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Insight Meditation Community of Washington
1206 Dale Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) emerged out of classes in Buddhist Insight Meditation (vipassana) taught by Tara Brach at the River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1996 participants began to gather as a lay community dedicated to the instruction and practice of Buddhist meditation and related teachings.

Currently IMCW sponsors several residential meditation retreats each year as well as day-long opportunities for practice. In addition to the meditation classes in Bethesda, other meditation classes have been started in Takoma Park. Sitting groups and Kalyana Mitta (spiritual friends) groups continue to spring up in the D.C. suburban area.

IMCW is committed to the growth of spiritual community (sangha). The group has sponsored a number of gatherings with sharing of food, music, and time to get to know each other. Through visioning sessions IMCW members have identified areas of future focus including social service, children's programs, mindfulness in the work place, and continued expansion of opportunities for meditation instruction and practice. IMCW is experiencing creative and dynamic growth. The group is inclusive, and very warmly welcomes the participation of all interested persons.

In addition to senior resident teacher Tara Brach, IMCW is guided by several non-residential vipassana teachers including Jack Kornfield, James Baraz, Carol Wilson, Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. In 1998 IMCW was formally recognized as a non-profit religious organization by the State of Maryland and was granted tax exempt status by the IRS.

Mission Statement of IMCW

Promoting the instruction and practice of Buddhist Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and related Buddhist teachings which awaken our natural wisdom and compassion. Cultivating the growth of spiritual community (Sangha) with the intent of serving the larger sangha, the community of all beings. 

Points of Contact

Dori Langevin, IMCW Administrative Coordinator; 1206 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301-562-7000; email 

Lynn Kelly; 5007 Acacia Ave., Bethesda, MD, 20814; 301-530-4363; email: 

Jon Waterman; 6314 North 11th Road, Arlington, VA, 22205; 703-531-1136; email: