November 2020

Dharma and Neurodiversity

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START DATE: Sunday, November 1, 2020
END DATE: Sunday, November 1, 2020
ORGANIZATION: Queer Dharma
TEACHER: Michaela McCormick

My personal experience is a single grain of sand among the grains spread across all the beaches and deserts of the world. My truth is a tiny sliver of the infinite panoply of perceptions and wisdom experienced by us all. There is, also, universal truth. But we each seek, interpret, and express that in our own unique way. It’s a wonder we understand each other at all. Yet it’s our effort, driven by our longing for connection and love, to understand each other that leads us to common truths. The rub is we have this annoying habit of quickly solidifying the truths we find and trying to pigeonhole everything and everyone into those truths, e.g., slow/fast, sharp/dull, competent/deficient, wise/naive, sane/insane. Out of those solidified truths we judge each other, decide who to listen to and trust, and ignore or punish those deemed outside the pale of reason. Instead, we should keep listening, particularly to those who think, feel, and express themselves differently from us. We need to remain sensitive to and curious about difference. Otherwise, we invite atrocities like aversion therapy for gays and lesbians, forced sterilization of Black women, addictively medicating or lobotomizing the so-called mentally ill, mass incarceration, and genocide. In whatever form we are embodied, the sanity of each of us and all of us together can only be nurtured by curiosity, compassion, and connection.

Participate at https://www.meetup.com/Queer-Dharma-Portland/events/274005476/

Meeting ID: 851 2957 8606

Passcode: 582157

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H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang Birthday Memorial and Guru Puja

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START DATE: Monday, November 2, 2020
ORGANIZATION: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang Birthday Memorial and Guru Puja

Date: November 2, 2020
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Livestream: https://www.sakya.org/live-streaming-video

https://www.sakya.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/HH-JDDC-Memorial.pdf

H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang (1929 – 2016) was the Head of the Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang Palace of the Glorious Khön lineage. In 1984, he established the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle. He was a renowned Sakya and non-sectarian master of Tibetan Buddhism who continued the unbroken lineage of blessings and initiations going back to the time of the Buddha.

On this occasion, we will commemorate his birthday by reciting the Guru Puja practice in Tibetan, and pray for his swift rebirth. Join us at 10am for prayers.

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Guardians of the Heart: A Vipassana & Brahma Vihara Retreat

In Person

START DATE: Friday, November 6, 2020
END DATE: Thursday, November 12, 2020
ORGANIZATION: Brahma Vihara Foundation
TEACHER: DaeJa Napier

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. –Buddha–

The Vipassana (Insight Meditation) practice invites us to see deeply into the miracle of our own mind and body process. As a result, our life begins to change in ways that guide our responses to ourselves and others. The four Brahma Viharas are the responses of the awakening heart; they are lovingkindness, compassion, appreciative-joy and equanimity. These practices function as guardians of the heart and antidotes for every form of suffering. When cultivated, our whole life begins to flower with wise understanding, compassion, forgiveness and love.

This retreat will be held in Noble Silence. The daily schedule will include morning teachings, guided meditations, sitting and walking meditation, individual practice meetings, an optional afternoon discussion group and evening dharma talk. As well there will be times to rest and spend time in nature.

For registration or other information, please visit: http://nwmeditationgroup.weebly.com/
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Day of Mindfulness with Tuere Sala

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START DATE: Saturday, November 7, 2020
END DATE: Saturday, November 7, 2020
ORGANIZATION: Seattle Insight Meditation Society
TEACHER: Tuere Sala

We invite you to join SIMS co-guiding teacher Tuere Sala and members of the graduating Introductory Meditation Class in a day of sitting and walking meditation in the vipassana tradition on Saturday, November 7th from 9 am to 4:30 pm. This event, to which all interested meditation practitioners are welcome, will be held online via Zoom. Zoom log in information and more detailed information about how the Day of Mindfulness will unfold will be emailed to registrants by the day before the event.

Registration and Donation

We are requesting registration for this Day of Mindfulness. Registration will be open up to an hour after the start of the event. Please see the registration form below. The suggested event donation is $30 plus teacher dana. (Dana is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving.) Please use your best efforts to pay the suggested donation or another heartfelt amount. All are welcome regardless of ability to pay. (Select the “donate at the event” option to choose a different donation amount or to donate by check rather than credit card – please see the SIMS website donation link for details.)

Please note: If you are in the current Introductory Meditation Class Series, your class registration includes the Day of Mindfulness, so no additional donation is suggested. As noted above, Zoom log in information and more detailed information about how the Day of Mindfulness will unfold will be emailed to registrants by the day before the Day of Mindfulness Please feel free to contact the registrar at registrar@seattleinsight.org if you have any questions or do not receive the Zoom log in information by the Friday before this Saturday event.

Thank you for your interest in this Day of Mindfulness. SIMS is so pleased to offer this event and we hope you will be able to join us.

To Register:  Click HERE.

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Buddha’s Descent from Heaven (via Zoom)

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START DATE: Saturday, November 7, 2020
ORGANIZATION: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Buddha’s Descent from Heaven (via Zoom)

November 7 @ 7:30 pm8:30 pm PST

Join us on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92808996452?pwd=U2trcjdGbUtrQWNTUmdyYkJJdXRUZz09
Meeting ID: 928 0899 6452
Passcode: 470257

Prayers celebrating Lord Buddha’s descent from heaven after teaching his mother.

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Sakya Monastery Overview and Orientation (Zoom Class)

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START DATE: Monday, November 9, 2020
ORGANIZATION: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
TEACHER: Chuck Pettis

Sakya Monastery Overview and Orientation (Zoom Class)

November 9 @ 7:00 pm8:15 pm PST

Date: Monday, November 9
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 pm
Instructor: Chuck Pettis
Free, donations accepted
All are welcome

Join us on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/91556101774?pwd=WnRvdHh4VVBmTlprRDAxU2FOUm5TZz09
Meeting ID: 915 5610 1774
Passcode: 835456

This class is a great introduction and overview of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. In 75 minutes, we will give you an overview of Sakya Monastery, Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and beliefs, and the variety of spiritual practices taught and practiced at Sakya Monastery. You will learn 4 simple, but effective calm abiding meditation practices in this class.

Chuck Pettis is a student of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang, Co-Executive Director of Sakya Monastery, and founder of Earth Sanctuary, Sakya Monastery’s Retreat Center. He is President of BrandSolutions and Tibet Tech Prayer Wheels.

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Living with Grief

In Person

START DATE: Saturday, November 14, 2020
END DATE: Saturday, November 14, 2020
LOCATION: Trout Lake, WA
ORGANIZATION: Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple
TEACHER: Ven. Thay Kozen

This daylong retreat will begin at 10 am, but attendees are encouraged to come early and attend the weekly temple services in the temple, as this is also a Buddhist holiday.  We will be celebrating the bodhisattva Quan Yin’s renunciation.

The remainder of the day will consist of teachings from the Abbot Thay Kozen regarding death and dying in Buddhism, opportunities for sharing, and rituals for honoring our grief, in whatever form it exists.

Please plan to bring a sack lunch.

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Grounding and Resilience through Ānāpānassati (Mindfulness of Breathing)

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START DATE: Saturday, November 14, 2020
END DATE: Sunday, November 15, 2020
ORGANIZATION: Bellingham Insight Meditation Society
TEACHER: Ayya Santussika

The power and flexibility of Mindfulness of In-and-Out Breathing (Ānāpānassati), as a core practice, can carry us all the way to complete freedom from suffering. Along the way, this practice helps us develop a strong basis for grounding and resilience in meeting life’s challenges.

During this weekend, we will practice with details of the 16 instructions, as presented in the suttas, as well as explore the many ways this practice can support us in daily life.

To register email BIMS.

Dana for the Karuna Buddhist Vihara may be made by check or PayPal. For details, go to: http://www.karunabv.org/donations.html

Donations to help offset BIMS organizational costs may be made by check or PayPal (US Funds only). Bellingham Insight Meditation Society PO Box 1182 Bellingham, WA 98227 https://www.paypal.me/BIMSRetreats

 

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Movement for Meditators (Zoom class)

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START DATE: Monday, November 16, 2020
ORGANIZATION: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
TEACHER: Joshua Crouch

Monday Movement for Meditators (Zoom class)

November 16 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm PST

Date: Monday, November 16
Time: 7:00 pm
Join us on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96130881446

Have you ever wanted some adaptable, friendly exercises that you could utilize to help with aches and pains from meditational postures? This class will combine methods from Tibetan Yogas, Fletcher Pilates, and the breathing exercises of Martha Graham in a fully integrated and adaptable approach.

Dance professional, Sakya Monastery member, and national movement educator Joshua Crouch will guide you through a series of conditioning, strengthening, and stretching exercises that you can use daily or as needed, to help maintain the body dynamic that works best for you as a tool to bring a little more ease and comfort to your mediation postures and sits. Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in.

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Buddhist Essentials Class Series: The Hindrances; Greed, Hatred, and Delusion

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START DATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
END DATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
ORGANIZATION: Seattle Insight Meditation Society
TEACHER: Anna Ossenfort and Steve Wilhelm

This 9-Class Series meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from June 17, 2020 through February 17, 2021 from 7-9:00 PM. The class will be held via Zoom Meetings.

For latest information about status of classes and events, check our Status page.
Information will be mailed with Registration.  Class materials are available here.

The Class Schedule is as follows:

June 17      The Three Characteristics – with Lyndal Johnson and Anna Ossenfort

The Three Characteristics are the three aspects that pervade all of conditioned phenomena: anicca, dukkha, and anatta.  When we begin to see these attributes in all of experience, wisdom arises that enables us to let go of clinging.

July 15       The Four Noble Truths – with Lauren Wilson and Jerry Harter

It is said that the entirety of the Buddha’s teachings can be found in the Four Noble Truths.  In this class we will explore these teachings: 1) dukkha, 2) the origin of dukkha, 3) the cessation of dukkha, and 4) the path of practice leading to the cessation of dukkha.

August 19       The Eightfold Path – with Sooz Appel and Jerry Harter

With the understanding of the truths of dukkha, the cause of dukkha and the end of dukkha, we can embark on the Eightfold Path – the path that leads to awakening and the end of suffering.  In this class we will discuss the elements and practice of the Eightfold Path: panna (wisdom), sila (ethical behavior and the precepts), and samadhi (concentration).

September 16       The Paramis – with Lyndal Johnson and Sooz Appel

The Ten Paramis (generosity, virtue, renunciation, discernment, equanimity, patience, persistence, truth, determination, and goodwill) are beautiful qualities associated with an awakened mind.  In this talk we will discuss the paramis and consider some ways in which we can encourage their development in our own practice.

October 21           The Four Foundations of Mindfulness – with Anna Ossenfort and Susan Alotrico

Mindful examination of the body, feeling tones, mental states, and dhammas reveals the true nature of phenomena, leading to clear seeing and liberation.

November 18       The Hindrances; Greed, Hatred, and Delusion – with Anna Ossenfort and Steve Wilhelm

Gaining insight into obstacles on the path can turn them into possibilities. During this evening we’ll explore the Five Hindrances (desire, ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness, and doubt), and the Three Poisons (greed, hatred and delusion). We’ll learn how these barriers to freedom arise in our lives, and how through our mindfulness practice we can transform them into doorways.

December 16      The Seven Factors of Awakening – with Sooz Appel and Susan Alotrico

Through discussion and practical exercises of the Seven Factors of Awakening, we will explore how awareness of these mind states helps us to let go of unwholesome tendencies and to cultivate wholesome ones, in both formal practice and our daily lives.

January 20        The Brahma Viharas – with Lauren Wilson and Steve Wilhelm

How do we cultivate energies that encourage our capacity for caring and compassion toward ourselves and others?  In this class we will explore developing in our daily lives the brahma viharas, also called the four immeasurables:  loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

February 17       The Five Aggregates – with Jerry Harter and Lyndal Johnson

The Five Aggregates (form, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness) show how we create an illusory sense of self moment by moment.  By examining them we can come to understand how we are not so much a solid self as we may have thought.

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December 2020

Weekend Retreat w/ Phillip Moffitt: Deepening your Meditation

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START DATE: Friday, December 4, 2020
END DATE: Sunday, December 6, 2020
ORGANIZATION: Seattle Insight Meditation Society
TEACHER: Phillip Moffitt

The Buddha’s Satipatthana teaching of the four foundations of mindfulness begins with mindfulness of the body. One of the key instructions is to be mindful of the four elements – earth, water, fire, and wind. In other suttas, he includes space and consciousness in his list of elements.

In this three-day retreat, we will explore how to deepen our practice by focusing on each of these elements. Our specific focus will be on recognizing on how each element manifests as stillness and movement. Included in our inquiry will be the subtle understandings of emotions and mind states that are revealed through such practice.

This retreat is open to students of all levels of practice.

Phillip Moffitt is a co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California and the founder of the Life Balance Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to the study and practice of spiritual values in daily life (www.lifebalance.org). A specialist in guiding people through change and transition, Phillip combines dharma teachings with his years of practical and spiritual counseling experience to create unique learning opportunities. Phillip is the author of Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering (Rodale, April 2008), Emotional Chaos to Clarity (Hudson Street Press, 2012) and has written for numerous magazines, including Yoga JournalBody and Soul, and Shambhala Sun.

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Sixteen Buddha Body Practice (Meditation Retreat)

In Person

START DATE: Friday, December 4, 2020
END DATE: Friday, December 18, 2020
LOCATION: Fort Steele, BC
ORGANIZATION: Clear Sky Meditation Center
TEACHER: Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat

Explore the dimensions of inner space. This meditation retreat offers a rare opportunity to engage with the 16 Buddha Body Practice.

Sixteen Buddha Body Practice

Getting tired of the routine of daily life? Journey to new lands of the mind.

Using self-arising symbology as deepening layers of penetration to open greater and greater mind space doors to journey the far reaches of inner space. This practice is a door to past and future lifetimes.

Prerequisites/Preparation:

Completion of one million Chenrezi mantras is required preparation. For those who have completed that previously, please also complete 100,000 Vajrasattva mantras.

Heritage of the Sixteen Buddha Body Practice

This meditation practice is originally from Tibet, though it was taught to our Teacher, Namgyal Rinpoche, in Thailand, by a Theravadan monk. The northern schools of Thai buddhism share much with the Tibetan tradition, being linked through students of Milarepa.

As far as information is available, there is only one temple, Wat Pak Nam in Thailand, that taught this system, and that was some years ago.

Why Undertake the Sixteen Buddha Body Practice?

This retreat is for people who are tired of functioning in the world and want to experience something else.

Using self arising symbology as deepening layers of penetration to open greater and greater mind space doors to journey the far reaches of inner space. This practice is a door to past and future lifetimes.

What’s Expected of Me if I Come to This Retreat?

  •  A strong foundation of parami and a willingness to see other dimensions, drug free.
  • Due to the intensive nature of this practice, we require participants to not currently be taking prescription medication or recreational drugs.
  • The more extensive meditation experience you’ve had the better. This is not a beginner’s practice (we suggest the Sixteen Stages of Insight Retreat for newer practitioners).
  • You are responsible for your own wellbeing.
  • To maximize your depth of practice, we ask that you refrain from reading, using the internet, phone or listening to music during the course.
  • Lastly, our teaching and Clear Sky operate based on the ancient tradition of dāna or generosity. Please learn more about this profound practice before you register. 
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Buddhist Essentials Class Series: The Seven Factors of Awakening

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START DATE: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
END DATE: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
ORGANIZATION: Seattle Insight Meditation Society
TEACHER: Sooz Appel and Susan Alotrico

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness – Mindful examination of body, feeling tones, mental states, and dhammas reveal the true nature of phenomena, leading to clear seeing and liberation.

This class is part of a nine month series on some of the essential teachings of Buddhism. The classes will include sitting meditation, dhamma talks, group discussions and have monthly suggestions for practice.  People may join the whole series or participate in individual classes as they prefer or are able to.

The classes will be on the third Wednesday of the month from June 2020 through February 2021.  The specific dates are: 6/17/20, 7/15/20, 8/19/20, 9/16/20, 10/21/20, 11/18/20, 12/16/20, 1/20/21 and 2/17/21.  There will also be two days of mindfulness related to this series:  Saturday October 3, 2020 – Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Saturday February 27, 2021 – the Brahma Viharas.

Please check the calendar for last minute changes.

These classes will be taught by SIMS’ Local Dharma Leaders (LDLs) Anna Ossenfort, Lyndal Johnson, Sooz Appel, Susan Alotrico, Lauren Wilson, Steve Wilhelm, and Jerry Harter

The classes are open to anyone with experience in mindfulness meditation equivalent to SIMS Introductory Meditation Class.  While the class will be accessible to beginners, it will also be substantive enough for experienced practitioners.

Class Schedule

June 17    The Three Characteristics – with Lyndal Johnson and Anna Ossenfort
The Three Characteristics are the three aspects that pervade all of conditioned phenomena: anicca, dukkha, and anatta.  When we begin to see these attributes in all of experience, wisdom arises that enables us to let go of clinging.

July 15    The Four Noble Truths – with Lauren Wilson and Jerry Harter
It is said that the entirety of the Buddha’s teachings can be found in the Four Noble Truths.  In this class we will explore these teachings: 1) dukkha, 2) the origin of dukkha, 3) the cessation of dukkha, and 4) the path of practice leading to the cessation of dukkha.

August 19    The Eightfold Path – with Sooz Appel and Jerry Harter
With the understanding of the truths of dukkha, the cause of dukkha and the end of dukkha, we can embark on the Eightfold Path – the path that leads to awakening and the end of suffering.  In this class we will discuss the elements and practice of the Eightfold Path: panna (wisdom), sila (ethical behavior and the precepts), and samadhi (concentration).

September 16    The Paramis – with Lyndal Johnson and Sooz Appel
The Ten Paramis (generosity, virtue, renunciation, discernment, equanimity, patience, persistence, truth, determination, and goodwill) are beautiful qualities associated with an awakened mind.  In this talk we will discuss the paramis and consider some ways in which we can encourage their development in our own practice.

October 21    Four Foundations of Mindfulness – with Anna Ossenfort and Susan Alotrico
Mindful examination of body, feeling tones, mental states, and dhammas reveal the true nature of phenomena, leading to clear seeing and liberation.

November 18    The Hindrances; Greed, Hatred, and Delusion – with Anna Ossenfort and Steve Wilhelm
Gaining insight into obstacles on the path can turn them into possibilities. During this evening we’ll explore the Five Hindrances (desire, ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness, and doubt), and the Three Poisons (greed, hatred and delusion). We’ll learn how these barriers to freedom arise in our lives, and how through our mindfulness practice we can transform them into doorways.

December 16    The Seven Factors of Awakening – with Sooz Appel and Susan Alotrico
Through discussion and practical exercises of the Seven Factors of Awakening, we will explore how awareness of these mind states helps us to let go of unwholesome tendencies and to cultivate wholesome ones, in both formal practice and our daily lives.

January 20    The Brahma Viharas – with Lauren Wilson and Steve Wilhelm
How do we cultivate energies that encourage our capacity for caring and compassion toward ourselves and others?  In this class we will explore developing in our daily lives the brahma viharas, also called the four immeasurables:  loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

February 17    The Five Aggregates – with Jerry Harter and Lyndal Johnson
The Five Aggregates (form, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness) show how we create an illusory sense of self moment by moment.  By examining them we can come to understand how we are not so much a solid self as we may have thought.

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January 2021

Buddhist Essentials Class Series: The Brahma Viharas

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START DATE: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
END DATE: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
ORGANIZATION: Seattle Insight Meditation Society
TEACHER: Lauren Wilson and Steve Wilhelm

The Brahma Viharas – How do we cultivate energies that encourage our capacity for caring and compassion toward ourselves and others?  In this class we will explore developing in our daily lives the brahma viharas, also called the four immeasurables:  loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

This class is part of a nine month series on some of the essential teachings of Buddhism. The classes will include sitting meditation, dhamma talks, group discussions and have monthly suggestions for practice.  People may join the whole series or participate in individual classes as they prefer or are able to.

The classes will be on the third Wednesday of the month from June 2020 through February 2021.  The specific dates are: 6/17/20, 7/15/20, 8/19/20, 9/16/20, 10/21/20, 11/18/20, 12/16/20, 1/20/21 and 2/17/21.  There will also be two days of mindfulness related to this series: Saturday October 3, 2020 – Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Saturday February 27, 2021 – the Brahma Viharas.

Please check the calendar for last minute changes.

These classes will be taught by SIMS’ Local Dharma Leaders (LDLs) Anna Ossenfort, Lyndal Johnson, Sooz Appel, Susan Alotrico, Lauren Wilson, Steve Wilhelm, and Jerry Harter

The classes are open to anyone with experience in mindfulness meditation equivalent to SIMS Introductory Meditation Class.  While the class will be accessible to beginners, it will also be substantive enough for experienced practitioners.

Class Schedule

June 17    The Three Characteristics – with Lyndal Johnson and Anna Ossenfort
The Three Characteristics are the three aspects that pervade all of conditioned phenomena: anicca, dukkha, and anatta.  When we begin to see these attributes in all of experience, wisdom arises that enables us to let go of clinging.

July 15    The Four Noble Truths – with Lauren Wilson and Jerry Harter
It is said that the entirety of the Buddha’s teachings can be found in the Four Noble Truths.  In this class we will explore these teachings: 1) dukkha, 2) the origin of dukkha, 3) the cessation of dukkha, and 4) the path of practice leading to the cessation of dukkha.

August 19    The Eightfold Path – with Sooz Appel and Jerry Harter
With the understanding of the truths of dukkha, the cause of dukkha and the end of dukkha, we can embark on the Eightfold Path – the path that leads to awakening and the end of suffering.  In this class we will discuss the elements and practice of the Eightfold Path: panna (wisdom), sila (ethical behavior and the precepts), and samadhi (concentration).

September 16    The Paramis – with Lyndal Johnson and Sooz Appel
The Ten Paramis (generosity, virtue, renunciation, discernment, equanimity, patience, persistence, truth, determination, and goodwill) are beautiful qualities associated with an awakened mind.  In this talk we will discuss the paramis and consider some ways in which we can encourage their development in our own practice.

October 21    Four Foundations of Mindfulness – with Anna Ossenfort and Susan Alotrico
Mindful examination of body, feeling tones, mental states, and dhammas reveal the true nature of phenomena, leading to clear seeing and liberation.

November 18    The Hindrances; Greed, Hatred, and Delusion – with Anna Ossenfort and Steve Wilhelm
Gaining insight into obstacles on the path can turn them into possibilities. During this evening we’ll explore the Five Hindrances (desire, ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness, and doubt), and the Three Poisons (greed, hatred and delusion). We’ll learn how these barriers to freedom arise in our lives, and how through our mindfulness practice we can transform them into doorways.

December 16    The Seven Factors of Awakening – with Sooz Appel and Susan Alotrico
Through discussion and practical exercises of the Seven Factors of Awakening, we will explore how awareness of these mind states helps us to let go of unwholesome tendencies and to cultivate wholesome ones, in both formal practice and our daily lives.

January 20    The Brahma Viharas – with Lauren Wilson and Steve Wilhelm
How do we cultivate energies that encourage our capacity for caring and compassion toward ourselves and others?  In this class we will explore developing in our daily lives the brahma viharas, also called the four immeasurables:  loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

February 17    The Five Aggregates – with Jerry Harter and Lyndal Johnson
The Five Aggregates (form, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness) show how we create an illusory sense of self moment by moment.  By examining them we can come to understand how we are not so much a solid self as we may have thought.

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Weekend Virtual Retreat w/ Rodney Smith: Becoming the Mystery We Are

Online Event Only

START DATE: Saturday, January 30, 2021
END DATE: Sunday, January 31, 2021
ORGANIZATION: Seattle Insight Meditation Society
TEACHER: Rodney Smith

Are we ready to move beyond our known perceptions? How do our current practices sustain our beliefs about the world and ourselves? What holds us back is our investment in the known shape and certainty of the world, while the gateway to transcendence is through the recognition of the unfathomable mystery we forever are. Through dharma talks, dyads, guided and silent meditations, Qi Gong, Q & A, and possible small groups (if feasible), we will explore our practices in terms of the above questions.

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February 2021

Buddhist Essentials Class: The Five Aggregates

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START DATE: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
END DATE: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
ORGANIZATION: Seattle Insight Meditation Society
TEACHER: Lyndal Johnson and Jerry Harter

The Five Aggregates – (form, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness) show how we create an illusory sense of self moment by moment.  By examining them we can come to understand how we are not so much a solid self as we may have thought.

This class is part of a nine month series on some of the essential teachings of Buddhism. The classes will include sitting meditation, dhamma talks, group discussions and have monthly suggestions for practice.  People may join the whole series or participate in individual classes as they prefer or are able to.

The classes will be on the third Wednesday of the month from June 2020 through February 2021.  The specific dates are: 6/17/20, 7/15/20, 8/19/20, 9/16/20, 10/21/20, 11/18/20, 12/16/20, 1/20/21 and 2/17/21.  There will also be two days of mindfulness related to this series: Saturday October 3, 2020 – Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Saturday February 27, 2021 – the Brahma Viharas.

Please check the calendar for last minute changes.

These classes will be taught by SIMS’ Local Dharma Leaders (LDLs) Anna Ossenfort, Lyndal Johnson, Sooz Appel, Susan Alotrico, Lauren Wilson, Steve Wilhelm, and Jerry Harter

The classes are open to anyone with experience in mindfulness meditation equivalent to SIMS Introductory Meditation Class.  While the class will be accessible to beginners, it will also be substantive enough for experienced practitioners.

Class Schedule

June 17    The Three Characteristics – with Lyndal Johnson and Anna Ossenfort
The Three Characteristics are the three aspects that pervade all of conditioned phenomena: anicca, dukkha, and anatta.  When we begin to see these attributes in all of experience, wisdom arises that enables us to let go of clinging.

July 15    The Four Noble Truths – with Lauren Wilson and Jerry Harter
It is said that the entirety of the Buddha’s teachings can be found in the Four Noble Truths.  In this class we will explore these teachings: 1) dukkha, 2) the origin of dukkha, 3) the cessation of dukkha, and 4) the path of practice leading to the cessation of dukkha.

August 19    The Eightfold Path – with Sooz Appel and Jerry Harter
With the understanding of the truths of dukkha, the cause of dukkha and the end of dukkha, we can embark on the Eightfold Path – the path that leads to awakening and the end of suffering.  In this class we will discuss the elements and practice of the Eightfold Path: panna (wisdom), sila (ethical behavior and the precepts), and samadhi (concentration).

September 16    The Paramis – with Lyndal Johnson and Sooz Appel
The Ten Paramis (generosity, virtue, renunciation, discernment, equanimity, patience, persistence, truth, determination, and goodwill) are beautiful qualities associated with an awakened mind.  In this talk we will discuss the paramis and consider some ways in which we can encourage their development in our own practice.

October 21    Four Foundations of Mindfulness – with Anna Ossenfort and Susan Alotrico
Mindful examination of body, feeling tones, mental states, and dhammas reveal the true nature of phenomena, leading to clear seeing and liberation.

November 18    The Hindrances; Greed, Hatred, and Delusion – with Anna Ossenfort and Steve Wilhelm
Gaining insight into obstacles on the path can turn them into possibilities. During this evening we’ll explore the Five Hindrances (desire, ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness, and doubt), and the Three Poisons (greed, hatred and delusion). We’ll learn how these barriers to freedom arise in our lives, and how through our mindfulness practice we can transform them into doorways.

December 16    The Seven Factors of Awakening – with Sooz Appel and Susan Alotrico
Through discussion and practical exercises of the Seven Factors of Awakening, we will explore how awareness of these mind states helps us to let go of unwholesome tendencies and to cultivate wholesome ones, in both formal practice and our daily lives.

January 20    The Brahma Viharas – with Lauren Wilson and Steve Wilhelm
How do we cultivate energies that encourage our capacity for caring and compassion toward ourselves and others?  In this class we will explore developing in our daily lives the brahma viharas, also called the four immeasurables:  loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

February 17    The Five Aggregates – with Jerry Harter and Lyndal Johnson
The Five Aggregates (form, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness) show how we create an illusory sense of self moment by moment.  By examining them we can come to understand how we are not so much a solid self as we may have thought.

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Daylong Retreat: The Brahma Viharas

Both in person and online

START DATE: Saturday, February 27, 2021
END DATE: Saturday, February 27, 2021
LOCATION: Seattle, WA
ORGANIZATION: Seattle Insight Meditation Society
TEACHER: Steve Wilhelm, Lauren Wilson, Lyndal Johnson, Sooz Appel

How do we cultivate energies that encourage our capacity for caring and compassion toward ourselves and others? In this daylong retreat we will consider the brahma viharas of loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity and explore practices for developing these qualities in our daily lives.

This daylong retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, dhamma talks about the teachings and practice of the brahma viharas, small group sessions with Q&As, and optional opportunities for 1-on-1 discussions with one of the Local Dharma Leaders about your practice.

This daylong retreat is part of a nine-month series on some of the essential teachings of Buddhism. See the full series here.

This daylong retreat is open to anyone with experience in mindfulness meditation equivalent to SIMS Introductory Meditation Class.

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