Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
Buddha Interview

Wise effort is not the effort to make something happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake in each moment.

Ajahn Chah


Buddhism isn't about beliefs.
It's about firsthand knowledge.

Larry Rosenberg


We offer introductory instruction in Vipassana meditation in three different formats to accommodate the different schedules and preferences of beginning students. Each of these options provides good preparation for future practice and study at CIMC:

  • Tuesday Beginners Drop-In
  • Beginners Workshops
  • The Way of Awareness: An Introduction to Vipassana Meditation

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Useful Information for Getting Started

  • Beginners activities are held in either the upper or lower meditation halls. Both can be reached by either a wheelchair-accessible elevator or lift. Please contact the office for more information.
  • Allow an extra 10 or 20 minutes at the first meeting of the Beginners Course or at the beginning of a workshop to sign in and settle into the hall.
  • On Tuesday evenings the entrance door is locked after the start of the beginners drop-in group at 6:00 pm. Please plan to arrive on time.
  • It is not necessary to bring your own cushions. Zafus (round cushions), meditation benches, zabutons (large mats) and chairs are available in each hall. Comfortable clothing is recommended.
  • Shoes and coats should be left in the first floor hallway.
  • Please bring your valuables with you into the meditation hall.
  • Do not bring water bottles or food of any kind into the Meditation Hall.
  • Cell phones, pagers, beeping watches, etc. should be turned off at all times while in the Center.
  • After the sitting, please brush off your zabuton (large mat) and plump up your zafu (round cushion). Also, return any other items (i.e. benches, blankets) to their respective storage spaces so that you leave the hall as you found it.
  • Guidelines for your visit to the Center
  • CIMC's guiding teachers

Recommended Readings

First Readings
  • What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula
  • Seeking the Heart of Wisdom by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
  • Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Loving Kindness by Sharon Salzberg
  • A Still Forest Pool by Ajahn Chah
  • Breath by Breath, The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation by Larry Rosenberg
  • Insight Meditation by Joseph Goldstein
Further Readings
  • The Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree by Ajahn Buddhadasa
  • A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Breathe! You Are Alive by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha by Bhikkhu
  • Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • Old Path, White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika Thera
  • The Mind and the Way by Ajahn Sumedho
  • In This Very Life by U Pandita Sayadaw
  • Living in the Light of Death  by Larry Rosenberg
  • Being Dharma by Ajahn Chah
  • Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness by Bhante Gunaratana


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