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Seattle Insight Meditation Society

By Western Vipassana teachers

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Recent Dharma talks given to the Seattle Insight Meditation Society by senior western Vipassana and Zen teachers. Seattle Insight Meditation Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and welcoming community devoted to offering the Buddha’s teachings on wisdom and compassion to all those who seek them. SIMS encourages an ongoing investigation of our lives for the liberation of all beings and the stewardship of the planet. Find more at

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A national treasure

These podcasts are a part of a growing library of Dharma talk recordings that are the single most valuable spoken-word recordings I have ever heard. (The full set is available at, including a six-class beginning meditation series.) Of course, I'm a biased reviewer--these talks happen to speak to my heart and to motivate my daily practice: they may not speak to yours. The guiding teacher, Rodney Smith, was a Buddhist monk and then a hospice social worker before becoming a full-time dana-supported Dharma teacher. He is committed to extending the authentic practice of Buddhism beyond the monasteries and into everyday life--what he terms 'Urban Buddhism.' His style is direct, sincere, impassioned and so entirely without style or artifice or adornment that when I first heard him speak at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, I dismissed him in my mind. Then I noticed that his talks moved my practice and my life in ways that the fancier stuff did not. Maybe it'll be that way for you, too.

Absolutely the BEST talk I've heard on Buddhism.

Rodney Smith's talk--particularly the "Fourth foundation" is amazing and beautiful and eye opening. He breaks it all down without pretense & ends it so very beautifully that one feels there is nothing more important that following the spiritual path he sets before you.


Thankful to have access to these even though I currently live outside of the US. Lots of wisdom and thoughtfulness. Please keep sharing so the rest of the world can continue to benefit. Sending metta to Seattle.

Seattle Insight Meditation Society
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  • Category: Buddhism
  • Language: English

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