Insight (Vipassana) Meditation is based on the teachings of the Buddha and people with a broad-range of philosophies and religions have found Insight Meditation to be helpful in both increasing their wisdom and opening their hearts.
Vipassana is a Pali word meaning “to see clearly.” In this practice, we focus our attention on the breath to help calm and collect the mind so insights can arise.
These insights let us see clearly how suffering is created in the world and how we can reduce this suffering both for ourselves and for others. Also, there are scientific studies that show meditation benefits such as:
- a greater sense of peace
- experiencing life more vividly and authentically
- a greater understanding of oneself
- an appreciation of the mind-body relationship
- deepened awareness of one’s capacity for happiness, compassion and freedom.
For those new to meditation or to Insight Meditation, we offer instructions at 7:00 PM each Wednesday prior to our 7:30 PM meditation. Our community includes meditators of all levels.
IMCC Weekly Instruction Period
Before the sangha meeting each Wednesday evening, IMC Charlotte offers a 7:00 instruction period. This is an opportunity for those new to insight meditation to receive instructions from and ask questions of a Dharma Leader. The teachers make themselves available because they believe it is important to support those beginning in the practice.
Attendees are asked to participate at their first visit, and are encouraged to continue for at least their first four visits. The leaders rotate responsibility for leading these sessions, so the different perspectives offered ensure a certain depth and richness to the sessions. Even long-time meditators in other traditions can benefit from a clear explanation of the particular tradition and practices of Insight Meditation.
The instruction period is open to all sangha members, no matter how long they have attended. New members are welcome to continue coming even after their first four visits. Those returning after a lapse in attendance may find it useful to re-ground themselves in the basics of the practice. For those who’ve been practicing for a while but would like a refresher, please join us too. You’ll find the link for this 7pm session on the website.
Click here for meditation instructions. You may also want to look here for recommended readings and audio talks.
Loving-Kindness (Metta) Meditation cultivates the natural capacity for an open heart and a deepening of connection with all beings. We start by sending loving-kindness to ourselves and then sending it out to others.
We silently repeat phases such as: “May I be safe and protected. May you be healthy and strong. May all beings be peaceful. May all beings be happy. May all beings be free.” Loving-kindness meditation is a powerful tool for opening our hearts and dispelling feelings of anger and aversion.