Insight Meditation Ann Arbor is a sangha practicing insight meditation (vipassanna) located in Ann Arbor, Michigan just west of Detroit. A little history about us, we began in the summer of 2012 and a few years later became a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing education about insight meditation. In 2015 we renovated space for sittings (Insight Meditation Room) in the basement of Calvary Methodist Church. We are a completely volunteer-led and run organization, with no paid staff or phone.
The purpose of the sangha is to support the practice of insight meditation. Once a month community meetings are held where the community makes decisions about the direction of the sangha. There is no membership role of the sangha – those who show up for the public meeting make the decisions.
We have a small group of teachers who graciously offer their time and knowledge of the dharma with the sangha. The teacher circle also oversees the classes and sittings at Insight Meditation Ann Arbor and co-ordinates room usage.
We occasionally invite speakers outside the sangha to address us. Occaissionally members present topics of interest to the group in a Friday venue (check the Events section). Our intent is to have a pot-luck dinner several times a year to foster a strong social network.
What’s Going On
- Introduction to Insight Meditation Class – is a half-day Saturday class aimed at people who want to know what’s this ‘meditation’ all about. If meditation is appealing the next step is to take a Fundamentals class.
- Fundamentals of Insight Meditation Class – is a six week class on the fundamentals of insight mediation. This is offered several times a year. The goal of this class is to provide a strong foundation of the mechanics of mediation and some of the key teachings that form the basis of our practice.
- Continuing Classes – are classes for those with a good foundation of insight mediation who are ready to explore the practice in more depth.
- Other Classes and Day-Long Retreats – are offered by the teachers based on their own particular interest and motivation. These vary widely in topic and scope.
- Meditation Sittings – are opportunities for group meditations. Our anchor sitting is the Sunday morning service from 10:00 to 11:20 each week. This is a 45 minute sitting, followed by a talk or group sharing. Other sittings are simply silent sittings together. Upon occasion a week of daily sittings (e.g. Boosters or Intensives) are organized by a teacher.
- Silent Retreats – are offered twice yearly (May and October) and led by a teacher. In the past these have been at De Sales and the Weber Center.
- Friday Night Events – happen once a month, led by community members. In the past, we’ve had musical offerings, a film screening, potlucks, and short workshops or discussions on topics of interest.