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December 5-8, 2019.  An Insight Dialogue Retreat on Issues around Mindfulness of Race, with Phyllis Hicks and the Triangle Insight Sangha.
*Retreat is CANCELED and rescheduled for September, 2019.*
_Due to the suspension of operations at the Avila Retreat Center, the retreat previously scheduled for December 5-8, 2019 has been cancelled.
_A nonresidential retreat will be offered instead, Sept 20-21 at the Episcopal Student Center.

November 2, 2019.  Triangle Insight’s 10th Anniversary Celebration|
Saturday, 6-10 PM. at the Episcopal Center

Please join us in celebration of our 10th year anniversary of the Triangle Insight Meditation Community.

We are planning an evening of fun, food, fellowship and even some dancing! There will also be interactive time to get to know one another on a deeper level. There will be no formal sitting and come prepared to have some fun — and put on your dancing shoes!

Mediterranean vegetarian fare will be catered by Neomonde, and bring a guest is you wish.  There is no charge for this event, but do please register so that we will know how to plan.

If you would like to contribute to help with the costs of this event, there will be an opportunity to do so at the time of registration.  If you have any questions, please contact Glaeshia at [email protected] or 919-949-6637.  To register, just click HERE!

We look forward to seeing you there!
TIMC Anniversary Planning Committee


October 10-13, 2019.  The Fourth Refuge: Trusting in Your Own Potential for Awakening, with Susan Stone and Ron Vereen.
Serenity Ridge Retreat Center.
  Nelson County, Virginia

Thursday 5:30 pm –to– Sunday 1:15 pm
At times we may wonder if we are cut out for the task of meditation, as the sublime qualities we desperately seek seem so far out of reach. Habitual, conditioned patterns appear as obstacles until we understand that they are our gateways to freedom. All we need to do is to stop and see what is already here. We discover that what we are striving so hard to acquire are qualities inherent in the stopping itself. What if everything we need to be free is already here? What if we simply need to be still so as to see what’s getting in the way of more ease, well-being, and insight?
In this retreat we will practice stopping, settling into stillness, and taking refuge in ourselves – the Fourth Refuge – our own potential for Awakening. Utilizing Noble Silence and the familiar Three Refuges as our support – the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha – we will engage with a variety of mindfulness practices (sitting, walking, mindful movement, inquiry, chanting, mindful speaking and listening) to reveal the stillness that is already here. We will discover that to simply stop and be with ourselves as we are is our gateway to freedom.

  Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville (IMCC) is sponsoring this event. You may Register with them directly HERE. Early Bird registration discounts are available through Sept. 8th. Scholarships are also available, with a link on the site to the Scholarship Application Form

For information about the teachers please click on this link.


October 18-20. Resonant Body, Spacious Awareness: The Synergy of Continuum and Mindfulness Practice, A Non-Residential Retreat with Sabine Mead and Ron Vereen

In this two-day retreat, participants will be exposed to a variety of practices from both Continuum and Insight or Mindfulness Meditation. Our time together will unfold and progress as we dive into practices that build upon one another. Designed to drop us into the spacious, formless awareness that simply observes all phenomena arising and passing away, the fluid and dynamic nature of existence can be directly known from a deep, experiential level. Wisdom reveals that the bodily form is movement, bringing forth the realization that movement is not what we do but rather what we are – formlessness within form, a reflection of the whole of the universe – returning us to the primordial world of the preformed.

For more information about the teachers, please click on the following links for Sabine Mead and Ron Vereen.  To register for this retreat, please go here.
Friday, Oct. 18 – Sunday, Oct 20, 2019
Shared Visions Retreat Center, Durham, NC

Fri., 7-9 pm, Sat., 9 am -5 pm, Sun., 9 am – 4:30pm
Cost:  $145 (partial scholarships offered on need basis)

September 20-21. Insight Dialogue and Mindfulness of Race, with Phyllis Hicks and the Triangle Insight Sangha.  See Registration below.

A short non-residential retreat at the Episcopal Center at Duke, 505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705 .  September 20 from 1-5 pm  and  September 21 from 9-5 pm

Phyllis Hicks, our long-time teacher of Insight Dialogue, in conversation with other sangha members, is developing a day and a half nonresidential retreat to investigate issues of whiteness raised by Ruth King in her book,  Mindful of Race.

At the close of our time with Ruth this spring she said: “What the country is lacking right now is a critical mass of white people understanding whiteness – that’s what’s needed.”

Using the Insight Dialogue guidelines we will explore our experience of racial identity and our capacity to listen at deeper levels to social dynamics that sustain suffering. We will be listening at both an individual and systemic level. With mindfulness established, together we may see what we might not see alone.

Insight Dialogue brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, source, and release of human suffering.

*We suggest reading Mindful of Race by Ruth King as a helpful preparation for our time together. Please plan to attend the entire time and bring your own lunch on Saturday (no cooking available). Tea and snacks will be provided.

There is a $26.00 registration fee to cover the building rental and snacks. Scholarships are available if needed. Questions can be directed to Daya Breckinridge at [email protected]    Register Here

Dana  This event is offered as expressions of generosity from the teachers (dana). At the close of the retreat, participants will have the opportunity to offer donations to support the teachers and Triangle Insight.

Scholarships and Triangle Insight  If you would like to contribute to the Scholarship fund so that those in financial need are able to attend, or would like to make a donation online toward furthering the work of Triangle Insight, follow this link.

Donate Online Here
When making a donation online, please use the provided space to tell us where you would like to direct your contribution. Thank you for your generosity.

August 17. An OPEN Meeting of the TIMC Board of Directors, in the Conference Room.  3:00PM – 5:00PM. Episcopal Center at Duke, 505 Alexander Ave. Durham, NC 27705

Your RSVP is required prior to 6:00 pm, August 13, so seating may be arranged.

  • For general attendance, include the name/s of those who will be coming, and put ATTENDING on the subject line.   Reply before 6 pm, Aug. 13.

  • To present a petition or raise a topic for the Board to consider, you must schedule your intention with the Board Chair. RSVP the topic in specific detail, list name of presenter(s), and how long you will need to speak.The Chair will work with you to fit your request into the time available, so submit your request as early as possible.
    Put REQUEST TIME on the subject line,  Reply no later than 6 pm, Aug. 13.
  • The Board will consider all requests carefully and return a response.

RSVP to [email protected]
PLEASE ENTER THROUGH THE DOOR FACING ALEXANDER AV.  From the parking lot, follow the path around the right side of the building.

JULY 2019
July 13, 2019
Stepping Lightly into the Waters of Aging, Illness, and Death

with Laura deVault, Heather Karp, and Jeanne van Gemert

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A Daylong Retreat
The Episcopal Center at Duke
505 Alexander Ave.
Durham, NC 27705
9:00AM – 4:00PM

Please join Laura, Heather, and Jeanne for a  Buddhist inquiry into a more meaningful life by exploring and increasing our awareness of Aging, Illness and Death.

In addition to the silent meditation retreat practices of sitting and walking, we will include writing and dialogue: stepping together easily, lightly, and significantly. Please bring your own lunch (no cooking available), a journal or paper and pen. Tea and snacks will be provided.

This daylong activity is being offered free of charge, with donations accepted to support the teachers and defray the costs of renting the facility.

If you plan to attend, please register by contacting us at [email protected], Your email will help in our planning.


July 23-28, 2019. Awakening Together: An Insight Dialogue Retreat, with Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Phyllis Hicks, at Southern Dharma Retreat Center, in Hot Springs, NC
We will practice both traditional and silent meditation and Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal meditation form based in Vipassana. In Insight Dialogue we bring the mindfulness and tranquility of silent  meditation directly into our dialogue with others. This co-meditation practice allows a deep investigation into suffering and the ending of suffering.

For more information and to register, please go here

JUNE  2019
June 1-2, 2019. Lama Rod Owens returns to the Triangle.
Triangle Insight was pleased to be a part of a wonderful collaborative group that brought Lama Rod Owens to Durham for the past two years. The collaborative group will be bringing Lama Rod back to the Triangle on June 1-2, 2019 for an Interfaith Dialogue, Public Talk and workshop for the POC/LGBTQ communities.

Click here to view full program, including list of speakers and to register.

June 5, 2019. Wednesday meditation and Dharma talk with Emily Griffith Burke, Guest Teacher.  6:30pm-8pm,  Please come a few minutes early.
Episcopal Center, 505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705.

Emily is a recent transplant from Boston, MA and a member of our Sangha since August, 2018. She organized and now serves as administrator for the TIMC Young Adults Kalyana Mitta Group, and also serves on the TIMC Board of Directors. In the past she has taught meditation, yoga and mindfulness classes at Northeastern University, Kadampa Meditation Center Boston, and Franciscan Children’s Hospital. Now in Durham she has begun teaching Sunday morning Sati School to young children with the Mindful Families of Durham, and hopes to begin her interfaith Clinical Pastoral Education at Duke this summer.

Alongside her spiritual practice, Emily enjoys cultivating expression, connection and healing through music.

MAY 2019.
May 23-26, 2019. Opening to the Whole of Life:  Memorial Day Weekend Residential Retreat, with Jeanne van Gemert & Ron Vereen, at Avila Retreat Center, Durham, NC

At times it is helpful to inquire as to why we are on this path of insight meditation and to what led us to this practice to start with. Perhaps it was something heard or read which extolled the virtue of bringing more calm into our lives. Unfortunately, many forsake the journey when experience does not always measure up to the expected results. It is easy to accept the pleasant abidings, but what about the rest of life? Most of us just need more skills to face what’s difficult. This retreat is an invitation to practice being open to the totality of existence without exclusion, creating a container of support for deepening inquiry and investigation. Qualities of recognition, receptivity, and curiosity will be supported through various forms of practice.
Deeply held conditioned patterns can then be seen, not as obstacles to practice, but rather as vehicles toward greater insight and surrender. This seeing that frees becomes the gateway through which to open to the formless awareness that has been and always will be available.

Open to participants with all levels of meditation experience, this retreat will be conducted in Noble Silence to support moving into greater stillness and quiet. In addition to the forms of practice, group interviews with the teachers will provide further support for inquiry and investigation. Jeanne van Gemert and Ron Vereen have years of meditation experience and are co-founders of the Triangle Insight Meditation Community, graduates of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Program, and instructors in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.
Cost: Double Room $ 310 ($ 325 after April 30); Small Single  $ 340 ($ 355 after April 30); Large Single $ 370 ($ 385 after April 30).To Register: Please click on this registration link(note: To allow the registration program to align with the registration process, the $10 registration fee has been inserted, with a $10 reduction in the total fees noted above when room selection is made. For any questions or difficulties with the registration process, please contact Leah Rutchick at [email protected].
Scholarships:  Financial assistance is available for this retreat such that no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay. If you would like to request a scholarship, please contact Leah at [email protected]. Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of others, and if you would like to make a contribution toward this effort, please do so through this donation link.Thanks for your generosity.

APRIL 2019

April 14, 2019
A Special Meeting of the TIMC Board of Directors. In Room 1 of the annex building at the Eno River Universalist Unitarian Fellowship, 907 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. This meeting will be closed to the general public, and will:

  • Approve the Minutes of the 3/24 meeting
  • Open a discussion of Operational Norms
  • Discuss and decide whether to hire an outside facilitator for defining Operational Norms and expanding Bylaws in accord with Norms, and if so who that person will be.
  • Discuss and decide about creating an Ad Hoc committee for administrative tasks associated with the next phase of Board development.

Leah Rutchick, Chair of the TIMC Board of Directors April 14, 2019, 12:35 AM

MARCH 2019
March 15-17, 2019. Mindful of Race Training, with Ruth King.  A residential retreat at Avila Retreat Center, Durham, NC. This Training Workshop is now full.

Participants will follow an engaged exploration of our racial conditioning through a mindful lens. With mindfulness practice, we learn to stay present to what’s true and what’s difficult with a caring and wise heart as we investigate our “individual” and “collective” racial conditioning and “systemic” proliferation.
Ruth King is an international teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition, and an emotional wisdom author and life coach. She is on the Teacher’s Council at Insight Meditation Community of Washington and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is the founder of Mindful Members Insight Meditation Community in Charlotte, NC.

For more information about Ruth and her trainings please go here.

March 24, 2019. Open Meeting of the TIMC Board of Directors.
Time: 10am-12pm. Location: In the Studio at Shared Visions Retreat Center, 3717 Old Murphey School Road, Durham, 27705.
The Preliminary Agenda may be viewed here.


A Year-Long Process
The Triangle Insight Meditation Community has been engaged in a year-long exploration to examine the values, norms, and structure of our organization, and has now undertaken a process toward a transition to a governance structure that is aligned with this effort.  A sangha-wide meeting was held on December 19, 2018, during which we reviewed the new Vision, Mission and Values document as well as the revised Bylaws, both of which have been approved by the current Board of Directors after considerable input from the sangha. A process is now underway toward the expansion of the Board in preparation for the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Nominations for the Board are now open and will be reviewed by the current Board, after which a slate of new directors will be prepared for presentation and election at the Annual Meeting. If you would like to review these and other documents that emerged from this initiative, you may do so by clicking on the links below:

Overview of Values, Norms, & Structures Process for TIMC; TIMC Vision, Mission, and Values; TIMC Revised Bylaws (12.06.18); Next Steps in the Transition of TIMC

We want to express gratitude to each of you for your support of Triangle Insight during our efforts toward this transition over the past year, to the members of the Vision, Mission, and Values and Bylaws working groups for their diligent service on behalf of the sangha, and to Katherine Turner for her expert facilitation of this process.


October 23rd-28th, 2018
Leading with an Open Heart: A Radical Dharma Vision of Using Our Broken Hearts to Get Free Locations in Durham, NC.

Tuesday, 10/23
Gathering for men only, 7:00 pm, Episcopal Center at Duke

Wednesday, 10/18
Meditation and Dharma Talk, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Triangle Insight Meditation Community, Episcopal Center at Duke

Friday, 10/20
Free Public Talk, 7:00 pm, Hayti Heritage Center

Saturday 10/21
Daylong Retreat for all, 9 am – 5 pm, MDC Learning Center

Sunday 10/22
Daylong Retreat for those who identify as LGBTQ and People of Color, Duke Integrative Medicine

June 26 – July 1, 2018
True Refuge: The Heart of Wise Action, with Phyllis K. Hicks and Sharon Beckman-Brindley

An Insight Dialogue retreat at the Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Hot Springs, NC

As humans we are exquisitely sensitive and can easily become overwhelmed in the sea of relentless sensory contact. Learning how to cultivate mindfulness and tranquility in the flow of daily life is a profound resource for peace and for wise action.  In this Insight Dialogue retreat we will practice taking refuge in awareness, wisdom, and spiritual friendship (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha).

June 23, 2018
Triangle Insight Meditation Community’s Day of Values, Norms, and Structure Exploration, with Katherine Turner and the Sangha  Buddah statue at Duke Gardens

Friends Meeting House, 404 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC
Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm

Please join the Triangle Insight Meditation Community as we explore our values, norms, and structure with Katherine Turner.  At the regular meeting of the sangha on Wed., June 6th, Katherine was introduced to the sangha and we began planning for our upcoming day-long retreat in which we will explore our values, norms, and governance structure.

A set of group agreements was established along with an exploration of a set of questions and subquestions that will be considered at the day-long gathering. A working group is  currently reviewing these documents with Katherine and will be finalized prior to the meeting, and will be posted here as soon as they have been completed.  More information about the retreat will also be included. We invite as many of you who are willing and able to attend, and we ask that you register by contacting us at [email protected] so that we may make the necessary preparations for this event.



Friday, November 10, 2017
Media NightMusic and Meditation, with Erica Alexander. A hands on evening of meditation joined with learning and playing the Native American inspired flute. We will start with a guided meditation to be followed with a presentation on the flute and structured playing. Erica will bring flutes, but if you have a flute, plan to bring it — especially if it is in the key of A.

October 17-22, 2017
A Week-long Visit of Lama Rod Owens,
Love, Grief, and Activism:  Radical Dharma Vision of Change and Vulnerability.
Locations in Durham.

Tuesday, 10/17
Radical Mindfulness in Times of Crisis, 3:05 – 4:30 pm.
Duke Lecture, Perkins Library Building, Rubenstein 153 (Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly  Room)

Wednesday, 10/18
It Gets Better: Developing Basic Friendship with Ourselves, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
Triangle Insight Meditation Community, Episcopal Center at Duke, 505 Alexander Ave.

Friday, 10/20
Real Vulnerability as a Tool for Social Change, 7:00 pm.
Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Whitford Hall, 504 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham.

Saturday 10/21
Love, Grief, and Activism: Radical Dharma Vision of Change and Vulnerability,
9 am – 5 pm. MDC Learning Center, 307 W. Main St.

Sunday 10/22
Love, Grief, and Activism:  Radical Dharma Vision of Change and Vulnerability,
1 pm – 5 pm, for those who identify as LGBTQ and People of Color.
Temple Building, 302 W. Main St.

Friday, September 22, 2017
Potluck supper, screening of the documentary film, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. The film offers a surprising take on the environmental movement and the interconnectedness of all beings. It features Richard Oppenlander, lauren Ornelas, Michael Pollan, Will Tuttle, and more.

Friday, July 14, 2017
Screening of 13th, an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. The New York Times Review described the film as “powerful, infuriating, and at times overwhelming.” If you would like to view the official trailer, please use this link.