awakening Individually and Collectively in a Time of Need:
A Day of Mindfulness and Inquiry
Based on the perspective given in the Saturday evening talk, we will explore practically how we combine depth of spiritual practice while engaging with the challenges of our world. In this daylong, we will combine periods of silent practice, helping us to quiet our minds, deepen insight, and open our hearts, with exploration of the connection between inner and outer transformation through interactive practices, short talks, and discussion.
Recognizing that there are phases of more inner work and more outer engagement, and very personal ways of navigating this balance, Donald will help us clarify a number of themes related to engaged practice, such as: seeing the world with dharma eyes; working with wise speech and cultivating empathy in the midst of differences and conflicts; opening to difficult emotions and working with reactivity; and connecting with the vision of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the “beloved community.”
Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., is a member of the Teachers Council at the Spirit Rock Center in California. He has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976 and also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice, in the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy, and in the Somatic Experiencing approach to trauma. He teaches and writes on Insight and Lovingkindness Meditation, and the application of these and other practices to transforming the judgmental mind, speech and communication, working with conflict, social service, and social action; he has also helped to guide a number of six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality, both Buddhist-based and interfaith—through Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Saybrook Graduate School, and Spirit Rock. Donald is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World, and the co-editor of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers.
Date…...............Saturday, October 28
Time.................7 – 9 pm
Cost..................Free. Donations (dana) for the speaker are encouraged.
Location.............Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Date..................Sunday, October 29
Time..................9 am – 5 pm
Cost..................$35 registration fee. (No one turned away.)
Donations (dana) for the speaker are encouraged.
(See cancelation refund policy below.)
New Location......Central Piedmont Community College, Overcash Building #300,
1206 Elizabeth Ave. Charlotte, NC 28204
Space is limited so registration is required for the Sunday event.
Contact..............Linda Reight at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to register.
Tashi and the Monk and Selected Shorts
Friday, October 6
On a remote mountaintop in the Himalayas a brave social experiment is taking place. Buddhist Monk Lobsang left his life as a spiritual teacher to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a community of 85 children — a family, really — who had been orphaned or neglected. They were, like Lobsang, “uninvited guests of the universe.”
5-year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place among 84 new siblings.
Will Lobsang’s gentle approach be able to penetrate her tough protective exterior? Will the abundance of love and compassion overcome her fear and aggression? Prepare to be inspired.
Come see this Emmy-Award winning documentary. Since Tashi and the Monk is only 40 minutes, we’ll show a few additional short films exploring spiritual loss, gain, and transformation.
"As uplifting a film as you'll ever see." The Week
"Compassion in action." Banff Mountain Film Festival
"Charming and thoughtful." Forbes
“A sweet surprise.”– The Washington Post
Date...............Friday, October 6 at 7:00 pm
Cost….............Free. Donations accepted for facility cost
Location..........The Youth Lounge, Park Road Baptist Church,
Milford Chapel, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC
Wednesday Evening Fall Series
Mindfulness On and Off the Cushion
Wednesdays, Oct 18, 25 & Nov 1, 8
This fall we will be doing something a little different for our Wednesday evening series. Each Wednesday evening for four weeks, starting on October 18, the Dharma Leader will talk about his/her personal experience practicing mindfulness both during meditating and in day-to-day life. Over the four weeks you’ll hear about what mindfulness means to each leader, his/her challenges with practicing mindfulness, and the benefits from his/her practice. You’ll be able to track the commonalities in their mindfulness practices and what, if any, are the differences. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask the different leaders questions about your mindfulness practice -- both on and off the cushion.
Wednesday, November 15
Ayya Sudhamma grew up in Charlotte. After practicing law, she embraced Buddhism in 1993, when an encounter with cancer offered her a difficult lesson in impermanence.
She joined the monastic community in 1997. In 2003, after several years as a novice, she gained full Bhikkhuni ordination in Sri Lanka, becoming the first Western woman to do so in that country. A few years ago she returned to Charlotte, where she founded the Charlotte Buddhist Vihara. She resides there as an alms-mendicant, teaching meditation and Buddhist suttas, offering spiritual counseling, and conducting traditional Southeast Asian Buddhist rituals.
She has served as guest leader for IMC Charlotte on several occasions, and we are delighted to have her back. Join us on November 15 for what will no doubt be an in interesting and insightful evening!
SANGHA BUILDING !!!
Head of Volunteer Coordinators Extraordinaire
Doris is the main reason our Wednesday night meditations go smoothly. She oversees the volunteer coordinators. In addition to recruiting and training new coordinators, she steps in when the spots aren't filled.
She has been a meditator for eight years, developing an increased awareness of how her mind works. This self-knowledge (wisdom) allows her to make better choices in her work as a therapist and in her daily life.
Being with others on the same path and learning about the Dharma are greatly important to our outstanding Volunteer. An active IMCC member, Doris participates in the Program Committee, Book Discussion Group, and two KM groups.
Volunteering is her way of paying it forward. How about you? Consider becoming a Volunteer Coordinator.
Repay our teachers a little for all they do for our sangha, learn what goes into organizing our wonderful Wednesday evenings, and make new friends. No experience necessary!
For more information or to sign up, email Doris: email@example.com
Winter Pot-Luck SocialSaturday, November 4Please join us for an evening of friendship, fun, and delicious food!
Bring a vegetarian dish to share and a beverage of your choice. (Remember to bring a serving utensil.)
Date...........Saturday, November 4
Contact.......Elaine to RSVP & for location & directions egreenberg.AgelessRemedies@gmail.com