Our Community

The Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte is dedicated to the practice of Insight (Vipassana) Meditation and Lovingkindness (Metta) practice. Persons of all (or no) faiths and beliefs who seek freedom of heart and mind are welcome.

We also study and practice Mindfulness with the intention of integrating wisdom and manifesting compassion in all aspects of our lives.  Although based on the 2,600 year-old teachings of the Buddha, Insight Meditation is relevant in our current challenging times as a means for quieting the mind, trusting the heart and living with ease.

Teachings and meditations are offered freely. In the Buddhist tradition, teachings are considered so precious as to be priceless. Dana is the ancient Pali word for generosity arising effortlessly from deep gratitude. The generosity of your donations, your dana, to offset expenses, is greatly appreciated.

“Each of us has a genuine capacity for ​love, ​forgiveness, wisdom and compassion.​Meditation awakens these qualities ​so that we can discover ​for ourselves​ the unique happiness that is our birthright.”

Sharon Salzberg

“When the crowded Vietnamese refugee boats met with storms and pirates,​if everyone ​panicked, ​all would be lost.​ But ​if ​even one person ​on the boat remained calm and centered,​it was ​enough.​​ It showed ​the Way for everyone to survive.”

Thich Nhat Han

“You can​ search throughout ​the entire universe for someone ​who is more deserving of your love and affection ​than you ​are yourself,and that person is not to be found ​anywhere.You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

Buddha

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.  We will hold regular Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions on the following dates:  Thanksgiving Eve, November 27, Christmas Day, December 25,  New Year’s Day, January 1.

​​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.   We will meet as scheduled at noon on Tuesdays on the following dates:   Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24,  New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31.

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. Financial donations that supports us in having a space for us to foster mindfulness, joy, equanimity, and compassion are appreciated.

*Our community meets every Wednesday and Tuesday except for those days when Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools are closed due to inclement weather

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