We are a twice weekly gathering of diverse individuals who practice meditation and study the teachings of the Buddha according to the Theravada (pronounced terra VAH duh) school of Buddhism, the traditional Buddhism of Southern and Southeast Asia. IMCR, under the name The Vipassana Group, first met at Ekoji in November 1994, and began weekly Friday meetings on March 3, 1995.

Newcomers are welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of their meditation experience, religious background or affiliation, or those with no religious affiliation. Please visit our orientation page to get oriented.

We meet at the Ekoji Buddhist Sangha of Richmond; 3411 Grove Avenue.

Learn more about our weekly and other events.


The Ekoji Buddhist Sangha of Richmond recognizes that suffering is part of the human condition. However, suffering can be made worse by intentional or unintentional bias towards people of diverse backgrounds. These include race or ethnicity, country of origin, religion, age, ability, socioeconomic status, political stance, gender identity and sexual orientation.

We welcome all who come to learn and practice in community, and will work towards supporting our common practice while embracing our different experiences.


Interested in volunteering? Contact us via info@imcrva.org.
A selection of the volunteer opportunities at IMCR:

Covid 19 and Our Health and Well-Being

Most of our events are being offering  both in person and virtually via Zoom.
Our precautions for in person meetings:
  • Masks are optional, but we monitor attendance and COVID protocols week to week, we might ask you to mask.
  • In the recent past we required vaccinations. While we are currently not requiring this, vaccinations are strongly encouraged. If the COVID situation changes, we might require vaccinations again.
  • If possible, we try to social distance within the building.
  • An air filtration system is present in the meditation hall.
  • Sometimes we might ventilate the meditation hall by cracking window(s) and door(s).
  • If you are feeling ill, or know that you have been exposed to a contagious disease, please stay home and take care of yourself.
Ways you can protect yourself and others:
  • Wear a mask.
  • Stay up to date on COVID vaccinations and boosters.
  • Frequently wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.

*These guidelines are based on the recommendations by the Virginia Department of Health.

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