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September 2020

Weekend Retreat w/ Venerable Pannavati: Understanding the Right Practice of Dharma

Saturday and Sunday, September 12 – 13, 2020:  each day of this retreat begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:30pm. Handling worldly affairs and embodying the Dharma are done in this very same body and mind. So, whether we are engaged in training the mind to be unattached and calm, or working to earn a living (or fulfill some other “worldly” goal), if we do so with a void mind that forms no attachments, right there is the practice of Dharma! This weekend retreat will be an indepth discussion and meditation practice of “voidness” usable in your daily life to…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, September 12
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Venerable Pannavati

Annual Forgiveness Ceremony

Tuere Sala and Tim Geil hold the annual Welcoming/Forgiveness Ceremony. We set aside time to appreciate SIMS for the refuge it has provided us over the years, to welcome anyone new to SIMS and re-unite with anyone who has felt distant from SIMS for any reason. Both Tuere and Tim offer reflections on forgiveness and a simple ceremony. Patterned after the forgiveness ceremony at the end of residential retreats, this evening acknowledges we may intentionally or unintentionally cause harm by our actions, and ask for forgiveness. This intentional release of accumulated hurts helps us step into each moment with a…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Monday, September 14
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala and Tim Geil

Balancing Through Hard Times

Day of Mindfulness. Location: If in person, at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland. If online, then through Zoom. For Zoom link, please go to this Zoom Meeting Reference schedule. In this day of mindfulness, Emily Carpenter and Steve Wilhelm will offer Dharma teachings, meditation instruction and support. We will explore how our mindfulness practice can help bring insight, equanimity and happiness, even in the middle of a pandemic and an election. The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation. Also we will break up for group discussions, with an opportunity for one-on-one meetings with the teachers. Beginners welcome.…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tradition: vipassana
Teacher: Emily Carpenter, Steve Wilhelm

October 2020

Introductory Meditation Class Series (6 Weeks)

6-Week Class Series (every Thursday) 7-9 PM from October 1, 2020 through November 5, 2020. Includes a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity. This balanced awareness, grounded in the present moment, leads to stillness and a growing understanding of the nature of life.…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tim Geil

Daylong Retreat: Four Foundations of Mindfulness

This daylong retreat will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness: the body, feeling tones, mental states, and dhammas. Mindfulness of the Four Foundations is described in the Satipatthana Sutta as the direct path to liberation. Mindful examination of these realms reveals the true nature of phenomena, leading to clear seeing and full awakening. This daylong retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, dhamma talks about the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, 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…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, October 3
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tradition: vipassana
Teacher: Anna Ossenfort, Sooz Appel, Lyndal Johnson, Susan Alotrico

(Online) Eye of the Storm: Navigating the Modern World

Do you struggle to keep momentum with your spiritual practice? It is easy to feel one’s energy get drained away and get lost in the struggles and distractions of the modern world. It’s like trying to cross a desert, and holding precious water in a leaky cup with no lid. This course will teach you about the art of the spiritual container. By repairing the holes in your metaphorical leaky cup, you can redesign your everyday life to be more like you’re in the protective space of retreat. From years of being a refuge for spiritual explorers, our meditation centre,…

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Member Group: Planet Dharma

Start: Monday, October 12
End: Sunday, November 8

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Tradition: Namgyal Lineage
Teacher: Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat

Dharma Talk: Carol Wilson

Carol Wilson first began practicing Vipassana or Insight meditation in 1971, with S.N. Goenka, in Bodh Gaya, India. Since then she has studied and practiced with a number of Theravada teachers, both Asian and Western. She has been particularly influenced by the teachings and practice styles of Sayadaw U Pandita, and in the past ten years, of Ashin U Tejaniya. In the 1980s she spent a year in Thailand as a Buddhist nun, which she continues to appreciate as an immensely valuable and inspiring experience. Carol has been sharing vipassana and metta retreat teachings since 1986, both in the United…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, October 23
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: vipassana
Teacher: Carol Wilson

Non-Residential Retreat: Carol Wilson

This Saturday and Sunday retreat is being held at Bastyr University and begins each day at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:30 PM. More info to come. Carol Wilson first began practicing Vipassana or Insight meditation in 1971, with S.N. Goenka, in Bodh Gaya, India. Since then she has studied and practiced with a number of Theravada teachers, both Asian and Western. She has been particularly influenced by the teachings and practice styles of Sayadaw U Pandita, and in the past ten years, of Ashin U Tejaniya. In the 1980s she spent a year in Thailand as a Buddhist nun,…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, October 24
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Carol Wilson

November 2020

Guardians of the Heart: A Vipassana & Brahma Vihara Retreat

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,…

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Member Group: Brahma Vihara Foundation

Start: Friday, November 6 @ 8:00 am
End: Thursday, November 12 @ 5:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: DaeJa Napier

Living with Grief

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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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

Date: Saturday, November 14
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tradition: Thien (Chan), Zen
Teacher: Ven. Thay Kozen

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