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Vulnerability and Surrender with Rodney Smith (Online)

February 16, 2025
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Event Description


Join us for a weekend retreat with SIMS founding teacher Rodney Smith, February 15-16, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.  This retreat will be online only.

The spiritual path is the discovery of our intrinsic wholeness and complete stability that only appears when we have surrendered our internal defenses and stand open to the world. It is here, where we are fully exposed and vulnerable, that an awakened heart can move beyond its conditioning into a new paradigm of wonder. Join Rodney for a full exploration of the power and versatility of being vulnerable, its access point, and how to live within it without fear.

The retreat will include dharma talks, guided meditations and inquiries, quiet sittings, Qigong with Ellen, and Q & A, as time permits.

About Rodney Smith

Rodney Smith is a retired Insight Meditation Society (IMS) guiding teacher and retired founding and guiding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS). A former Buddhist monk and hospice director, he has taught meditation for over 35 years and is the author of Lessons from the Dying; Stepping Out of Self-Deception; The Buddha’s Liberating Teaching of No-Self; Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart; and Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Buddha’s Four Foundation of Mindfulness. He teaches more sparingly now and spends much of his day in quiet.


For questions about the retreat, please contact

Registration & Donation

Registration for this retreat is required. The suggested event donations are listed below, plus teacher dana. Dana is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving. Dana for SIMS can be offered on our website on the Donate page.

Details for the retreat and a Zoom link will be sent prior to the event.

To offer Dana to Rodney, please use the this link: A check may also be sent to SIMs.

Event Venue
Online, Zoom-
Event Details
16 February 2025
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Free – $120
Rodney Smith, Founding Teacher
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