Sangha survey results, board report and an article by Rodney Smith.
SIMS Quarterly Newsletter


Our summer newsletter focuses on sangha matters, with a summary of the results from the 2015 sangha-wide survey and a report from our Board President on board decision making. On the dharma side, we have the continuation and conclusion of Rodney's article, The Realm of Practice.


2015 SIMS Survey Results
By Miles Yanick

​The results are in! This report identifies highlights and integrates responses from multiple questions. A link to the full survey results is included.

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Board Report
By Joyce Michelson

​Our Board President shares with us how SIMS mission and values inform the board's decision-making process and areas of focus for 2016.

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The Realm of Practice
By Rodney Smith

​In Part 1 of this article, which appeared in the 2016 Spring newsletter, Rodney described the first four of seven common stages in the spiritual journey (initial curiosity and enthusiasm through self-judgment, determined effort, and insight.) In Part 2, he describes the final three stages as we move through active discernment, discovery of the sacred, and ultimately surrender.

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Upcoming Events


Steve Armstrong
Thursday evening Dharma Talk, June 16, 7:00-9:00 pm

​Steve, a co-founding teacher at the Vipassana Metta Foundation’s on
Maui, offers the dhamma from his experience as a householder and former monk, encouraging
development of a dhamma lifestyle through awareness in all activity.
More about Steve 


Sharon Salzberg
Dharma Talk, Friday, July 15, 7:00-9:00 pm
Weekend Retreat, Saturday/Sunday, July 16-17, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Sharon,  a student of Buddhism since 1971, has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. She is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Forest Refuge.
More about Sharon

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A Day of Mindfulness for White Allies
Saturday June 25 ​9:30 am–4:30 pm

Ruby Phillips and Denis Martynowych will help us use mindfulness to overcome the white denial, fear, and awkwardness that interfere with building supportive and joyful relationships with people of color. By clearing taints of racism from our minds we can help to make our lives and sangha more inclusive, welcoming, and safer for everyone.
More about Ruby and Denis