Seattle Insight Meditation Society

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.

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      Right View


      This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/960


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      Fourth Noble Truth - Talk 2


      This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/959


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      The Dharma of Service - Volunteer Appreciation Night


      With Tuere Sala and Susan Alotrico.


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       2018-04-17  n/a
       
       

      Recognizing the Habits of Aversion, Greed and Delusion: A Joyful Path


      Being lost in unskillful habits of mind is clearly suffering, for ourselves and others. Is it possible to bring a sense of interest, joy and even playfulness to seeing and learning about these habits of mind? This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/957


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       2018-04-04  n/a
       
       

      Fourth Noble Truth


      Please note: the recording begins as Tuere is already speaking.  This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/955


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       2018-04-03  n/a
       
       
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       2018-03-25  n/a
       
       

      Unpacking Buddhadasa Bhikkhu’s Talk on The Prison of Life


      On February 10, 1988, the legendary Ajahn Buddhadasa gave a powerful Dharma Talk during a month-long retreat at Suan Mokkh Monastery in Thailand. His words remain powerful to this day. The talk, entitled "The Prison of Life," is about learning to understand the thing we call “prison,” and in doing so, learning to understand the thing we call “life.” In the talk, Buddhadasa leads students from the more superficial and easily recognizable aspects of attachment...


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       2018-03-23  n/a
       
       

      Perseverance


      When asked to name qualities that distinguish the long-term practitioner, a wise person once replied, in part, "Perseverance." With tonight's talk we will investigate and discuss several elements of this powerful principle: 1) why it's so vital to our practice; 2) how our thoughts and actions either discourage or encourage it to arise; and 3) practical ways to bring it about on the cushion and in our daily lives.  This talk is also presented in video here:...


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       2018-03-20  n/a
       
       

      Third Noble Truth: Cessation of Dukkha


      This talk is also presented in video here: http://seattleinsight.org/Talks/Talk/TalkID/951


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       2018-03-06  n/a
       
       

      The Thin Line that Connects Life and Death


      In Japanese Zen, the term shoji translates as “birth-death.” There is no separation between life and death other than a small hyphen - a thin line that connects the two. We cannot be truly alive without maintaining an awareness of death. Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight. She helps us to discover what matters most. And the good news is we...


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       2018-03-02  n/a