Dharma Talk with Aishah Shahidah Simmons 6-12-2024

Open Community Practice and Dharma Talk

with Aishah Shahidah Simmons

Wednesday, June 12, 2024; 7:00-8:30pm

Suggested donation: $7-25*

via Zoom

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

Aishah Shahidah Simmons (she/her) is a survivor-healer, a Theravadin Buddhist, 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 ranging from 10-30 days in the U.S. and in India. In the fall of 2019, she began studying and practicing in the Insight lineage. Her primary teachers are Tuere Sala and DaRa Williams. Aishah is also an award-winning Black feminist lesbian filmmaker and author whose acclaimed work breaks 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. Learn more about Aishah at

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