Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
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I know of no other single thing so conducive to misery as this uncultivated, untrained mind.

I know of no other single thing so conducive to well-being as this cultivated and well-trained mind.

The Buddha

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You will soon find that thoughts are like the wind; they come and go. The secret is to not "think" about thoughts, but allow them to flow through the open mind.

Soygal Rinpoche


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Winter Break

The Center will be closed from December 22 - January 3. During this time, members may use the Center for individual practice. We also regret that we are not able to offer a New Year’s Eve Program this year.

Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Drop-ins

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  • Beginners’ Drop-in
    with Narayan Helen Liebenson
    Tuesday, December 16
  • Wednesday Evening Program
    Protecting Oneself, Protecting Others—reflections and discussion on the Buddha's 'Bamboo Acrobat' teaching (Sutta)
    A Dharma Talk with with Matthew Daniell
    Wednesday, December 17
    Sitting: 6:30pm-7:15pm
    Mindful Break: 7:15pm-7:30pm
    Discussion on Practice: 7:30pm-8:45pm
  • Thursday Morning Retreat
    with Practice Leader
    Thursday, December 18
  • Afternoon Tea & Dharma Discussion
    with Madeline Klyne
    Thursday, December 18
  • Sunday Afternoon Practice
    with Practice Leader
    Sunday, December 21
  • 35 & Under Drop-In
    with Zeenat Potia
    Sunday, December 21


You may become a member of CIMC or renew your membership using our online form. For more information on membership, click here.

CIMC Endowment Fund
Our campaign to secure the future of CIMC through building an endowment continues. Donations may be made here to support CIMC by contributing to the Endowment Fund.


Five Day Retreat Homework
Be aware of changes throughout the day that come to you. Also, choose one dimension through which you watch change. This can be internal, such as your energy level or a sensation in your body or repetitive thoughts or a specific emotion. You can watch it come and go or watch it intensify and diminish. This dimension could also be something external, such as some element at work or even the weather. First, be aware of the changes in this dimension throughout the day. If you can, pause and ask what is my relationship to this change? Practice making some space for this change to be seen as natural.
Experienced Practitioners
Week 1
Practice renunciation of thinking for 15 minutes each day (in formal sitting or other postures), meaning:
When a thought arises, label it in this way: Say to yourself, "Having the thought that . . ." and quote or describe the content. If the thought is an imaginary conversation with someone, say, "Having the thought of a conversation with [X] about [Y]." If the thought is a visual memory/fantasy ("movie"), say to yourself, "Having the thought of . . . [name whatever is happening].
Week 2
Renunciation is non-addiction. What does this mean? Investigate this question when there are difficulties and obstacles. Also inquire into this question when you are in the midst of experiencing pleasure.
Week 3
Continue your investigation of renunciation as non-addiction. What are you dependent on? What is it that keeps you unfree, or or that keeps you numb?
Week 4
"Continue familiarizing yourself with the terrain of addiction, only now, when you become aware you are acting in accord with addiction, pause and see what comes up. Is it a sense of lack, or deprivation? Dryness or boredom? Then you may continue your actions, but with awareness and compassion. Don't use brute force to renounce addiction - it doesn't work."
Week 5
Continue working with addiction as you have been doing. And, for the arriving holiday season, reflect on habitual thoughts, mental states, actions or speech associated with your experience of the holidays.Investigate and cultivate intentions that will help you recognize and renounce these habits as they arise.
December 2-16
For these two weeks, ask yourself, “What functions do my addictions serve?” Then remember your discoveries of what enlivens you, and take those up.
Letting Go of Fear
Week 1
"Be mindful of at least three times a day when the energies of fear, anxiety, worry, or self-doubt arise. This means pausing at first recognizing it's arising, and then pausing and fully acknowledging to yourself that fear is happening. And then see if it's possible to observe in an open-hearted way, the signals that are informing your awareness of fear. In other words, how is this energy expressing itself? Body tension, breathing, a particular story or thought pattern as examples."
Week 2
Be aware of any state of non-relaxation when it arises. This could be fear, anxiety, worry, anger, impatience, self-judgment as examples.
Fathomless Treasures, Part II
Week 1
1) Contemplate what has already disappeared in your life. Things that are here today are gone tomorrow.
2) Ask yourself what really matters? What really counts?
Please reflect on:
I am of the nature to age. I am subject to aging. Aging is unavoidable, 
I have not gone beyond aging. Look in a mirror every day
Be aware of aging in the body and notice aging in others
Week 4
Please reflect on:
continue with last weeks homework and add..
I am of the nature to sicken, I am subject to illness. Illness is unavoidable. 
I have not gone beyond sickness or illness.
Be aware of illness in self and others
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Reflect: I am of the nature to age. I am subject to aging. Aging is unavoidable or 
I have not gone beyond aging.
Reflect: I am of the nature to sicken I am subject to illnesss. Iillness is unavoidable. 
I have not gone beyond sickness or illness
Reflect: I am of the nature to die. I am subject to death. Death is unavoidable. 
I have not gone beyond dying.
Reflect: All that is mine, beloved and pleasing, will become separated from me. I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me.
Relaxation and Meditation
Week 1
Be aware of any state of non-relaxation when it arises. This could be fear, anxiety, worry, anger, impatience, self-judgment as examples.
And then ask the investigative question, "Can I make room for this contracted state of mind?" What this means is asking whether we can simply allow this experience to be without getting rid of it or resisting it. If we find that the response is "No, I can't make room for it!" (there's just too much resistance and aversion), then ask "Can I make room for the aversion or resistance?" Intention of the exercise is to simply explore whether it's possible to hold states of non-relaxation with a more open-hearted attitude.
Week 2
Be aware when any state of non-relaxation arises... could be anxiety, fear, worry, impatience, anger, or self-judgement.. First acknowledge that we are in a state of tension/ non-relaxation and then as soon as possible shift your attention/mindfulness even for a few moments (or longer if possible!) on feeling the touchpoints such as the bottom of the feet or the sitting bones. Make sure you actually feel the sensations.
Week 3
Be as precise as possible with observing the actual physical sensations when your mind is in any state of non-relaxation. What regions of the body are affected and what is the nature of the sensation.. ie.. unpleasant, constricted, temperature etc... Try and observe with open-hearted attention and inquiry. We just want to discover how non-relaxation is expressing itself in the body. It's that simple!

CIMC 2014 Annual Appeal Update

We have raised $43,350. We are asking the entire CIMC community to step forward and help us raise the remaining $59,650 by December 30.

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About CIMC
The Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, established in 1985, is a nonprofit, nonresidential urban center for the practice of insight meditation, located in the heart of Cambridge, MA, USA. See About CIMC for more information.
CIMC Guiding Teachers
CIMC offers a place where people come together to learn, support, and deepen practice under the guidance of our three guiding meditation teachers: Larry Rosenberg, Narayan Helen Liebenson and Michael Grady.
Meditation Practice at CIMC
At CIMC, there are a number of different scheduled practices providing many ways to deepen one's meditation practice.
Getting Started at CIMC
CIMC offers beginning meditation instruction in different formats.
We Are a Welcoming Community
The Cambridge Insight Meditation Center is dedicated to creating a space that welcomes all people regardless of cultural and religious background, race, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, and physical ability.

As Guiding Teachers, we are committed to offering the essence of the Buddha's message of liberation and it is our intention to apply these teachings to every aspect of daily life. We recognize that for many people, everyday life means being subject to social injustice on a regular basis. As a community and institution, we are committed to the freedom -- both inner and outer -- of all beings. Hopefully, CIMC and the Buddha's teachings can contribute in a small way to the necessary changes that will facilitate social justice.

May we all cultivate wisdom and compassion and recognize the interdependence of all beings everywhere.

Narayan Helen Liebenson
Larry Rosenberg
Michael Grady

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