Online registration is available for some SIMS events through the event detail pages.

Introductory Meditation Class (Winter)

with Rodney Smith

1/14/2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Nalanda West (Map) (6 Mondays (1/14 - 2/18))

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. Out of this seeing emerges wisdom and compassion.

It is a moment-to-moment investigation of the mind and body process. Our experience is explored from a balanced and spacious awareness which allows the heart to flower in love. During these six weeks there will be meditation instructions, talks about the philosophy of the practice, homework assignments, and time for discussion and questions.

Your registration includes attendance at the Day of Mindfulness on Saturday, February 23 at Nalanda West.

The suggested event donations are $70 for the six-week series including the Day of Mindfulness plus teacher dana.

Parking Information

Nalanda West is located at the intersection of a residential street and commercial businesses. In order to maintain good relations with our residential neighbors, Nalanda West staff asks that program participants avoid parking on Woodland Park Ave N. north of Nalanda West.

Parking is generally available in the two small interconnected parking lots behind Nalanda West. There is also parking available in front of the building, south on 39th and Woodland Park, and along Bridge Way N.

Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your reservation, you can do so by logging into your SIMS account and clicking "My Events" in the tool bar located in the top right corner. If you’ve already paid for the class, you have several options regarding your payment. You may receive a refund of your event donation (less a $10.00 handling fee) IF you send an email refund request to the registrar PRIOR to the start of the event. Email No full or partial refunds will be given after the start of the first day/class. Alternatively, you may apply your registration fee to another class, or donate your fee to SIMS' scholarship fund. Please inform the registrar of your preference by e-mailing

To inquire about the accessibility of SIMS events, such as wheelchair accessibility or seating for those with visual or auditory disabilities, email If, for physical or other reasons, you are not able to participate for the entire event, you are welcome to participate to the extent you are able. Please contact the event organizer or teacher at the event if you have questions.