Recent Dharma talks given to the Seattle Insight Meditation Society by senior western Vipassana and Zen teachers. Seattle Insight Meditation Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and welcoming community devoted to offering the Buddha’s teachings on wisdom and compassion to all those who seek them. SIMS encourages an ongoing investigation of our lives for the liberation of all beings and the stewardship of the planet. Find more at http://seattleinsight.org.
Nov. 3, 2017
Please note: the recording begins as John is already speaking.
The Buddha taught that we are all subject to the three Kilesas: Greed, Hatred and Delusion. They are said to be the root causes of our human suffering. Can we investigate these inclinations with a sense of humor? Yes, we can. With the current rise of fascism in our country and abroad, how do we practice with these powerful forces when they arise in our minds and hearts? How do we work with them when we perceive them arising in people with power? Every day, we are threatened with walls, bans and divisions. How do we hold steady to our values amidst recurring traumas? How do we survive and thrive?
Come join us as we share perspective and explore antidotes for these challenging inclinations that cause harm to ourselves and those we hold dear. Our personal and collective liberation has been compared to the unfolding of a lotus flower. The flower is beautiful but we all know it grows in muck and mire. Without understanding the mud where we are planted, how can we bloom? The good news is that in spiritual community, we can blossom together.
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/936
Oct. 31, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/932
Oct. 20, 2017
A reflection on how we choose the paths we follow in our relationship to the world in every moment.
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/931
Oct. 17, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/929
Oct. 5, 2017
So much of our energy in life is expended getting, having, doing, becoming, enjoying, ... more and more. We have all felt, at times, that we are on an endless treadmill scrambling to complete a never-ending “To-Do” list. This is exhausting! The Buddha suggested a “Not To-Do” list that actually leads to greater happiness when he said, “If by renouncing a lesser happiness, one attains to a happiness that is greater, then let the wise pursue that happiness which is greater.” What did the Buddha have in mind? This is the subject of tonight’s talk.
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/930
Oct. 3, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/927
Sept. 21, 2017
We explore, for our time and place, the Buddha's teachings on community, friendship, anger, and right speech.
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/928
Sept. 19, 2017
Tuere Sala and Tim Geil hold the second 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 fresh beginning.
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/926
Sept. 12, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/925
Sept. 5, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/924