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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.

The Monday Night Sit and Dharma Talk is the only regular weekly IN PERSON meeting at this time and it is offered as a hybrid. All other meetings are online, but guest teachers and non-residential retreats may also be in person in the future, so please look at the event description to learn more.

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

All of these sessions are drop-in and do not require advance registration.

Tuesday and Thursday Mornings 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. 

If you are attending in-person and arriving late, please be aware that for safety purposes the entry doors will be closed and locked for the evening at 7:15 P.M. 

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 (meets both ONLINE and IN-PERSON at UFM) are led by Keri Pederson, and the 4th Wednesdays (ONLINE ONLY) 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. 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 send an email here.

Event Calendar – 2nd Wednesday

Event Calendar – 4th Wednesday

The Thursday Night Sangha (formerly 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.  

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 with any questions.

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