About the BIC

HISTORY of Bozeman Insight Community

The Bozeman Insight Community (BIC) was established by Sheila Devitt in 1996, under the name of Vipassana Montana – Bozeman. In the beginning, the Sangha met weekly in living rooms and yoga studios. The Sangha hosted a number of weekend and 10-day retreats with teachers including Matthew Flickstein, Ginny Morgan and the Sri Lankan monk, the Venerable Bhante Henepola Gunaratana author of “Mindfulness in Plain English”.

 

What is Vipassana/Insight Meditation?

Vipassana is a Pali word which is often translated as “insight” or “clear seeing.”  Vipassana is insight into mind and matter from a perspective beyond conventions; insight into the impermanent nature of our experiences; and insight into the nature of our experience as arising from causes and conditions. Vipassana is insight into the truth that no actions or set of conditions will give rise to permanent happiness-thus striving for this leads only to suffering. Seeing and realizing this truth leads to the falling away of all forms of attachment; when this occurs, the mind is in its natural luminous and awakened state. Vispassana is beyond the mundane, beyond concepts like birth and death.

Vipassana Meditation is focused on awareness (mindfulness) of the present moment. The instructions direct us to observe mind and body without judgment or commentary. This meditation technique was discovered by the Buddha over 2500 years ago. It is a system of training (Bhavana) that cultivates wisdom, concentration and ethics/virtue.

BIC STEERING COMMITTEE

BIC has a steering committee that supports the Sangha in its growth and offerings to the community. This committee consists of members who attend events regularly, share a commitment to the well being and development of the Sangha, and are willing to give time and energy to its maintenance. The committee meets as needed. We would like very much to have additional members to help with Sangha affairs.

Presently the Members Are:
Jim Cole
Kelly Knight
Colter Ellis
Glenn Colclough
Steve Barkley

Bozeman Insight Community is open to all individuals – regardless of age, race, sex, religion, beliefs or culture. Everyone is welcome!

Our Teacher(s)

Floyd Fantelli

Floyd Fantelli has been mentored by Insight Meditation Teacher Ginny Morgan and has completed advanced teacher training under the direction Matthew Flickstein, a former monk in the Theravadan tradition. Floyd has taught Vipassana Meditation as part of hospital Wellness Programs. While his background is in Vipassana in the Theravadan tradition, non-dual teachings form an integral part of his teaching philosophy. He is available by phone or email (florio2@wildblue.net) for dharma questions. Individual discussions with Floyd are also possible prior to and/or after Sangha (please try to schedule these with Floyd in advance.)

Suzanne Colón

Suzanne has been meditating in the Insight (Vipassana) tradition since 1992 and has been a member of the Bozeman Insight Community since moving here in 1998. She completed the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies year-long Integrated Study and Practice Program in 2014 and is currently in Sprit Rock Meditation Center’s Dharma Leader training program. She has also spent 12 years exploring modalities of western psychology (as a lay person) and how the tools of meditation can be used in psychological and emotional healing. She also teaches the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Course locally with Dr. John Christopher through his Bozeman Center for Mindfulness.