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