IMSB's current Speaker Series: Everyday Dhamma On February 14, Ron Purser launched the new guest speaker series by exploring the four gateways of Samsara (I, me, mine, and mind). On February 21, Lisa Dale Miller discussed how we can use the five precepts to navigate conflicts with others. She recommended openly acknowledging suffering, considering and [...]
IMSB’s monthly day of practice February 25 will address a unique and rather personal theme. Principal teacher, Shaila Catherine, will discuss her own journey of practice and understanding of awakening. This topic will conclude our six-month Walking the Path course which has been studying Realizing Awakened Consciousness by Richard Boyle, and his compilation of interviews [...]
We are delighted to welcome Kristi Iverson to the board of directors and the special role of Volunteer Director! Kristi has practiced with IMSB since 2009, and volunteered as a set up team member, announcer, and guest speaker host. She looks forward to continuing to help the sangha, and getting to know more IMSB members. IMSB is currently [...]
At the Tuesday, February 7 teaching in Mountain View, Shaila Catherine addressed the topic of Faith and confidence in the Buddhist tradition. She distinguished between bright (blind) faith and verified faith. Bright faith is superficial, but valuable if it inspires us to stay on the path. Over time, the benefits of our own practice sow the [...]
The IMSB Board of Directors thanks the community! Recent donations in response to the 2016 annual fundraising appeal raised $23,895 in contributions from 62 generous sangha members, both near and far away. The number of people contributing was about twelve percent higher than in 2015, although total receipts were down a bit.Many sangha members have [...]
IMSB is starting a new Dhamma Classroom with courses in meditation, mindfulness, and the Buddha's Teachings Thursdays in Saratoga/San Jose 7:15 to 9:00 pm at Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave SARATOGA, CA 95070 (just off I-85 at the Saratoga Ave exit) These small group classes will offer newcomers an ideal opportunity to learn meditation, and [...]
Shaila Catherine will be leading an online course titled The Liberating Practice of Metta. Registration ends January 10. Register now! www.bodhicourses.org
A group of IMSB members met in San Jose today to enjoy the privilege of offering the mid-day meal for Thanissaro Bhikkhu. It was a scrumptious lunch, followed by conversation on many themes. Thanissaro Bhikkhu will be the guest teacher at IMSB in Mountain View tomorrow — Tuesday September 27.
Jennifer Dungan, a NASA climate scientist and meditation practitioner, gave a wonderful talk at Insight Meditation South Bay (www.imsb.org). If you missed this special event, you can listen to her talk at: http://imsb.dharmaseed.org/teacher/573/talk/36155/.
Appreciations for all your support with this summer's school supplies drive. The recipients of your generosity include 2 local programs that run school supplies drives: Help One Child, a program based in Los Altos that serves local foster children. Santa Maria Urban Ministry, a San Jose based organization that serves needy children and families. IMSB collected donations [...]
Registration has opened for the next online course with Shaila Catherine. Topic: Jhana Factors and the Focused Mind July 17 – September 20, 2016 – Registration period September 28 – December 7, 2016 – Course dates Visit Bodhi Courses for details and registration information.
Each summer IMSB helps needy children get a good start in their school year by filling backpacks with useful school supplies. You may bring materials (or a check/cash made payable to IMSB) to any IMSB event in July and give to either Shaila or Sharon (teachers), Farzaneh (project coordinator), or Ed (treasurer). Deadline for collections is Tuesday [...]
Wisdom Publications just published an in-depth interview with Shaila Catherine that emphasizes the early period of her practice, and covers a wide range of topics. She discusses her experiences living in India with Poonjaji, and the significance of the deep absorption states of jhana. You will find the interview at: http://learn.wisdompubs.org/podcast/shaila-catherine/
IMSB’s first daytime Introduction to Mindfulness class is coming to Saratoga Tuesday mornings February 23 through March 22, 2016, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Registration is required. See IMSB's event calendar for details and registration information.
On September 24th, Shaila Catherine, principle teacher of IMSB, and Erik Swanson, pastor of Westhope Presbyterian Church, spoke about living a contemplative life in Silicon Valley. They guided the meditation together that included mindfulness and Lectio Divina, and then led an inspiring discussion. Study, reflection, and silence are practices common to both traditions. Shaila and [...]