Two Weekly Practice Opportunities

​Wednesday Evenings

​​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.

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Tuesday Midday
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.
Volunteer Opportunities

​​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 cathyfrancis@carolina.rr.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 Cynthia Glickman at glickman.cynthia@gmail.com or
​Joy LiBethe at alwayskindness@gmail.com
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 dandowens@yahoo.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

Service Opportunities

New ‘Volunteer’ Tab on This Website


​OUR SANGHA

Sunday Evening Talk: Buddhism and Recovery

Sunday, August 26, 2018, 7 – 9 pm

Buddhist practices and teachings have become essential elements of many people’s recovery programs. Kevin Griffin has been teaching on this intersection for over 15 years. On this evening he will explore themes relevant to people dealing with any form of addiction, whether substance or process-oriented, making connections with core Buddhist teachings on mindfulness, compassion, and ethics.

Date….……….Sunday, August 26
Time……….….7 – 9 pm
Cost…………  Free.   Donations encouraged for the speaker.
Location………Park Road Baptist Church, Milford Chapel, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, 28209

Daylong Retreat

Living Kindness:  Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World

Saturday, August 25, 9 am - 5 pm

Lovingkindness, or metta, is sometimes depicted as a simple “open your heart and love everybody” practice but a closer look at the Buddha’s teachings reveals a more complex and nuanced picture. In a time of great conflict and contention in our society, it can be extremely valuable to see how the Buddha addressed these relevant topics:
-the challenges of living with other people;
-the risk of hating anyone, even your enemies;
-and the dangers inherent to conventional loving relationships.
Kevin uses his teachings on lovingkindness to emphasize the importance of sila, or ethical behavior, the potential for opening into deeper meditative states of peace and equanimity, and the importance of developing a non-discriminating, unconditional love on the path of awakening. The retreat will include meditation, lecture, small group discussion, and Q&A.

Date…………Saturday, August 25
Time…………9 am – 5 pm
Cost………….Registration fee: $35. Registration required.
Donations are encouraged for the speaker.
Location……Park Road Baptist Church, Milford Chapel, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, 28209
Contact…….For questions or to register, email Bob Bushorn: IMCCncregistrar@gmail.com



Kevin is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and author known for his innovative work connecting dharma and recovery, especially through his 2004 book One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps. He has been a Buddhist practitioner for over thirty-five years and a teacher for two decades. He reaches a broad range of audiences in dharma centers, wellness centers, and secular mindfulness settings. His latest book is Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World.

For more information about Kevin go to www.kevingriffin.net.

Kevin Griffin

Daylong Retreat:  Living Kindness:
Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World

​Saturday, Aug. 25, 9 am – 5 pm

Sunday Evening Talk: Buddhism and Recovery

​Sunday, Aug. 26, 7 – 9 pm


Finding Your Way:
The Practice and How We Live It

Wednesday Evening Summer Series

Jul 11, 18, 25 & Aug 1, 8


For five weeks, starting on July 11, the Dharma Leaders will talk about their personal experiences with the practice - meditation and mindfulness. You will hear about how their meditation practice was developed, the challenges each faced and how they worked with these challenges. Furthermore, you will hear how their practice is now expressed in their daily lives.

Each of us is on a unique, personal journey. Hearing what others have undergone and continue to face helps us find our way as we travel this path together.

Upcoming Events
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August 25............Kevin Griffin: Daylong Retreat Living Kindness:
                            Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World

August 26…….....Kevin Griffin: Sunday Evening Talk:
                            Buddhism and Recovery

​​August 29..............Guest Speaker: Larry Dawalt

​​September 29.......Debbie George: Daylong Retreat
                                   Meeting the Second Arrow with Equanimity

Save the Dates
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October 27...........Donald Rothberg: Daylong Retreat.
                                   Things Are Not as They Appear:
                                   Four Ways of Training and Inquiry

March 29 - April 1...2019 Spring Sangha Retreat (3 days)

Guest Speaker

Larry Dawalt

Wednesday, August 29


Larry Dawalt began his study of the Dharma and meditation in 2012 with a specific interest in Vipassana and the application of mindfulness principles in end of life care. During the past year, he has been one of 12 sangha members participating in IMCC’s first year-long Dharma Study Practice Program. He was also a participant in the IMCC book study of Joseph Goldstein’s Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening and a 2017 retreatant at Southern Dharma.

He is Senior Director of Spiritual and Grief Care Services for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, joining the organization in 1997. As an invited speaker, Larry has addressed national, regional and local organizations on topics dealing with spirituality, comparative religion, compassionate communication, end of life care, and grief.

In addition to his studies and specific training in Clinical Pastoral Education, Larry is a Board Certified Healthcare Chaplain and has received the designation Certified in Thanatology from the Association of Death Educators and Counselors. He is also a Certified Trauma Services Specialist.

Life is inherently stressful. At times we experience physical and mental pain, disappointment, loss, difficult relationships, and feelings of disconnection, regret, longing, and insult.

The Buddha’s simile of the Second Arrow teaches us that how we relate to life’s hardships, the first arrow, can ease or heighten our suffering.

On this Daylong Retreat we will practice ways to cultivate a skillful response to problems, bringing more ease of wellbeing to meet life’s inevitable challenges.

Morning meditation instruction will be followed by alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation with mindful eating of lunch and continuing the same in the afternoon which also will include a Dharma talk. Participants will experience a day of silent practice in community. Appropriate for current meditators with new to extended practice.

Registration is required.

Date....................Saturday, September 29
Time....................8:45 am – 5:00 pm
Location...............Milford Chapel, Park Road Baptist Church,
3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Cost....................$35 registration fee (no one turned away) plus
Dana (donations) encouraged for the teacher
To register and for further information, email.......IMCCncregistrar@gmail.com


Meeting the Second Arrow with Equanimity

Daylong Retreat

Saturday, September 29

Led by Debbie George

Ward Simmons and Robin Sherman retired from the IMCC Board when their terms ended on June 30th. During their time on the Board, the sangha saw incredible growth.

Ward served on the Board for several years as Treasurer and Board Chair. He is still one of our regular Dharma Leaders and continues to serve on the Finance committee.

Robin served on the Board for 3 years and was chair of the Metta committee. Robin will be traveling extensively in the upcoming months and we wish her safe travels.

Retiring Board Members

THANK YOU BOTH FOR YOUR DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE SANGHA!


Yvonne has practiced meditation since 2006 and been a member of IMCC shortly after our sangha was formed.

She is on the finance committee and has served as a volunteer coordinator longer than anyone alive! Yvonne has attended IMCC silent retreats as well as retreats at Southern Dharma. She says: “ I am grateful that my life journey has brought me to the teachings of the Buddha and the IMCC sangha.”




New Board Member

Yvonne McCracken


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