Dharma Talk with Aishah Shahidah Simmons - 9-27-23

A dharma talk on the Sacca parami

with Aisha Shahidah Simmons 

Wednesday, September 27, 2023; 7:00-8:30pm

Suggested donation: $7-25*

via Zoom

Practice together remotely with other sangha members in a relaxed online atmosphere (7:00) and enjoy a dharma talk (7:35).

Aishah Shahidah Simmons (she/her) is a survivor-healer, a Theravadin Buddhist practicing vipassana meditation for 20 years, and a trauma-informed Mindfulness meditation teacher. She’s been studying and practicing vipassana meditation since 2002. Aishah studied and practiced exclusively for 17 years in the S.N. Goenka lineage, including sitting and serving 40 residential vipassana meditation retreats for 406 cumulative days in the U.S. and India. In the fall of 2019, Aishah began studying and practicing in the Insight lineage. Her primary teachers are Tuere Sala and DaRa Williams. She is also an award-winning Black feminist lesbian filmmaker and author. Her 2006-released groundbreaking film NO! The Rape Documentary and her curated/edited 2020 Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, Love WITH Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse, break silences around childhood and adult sexual violence, offer healing paths for trauma, and provide distinct visions for humanely disrupting the inhumane epidemic of sexual violence. Aishah is a visiting dharma leader at Elm Community Insight: An Engaged Meditation Community. Previously, she taught dharma and mindfulness practices in Jennifer Paterson’s BreathWork course at Sounds True, in the Black Queer Everything… Program at Morgan State University, at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and on the Weekly Dharma Gathering platform. She’s written articles on Black ancestors and Buddhism for Lion’s Roar. Learn more about Aishah at

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