This page will provide news worthy of noting to stay current with changes, needs, events, and opportunities of interest to anyone attending MIMG events. Please check it out regularly.
NEW Retreat Sliding-Scale Fee Structure
Beginning with the May 2018 retreat led by DaRa Williams, we are trying out a sliding-scale approach to retreat registration fees. The sliding scale will go from 50% to 150% of actual costs, and within this range retreatants will be invited to offer the amount that best suits their circumstances. For each retreat we will let you know the actual costs we incur per person, and a sliding scale. For example, here are the costs for a nonresident at our upcoming May retreat:
Registration preference Actual cost Sliding scale
Nonresidential $130 $65 – $195
We must also be realistic about our obligation to pay the bills. Thus, we’re adopting this new fee structure on an experimental basis, to be reevaluated as we go.
As is often said, the teachings of the Buddha are priceless, and accordingly, our aspiration is to make our retreats available to all, regardless of means. This is in keeping with the beautiful practice of dāna (generosity), the first of the 10 parami or perfections. A sliding-scale fee structure offers those with more than they need the opportunity to share with others, while offering those of more limited means the opportunity to experience gratitude and the joy of receiving. Offering the highest amount you can reasonably afford will help make a sliding-scale approach sustainable in the future. And if the lower end of the range exceeds what you can afford, our scholarship program is there to help.
Sign up for NEW MailChimp e-list
The Madison Insight Meditation Group (MIMG) email lists will be migrating to MailChimp this spring. This change will facilitate communication in our meditation community and make it easier for people to subscribe and access our content on any device. Whether you’re on the main Yahoo! list or the separate email lists for our Tuesday and Friday night sitting groups,to continue receiving MIMG messages, you’ll need to opt by signing up on the form to the right on this page. The Yahoo! list and the separate Tuesday and Friday night lists will be retired and replaced by this new system sometime in April!!
Everyone who signs up for the MailChimp list will receive general notices about retreats and other sangha-wide events. In addition, when you sign up you can indicate your interest in one or more of our three sitting groups . Emails specific to a sitting group will go out only to those who have indicated their interest. Please sign up online right now to ensure you continue receiving our messages and information about retreats.
We believe this change will enhance cohesion across the sangha and improve the quality of the information we send out to you. Sign up now to make sure you continue to receive notifications about our retreats and other events!
Madison Dharma Community e-list
With our shift to MailChimp, you won’t be able to use the MIMG list for communication with other local practitioners, but the Madison Dharma Community email list will continue to serve this purpose. The Madison Dharma Community list is intended for all Dharma practitioners in the greater Madison area. The list serves as a resource for anybody hoping to get the word out on Dharma-related news and requests to the widest possible group of interested practitioners. It’s a place to post notices about retreats and other practice opportunities, as well as more personal items, such as “practitioner roommate wanted” or “house available for rent.” It also offers an opportunity for inter-sangha discussions about practice. Subscribing to the list is fast and, of course, free. Just go to this link and click “Join Group.” The list is set up as a Google Group, but you don’t need a Google account to join. The list is lightly moderated to prevent spam.
Help Needed with Retreat Audio
Madison Vipassana, Inc., is putting together a small team of people who are available to manage the audio sound system at our retreats. This is an important form of service: providing proper audio amplification allows all attendees to fully benefit from the teachings offered at the retreat. In addition, the teacher’s Dhamma talks are sometimes recorded and made available to attendees and the wider sangha. Having multiple people trained for this service helps ensure that we have someone available and willing to do audio at each retreat.
Audio tasks involve setting up and operating an amplifier, mixing board, speakers, and microphones. It also involves connecting our assisted listening device system to the mixing board. At some retreats, the audio operator will also connect and operate a digital recorder. Team members will be fully trained and supported in all these tasks, and they are offered retreats where they serve at no cost.
To learn more about, or volunteer for, the Madison Vipassana Audio Team, contact Scott Knickelbine at email@example.com.