Tuere Sala, Guiding Teacher
Tuere Sala has been a co-guiding teacher for Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS) since 2015. She became an active member and volunteer at SIMS in 2001. In 2009, she was invited to be a Local Dharma Leader and often supported SIMS in unconventional ways such as answering the many letters SIMS receives from practitioners in prison; offering beginning classes at Angeline Women’s shelter and Jubilee House, a women’s transitional house; and facilitating workshops using nonviolent communication (NVC) to support a mindfulness practice. In 2010 she began offering Dhamma talks and daylongs on various subjects. She is a committed participant of the SIMS sangha.
Tuere recently joined the Spirit Rock Retreat Center governance team, where she serves as a member of the Guiding Teacher Council and Board of Directors. She regularly teaches at Spirit Rock, Cloud Mountain, Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and various urban sanghas throughout the country. She offers teachings in traditional Vipassana/Concentration practices, Insight Dialogue-a relational based practice, and Nine Bodies Insight-an awareness practice.
Tuere is a retired prosecuting attorney who began her Vipassana meditation over 30 years ago. She believes that urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation. She is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places and is a strong advocate for practitioners living with high stress, past trauma and difficulties sitting still. Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is both easy to follow and understand – making it accessible to everyone.
Tuere has completed extensive trainings including: the 2 Year Spirit Rock/IMS Community Dharma Leader Program; a 1 Year Focusing for Complex Trauma Course which incorporates mindfulness principles with somatic listening, a 1 Year Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training Course (MMFT) which incorporates mindfulness principles within the high stress work environments of first responders and a 4 year Teacher Training Program offered through Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She has sat countless days of silent meditation retreats (including residential, non-residential and day-longs) and has a long history of assisting others in establishing and maintaining a daily practice.