The Portland Insight Meditation Community is an experiment in American Buddhism. The purpose of PIMC is to improve the lives of participants, their families and the greater community through meditative practice and a lifestyle that supports liberation from suffering, the awakening of wisdom, and the manifestation of compassion.
PIMC exists, and thrives, through your loving presence, meditation and generosity. The Buddha taught that generosity is one of the central practices of spiritual life. By joining our Stewardship Circle you will establish ongoing support for the continued teaching of the Dharma. Your generous monthly contribution will be used to maintain and further develop the spiritual home that nourishes you, and others, so deeply.All posts »
Insight meditation, or Vipassana, has been practiced since the time of the Buddha, 2500 years ago. It originates in one of the three great streams of Buddhism, called the Theravada tradition. Theravada is practiced primarily in Thailand, Burma, India, Sri Lanka, and other parts of Southeast Asia. The other two streams are Mahayana, practiced mainly in China, Japan and Korea, and Vajrayana, practiced mainly in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. More...New to PIMC?