Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher at Seattle Meditation Society (SIMS). She is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years and has been a practicing member of SIMS since 2001. She is also the founding teacher of the Capitol Hill Meditation Group. Ms. Sala teaches introduction to meditation classes, intermediate and advance practice courses, and Buddhist study courses. She offers daylong meditation retreats on various Dharma principles, workshops using nonviolent communication (NVC) to support a mindfulness practice and mindfulness based resilience training. She has completed extensive trainings including: Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Program, Focusing for Complex Trauma Course and Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training Course (MMFT). She has sat 300+ days of meditation retreat (including residential, non-residential and day-longs) and has a long history of assisting others in establishing and maintaining a daily practice.
If you are interested in working with Tuere to deepen your practice read more below and email her directly.
“We need to bring the dharma beyond where it’s been. We need to be able to teach the unusual practitioner, the outcast practitioner,” Sala says. “You can’t get to those deep places without someone there to guide you, to hold your truth while you take a chance with yourself.” — Tuere Sala
- Teachings for Uncertain Times: The Power and Importance of Community
- Article in Huffington Post: Buddhist “People of Color Sanghas” Diversity Efforts Address Conflicts
- Tricycle Magazine follows up on Huffington Post article
- Secular Buddhist 4 minute audio interview
SIMS Dharma Talks by Tuere Sala (for additional talks visit www.seattleinsight.org)
- Dharma Talk: The Four “Ennobling” Truths
- Dharma Talk: Liberating the Mind: Working with Greed, Hatred and Delusion
Deepening your practice
A practice interview is a confidential, one-on-one conversation between a Mindfulness teacher and student. Although often overlooked, practice interviews are a very important part of a strong Mindfulness practice. These interviews can be around a single question, guidance through a particular difficulty or ongoing instructions towards ones deepening practice.
Feeling stuck is a common occurrence with practitioners of all levels. We can experience what seems like a plateauing effect and practice may become more like a routine. Practice interviews are great for seeing through the haze of routine and replacing it with a new level curiosity and inspiration.
Practice interviews are not therapy and should never be used as such. They are about strengthening ones practice. They are not designed to solve problems but rather to help see a situation with more clarity. Mindfulness increases spaciousness in our lives which also increases our capacity to hold difficulties or experiences we perceive as problems. Practice interviews provide a safe environment to inquire into some of our habit patterns.
Private Beginning Meditation Instructions
Meditation is more than just sitting still. New information surfaces every day about the benefits of a daily meditation practice. Generally, meditation unifies the mind and body. This unification brings about a calm mind, clear comprehension and emotional resilience. It does, however, take persistence, patience and practice.
Many people want to learn to meditate but don’t feel comfortable attending a large beginning meditation class. They may feel more comfortable with private instruction and instructions with a small group of friends. If attending a class is keeping you from learning to meditate, maybe you would benefit from private meditation instructions.
Mindfulness is an embodied practice. The beneficial effects of relaxation, calmness and ease of well-being assumes a symbiotic relationship between the body and mind. When this symbiotic relationship is damaged it is difficult, if not impossible, to feel a sense of well-being. We tend to live with a sense of being trapped in the mind. Connecting with the body can bring up intense emotions of sadness, dread, anxiety, fear and anger.
Learning to live in the present moment allows us to distinguish between the thoughts that are usually triggering the intense emotions and bare awareness of the present moment. We gradually develop the capacity to remain still moment by moment with whatever is occurring.
Qigong is a great body/mind practice that promotes inner stillness and a strong sense of well-being. Tuere has developed a Qigong practice that combines traditional Qigong with foundational mindfulness principles. It is an uplifting practice that fosters the symbiotic body/mind relationship and increases inner peace. If interested contact Tuere for more information.