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Jerry Harter

Jerry first became interested in Buddhism and meditation while leading high school students on trips to South and Southeast Asia during the 1980’s. His initial interest developed into a regular practice after attending a week long retreat with Ruth Denison in 1985. Since then he has regularly attended extended meditation retreats and has been guided in his practice by various senior insight meditation teachers from the US, England and Burma. His meditation practice is in the Theravadan tradition of Southeast Asia. Jerry has been practicing with the Seattle Insight Meditation Society since its beginning in the 1990’s and has been a mentor for beginning students, facilitated neighborhood sitting groups, and has taught meditation classes. He finds nature to be especially supportive of his practice, values practicing mindfulness in all aspects of life, and particularly appreciates the Buddhist instruction of ‘See for yourself.’


If you would like to schedule a an individual practice meeting with Jerry, click here to send a request via e-mail. To learn more about practice meetings, please visit our Individual Practice Meeting page for more information.

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Weekly Thursday Guided Meditation

Online 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

To help people stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, SIMS is offering weekly morning and afternoon drop-in sits on Zoom that are suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners. The sits typically include meditation, check ins, Q&A and discussions. Check the calendar for other Zoom sits. We welcome you to join us. Special Note: Until further notice, most events at SIMS are …

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Weekly Sunday Morning Sit & Dharma Talk

Online 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

The Oxherding Pictures This year we’ll be reflecting on our Vipassana practice using the 10 Oxherding Pictures from the Zen tradition. Special Note:  Most events at SIMS are meeting remotely via Zoom software. Current event status and meeting links are on the Online Events page. This Sunday morning Sit and Dharma talk meets online only. Dana for …

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Buddhist Essentials – The Paramis

Online 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

The Ten Paramis (generosity, virtue, renunciation, discernment, equanimity, patience, persistence, truth, determination, and goodwill) are beautiful qualities associated with an awakened mind.  In this talk we will discuss the paramis and consider some ways in which we can encourage their development in our own practice.  Special Note: Until further notice, all events at SIMS are …

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Buddhist Essentials – The Hindrances; Greed, Hatred, and Delusion

Online 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

Gaining insight into obstacles on the path can turn them into possibilities. During this evening we’ll explore the Five Hindrances (desire, ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness, and doubt), and the Three Poisons (greed, hatred and delusion). We’ll learn how these barriers to freedom arise in our lives, and how through our mindfulness practice we …

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