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 Maria Schutte at MariaSchutte@hotmail.com or Denise Owens at ddherenow8@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
ddherenow8@gmail.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

Check out the ‘Volunteer’ Tab on this Website


​OUR SANGHA


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

Upcoming Events

June 1.....................................................Community Service/ Friendship Trays
June 5.....................................................Guest Leader: Mary Powers
June 8......................................................Annual Sangha Picnic
June 8......................................................Introduction to Insight Meditation class
June 8......................................................KM Group Information/ Formation meeting
July 10, 17, 24, 31...................................Summer Series: Sutta Study
June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8........Beyond the Basics: The Buddha - Life and Times
September 20-22.....................................Fall Sangha Retreat: Letting Go, Letting Be

Sangha News

Dharma Leaders in Training




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.

​​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.


Join us! Sangha members relaxed and having fun? Yes! You don’t want to miss this!

Date................Saturday, June 8
Time................4 pm
Location..........Home of Denise Owens. Contact her at ddherenow8@gmail.com
Cost................Free
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
​Change of Venue

Saturday, June 8      4 pm



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 their own produce in a garden located at Garringer High School and relies on volunteers twice a month to maintain the garden. So, bring a friend or family member to play in the dirt. Help Friendship Trays feed people who are unable to feed themselves.

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.

Please sign up. It's always fun!

Date………….….Saturday, June 1
Time…………..…9 am – 12 noon
Bring………...…..Closed toed shoes, work gloves, & water
Location…….......Garringer High School, 1100 Eastway Drive, Charlotte NC 28205
Contact…...….….For information or to sign-up, email Jay at jcksnjy@gmail.com

Volunteer with Friendship Trays/Meals on Wheels....in the Garden!
Join us!

Saturday, June 1

9 am - 12 noon

Looking for a way to strengthen your practice? Consider forming, joining, or refreshing your current Kalyana Mitta (Spiritual Friends) group with guidance from Dharma Leaders Debbie George and Alexis Stein.

KM groups bring together Sangha members to study and share practice experiences in a friendly, supportive environment.

Date................Saturday, June 8
Time................2:45 - 4 pm
Location..........Home of Denise Owens. Contact her at ddherenow8@gmail.com
Cost................Free

Registration is not necessary. If you have any questions, please contact Denise Owens at: ddherenow8@gmail.com

“IN-FORMation” Session: Kalyana Mitta Groups

Saturday, June 8 2:45 - 4:00 pm
Since 1999, Mary Thia has practiced and studied Vipassana meditation, as well as other traditions, including Bare Awareness meditation with Adyashanti and Insight Meditation with S.N. Goenka, Jack Kornfield, Bhikkhu Bodhi and, most recently, Bhikkhu Analayo. She has been an active and valued member of IMCC since 2014.

She completed a year-long Dhamma Study and Practice program at IMC Charlotte in 2018 and is currently enrolled in IMCC’s 2-year Dhamma Leader Training Program as well as being a member of the Public Relations committee.

Mary Thia has been a professional graphic designer since 1980, is a certified Enneagram instructor, and holds multiple certifications for professional yoga instruction. She lives with 3 felines and 1 husband, writer John Amen.


Guest Leader

Mary Thia Powers

June 5

In this introductory training, we will learn the fundamentals of insight (vipassana) meditation and explore how it supports mindfulness in our day-to-day lives. Open to beginning and seasoned practitioners.

An overview of insight meditation and mindfulness
Meditation instructions – intention, posture, and concentration
Practice sessions
Working with physical pain, emotions, thoughts and other obstacles while meditating
Guidelines on starting a home practice
Ample time for Q&A
Date..............Saturday, June 8
Time..............1 - 4 pm
Location........ Milford Chapel, Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Cost...............Free. Dana (donation) suggested for the Leader.

Chairs and meditation cushions will be provided.

For additional information or to register, contact Clyde at caofnc@yahoo.com

Introduction to Insight Meditation Class
Saturday, June 8

1 - 4 pm

Presented by Clyde Alexander

Join Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte for its first retreat at Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center in Hendersonville, located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. This retreat will be for two (2) nights, beginning at supper on Friday evening and finishing around noon on Sunday.

The retreat is open to people with all levels of meditation practice. There will be morning instructions, alternate sitting and walking meditation periods, and evening Dharma talks. There will be opportunity for private practice interviews. Our practice will be conducted in Noble Silence. Participants will have a yogi job each day to help support the retreat center.

The $90 per night charge includes all meals (vegetarian), lodging (double occupancy), and tax. Scholarships are available. There will be an opportunity to practice Dana towards the retreat leaders.

*Frequently asked questions about the retreat experience can be found by clicking here and at www.IMCCharlotte.org
*Registration forms can be downloaded here and at www.imccharlotte.org.
*For additional information contact Linda at IMCCncregistrar@gmail.com

Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte

Fall Residential Retreat

Letting Go, Letting Be

Beyond the Basics:

The Buddha – His Life and Times

Every 2nd Thursday
June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8

7 - 9 pm

Presented by Ward Simmons

In this four-session series, we will take a deep dive into the world into which the Buddha was born, in which he lived and taught, and that he left behind. Our text will be The Life of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli, an unusually helpful account of the Buddha’s life, organized primarily through suttas arranged in chronological order.

We will explore his life as a young prince before his spiritual quest, his years of asceticism and searching, his life after awakening when he had a substantial following and a reputation as a great teacher, and ultimately his death. We will also examine the resulting impact on both this community of followers and the teachings that have come down to us.

This course will involve more reading than some previous series. As a result, the four meetings will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 every second Thursday, June 27, July 11, July 25, and August 8. This will allow time between sessions for a through exploration of the text and reflection on the material in one’s daily practice and life.

Dates……….........June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8
Time……..........…7 - 9 pm
Location.…...........Milford Chapel, Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road,
                              Charlotte, NC 28209
Cost…..........……$40 registration plus Dana for the teacher who is not otherwise compensated*
Contact.…........…For further information or to register, email Ward: WardSimmons@bellsouth.net.

*Scholarships available. See our website: IMCCharlotte.org for refund policy.
Dana supports Ward’s work for this offering and future offerings.

In May, IMC Charlotte launched its first-ever Dharma Leader Training Program (DLTP). The two-year program’s objective is to expand the pool of Dharma Leaders serving the sangha, helping to ensure the continuity of the teachings available to sangha members over the years and decades to come.

The five participants (pictured from left) are Gray Clark, Mary Powers, Denise Owens, Bob Bushorn, and Larry Dawalt. All are graduates of the sangha’s 2017-2018 year-long Dharma Study and Practice Program.

As DLTP unfolds, participants will serve in a variety of roles, including assisting with classes, multi-week series, study groups, and retreats as well as leading Wednesday evening instruction periods, and Tuesday lunchtime and Wednesday evening sangha meetings.

We are excited about this step in the growth of IMCC and grateful to the students and teachers for their commitment to the Dhamma as well as our sangha.

Dharma Leaders in Training
Bhikkhu Jayasara, or Bhante J, is an American Buddhist Monastic of the Theravada tradition who resides at Bhavana Society of West Virginia with his preceptor Bhante Gunaratana. He has been a meditation practitioner for nearly 15 years, a Buddhist for over a decade, and in 2014 at the age of 36, left lay life behind and moved to Bhavana to become a monastic. He now shares teaching duties for retreats at Bhavana Society and, when invited, travels the country to share the Dhamma with those who wish to listen.

Friday Evening Talk: "Anger Arises"

Anger is an all too human emotion that some claim to be useful for their purpose, some revel in it, and for some it is a prison. Is there ever skillful use of anger? How do we manage our anger in a way that cause the least harm? What does the Buddha teach us about skillfully dealing with anger that arises in our mind?

The talk will be preceded by a 30-minute guided meditation and followed by 45 minutes for Q and A.

Date.................Friday, August 23
Time.................7 - 9 pm
Location...........Park Road Baptist Church, Milford Chapel
Cost.................Free. Dana (donation) encouraged for the teacher who is not otherwise compensated.

Saturday Daylong: "Living with Uncertainty"

They say we live in uncertain times. The reality is, however, that uncertainty always abounds all around us. We cannot know what our future holds ten minutes from now, let alone ten days or ten years, but we always have a choice as to how we act in the present.

Join Bhante Jayasara for a day of practice in facing our fears and abiding in impermanence. Come explore what the Dhamma teaches us about how to live a skillful and meaningful life. It takes courage and wisdom to live skillfully in a world of uncertainty.

Date....................Saturday, August 24
Time....................9 am - 4 pm
Location.............Park Road Baptist Church, Milford Chapel
Bring...................Lunch. Chairs and meditation cushions will be provided.
Cost.....................$35.00 registration fee plus Dana (donation) encouraged for the teacher
who is not otherwise compensated. Scholarships available. See cancellation
policy at IMCCharlotte.org
Contact...............For additional information or to register, email Cathy:
IMCCncregistrar@gmail.com

Space is limited, so please register in advance.
Walk-in registrations will be accepted only if space is available.

Special Teaching Event
Bhante Jayasara

Friday Evening Talk: "Anger Arises"
August 23 7 - 9 pm

Saturday Daylong, "Living with Uncertainty"
August 24 9 am - 4 pm

During this summer’s Wednesday evening series, each Dharma Leader will explore a specific sutta (or part of a sutta). The suttas (discourses) are the teachings of the Buddha as expressed in the Pali canon, the main teachings of Theravada Buddhism.

The teachers will show how they approach the study of a sutta and how they bring the dharma teaching into their practice. We will have the opportunity to learn different approaches to studying the suttas – the teachings of the Buddha.

This surely will be a fascinating, thought-provoking series.
Summer Wednesday Evening Series

July 10, 17, 24, and 31

Sutta Study