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 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

October 3......................Fall Evening Series Begins: The Paramis

Oct. 23, 30, Nov 6,13....Beyond the Basics: The Three Characteristics of Existence

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

November 7..................Guest Leader: Jessica Kross

November 14................Dharma Leader Panel

November 28...............Tashi Kyil Tibetan Monks
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​​Save the Dates

Saturday, Dec 15.........Winter Social

March 29 ‐ April 1........2019 Spring Sangha Retreat (3 days)
Fall Wednesday Evening Series
​​The Ten Paramis (Perfections)

​​Starting  Wednesday, October 3

The Paramis are wholesome qualities of character that practitioners are encouraged to cultivate. They are considered to be particularly suited for daily life and are oriented toward being of benefit to others.

Beginning on Wednesday, October 3 and continuing for the next three Wednesday evenings, we will be examining the Ten Paramis:

​* generosity
* ​virtue
* ​renunciation
​* wisdom
* energy
* ​patience
* ​truthfulness
* ​resolution
* ​loving‐kindness
​* equanimity

Beyond the Basics:
The Three Characteristics of Existence

​Tuesday Evening Series Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13

Led by Ward Simmons

To download the flyer on this series click here​​
We all have difficulties in our lives we’d rather not deal with and this resistance can color our perception. We see things the way we’d like them to be rather than the way they are. It can be very liberating when we stop struggling against reality, stop “demanding things be other than the way they are.”

​​The Buddha taught that there are three areas in which we are particularly subject to this tendency – the Three Characteristics of Existence. We create our own dissatisfaction when we fail to recognize the truths of unreliability (impermanence), unsatisfactoriness (suffering), and selflessness (not‐self). By cultivating acceptance of these truths, we naturally align with the way things are. The result is greater ease and more happiness in our lives.
In this series, we will explore how our inclination to resist the way things are shows up in our lives, how we can reduce our resistance, and the freedom that is available when we stop resisting.

This series is appropriate for those with an established meditation practice.

Dates................Tuesdays, Oct 23, 30, Nov 6, 13
​Time..................7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location............Milford Chapel, Park Road Baptist Church
                          3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Cost..................$40 registration fee plus Dana (donations) for the Leader at the last session.
Contact.............To register, email wardsimmons@bellsouth.net for details.​​

​​Scholarships available. ​See cancellation policy below.

Advanced registration is the way to ensure your place in the series.
Walk‐in registrations at the first session are possible only if the series has not filled.

Things Are Not As They Appear:
​Four Ways of Training and Inquiry

Daylong Retreat  ​​October 27, 2018

Led by Donald Rothberg

To download the flyer on this retreat click here​​
The central metaphor of our spiritual practice is that of awakening, of "waking up" from being asleep and often living as if in a dream. The understanding is that we don’t see our lives and experience clearly; things are not as they appear to us. Yet seeing clearly, with wisdom and compassion, and responding skillfully, are possible!

In this daylong, we explore four ways that we see in a distorted manner, working with understandings and practices to help us see more clearly in these four areas. We begin with what is easier to see and move in the afternoon into more subtle dimensions. We investigate how we often see in four problematic ways: (1) through the lens of the personal self; (2) through our social conditioning; (3) by imagining a world of solid, enduring, separate individual beings and objects (as opposed to seeing impermanent, “empty,” interdependent phenomena); and (4) by seeing a separation between oneself and all else (other selves and objects), where there is ultimately non-separation. The daylong will include sitting and walking meditation, including some guided practices, with short talks and discussion.

Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Center and a teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center, both in Northern California, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice and the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. He regularly teaches insight and lovingkindness meditation. Other areas he teaches are transforming the judgmental mind, mindful communication and wise speech, working skillfully with conflict, and socially engaged Buddhism. He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World.


Date...........Saturday, October 27
Time.......….9 am – 5 pm
Location.....Milford Chapel, Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Cost……....$35 registration fee plus Dana (donations) encouraged for the teacher, who is not
                  otherwise compensated.

​​Scholarships available. See cancellation policy below.

Contact.......To register, email Ana:  IMCCncregistrar@gmail.com
On August 25 and 26 IMCC had the pleasure of hosting two different events with Kevin Griffin teaching about and sharing life stories on Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World and Buddhism and Recovery. Both events were well attended by sangha members and individuals new to our community. Attendees indicated that his message was clear, practical, informal, and fun. Several folks indicated it was helpful to have his teachings grounded in the suttas. Many enjoyed sharing their practices and learning from one another in small groups and during the question and answer periods. Kevin found our sangha to be welcoming, cohesive, and caring.

As you may know, IMCC depends on volunteers to carry out our mission of making the Buddha’s teachings available to all who seek them. Volunteering extends loving kindness to our
sangha, the community and the world.

Thank you to the 20 volunteers who pooled their talents, time, and energy
to support the planning and implementation of these two events.

Kevin Griffin

Two Special Events:

--Living Kindness

--Buddhism and Recovery


Monks from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India are touring the United States to teach the Dharma, educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet, and to raise much needed funds for their monastery.

Following the destruction of the original Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Tibet, exiled monks rebuilt their monastery in Dehra Dun, India in 1967. To the present day, the chanting styles, rituals, practices, and self initiations are preserved just as they were in Tibet. The Labrang Tashi Kyil monks are a part of the Tibetan Buddhist Gelug Sect, the sect of His Holiness the Dali Lama.

Join us to learn chants and meditation from the Tibetan tradition and to hear a dharma talk on the Four Noble Truths. Many articles made by Tibetan refugees living in India will be on hand to purchase: bowls, scarves, prayer flags, jewelry and more. Proceeds will benefit the monastery.

Date…………….Wednesday, November 28
Time………….…Doors open 6:30. Handmade items for sale will then be available.
Program: 7:00 – 9:00 (The 7:00 instruction will not be held that night.)
Location……….Park Road Baptist Church, Milford Chapel, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Cost……………..Free. Donations for monks’ monastery encouraged.

Tashi Kyil Buddhist Monks

Special Event

Wednesday Evening

November 28


On this Wednesday evening, 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.

Ready to ask your question(s)?
Prior to that Wednesday, email your questions to Joy at alwayskindness@gmail.com. (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.
Your questions will make this a new, interesting, and informative format for learning about the practice. We hope to hear from you.

Questions about your practice? Questions about the dharma?


Dharma Leader Panel

Wednesday Evening, Nov 14

Open Q and A!

Jessica sat her first retreats at IMS and Southern Dharma Retreat Center in 1985 and has been practicing and sitting ever since.​ In 1991, she took the precepts with the Zen guide, Cheri Huber and is a lay teacher at the Columbia Insight Meditation Community. She has sat retreats with teachers in all the Buddhist traditions but has long considered herself Vipassana.

Jessica looks on Buddhism as a practical guide to living.
She focuses on the questions "Is it compassionate? Is it useful?"

Wednesday, November 7

Jessica Kross

Guest Leader