IMFW August Newsletter (Updated)
August Newsletter

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In this issue:

  • Mindful Self-Compassion Retreat
  • Fall Retreat with Joan Staubach
  • Tuesday Meditation and Dharma Talk
  • Sunday Morning Silent Meditation
  • Sangha House Cleaning
  • Thanks JD!!!
  • Yellow Springs (Ohio) Retreats coming up in 2020
  • Book Study starts in September
  • KM (Spiritual Friends) Information Gathering Session
  • 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.

Mindful Self-Compassion with Lorraine Hobbs
Intensive Course – 9/19-9/23
Mindful Self-Compassion training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed,  face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for self, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. And, self-compassion is a skill that can be learned and cultivated by anyone through Mindful Self-Compassion Training.

MSC Objectives

At the completion of this training, participants should be able to:
•    motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
•    relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
•    respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
•    begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
•    practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
•    integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life
•    teach simple self-compassion practices to family members or others

For additional details, please see the event page on

Location:  Insight Meditation Fort Wayne, 2332 Sand Point Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46809
Thursday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m. - 4p.m. 

Lorraine M. Hobbs, M.A. is the Director of Youth and Family Programs at U.C. San Diego Center for Mindfulness

To register: Please contact Lorraine Hobbs at

Phone 619-301-8782 Fee  $350.00
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, August 13th.  

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 August, Yogi Job house cleaning is offered at 12 noon on the 4th, and 7:30pm on the 20th. Please join us, when you can, for 30-40 minutes to assist in keeping Sangha House clean and tidy.

Thanks to JD

For the beautiful artwork
We would like to thank JD Nye (right) for this beautiful addition to IMFW. This is one of a limited edition of 108 signed giclée prints from Kyoun Sokuzan’s original watercolor “The Paradise Of Maitreya”. It is an interpretation based on a head-shaving ceremony for monks in the 13th-14th century Chinese Buddhist wall painting by Zhu Haogu in China. We are honored to share it with our friends at Sangha House.

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 (2020 info to be posted soon). Registration will open October 23, 2019.

For any questions or additional information, please contact us at

Book Study

Starting in September
Book study is starting in September, is The Magnanimous Heart by Narayan Helen Liebenson. Our first gathering will be September 3, 2019 immediately following Sangha. Anyone interested in joining should purchase the book, and read pages1-17.


Spiritual Friends Group
There will be a KM information gathering session on Tuesday, September 24, immediately following Sangha. Please check it out, if you are interested.

The Pali words Kalyana Mitta are often translated as Spiritual Friends.   The Buddha often said that “keeping company with lovely and wise people is one of the sincere practices.”  KM groups offer the opportunity to share with one another how our practice is developing and practice the qualities that make for a wise and lovely friendship.

One of the most important aspects of a KM group is to further dharma practice in an on-going way.  When we only attend Tuesday night Sangha, we sometimes have a sense of separation between formal practice and daily life.  A KM group can support and reinforce the integration of the two.  What happens between meetings is as significant as what happens on Tuesday nights.   So we find that KM groups offer a more intimate Sangha of refuge and support than what we sometimes find on the more formal setting on Tuesday evenings.

For further information, contact Barb Lahman

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