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
Cancellation Policy for events with registration fees:
1. Registrants cancelling more than two weeks in advance are entitled to a full refund.
2. Registrants cancelling two weeks or less in advance are entitled to a 50% refund.
3. No-shows are not entitled to any refund.
A Day of Teaching and Meditation
Samadhi: The Inner Still Point That Transforms All Appearances
Venerable Dr. Pannavati & Venerable Pannadipa
Saturday, August 12 9:30 AM- 4:00 PMWhen the world seems mad and out of control, we can access an awareness that reorganizes appearances and makes clarity, inner stability and joy possible...and it's as easy as sitting on your pillow with the correct pointing! The thoughts we hold in our mind, actually shape our reality. It’s not about what we see happening in the world; it's about HOW we see that makes the difference. Whether you're new to meditation or want to increase your ability to respond to life's challenges, this meditation retreat is for you.
Bhikkhuni Pannavati and Bhikkhu Pannadipa are co-abbots of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage and spiritual directors of Heartwood Refuge, both in Hendersonville, NC. They are ordained in both Theravada and Chan traditions. Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is the founder of My Place, Inc., which has provided housing and job training for homeless youths. In 2011, Ven. Pannavati adopted 10 “untouchable” villages in India and provides wells, books, teachers and micro-loans for women.
Date……….…..Saturday, August 12
Time……….…..9:30 am – 4 pm
Location….….. Park Road Baptist Church, Milford Chapel, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Bring…….…….A bag lunch and drink; your meditation cushion.
Chairs and meditation cushions will be provided.
Cost………..…..This is a Dana based event with no registration fee.
All donations will be given to Ven. Pannavati to assist in her work.
Please be generous in supporting the life and work of this beloved teacher.
Contact…..……To register, please email Ana at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Due to space limitations, registration is required.
Wednesday Night Series
Noble Eight Fold Path
July 12 - August 16
Who among us doesn’t want to live a happier life --- a life that is more wholesome, a life that brings peace, one that is filled with kindness and compassion, a life where we meet with wisdom and equanimity whatever is offered up to us by this world, both the joys and the sorrows? Who among us doesn’t want to make this a better world? How do we arrive at that place in our lives? We arrive by beginning just where we are now and following step by step the Noble Eight Fold Path.
On the night of his enlightenment, The Buddha saw the dissatisfaction we experience moment to moment, the stress we experience on a daily basis, and the suffering we may experience throughout our lives as humans. He also saw the way to free ourselves of this. The profound wisdom of his realization was taught in his first sermon on the Four Noble Truths and is threaded throughout all of his 45 years of teaching. The 8 Fold Path, which is the 4th of these Four Noble Truths, is the key to freedom, happiness, and liberation from suffering. Join us for our next Wednesday Night Series from 7/12-8/16, as we explore how to apply the steps on this path to our daily lives leading to the development of insight, personal wisdom and compassion for all.
Wednesday, August 9
An experienced, gifted teacher, Lindsay served as a Dharma Leader in the early days of IMC Charlotte. Mindfulness and meditation practices are an integral part of her daily life.
Lindsay became interested in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through her work as a Family Medicine physician. She trained extensively for teaching MBSR through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, the original MBSR center founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and has completed her Teacher Certification. She has been teaching MBSR in a variety of hospital and health professional training centers since 2002.
She also holds a Wednesday morning Community Meditation Group at Myers Park Baptist Church. Visit www.ccmindful.org for information.
Wednesday, August 30
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.
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 has received the designation Certified in Thanatology from the Association of Death Educators and Counselors and is also a Certified Trauma Services Specialist.
Fall Book Discussion
Emptiness – A Practical Guide For Meditators
By Guy Armstrong
Begins Thursday September 7th
What if we could look at ourselves and our world without all of our presuppositions, our habitual judgements and reactions? What if our worldview, the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and others, are helpful in our day to day lives, but prevent us from directly experiencing life and alleviating our suffering? What if we had a different way of perceiving our identity and experiences so that we could find peace and freedom now? The Buddhist concept of Emptiness is often misunderstood but is a profound teaching that leads to liberation.
Guy Armstrong has been a leading international teacher in Insight Meditation for over 30 years. He is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and a guiding teacher at IMS. Guy was a monk in the Thai forest lineage with Ajahn Buddhadasa.
Join us monthly beginning on 9//7 from 12-2 pm, as we explore Self/Non-Self, Phenomena, Awareness and Compassion from the perspective of Emptiness. Guy’s teachings and our discussions will provide insights on practical applications to everyday life.
For more information or to register contact Joy LiBethe at email@example.com.
Insight Meditation – The Basics
Thursday Night Series
Sept. 21, 28 & Oct. 5, 12
Led by Debbie George
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….........................….…Thursdays, September 21, 28 & October 5, 12
Time…….........................…..7 – 9 pm
Location…............................Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, 28209
Bring……..............................Your favorite cushion.
Chairs and meditation cushions will be provided.
Cost………............................$40.00 facility fee (no one turned away)
plus Dana (donation) for the Leader
(See cancellation refund policy at IMCCharlotte.org)
Contact...............................Debbie George at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Space is limited, so please register in advance.
Walk-in registrations will be accepted only if space is available.
New! Evening Book Discussion Group
It's Easier Than You Think:
The Buddhist Way to Happiness
By Sylvia Boorstein
Meets Monday evenings beginning October 2
Have you been waiting for an IMCC book discussion group that meets in the evenings?
Well your wait is over!
This short book (160 pages) deals with using the Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives. It is extremely practical and down-to-earth. Here are some of the chapters: “Mary Kay and the Onions,” “My Grandfather and the Oranges,” and “Larry King and the Swami.” These titles may seem humorous. However, the insights are profound and useful. We can relate to the situations Boorstein describes; there’s a great deal to discuss.
Sylvia Boorstein is cofounding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She lectures nationally on Buddhism and mindfulness, and teaches Vipassana and Metta meditation.
Dates…………….….First Monday of the month beginning October 2
Time……………..….7 – 8:30 pm
Cost…….......……...Free. Dana is appreciated to help cover facilities cost.
Location…………....Room CC501, Park Road Baptist Church
Contact…….…….…Elaine if you want to become a member of this new group:
Dharma talks now available
For the past three years, IMCC has had the pleasure of hosting David Chernikoff for dharma teachings and daylong retreats. David’s talks on a variety of topics to his sangha in Boulder, CO are now available for streaming or downloading. His talks can be found at http://www.davidchernikoff.com
Special Thanks to Joy LiBethe!
We are indebted and grateful to Joy
for her initiative in creating the sangha
and leading it forward.
In 2009, Joy founded the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte at the encouragement of Jack Kornfield. Since then, she has been on the board of directors and has served the sangha by helping to bring in nationally known Dharma leaders, initiating book discussion groups and movie nights (at first in her own home), and sharing her wisdom and experience as a Dharma Leader on Wednesday nights. This summer Joy stepped down from the IMCC board of directors after completing her terms.
Joy will continue to serve the sangha as a Dharma Leader and as an active member of the Program committee.
Announcing the Sangha Board Officers for 2017-2018
Board Chair: Clyde Alexander
Board Vice-Chair: Cynthia Glickman
Treasurer: Adrienne Price
Secretary: Denise Owens
Welcome New IMCC Board Member
Please welcome Jay Jackson as the newest member of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte Board of Directors. Jay has been a member of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte since 2014. He discovered vipassana meditation while investigating mindfulness. A former student of religion, nothing has had a more positive influence on Jay’s life than practicing insight meditation and the teachings of the Buddha. He has participated in IMCC half and full day retreats and is a member of the Metta committee. Jay is an estimator for a masonry contractor. He and his wife Carol have lived in Charlotte since 1997.
The Engaged Spiritual Life
Donald Rothberg, Ph.D.
Saturday Evening Talk, October 28, 2017
Sunday Daylong Retreat, October 29, 2017To get the most benefit from the Sunday daylong retreat, attendance at the Saturday evening talk is highly encouraged.
Saturday Evening, October 28, 2017, Talk
“The Engaged Spiritual Life: Connecting Inner and Outer Transformation”
Despite contemporary examples such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and historical examples such as those of the Jewish prophets, Jesus, and Buddhist bodhisattvas, all too often the spiritual and the social have been separated. Donald Rothberg will explore connecting the spiritual and social, how we might bring them together in a contemporary way, how they deeply require one another, and how this integration might help us respond to the great challenges of our times. He will identify key principles and practices that can help us to weave together the different parts of our lives--personal, interpersonal, and social--increasingly into a seamless whole.
Daylong Retreat, Sunday, October 29, 2017
Awakening Individually and Collectively in a Time of Need:
A Day of Mindfulness and Inquiry
Based on the perspective given in the Saturday evening talk, we will explore practically how we combine depth of spiritual practice while engaging with the challenges of our world. In this daylong, we will combine periods of silent practice, helping us to quiet our minds, deepen insight, and open our hearts, with exploration of the connection between inner and outer transformation through interactive practices, short talks, and discussion.
Recognizing that there are phases of more inner work and more outer engagement, and very personal ways of navigating this balance, Donald will help us clarify a number of themes related to engaged practice, such as: seeing the world with dharma eyes; working with wise speech and cultivating empathy in the midst of differences and conflicts; opening to difficult emotions and working with reactivity; and connecting with the vision of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the “beloved community.”
Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., is a member of the Teachers Council at the Spirit Rock Center in California. He has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976 and also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice, in the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy, and in the Somatic Experiencing approach to trauma. He teaches and writes on Insight and Lovingkindness Meditation, and the application of these and other practices to transforming the judgmental mind, speech and communication, working with conflict, social service, and social action; he has also helped to guide a number of six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality, both Buddhist-based and interfaith—through Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Saybrook Graduate School, and Spirit Rock. Donald is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World, and the co-editor of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers.
Date…...............Saturday, October 28
Time.................7 – 9 pm
Cost..................Free. Donations (dana) for the speaker are encouraged.
Location.............Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Date..................Sunday, October 29
Time..................9 am – 5 pm
Cost..................$35 registration fee. (No one turned away.)
Donations (dana) for the speaker are encouraged.
(See cancelation refund policy at IMCCharlotte.org)
New Location......Central Piedmont Community College, Overcash Building #300,
1206 Elizabeth Ave. Charlotte, NC 28204
Space is limited so registration is required for the Sunday event.
Contact..............Linda Reight at email@example.com for questions or to register.
Walk With Me, A Journey Into Mindfulness
Featuring Thich Nhat Hanh
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a private screening of the new film, Walk With Me. With unprecedented access, Walk With Me goes deep inside a Zen Buddhist community who have given up all their possessions and signed up to a life of chastity for one common purpose – to transform their suffering, and practice the art of mindfulness with the world-famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.
Filmed over three years, in their monastery in rural France and on the road in the USA, this visceral film is a meditation on a community grappling with existential questions and the everyday routine of monastic life.
Date.............Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Location........Park Terrace Theatre, 4289 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209 (Park Rd. Shopping Center)
Cost….....….Tickets are $10.82 per person.
In order to purchase tickets, please visit http://gathr.us/screening/20523
Please note, in order for the screening to take place,
a minimum number of 45 people need to purchase tickets.
The deadline to reach that number is August 29th. Your credit card will not be charged until it is certain screening will occur. Please see above-referenced website for more information.
Community Service Event
Saturday, August 26thWe have a volunteer opportunity with Friendship Trays/Meals on Wheels for Charlotte & Mecklenburg County on August 26th. 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 rely on volunteers twice a month to maintain the garden. So, bring a friend or family member and come help in the garden Saturday August 26th. 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 should be fun!
Date………….….Saturday, August 26
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 firstname.lastname@example.org