The mission of IMCN is to create a 'place of sanity' in this world where the 2,600 year old teachings of the Buddha on Insight meditation, and supportive forms, can be taught and practiced.
- IMCN was founded on the core principle that the teachings are to be offered to all regardless gender, age, race, or sexual orientation.
- As a longstanding tradition going back to the time of the Buddha, we are committed to providing practice opportunities independent of someone's ability to pay. To this end, people are able to participate in IMCN programs on a work exchange (volunteering) basis, or in certain situations on a pay-as-you-are-able basis.
- A strong sense of community among practitioners, although not an end unto itself, is an essential pillar upon which the practice of Insight Meditation and IMCN as an organization stand.
Our policies, as well individual and group endeavors, all work together as expressions and safeguards in upholding these values in the spirit of our mission.
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport is the culmination of a longstanding vision of Buddhist practitioner and philanthropist Jacalyn Bennett, who wanted to form an Insight Meditation Center in the Newburyport area with her teacher, Larry Rosenberg. Larry asked his student and colleague, Matthew Daniell, to be the guiding teacher. In 2005 the three of them founded IMCN as a non-profit organization. Originally located in a house on Rogers St. in West Newbury, it relocated in 2008 to a renovated, hilltop house at 443 Middle St. in West Newbury.
IMCN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
(Photo L to R: Jacalyn Bennett, Matthew Daniell, Larry Rosenberg.)