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Shaila Catherine
Founder and Principal Teacher

Shaila Catherine is the founder of Insight Meditation South Bay. She has been practicing meditation since 1980, with more than eight years of accumulated silent retreat experience. She has taught since 1996 in the USA, and internationally. Shaila studied with several Asian masters in India, Thailand, and Nepal, including H. W. L. Poonja, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, in addition to the founders of several western meditation centers including Christopher Titmuss and Joseph Goldstein. She completed a one-year intensive meditation retreat with the focus on concentration and jhana, and authored Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. Shaila has been practicing under the guidance of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw since 2006, and authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana to help make this traditional approach to meditative training accessible to western practitioners.

For more information about Shaila’s work visit the Principal Teacher page.

Guest Teachers:

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Chris Clifford

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Chris Clifford has practiced insight meditation since 1995. She appreciates the integration of intensive meditation retreats with daily life Dharma practice and service. Chris is an instructor, mentor and coordinator for Insight Meditation Center’s Eightfold Path Program [...]

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Cheryl Branco

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Cheryl Branco, a mindfulness meditation instructor, is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Transpersonal Psychology.  Cheryl taught mind-body medicine and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for many years at Kaiser, the YMCA, the Cardiac Therapy Foundation, [...]

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Bhante U Jagara

Venerable U Jagara is Canadian-born and has been a Theravadin monk for 35 years, primarily in Sri Lanka and Myanmar (Burma). He has trained and taught in the U Ba Khin as well as the [...]