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 Cathy Francis email@example.com
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 Maria Schutte at or Denise Owens 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) Groups
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 Denise at
The Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte depends on volunteers to carry out its mission of making the Buddha's teachings available to all who seek them. Volunteering is an opportunity to extend loving kindness to your sangha, the community, and the world. It is an important way to give dana (Pali for generosity) to the sangha; it can open your heart and enrich your life. Volunteering also is a way to meet other sangha members.
Go to the new ‘Volunteer’ tab on our website IMCharlotte.org to learn more about our different volunteer opportunities and find contact information to contact to sign-up for an activity. Whether you are new to IMCC or a longtime member, we can always use your help.
Check out the ‘Volunteer’ Tab on this Website
The following cancellation fee policy shall apply to IMC Charlotte events with event fees:
General Rule - Registrants cancelling:
-- More than two weeks before the event incur no cancellation fee.
-- Within two weeks of the event but before the date of the event incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the event fee.
-- 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:
-- More than two weeks before the date on which the facility requires a head count incur no cancellation fee.
-- 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.
-- After the date on which the facility requires a head count incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the event fee.
Policy on Cancellation Fees and Refunds
Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte
April 3...........................Guest Leader: Mary Aubry
April 10….................….Sangha Walking Group begins
April 17.........................Guest Leaders: Ruth King and Mark Nunberg: Racial Healing & Non-Harming
April 26.........................David Chernikoff: Friday Evening talk Living Dharma The Heart of the Matter
April 27.........................David Chernikoff: Daylong Meditation Retreat: Compassion in Action
May 15..........................Dharma Leader panel
June 8…………............Annual Sangha Picnic
Save the Dates
September 20-22 ............. Fall Sangha Retreat: Heartwood Retreat Center, Hendersonville, NC
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.
Mary Aubry has been meditating and attending insight retreats for over 25 years. Her teachers have included Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Leigh Brasington, Rodney Smith, Bhikkhu Analayo, and Gregory Kramer. In 2009, she attended her first jhana retreat with Leigh Brasington. In 2016, he authorized her to teach the jhanas in the tradition of the Venerable Ayya Khema.
Mary served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the Southern Dharma Retreat Center in North Carolina, attended the Dalai Lama’s 2011 eleven-day Kalachakra for World Peace event in Washington, DC, and graduated from Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership program in 2012. She co-taught IMCW’s 2014-15 heavenly messenger program, “Sacred Journey: Being Present with Aging, Illness, and Dying” and developed and co-taught IMCW’s True Refuge Companion Program, which offers in-home meditation companions for the aging, ill, dying, and bereaved in the IMCW community.
Since 2009 she has been a teacher with Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C.
Currently, Mary teaches retreats nationally and internationally on insight, the jhanas, and the brahma viharas.
Sangha Walking Group
An Informal Walking Group Walk Around the Pond (0.7 mile)
Dates…..…...…Second Wednesday of each month, April - October
Beginning April 10th — weather permitting
Time………....…6:30 - 7:00 pm
Location...….….Freedom Park. Meet at the children’s playground, entrance on East Blvd.
Ruth King and Mark Nunberg
Racial Healing and Non-Harming
Meditation will start at 7 this evening. Talk begins at 7:30 (There will be no Beginners Instruction period.)
In this evening talk, Mark Nunberg, founder and guiding teacher at Common Ground Meditation Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Ruth King, guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and author of Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out, share their journey together in becoming more mindful of race as dharma teachers, and its impact on the Common Ground Meditation Center.
This talk supports us in opening to more subtle and sticky ways we participate in Dukkha
- racial suffering - and in aligning more intentionally with Sila – the practice of non-harming.
Friday Evening Talk
Living Dharma: the Heart of the Matter
April 27, 9 am - 5 pm
Compassion in Action
The path of service plays a central role in all of the great wisdom traditions. When we quiet our minds and open our hearts, we recognize the interdependent web that connects all living beings to one another and to the Earth. By attuning to inner guidance, we sense the ways in which life calls us to contribute to the well-being of the whole.
Friday evening, David will lead a period of silent meditation, give a talk on Living Dharma:
The Heart of the Matter, and then respond to questions.
Date..............Friday, April 26
Time............. 7 - 9 pm
Location........Park Road Baptist Church, Milford Chapel, 3900 Park Rd, Charlotte NC 28209
Cost............. Free. Dana (donation) for the teacher.
The daylong on Compassion in Action will be as follows: The morning and early afternoon will consist of sitting and walking meditation in Noble Silence. In the mid-to-late afternoon there will be guided meditations and interactive exercises to deepen our understanding of the joys and challenges of compassionate action.
Date............. Saturday, April 27
Time,,,,,,,,,,,,, 9 am - 5 pm
Location....... Park Road Baptist Church, Milford Chapel, 3900 Park Rd, Charlotte NC 28209
Cost............. $35 registration fee plus Dana (donation) encouraged for the teacher who is not otherwise compensated. Scholarships available.
Join us! Sangha members relaxed and having fun? Yes! You don’t want to miss this!
Date................Saturday, June 8
Location..........Freedom Park, Shelter #6
Bring...............Please bring a vegetarian dish and a reusable water container
(to reduce the environmental impact of this event).
We will provide ice and bottled water.
Annual Sangha Picnic
Saturday, June 8 4 pm
Freedom Park Shelter #6
Do you want to be part of the Volunteer Coordinator Team? Tell Cathy Francis, our Lead Coordinator.
This role evolved from being a member of the Program Committee. She feels volunteering has increased her contact with more sangha members and deepened her appreciation of our Sangha, one of the the Three Jewels of Buddhism.
Cathy has been meditating for about 7 years, sometimes with Ruth King’s sangha, Mindful Members Insight Meditation Community, as well as with IMCC. “The practice of meditation definitely makes my life better…I am better able to accept things as they are - and see when I’m not.” She enjoys continuing learning about the Dharma.
Meet Cathy Francis
Would you like to make the PR Committee this happy?
The Public Relations committee is looking for someone to help out with the monthly newsletter and/or the new website-to-be. If you have experience with MailChimp (or a similar type of electronic newsletter software) or WordPress and would like to help us, please contact Clyde at email@example.com
Are you interested in learning? It's fairly easy.
Yep - contact Clyde!
Questions about your practice? Questions about the dharma?
On May 15, during the usual time for the dharma talk, you will have the opportunity to ask the Dharma Leaders any questions you may have about your practice and/or about the dharma teachings. All questions are welcome, even if you are just starting your practice and you think that your question may be too basic. Others can benefit from hearing different perspectives from the Dharma Leaders. Your questions will make this a new, interesting, and informative format for learning about the practice.
Here's how to ask your questions:
-Prior to that Wednesday, email your questions to Ward: firstname.lastname@example.org. (The name of the sender will be kept confidential.)
-That evening, before silent meditation, you can write your question(s) on paper provided in the lobby .
-You can ask your question(s) during the panel.
We hope to hear from you.
Dharma Leader Panel
Wednesday Evening, May 15
Open Q and A!