IMFW Newsletter
October Newsletter

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In this issue:

  • Beginning Meditation Class in Oct-Nov
  • Fall retreat with Joan Staubach October 11-13
  • Weekly Tuesday Meditation and Dharma Talk
  • Sunday Morning Meditation
  • Sangha House Cleaning
  • Yellow Springs (Ohio) Retreats
  • Refuge Recovery every Friday Evening (and more)

IMFW is excited to announce the following events coming up soon at Sangha House, 2332 Sand Point Road in southwest Fort Wayne.

You can also peruse the Calendar on our website.

Beginning Meditation Class
Mondays in October-November
A five-week Beginning Meditation Class will be offered by Insight Meditation Fort Wayne starting Monday, October 7 and running until November 4, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Barb Lahman and Tammy Dyer will be teaching this class.

The classes will be held at Sangha House at 2332 Sandpoint Rd. While there is no fee for the classes, a donation bowl will be available for those who wish to express their gratitude for the teachings in support of the maintenance of the building and the many programs freely offered.

We teach Insight Meditation, a practice that trains the mind to be aware of what is happening, when it is happening. When we begin to see our experience more clearly, we become better able to make choices about how we might live our lives with less stress and anxiety. As the mind settles and can see more clearly into the difficult situations of our lives, the qualities of love, compassion and wisdom naturally arise.

Insight Meditation, or Vipassana, has been practiced for over 2,600 years, since the time of the Buddha. This lineage is practiced primarily in Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, India, and now in, Europe, Australia, many parts of Africa and the United States.

Learning to meditate is not about becoming a Buddhist; it is not about adopting new concepts or dogmas. It is not a scholarly pursuit nor is it tied to a belief system. Insight Meditation practice is useful no matter what your religious or spiritual orientation and can support your existing spiritual path, no matter what it is.

If you choose to take this class, you will learn all about Insight Meditation and how to cultivate a sitting meditation practice. If, before that time, you have questions, do not hesitate contacting Tammy at

Please let me know if you wish to take the class. If you have friends or family members who also might be interested, ask them to contact me directly so that I might have their email address. If for some reason the timing doesn’t work for you and you would like to be contacted for further classes, let me know that as well.

May you be well and happy,
With lovingkindness,
Tammy Dyer

To learn more about the Insight Fort Wayne Community, please visit our website at
Fall retreat with Joan Staubach October 11-13

Three basic facts of all existence -
Impermanence (anicca), Suffering, (dukkha), Not-self  (anattā).

IMFW will be hosting a Fall Non-Residential Retreat at Sangha House that will offer teachings by Joan Staubach the weekend of October 11-13.

If we contemplate even a minute sector of the vast range of life, we are faced with such a tremendous variety of life's manifestations that it defeats description. And yet three basic statements can be made that are valid for all animate existence, from the microbe up to the creative mind of a human genius. These features common to all life were first found and formulated over 2500 years ago by the Buddha, who was rightly called "Knower of the Worlds" (loka-vidu). They are the Three Characteristics (tilakkhaa) of all that is conditioned, i.e., dependently arisen. In English renderings, they are also sometimes called Signs, Signata, or Marks.

These three basic facts of all existence are:

  1. Impermanence or Change (anicca)
  2. Suffering or Unsatisfactoriness (dukkha)
  3. Not-self or Insubstantiality (anattā)

(ref Nyanaponika Thera at

This weekend the teachings will be on these 3 characteristics. There will be guided meditations and time for quiet reflections on these teachings.

Friday night October 11 at 7:00 p.m. Joan will offer a dharma talk that will be open to the public, and attendees Friday night do not have to be registered for the weekend retreat.
The formal retreat begins Saturday, October 12 at 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The retreat continues Sunday morning, October 13 at 9:00 a.m. and closes at noon.

Registered retreatants are expected to attend all day Saturday and from 9-12 on Sunday. 
To register for the retreat, contact Barb at
Joan Staubach is an active member and past president of Tri-State Dharma in Cincinnati, OH. She is an experienced practitioner of Insight Meditation. She has been practicing since 1999. She has taught and co-taught the New Year’s Retreat for over 10 years, taught other retreats, led daylong retreats, and taught numerous Insight Meditation classes. She has taken training retreats with Matthew Flickstein on Sharing the Dharma.

Weekly Tuesday Meditation and Dharma Talk

Each Tuesday evening, at 6pm, IMFW Guiding Teacher Tammy Dyer leads a 40 minute meditation followed by a Dharma Talk.

Insight Meditation is the practice of cultivating a precise nonjudgmental attention, which can clearly experience the present moment. Often associated with Mindfulness Meditation, it supports the awakening of hearts and minds through the direct experience of the Buddhist path.

Second Tuesday Tea
Linger after meditation for tea and conversation on Tuesday, September 10th.  

Greeters Needed 
Tuesday Night Greeters help us ready Sangha House for visitors, greet newcomers, watch for latecomers, and tidy the place up afterwards. You can sign up at SignUpGenius, or contact Barb Lahman.

Sunday Morning Meditation

We are continuing with the Sunday Sits at 10:00 am. Occasional offerings for a 2-hour sit where you can come and go as you wish will be announced on Facebook.

Bell Ringers Needed
If you'd like to be a Bell Ringer for the start and end of a Sunday Sit, you can sign up at SignUpGenius

Questions? Contact Nancy Tompkins.

Sangha House Cleaning

Help maintain our home

"At IMFW we offer participants a 'yogi job,' a way of managing the maintenance workload by requesting small work assignments as people are able. Each job is like a spoke in the wheel that allows Sangha House to turn smoothly. We work from the center of the wheel for the whole, and only in concert can the wheel move forward."
- Paraphrased from "Stepping Out of Self-Deception" by Rodney Smith

In October, Yogi Job house cleaning is offered at 12 noon on the 6th, and 7:30pm on the 15th. Please join us, when you can, for 30-40 minutes to assist in keeping Sangha House clean and tidy.

Yellow Springs Retreats

Two nearby retreats in 2020

The Yellow Springs Dharma Center is pleased to announce two residential Vipassana retreats in 2020 with Rebecca Bradshaw from the Insight Meditation Society. The retreats will be held consecutively, May 1-3 and May 3-9, 2020.

Weekend: “Vipassana retreat: The ancient lineage of mindfulness”

Six-Day: "Living in harmony with truth: Buddhist perspectives on change, stress, and not-self"

While it will be possible for individuals to register for both retreats, preference will be given to “weekend only” applicants before opening weekend registration to those attending the six day retreat.

The retreats will take place at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, Ohio (just north of Cincinnati).

We hope you will share this information with your community, as it is an opportunity to sit with a well-known and respected teacher right here in the Midwest. Updates will be provided on the Yellow Springs Dharma Center website at Registration will open October 23, 2019.

For any questions or additional information, please contact us at

Refuge Recovery Northeast Indiana

A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction
May all beings be well, happy, and peaceful.
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