Who we are

A Brief History


We have a small volunteer board of directors and no office or paid staff. Members from our community volunteers to help put on retreats, classes and social events. Offering your time and energy is an important part of our practice of generosity, and is an easy, informal way to meet others, have fun, and support the BCIMS meditation community.


No membership registration is required, and all are welcome to attend classes, sitting groups, community events or retreats. Please refer to our Calendar for more details.


We invite you to support BCIMS financially BCIMS’s mission is to practise, carry on, promote and perpetuate Buddhist teachings and practice in British Columbia and throughout Canada, including the Theravadan Buddhist traditions and practices of Metta and Vipassana meditation. We respond to this mandate by supporting many weekly meditation sitting groups, sponsoring residential and non-residential retreats, offering beginners’ meditation classes, leading essential dharma teaching programs, and participating in compassion-in-action activities. We rely on volunteers. Participants in our programs are invited to donate toward the cost of renting facilities, etc. Our teachers offer their teachings freely, receiving only donations (dana) offered freely by participants. We welcome with gratitude your donations for scholarships for retreat registrants who cannot afford the full registration fee, and for our on-going operating costs. We invite one-time donations or monthly giving.
 You may wish to consider making a gift to BCIMS in your will, such as a specific amount, a portion of the residue of your estate, or a life insurance policy. British Columbia Insight Meditation Society is a Canadian registered charity (Registration Number 85143 0322 RR0001), and all eligible donations ($20 or more) are tax-deductible.