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Fall 2013 Newsletter
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Photo: Big Buddha, Hong Kong
   Photo by Cora Edmonds

"When left alone, life establishes equilibrium: form flows from abundance to scarcity in the natural course of things."  

More on Generosity

Generosity is one of the Ten Paramis. For talks on generosity from Rodney's series on the Ten Paramis, click here (part 1) and here (part 2)

For a talk by Steve Armstrong on generosity from his non-residential retreat on the Qualities of a Beautiful Mind, click here.   

For a talk by Christina Feldman on generosity from her non-residential retreat on Cultivating the Ennobling Qualities of the Heart, click here.  

Photo: Leaves with Dew
Photo by Barbara Erwine

Christina Feldman will be conducting a non-residential retreat in Seattle October 19-20.  To register or learn more, click here


Volunteering one's time is a great way to practice generosity, as well as get involved with and get to know the sangha.  For information about current volunteer opportunities, click here.  


The Pali word for "generosity," dana is what makes the work of SIMS possible.  To make a gift, click here.

With Thanksgiving and the holidays around the corner, this issue explores the topic of generosity. In it, you'll find an article by SIMS's guiding teacher, Rodney Smith, about two important aspects of generosity, followed by articles by sangha members about generosity in action and an announcement about a SIMS initiative to support ride-sharing.   

By Rodney Smith

Giving from the Heart

There is both allure aoffering plate 5nd limitation to generosity when filtered through the mind and the world of form. Often motivated by pity, such generosity can momentarily uplift us but is ultimately unsatisfying and reinforces our concepts of separateness and inequality. "True generosity is among equals—we give because someone is in need of what we have, not because they are deficient is some way." 


The Gift of Attention

One of the greatest gifts we offer is the gift of our time and attention. Such generosity goes against our cultural bias toward utility and production—the consensus reality of form—"all it does is connect." Read more.  

The SIMS Death & Dying Support Project: Giving Our Full Attention
By Tracy Bell

"If we look carefully and honestly at what happens when someone is dying and how we respond, we can see our tendency to dislike the dying process, to think of it as unfortunate if not tragic. We often turn away from it unknowingly..."  Read more.   

The Namaste Children's Fund: Giving from the Heart
By Phil Crean and Cora Edmonds

P3227034 2Phil and Cora describe how the impulse to give from the heart led them to start the Namaste Children's Fund and how the work supports and is supported by their practice.
Read more and more images.

Sharing a Ride

The Seattle Insight Meditation Society recognizes our interdependence with the natural world and the serious challenge of global climate change. In this spirit, as well as to celebrate the International Vipassana Teachers’ first Earth Care week, our sangha recently discussed actions we can take to reduce our impact on the planet. We recognize that increasing carpooling and taking alternative transportation to SIMS events is one way we can take action as a community. As a result, this fall we plan to offer some new opportunities to connect with other sangha members interested in sharing rides. We appreciate your support of these efforts. If you are interested in getting involved—or just want to find sangha members to carpool with—please email us at
Seattle Insight Meditation Society is a 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.

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