Weekly Practice

Weekly Practice Opportunities at SIMS

Having an ongoing group to sit with can give strength and energy to our personal meditation practice – and help cultivate community! These weekly or bi-weekly groups are facilitated by a SIMS teacher or leader. To read more about these groups or to see upcoming topics, view the list of upcoming weekly practice sessions.

SIMS offers morning and evening drop in sits throughout the week. Everything can be found on our Online Meeting Schedule. All Zoom links are provided on that page.

Monday night Sit and Dharma Talk began meeting in person and on zoom (hybrid) on July 12th. We are currently moving towards more in person sits at UFM, but with the recent spate of new Covid cases, this will be scaled back for a while more. Masks are required at all in person sits on Monday nights. The rest of our events are still currently being held online. Please go to SIMS Online Events to get your link right before a session begins.

These sessions are drop-in and do not require advance registration.

Daily Online Drop In Sits

 SIMS has weekly morning and afternoon drop-in sits online that are suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners. The sits typically include meditation, check ins, Q&A and discussions. Everyone is welcome!

Weekly Evening Dharma & Sits

The Sunday morning sit meets from 10:00AM-11:30AM. This is an on-going family-friendly gathering that includes a 25 minute guided meditation, children’s story, dharma talk, and time for community connection. It occurs every Sunday morning, except on weekends when non-residential retreats are scheduled.

Led by: Tuere Sala, Tim Geil

Monday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, now meeting in person and on zoom (hybrid meeting). Some special events like the Annual Forgiveness Ceremony led by Tuere and Tim may be held online only. Be sure to check before arriving. 

Be at UFM by 7:10 at the latest because the door monitor volunteers will be meditating. They will check again at about 7:40.

40-minute meditation followed by a dharma talk, with small group discussions every other week. There is always a short break and an opportunity for Q&A. This evening assumes you have basic insight meditation training.

Our in person meetings are held at University Friends Meeting House, 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105.

Under 40 is an ongoing practice group specifically for people in their 20’s and 30’s.  The 2nd Wednesdays of the month are led by Keri Pederson, and the 4th Wednesdays are peer-led by rotating facilitators.  The group starts with a 30 minute sitting meditation, with instruction offered on the 2nd Wednesdays.  An introduction to insight (vipassana) meditation, or mindfulness meditation, is helpful but not required. 

If you have any questions you may contact Keri at keriped(at)gmail.com.

The Capitol Hill Meditation Group is a drop-in group dedicated to supporting the meditation practice of people living in the Seattle area. Previous Vipassana practice and/or previous attendance at a beginning meditation class is helpful but not essential. A 30 minute sit begins at 6:30 pm with a short dharma talk and open discussion following.  The evening closes at 8:30 with sharing the merit of practice.  If you have any questions you may contact Tuere at [email protected]

Eastside Insight Meditation sits on 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7 p.m.  Led by Steve Wilhelm, we meditate together and explore the teachings of the Buddha, based on the suttas and the Dharma of wise Theravada teachers. The group is warm and supportive, with an emphasis on communication. Please email Steve Wilhelm at [email protected] with any questions.

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