News and Events

We Have Moved

Since Tuesday April 17, 2018 we have been meeting at our new location at 2332 Sandpoint Road in Fort Wayne.  We thank Plymouth Church for many years of hospitality, but as of 4/17/2018 all Insight Meditation Fort Wayne meetings are being held at our new Sangha House.  Click here for a map to the new location.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Beginners

The following Beginning Insight Meditation classes have been scheduled:

1. A half-day Introduction to Insight Meditation class will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Sangha House.  The class will be taught by Christina Schimmel.  To register please send email to cschimmel70@outlook.com.

2.  An Introduction to Meditation class targeted for the LGBTQ+ Community will be held on Monday evenings from September 3 through September 24, from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Sangha House. There will also be a follow up daylong retreat on September 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   The teacher will be Christina Schimmel.  There is no charge for the class, but you will be given the opportunity to make good will offerings.  Please contact us to register ahead of time.

3.  An Introduction to Meditation class will be held on Monday evenings from October 1 through October 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 at Sangha House.  There will also be a follow-up daylong retreat on October 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   There is no charge for the class, but you will be given the opportunity to make good will offerings.  Please contact us ahead of time to register.

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A five week Introduction to Meditation class is offered two to three times a year.  Please contact Tammy Dyer for more details.

Learning to meditate is about changing the way we relate to what is actually occurring.  Meditation is not about adopting new concepts or dogmas.  It is not a scholarly pursuit nor is it tied to any specific or exclusive belief system.  Insight Meditation practice is useful regardless of your religious or spiritual orientation and can support your existing spiritual path, no matter what it is.  All are welcome.

Many people find that a regular sitting group can support their practice by providing a community in which to share their experience.  Both beginners and experienced meditators alike are welcome at our regular meditation meetings on Tuesday evenings.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

MBSR, as envisioned by Jon Kabat-Zinn, is the oldest, and generally regarded as the most successful, mindfulness program, and will be offered this fall at Insight Fort Wayne.  Beginning, September 27th, the course is eight weeks long and will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Sangha House.  There will also be a day-long retreat on Sunday, November 4th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  To obtain the maximum benefit, participants should be committed to attending all meetings.  There is no fee for the course, although there will be a modest cost for program materials and you will be invited to make a free-will offering each week.  The classes will be facilitated by Jack Dyer and Jon Walker and will be limited to 20 participants.  For questions or interest please contact Jack Dyer at jackdyer1310@icloud.com. 

Retreat

Save the dates!  Our Fall Retreat this year will be taught by Carol Blotter of the Chelsea Meditation Group.  Carol will give an open talk on Friday evening, October 12, 2018, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  All are welcome and you need not be registered for the retreat to attend the talk.  The retreat itself will be Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  This will be a non-residential retreat, held at our Sangha House, 2332 Sandpoint Road, Fort Wayne.  More details will follow as they become available.

Book Study

The book study group has finished reading The Authentic Life:  Zen Wisdom for Living Free from Complacency and Fear by Ezra Bayda. Stay tuned to learn what our next book will be.  You may contact us so we can add you to the book group mailing list.

Kalyana Mitta Groups (KM)

There is much emphasis on “spiritual friendships” within Buddhist community life.  Since early Buddhist history, cultivation of “good friends” has been encouraged to support the dharma practice.  There is no teaching that takes place in these groups.  They begin with a meditation period and time for sharing how one’s meditation practice is showing up both on the cushion and in every day life.  KM groups enrich the practice in ways sitting alone or only on Tuesday evenings in Sangha can’t.  Sometimes there is a book that is used as a stimulating discussion about  how the reading/topic applies to our lives.  It is an opportunity to create connections and practice speaking in truth and listening in kindness. 

For more information or to join a Kalyana Mitta group please contact us.

Social time after Tuesday evening Sangha

Join us for Tea-time after the Sangha meeting on the second Tuesday of each month.  Bring a mug and a tea bag and come get to know your fellow meditators.  Tea-time is 7:30 - 8:30, 2nd Tuesday every month.

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For information on any of these events contact Tammy Dyer at (260) 672-8023 or use the Contact Us page on this website.   Events are also usually posted on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/InsightFortWayne.