The Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC) was established in 1985 as a nonprofit, non-residential urban Center for the practice of Insight Meditation (vipassana). Located in the heart of Cambridge, CIMC provides an environment where the contemplative life can be developed and protected amid the complexities of city living. Here, people of all religious and secular persuasions can come together to learn, support and deepen practice.
Insight Meditation, or vipassana, is one of the central meditation teachings of the Buddha. Vipassana has been practiced and passed on within the Theravada Buddhist tradition for the past 2,600 years.
The core of insight meditation is the practice of mindfulness, the quality of awareness that sees without judgment. Sitting and walking meditation, the first steps in formal practice, become the foundation and the continuous inspiration for meeting all aspects of life with a greater openness and willingness to learn. As we grow in the practice, it becomes possible to use the challenges of daily life to increase our capacity for mindful living. For additional information, see For Beginners.