Ongoing Practice Support
SIMS offers a range of opportunities to continue and deepen your practice. If you are new to meditation, please see our Getting Started page. Once you've taken an introductory course, or if you've had similar instruction in Insight Meditation elsewhere, we invite you to participate in any of the following:
Monday Evening Meditation & Dharma
The heart of regular practice with Seattle Insight Meditation is our two-hour Monday evening gatherings. Sangha is the Pali word for "community," in the sense of a community that supports our common practice and learning of the dharma. On Monday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm, SIMS gathers at the Seattle Insight Meditation Center. The gathering is usually led by a SIMS guiding teacher and occasionally led by a guest teacher. There is a forty-minute meditation followed by either a dharma talk or a small-group discussion. There is also opportunity for Q & A.
Monday evening gatherings are listed on the home page.
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Weekend Retreats, sometimes called Nonresidential retreats, offer the opportunity to practice a full day or weekend of sitting and walking without the cost or commitment of a longer residential retreat.
Days of Mindfulness are one-day retreats, usually led by a guiding teacher. Weekend retreats are two full days of practice and dharma talks on a Saturday and Sunday, usually led by a guest teacher.
See our Calendar for a list of all upcoming Weekend Retreats.
Residential retreats allow one to deepen their mindfulness practice within a continuous environment that includes periods of sitting, walking, dharma talks, and everyday living activities. Residential retreats are usually at least three days in length but can also be a full week, two weeks, or longer.
Check our Links page for recommended residential retreat centers.
Residential Retreat Scholarships
For SIMS members with limited financial resources, SIMS offers scholarships of up to fifty percent of the retreat center registration fee for retreats led by Rodney Smith or our Guiding Teachers. For more information and to apply, please see the Scholarship Program and Application Form.
Personal Practice Interviews
SIMS guiding teachers and local dharma leaders offer the opportunity for personal practice interviews to SIMS sangha members. Even though there is usually ample time for questions in the classes and sits offered by SIMS, some people have difficulty asking a question, or even framing it, in a large group. Others feel that something may be too personal to bring up in a group setting. A one-to-one connection with an experienced practitioner is a way to nourish one's practice.
For more information, and to request a practice interview, please review the Interview Guidelines and Request page.
In addition to the ongoing Monday evening gathering, guest teacher dharma talks, and nonresidential retreats, SIMS offers dharma classes throughout the year - some oriented towards new practitioners and some towards more experienced practitioners. These classes are usually led by a SIMS guiding teacher, a guest teacher, or a SIMS local dharma leader. Check the Calendar for the start dates of upcoming classes as offerings are added throughout the year.
Ongoing Drop-in Practice Groups
Drop-in open meditation time is available at Seattle Insight Meditation Center. Morning drop-in meditations are facilitated by sangha members and sometimes led by a teacher in training or local dharma leader. See the on-going practice page for details.
Kalyana mitta (KM) groups, shared interest groups, and neighborhood sitting groups provide the opportunity for SIMS members to develop sangha by practicing and socializing with other like-minded individuals.
KM groups form around a specific practice topic and are facilitated by practitioners with at least two years of experience.
Shared interest groups are a more informal way to practice or make friends while joining together in a social, educational, or recreational activity.
Neighborhood sitting groups are open-ended, drop-in groups that meet weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly and give individuals an opportunity to practice together in a smaller group with other SIMS members who live in their neighborhood.
For more information, please see the Kalyana Mitta Groups, Shared Interest Groups, and Neighborhood Sitting Groups pages under the Sangha tab and the scheduled meeting times on the Calendar page.