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
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.
Click here http://www.insightmeditationcharlotte.org/volunteer.html
New ‘Volunteer’ Tab on This Website
Daylong Teaching Event:
Reflections on the Qualities of a Buddha
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Venerable Dr. Pannavati
and Bhikkhu Pannadipa
The Buddha said awakening is possible for us because we possess the same essential nature he had. One special meditation he recommended for his disciples, not well known in the west, is “Reflection on the Qualities of a Buddha.” He prescribed it because what we think and ponder on, we become!
Our teachers, Ven. Dr. Pannavati and Bhikkhu Pannadipa, are Co-Founders and Co-Spiritual Directors of Heartwood Refuge in Hendersonville, NC. Both teachers have been ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana (Chan) traditions. Ven. Dr. Pannavati is an international teacher who is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. Bhikkhu Pannadipa, as a meditation counselor, shares his finely honed skills to add unspeakable depth to a practitioner’s experience. For more information about our teachers and Heartwood Refuge Retreat Center please go to www.HeartwoodRefuge.org.
Join us for this special experiential daylong that will absolutely transform your mind and lift your heart. We will sit with and touch the wisdom revealed in the "Reflection on the Qualities of the Buddha" and portions of the Sakyamuni Sadhana. We will chant the mantra, learn mudras (hand gestures used during meditation that direct the flow of energy "inward") and do the nine recommended meditation contemplations.
Date.........Saturday, April 21
Time.........9 – 4
Location....Park Road Baptist Church, Milford Chapel, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Cost.........This is a Dana based event with no registration fee.
All donations will be given to these beloved teachers to assist in their work.
Contact.....Registration is required. Email Linda: firstname.lastname@example.org by April 20
Are you new to insight meditation? Have you been practicing for a while, but unsure if you are “doing it right?” Have you been at it a long time, but would like to revisit the basics and cultivate “beginner’s mind?” Don’t miss this opportunity to get your practice started or to deepen your existing practice. Topics will include cultivating mindfulness and concentration, working with hindrances that arise during meditation, cultivating contentment, and taking our practice into our daily lives.
Dates...........Tuesdays: May 1, 8, 15, & 22
Time............7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location........Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Cost.............$40.00 registration fee plus Dana (donation) for the Leader
(Scholarships available. See cancellation refund policy at IMCCharlotte.org.)
Contact.........Email Ward Simmons at WardSimmons@bellsouth.net to register or for additional information
Tuesday Night Series
May 1, 8, 15, & 22
Led by Ward Simmons
Wednesday, May 2
Bob Bushorn has been a member of our sangha for four years, since he moved to Charlotte. A partial list of his activities is impressive: program planning committee participant, Tuesday noon sit leader, and 2016 and 2017 IMCC Residential Retreats manager.
He is also actively involved in The Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, teaching classes related to mindfulness and engaged spirituality as well as co-leading the Sunday Morning Meditation.
Bob worked as a professional community mental health administrator as well as having a private practice. He now enjoys the luxury of a part-time clinical practice as a therapist and he finds mindfulness-informed strategies to be invaluable, especially for those who are overwhelmed by anxiety and/or depression.
He has had a conceptual interest in Buddhism for over 40 years. He is inspired by the relevance of the Dharma for our survival as a species and how insight can inform activism to challenge racial, economic and environmental injustice.
He says: “I feel really grateful to my friends at IMCC and to the gentle guidance of our Dharma teachers.”
Our sangha is fortunate to have him as a member. We look forward to having Bob share his wisdom.
Community Service Project
Friendship Trays/ Meals on Wheels
May 5, 10 am - 12 noon
We have an opportunity to volunteer with Friendship Trays/Meals on Wheels for Charlotte & Mecklenburg County on May 5.
Every day, Friendship Trays delivers balanced meals to people in the community who, because of their age or infirmity, are unable to prepare their own meals. Friendship Trays grows much of its own produce in a garden located at Garringer High School and relies on volunteers to maintain the garden.
Garden volunteers are required to wear closed toed shoes and work gloves which are not provided. Eat your Wheaties that morning and bring water. We might plant, harvest produce, dig holes, push wheelbarrows, pull weeds, or turn compost. Green thumbs are not required. Just plan on getting dirty.
Bring a friend or family member and come play in the dirt. Saturday May 5. Help Friendship Trays feed people who are unable to feed themselves.
Date............Saturday, March 17
Time...........10 am – 12 noon
Bring...........Closed toed shoes, work gloves, & water
Location.......Garringer High School, 1100 Eastway Drive, Charlotte NC 28205
Contact........email Jay: email@example.com for information or to sign up
An Evening with Ruth King:
Mindfulness of Race and Reconciliation
Friday, June 15
7 – 9 pm
Join us for An Evening with Ruth King, international teacher in the insight meditation tradition, emotional wisdom author and life coach.
Ruth will introduce us to her new book, Mindful of Race, as she presents an understanding of our individual and collective racial conditioning, and how mindfulness builds confidence, faith, and stability, fostering a culture of wise care.
Date…........Friday, June 15
Time..........7 – 9 pm
Cost...........Free. Dana (donations) encouraged for the speaker
Location......Park Road Baptist Church, Milford Chapel
Doors open at 6:30 for book sales and signing.
Feedback from our recent sangha survey
58 people participated.
The respondents have been practicing meditation for from one month to five years or more! It was great getting responses from such a wide range of practitioners. Most have been attending the Wednesday evening meditation and appreciate having a place to practice with others, to be in a community, and to learn from the dharma teachings. Several have also attended our other sangha offerings such as socials, service events, movie nights, book discussion groups, the Tuesday noontime sit, and the various classes.
Most of you responded that you heard about IMC Charlotte from a friend which is the best way to help our sangha grow. You are enjoying your KM groups but would also like to have a better way to keep up with other sangha members. You also suggested some good topics for possible dharma talks.
The Board of Directors reviewed all your suggestions and ideas at our annual planning meeting. Your input is valuable and will help improve our sangha. In addition, don’t forget you are always welcome to talk to any of the board members or put a suggestion in the dana/suggestion box.
Thanks again for your feedback.
IMC Charlotte Board of Directors
IMCC Community Service Project
Meals on Wheels
On March 17, we planted 80 flats
of turnips and 40 flats of oregano!
Thank you, Jay, for organizing this fun, worthwhile morning.