Watch Our Dharma Roots Grow

Thanks to the kindness and boundless generosity of the SIMS sangha (community), we exceeded our fundraising goal! You raised over $175,000 to create a new spiritual home for SIMS.

We thank all the volunteers, the over 200 donors and guest teachers who helped us reach this fundraising goal for the remodel campaign. Thank you so much for everyone who contributed. Your generosity will make it possible for SIMS to continue to offer the Dharma for all who seek it, in a new space on the first floor of University Friends House. Our new home has many features. Whether you are near or far, you will be able to love the Dharma. Please learn more about the new space below.

We turn our efforts to transformation of the space and building a stronger more inclusive sangha. We need to do this together. Please join us! There are volunteer opportunities and more. Together we can connect, inspire spiritual practice, and make SIMS our spiritual home.

Remodel Project Updates

August 23, 2022

After almost two years of discussion, planning and fundraising, actual physical work has begun on the Remodel of our new sangha space on the first floor of UFM. Last week Dane DuBose, co-owner of MacNeil/DuBose LLC as well as a sangha member, signed our contract. Demolition of the space began today.

The Design Task Force has been meeting regularly for months using the drawings, ideas and suggestions from our architect and interior designer to think about materials for floors, cabinets, window coverings, and other elements of the project. And our AV/Communications Team is helping to figure out what we’ll need to have good, reliable hybrid events.

We’ll post monthly updates on this page and in our monthly announcement emails.

member of the Design Task Force


Grow Our Dharma Roots Benefit Talks

The Grow Our Dharma Roots series is a special series of Dharma talks featuring five master meditation teachers including Rodney Smith, Sharon Salzberg, Ofosu Jones-Quartey, Narayan Liebenson, and Zoketsu Norman Fischer, who explore meditation as a gateway to transcendent awareness; caring in a troubled world; sangha and refuge; diversity and the intersection of Dharma and hip hop; and spirituality as relationship to self and the world.

Share your Storyin60!

Listen to sangha members speak briefly about the dharma in their own lives.​

Storyin60 bridges the spoken and written word to share our inspiration about the Dharma, celebrate our new spiritual home, and grow a strong, diverse Sangha. In an effort to build connection between individual sangha members, and share what inspires us to practice, we have created a platform to share the written and spoken word via short audio recordings and written reflections.

Why do you seek refuge in the Dharma? What has inspired your practice? 
Reflect on a first retreat experience, a powerful moment of awakening, a memorable quote from a teacher, a conversation with a sangha member, a Dharma high “moment,” or other powerful yet small encounter with the Buddha, Dharma, or Sangha.

Keep SIMS Dharma Roots Growing Strong

Your Support is Dana. Dana is a Pali term for generosity, giving, or gift. Your gift, no matter how small, allows SIMS to fulfill its mission: to offer the Buddha’s teachings on insight and compassion to all those who seek them and to support a spiritual community centered in the Pacific Northwest.

Better than a thousand meaningless statements
Is one meaningful word,
Which, having been heard,
Brings peace
~Dhammapada 100

With Deep Gratitude,
SIMS Board and Guiding Teachers

If you would prefer,  you can mail us a check to the address below. Please indicate on your check the intention to donate to the UFM Remodel.

Seattle Insight Meditation Society
ATTN. Grow Our Dharma Roots Fund
4001 9th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Your donations may be tax deductible as SIMS is a registered 501(c)(3).

SIMS Spiritual Home Q&A

What are funds being used for?

Funds will be used to create our own dedicated spiritual space for 75 participants, available to us 24/7. We will have a permanent AV system to allow for live-streaming of SIMS events, as well as offer “hybrid” events—both in person and virtual. There will be a separate entrance to the building with a small courtyard garden. An HVAC system will provide healthy air flow, cooling and heating. Our vision is to include a lobby and tea service area, small kitchen, small library space, and upgrades to the bathrooms. SIMS has a 10-year lease on the space at University Friends Meeting.

What is the status of the project?

City of Seattle has given the remodel project the go ahead to apply for a construction permit. Permitting questions had been centered around fire safety compliance. Project architect, Sally Knodell of Environmental Works (EW), supported by a code compliance consultant at Code Unlimited, had assisted in these negotiations. The project architect and interior designer, Liz Davis of ECD Design, are working with a core group of SIMS volunteers, led by former President Rob Long and current Board member Kalid Azad, to create the details of our vision for the space. Former Board president Barbara Erwine, is working to put together a package of ideas that reflect the need for the space to be functional as well as spiritual.

A timeline is:

  1. Submit Construction Permit – January 2022
  2. Permit approval – March/April 2022
  3. Select Contractor – March/April 2022
  4. Start Construction – August 2022
  5. Finish Construction – December/January 2023
  6. Move in – January 2023
How can I stay informed of the progress of the remodel?

We will be providing updates in our monthly newsletter.

How soon will SIMS be able to move into its new space?

While this is a moving target, construction could be finished by late winter 2022. Plans to move in could be realized shortly thereafter.

How easy is it to get to SIMS?

The property has easy access to transit and light rail. The new U-District light rail station is about a 10 minute walk away, and the area is served by numerous bus routes including a stop right across the street. UFM has 21 existing onsite parking spaces which includes 1 marked handicap accessible space. There is another accessible parking space on the street immediately in front of the building (adjacent to the sidewalk).

What are the design elements?

Please see the architect’s drawing of the space below.

Where can I read about the plan and see more photos?

Please see the link below to view the remodel site plan PDF.

Photos and site plan

Architect’s proposed floor plan
SIMS Remodel Project at UFM - Proposed Floor Plan
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