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Mindful Self-Esteem Course Thursday nights nurtures self-acceptance and compassion

Mindful Self-Esteem – Cultivating Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion course at IMSB’s Saratoga location on Thursday nights has developed into a close-knit and dedicated group. The instructor, Dr. Janetti Marotta, skillfully leads the class with guided meditations, small group exercises, and easy homework assignments that help the participants to learn positive attributes and simultaneously build mindfulness skills [...]

2018-05-24T11:55:43+00:00 May 24th, 2018|News|

Spring Retreat at new site in Upper Lake, CA was a success!

Due to the fires that devastated Santa Rosa last year, our annual spring ten-day retreat relocated to Saratoga Springs Retreat Center in Upper Lake, CA— about 15 minutes from Clear Lake, just north of the wine country. The retreat center is nestled in a narrow valley, protected from outside noise by 2 ridges with hiking [...]

2018-05-24T23:01:23+00:00 May 1st, 2018|News|

Raffle Winners

We drew our grand prize raffle winner on the beautiful Buddha statue at the conclusion of our guest speaker series on the Awakening Factors. Congratulations to our winners:     Chetan - Grand Prize     Laura - Second Intermediate Prize     Soorej - First Intermediate Prize Thanks to Steve Finkelman for the wonderful donations of the [...]

2018-04-21T07:04:03+00:00 April 21st, 2018|News|

Bhikkhu Bodhi Led a Question and Answer Session

It was a great joy to host Bhikkhu Bodhi this week when he led our monthly sutta study class. We have been studying the Numerical Discourses of the Buddha (Anguttara Nikaya) for the last few years, and 20 members of our Friday and Wednesday groups joined together to meet with Bhikkhu Bodhi. He offered us [...]

2018-03-31T08:41:13+00:00 March 31st, 2018|News|

Mindfulness – an excellent talk by Chris Clifford

Our winter guest speaker series on the seven factors of awakening was a rousing success! Chris Clifford gave an especially clear and comprehensive talk on Mindfulness that you can download here: http://imsb.dharmaseed.org/teacher/662/talk/48429/. More recordings of our guest speakers will soon be posted at: http://imsb.dharmaseed.org/talks/

2018-03-31T08:23:12+00:00 March 10th, 2018|News|

Annual Fundraising Goal Achieved!

It is with deep appreciation that we report the wonderful news that this year's annual appeal met, and in the final days of 2017 actually surpassed, our goal of raising $30,000 for annual operating expenses. The IMSB community stepped up with hearts and wallets open, with 63 donors giving $34,486. Much appreciations to all!  

2018-01-17T14:46:06+00:00 January 4th, 2018|News|

Enlivening your practice with Sitting and Walking

Between each series class on Thursdays in Saratoga IMSB offers a drop-in evening that provides an opportunity to practice meditation together. It is a great way of introducing a friend to meditation, and deepening your own practice with an evening of guided meditations, sitting and walking practice, or other mindfulness exercises. People leave smiling, and [...]

2017-09-09T01:29:10+00:00 January 4th, 2018|News|

IMSB Tours the Asian Art Museum

Today a group of IMSB members and friends enjoyed a private tour of the collection of Buddha Statues at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. The guided tour highlighted exquisite examples of Buddhist art from India, Thailand, Korea, China, Cambodia, Tibet, and Japan. It was a lovely day event!

2017-10-22T10:59:30+00:00 October 20th, 2017|News|

Bhikkhu Analayo will offer a guest teacher appearance in Shaila’s upcoming online Mindfulness of the Body course.

Register now for Bodhi Courses next online program: Satipatthana: Mindfulness of the Body. The program includes all the usual superb features of Shaila's online classes with recorded lectures, live conference calls, guided meditation, reflective exercises, and stimulating reading assignments. In addition we have heard the exciting news that Bhikkhu Analayo will offer a special guest teacher [...]

2017-10-02T05:53:37+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|News|

Top IMSB Volunteer Openings

IMSB Top Volunteer Needs Winter 2018 Publicity Coordinator Ensures the following are done on a regular basis, and for special events as needed*: Weekly email digest, special emails Calendar updates Meet-Up events, Facebook postings Latest News posts Flyer creation and copying Online postings of speaker series, classes, special events * Content provided by others Special [...]

2018-02-01T23:39:23+00:00 September 21st, 2017|News|

IMSB Summer Picnic a Success!

On July 18 IMSB held a pot-luck picnic in Sylvan Park in Mountain View to give sangha members an opportunity to socialize and meet new people prior to the regular Tuesday meditation. About 20 people attended the event and enjoyed a variety of food and good conversation. Attendees were grateful for the opportunity to deepen [...]

2017-09-19T16:51:06+00:00 September 19th, 2017|News|

Living Wisely In the World ~ A fascinating speaker series

Our summer speaker series, Living Wisely In The World, was a great success, with a dynamic lineup of speakers: Shaila Catherine Jennifer Dungan Lisa Dale Miller Nikki Mirghafori Tony Bernhard Robert Cusick If you missed any of these great talks, you can still listen to them through the IMSB portal to DharmaSeed. http://imsb.dharmaseed.org. The talks are [...]

2017-10-02T05:55:40+00:00 September 15th, 2017|News|

Engaged, Activist, Social and Communal Topics

In response to many requests, we are offering a course that will explore what the Buddha taught about social and community topics. The course will run for ten weeks on Thursday evenings in Saratoga beginning October 26. The class is structured around a brilliant little book by Bhikkhu Bodhi, that collects discourses of the Buddha [...]

2017-09-09T01:19:46+00:00 September 11th, 2017|News|

Forgiveness and Angulimala

Last week (September 5) Shaila Catherine gave a moving dhamma talk on the theme of Forgiveness. Next week on September 12 she will launch our next speaker series with a talk on Angulimala, who was a robber and murderer who gave up his wicked ways and ordained under the Buddha. This speaker series is on the [...]

2017-09-09T01:37:08+00:00 September 9th, 2017|News|