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

An Introduction to Meditation class will be held on Monday evenings from October 15 through November 12, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.at Sangha House. This course is led by IMFW Guiding Teacher Tammy Dyer, and Danielle Tuck, and will provide fundamental instruction in insight meditation. Emphasis is placed on mindfulness practices of awareness of breath, feelings, emotions and thoughts.  Explanation and discussion of the teachings central to insight meditation are part of each class. The course is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators who wish to maintain their “beginner’s mind.”  If you are interested in participating in this class that is freely offered (donation basis) please contact Tammy Dyer at tsdyer@comcast.net.

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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

Retreats

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 don’t need to 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.  Registration is required for Saturday and Sunday.  If you have questions or would like to register for the retreat please contact Barb Lahman at Lahman.b@gmail.com.

Book Study

The current book study began on October 2, 2018.  We are meeting the first Tuesday of the month immediately after the regular meditation gathering.  Our format is to share the leadership among ourselves and to meet in groups of no more than 12 per group.  Our intention is to keep the groups small enough to allow all who participate to have time to share about what they are learning from the material.  The book we are discussing is Stepping Out of Self Deception: The Buddha's Liberating Teaching of No-Self by Rodney Smith.  Please contact Barb Lahman at Lahman.b@gmail.com if you would like to participate in the book study.

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.

Participation in a KM group means one is prepared to commit to regular attendance at the bi-monthly meetings, to develop or perhaps deepen an already existing sitting practice, to be open to discuss readings on a Dharma topic and to practice exercises designed to deepen mindfulness in one’s daily life. 

We will form a new KM group when 10 to 12 people have expressed interest in joining.  For more information or to join a Kalyana Mitta group please contact. Barb Lahman at Lahman.b@gmail.com.

Sunday morning sittings

The meditation hall will be open for silent meditation on two Sunday mornings in October.  Join us for meditation on October 21st or 28th from 9:00 - 9:40 a.m.  There will be no Dharma Talk, just the silent meditation begun with one gong of the bell at the beginning and three at the end.  Please maintain noble silence in the meditation hall.

Social time after Tuesday evening Sangha

Join us for Tea-time after the Sangha meeting on the second Tuesday of each month.  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.