SIMS Quarterly Newsletter

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Welcome to spring and the first sangha newsletter of the year! 
​Our last newsletter contained an article reporting on the results from the Pre-Design task force. In case you missed it or had problems with the link, here is a direct link to the Task Force Report
  

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Board Report
By Barbara Erwine
Barbara brings us more news of the hunt for a new SIMS home, especially the challenges of working quickly in the hot Seattle real estate market. And attention all volunteers: the Board is planning an appreciation event. Read more

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Selfing = Dukkha: The Four Noble Truths
By Tim Geil
Tim shows us how we can use a medical model for diagnosing and treating disease as a metaphor for the Four Noble Truths. If you haven't heard, the Four Noble Truths are the focus of Tim and Tuere's teaching for 2018. Read more

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Finding Balance
By Anne Trench
To the left, a pre-Hurricane Maria view of Dominica, the ancestral Caribbean island home of Michele, a sangha member. She tells us how island values learned from her parents and her Buddhist practice help her find balance in her life and see the balance in her loved ones' response to the devastation of their island. Read more

Upcoming Events

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Mindfulness for Teens and Adults: Panel and Q&A
Dharma Talk, Friday, April 13, 7:00-9:00 pm. 
Day of Mindfulness, 
Saturday, April 14, 9:00 am-4:00 pm.
 
A timely offering! Our 
Tuere Sala and Caverly Morgan, the founder and guiding teacher of Peace in Schools -- the nation's first for-credit mindfulness class as a secular program in high schools -- have teamed up to presenting a Friday talk with panel discussion followed by a Saturday day long chance to practice mindfulness. Both are open to teens and adults.

​Caverly comes from the Zen tradition and spent 8 years in a silent monastery. She has been teaching contemplative practice since 2001 with the aim of igniting personal transformation and collective awakening.

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A Day of Poetry and Dharma
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am-4:30 pm.
Local Dharma Leader, Lyndal Johnson, is leading this lovely offering. Poetry has always been associated with the Buddhist teachings. In this class, we will continue this tradition with a day of sitting and walking, sharing poems that speak to our practice, and composing our own poems in the simple form of haiku as we connect with nature and the present moments. 











Visit the SIMS website for these and more events. 

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DaRa Williams
Dharma Talk, Friday, May 4, 7:00-9:00 pm. 
Non-Residential Retreat, Saturday-Sunda​y, May 5-6, 9:00 am-4:30 pm.
 
DaRa Williams has practiced Vipassana meditation for 25 years and serves as an IMS guiding teacher. She is also a certified coordinating trainer for Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in the New York City area. She tells us: "It is my experience that meditation and the Dharma are ideal for transforming suffering. Awareness, wisdom and a compassionate heart become the vehicle for transformation, connection and freedom."