SIM is a not-for-profit association to support insight (or vipassana) meditation, a practice that the Buddha himself founded over 2500 years ago.
SIM organises workshops, talks and retreats with both Australia-based and overseas renowned meditation teachers. The programs, except where noted, are suitable for beginning as well as experienced meditators.
SIM supports the opportunity for regular meditation practice through several affiliated local mediation groups (Sanghas)
About Insight Meditation
A feature of Insight meditation as a form of Buddhism is that it is has minimal ritual. It accords with such values as equality, democratic and non-hierarchical organizations, inclusiveness and tolerance. There are many styles of Insight meditation and teachers with different approaches. A common thread is that they all have a focus on settling the mind, developing a level of clarity, and looking carefully at one's experience. Aims of Insight meditation include coming to a deep understanding of who, what and how we are, and finding a sense of connection with, and compassion for, other living beings.
For a more in-depth view on what distinguishes secular Insight Meditation in Australia from other forms of Buddhism, one view - not the only view - is presented in Volume 8 of the Journal of Global Buddhism in an article titled The Emergence of Secular Insight Practice in Australia.
SIM is a voluntary organization. We run on the commitment and energy of Sydney meditators.
You are welcome to serve the Dharma through volunteering - to help with the running of retreats and events, or local Sanghas or the SIM management committee.
We also have opportunities for graphic artists and web savvy people and creative types to help with promotions, and to keep our communications fresh and inviting. Please click contact us and let us know you would like to get involved.
Volunteering is the best way to make friends in your community of meditators.
1. To represent insight meditators and teachers in the Sydney region as part of a wider national and international network of insight practitioners and their organisations.
2. To support the practice of insight meditators and teachers by organising retreats and teachings, and supporting local sanghas;
3. To contribute to the consolidation of the wider Buddhist tradition in the Sydney area and elsewhere in Australia, including by way of media contacts and inter-faith forums;
4. To organise teachings and forums to elucidate insight practice and the practice of Buddhism more generally;
5. To co-operate with other organisations to promote the abovenamed purposes regionally, nationally and internationally;
6. To organise events and provide meeting places to promote Dharma practice and study, and encourage a sense of sangha (community) among insight practitioners and Buddhists generally;
7. To take appropriate steps to give effect to these purposes, such as preparing and circulating a newsletter and other communications with members and the wider public; liaising with teachers and teachers’ associations; liaising with other organisations; renting, leasing and otherwise acquiring premises; and entering into insurance and other legal arrangements.