SIMS Quarterly Newsletter


Welcome to our third newsletter of the year! Read on and find the latest from our Board, a thought-provoking summary of the SIMS-hosted multi-sangha Day of Mindfulness around confronting and uprooting unconscious racism, and a celebration of Sangha members who have recently completed teacher training.


Board Report
By Joyce Michelson
The Board tells us about changes in board membership, the new ethics and reconciliation policy, and the 2017 line-up for non-residential retreats. Joyce also shares with us planning for a retirement party for Rodney scheduled for January 2017.  
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Dealing with Our Unconscious Racism
By Ruby Phillips and Denis Martynowych
On June 25, SIMS hosted a multi-Sangha sponsored “Day of Mindfulness for White Allies.” Ruby and Denis provide some thoughts about the learnings from that day and share opportunities to delve further into this issue. 
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SIMS Members Graduate
By Tim Geil
Look closely -- that's Tim Geil, Keri Pederson, and Bonnie Duran celebrating their completion of the Spirit Rock/Insight Meditation Society teacher training program. Our congratulations to them on completing this rigorous 4-year program. Tim gives us more detail in the linked article.
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Upcoming Events


Steve Armstrong
Wednesday Dharma Talk, October 5, 7:00-9:00 pm
The Buddha said, “There are two kinds of persons rare in this world, one who takes initiative in helping others and one who is grateful.”  This talk will look at the conditions for happiness and the practices of gratitude and proactive compassion as vehicles for awakening to our most precious roles in life. 


Dave Smith
Friday Dharma Talk.
October 21 7:00-9:00 pm;
Half-day workshop, Saturday, October 8, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Friday's talk Going Against the Stream ​focuses on how true spiritual practice is an act of rebellion against the stream of confusion in the world. Saturday's workshop will be on Refuge Recovery.   

Visit the SIMS website for these and more events. 


Christina Feldman
Friday Dharma Talk
October 21 7:00-9:00 pm;
Non-residential retreat, Saturday/Sunday, October 22/23, 9:00 am-4:30 pm

On Friday night, Christina will talk about the question of meaning. The 2-day retreat that follows is entitled Demystifying Nibbana: Reflecting on the Third Ennobling Truth.