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Seattle Insight Meditation Society
By Western Vipassana teachers
About this podcast
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.
Episodes (Total: 33)
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
Aug. 22, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/923
Aug. 15, 2017
With Willa Thaniya Reid and Jitindriya Loraine Keats. Recorded on August 15, 2017, at Seattle Insight Meditation Center. (Note: the recording begins as Jitindriya is already speaking.) Enhancing awareness of the breath and body is a primary way to establish mindfulness in the present moment. It helps us come out of the stress of mental proliferation and we develop the capacity to meet our presently arising experience. As we do this, we begin to recognize how we can either struggle with ‘the way it is’ or be in wise relationship with ‘the way it is’. Seeing and understanding this process directly leads to ‘insight into the Noble Truths’, and brings deep peace in its wake. This is more than just the peace of relaxation or tranquility, which is also a benefit of breath meditation – it is the peace of insight into ‘Dhamma’, reality. This is the possibility with every breath.   This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/922
Aug. 1, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/921
July 27, 2017
Truthfulness is an expression of our wisdom and aligns our actions with our understanding. This talk explores three gateways of wise speech: Is it true? Is it beneficial? Is the timing right? Truth is seen as relative to the arising of each moment. Being beneficial leads to the end of suffering, in particular by loosening identification. The proper timing considers the vulnerability and open heartedness of the speaker, and the receptivity of the listener. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/919
July 14, 2017
Please note: Because of equipment issues, the recording both begins and ends while Luang Por Sumedho is speaking. Luang Por Sumedho has been practicing as a Buddhist monk for over fifty years. He shares the insights and experience he has developed investigating the Four Noble Truths, offering a perspective on the world that points to liberation rather than entanglement and confusion. His encouragements to cultivate wise intuitive awareness are moving, humorous, refreshing and enlightening. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/920
July 4, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/918
June 20, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/915
June 16, 2017
John explores three specific techniques for calm abiding that attendees can add to their meditation tool kit; namely, Single Pointed Concentration, Moment to Moment Awareness and Luminous Mind. These three techniques can be used individually or in succession as a means to deepening concentration.  Each is explained with practical applications and anecdotes to strengthen daily and communal practice. This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/912
June 6, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/910
May 23, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/909
May 16, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/904
May 2, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/903
April 25, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/902
April 11, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/900
April 4, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/899
March 21, 2017
While the last talk established the importance of compassion directing renunciation, this talk explores how wisdom also directs renunciation. We can define wisdom simply as what leads to freedom, instead of what leads to suffering. As we clearly see this distinction, we practice renunciation for those actions leading toward more suffering. The three characteristics of dukkha (unsatisfactoriness), anicca (impermanence), and anatta, (non-self), create a framework to further deepen our understanding of wisdom and renunciation. The Sutta mentioned in the talk is MN 19: Two Sorts of Thinking: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.019.than.html This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/888
March 7, 2017
This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/886
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