Around 1988 a group of people in the Albuquerque area began to meditate together, and named themselves the “Albuquerque Vipassana Sangha”. Meetings rotated among members’ homes. On a weekly basis, members usually sat and then listened to a taped dharma talk or discussed a book. This phase of the Sangha lasted for about 9 years.
In 1997, the Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha brought Eric Kolvig to become their resident teacher, and Eric began to teach once or twice a month at the Albuquerque Sangha as well until he left New Mexico in 2010. In 1999, the Albuquerque Vipassana Sangha incorporated as a nonprofit and in 2000 received tax-exempt status from the IRS.
Over time, the membership grew, and to accommodate larger groups, the Sangha began to meet every Thursday at a local church, and then moved several times before settling at the Wat Buddhasothorn temple for a number of years. Senior Sangha members and visiting teachers offered Dharma talks and facilitated other activities. In 2009, the Sangha added Sunday evening practice opportunities for people who couldn’t attend on Thursdays. Additional activities (study groups, non-residential retreats, etc.) were organized at other locations.
In 2014, the Sangha rented space at the Rosemont Center in the Martineztown neighborhood of Albuquerque. This allowed and encouraged a wider variety of activities at a central location. Thursday and Sunday evening gatherings, morning and afternoon meditation periods, weekend half-day sits, non-residential retreats, meetings, study groups, individual practice discussions, social gatherings, and individual practice meetings all occur at the Rosemont Center on a regular basis.
In 2017, the organization’s name was changed to the Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center, Erin Treat was engaged to be our Guiding Teacher. Kathryn Turnipseed was named Senior Community Dharma Leader in 2018, and served in that position for one year.
Erin Treat, AIMC Guiding Teacher
Kathryn Turnipseed, Community Dharma Leader
AIMC Rosemont Center