The Developing a Kind Heart series recently offered at the Saratoga sitting group was warmly received. The classes covered the Brahma Viharas: Loving Kindness, Compassion, Empathetic Joy, and Equanimity. The final class was an evening of sitting and walking practice and a Metta practice. The guest teachers for this series were Kim Allen, Cheryl Branco, Berget Jelane, [...]
On March 3, Lisa Dale Miller presented to a large audience a clear and concise look at the skillful application of Buddhist mindfulness in clinical and counseling applications based on her book “Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine Mental Health Through Awakened Presence”. As she explained, Awakened Presence is a natural outcome of an embodied mind recognizing what [...]
On February 24, 2015, IMSB had the honor to host A Benefit Evening with Ajahn Brahm. This was Ajahn Brahm's last West Coast teaching before returning to Australia. The event raised over $4000 for the Bhikkhunis of the Dhammadharini Sangha. The event was so popular with the community that guests arrived before most of the IMSB volunteers. The entire [...]
Thanks to the expertise of Dave Hurwit, the Thursday evening sittings and classes in Saratoga now have a full professional quality sound system with amplified speaker, recorder, wireless mic for the guest teacher, wireless handheld mic, and personal hearing assistance device. Sounds terrific!
The first series of classes on the theme of Cultivating Mindfulness offered in Saratoga on Thursday evenings completed with class six last week. Teachers for the series included Shaila Catherine, Jennifer Dungan, Sharon Allen and Drew Oman. The classes were held at Westhope Presbyterian Church
IMSB just concluded a six month program called Walking the Path by celebrating with a delicious sushi dinner. This year's focus was the four foundations of mindfulness (Satipatthana). This group met monthly after the day-long for an hour-long discussion of the readings. They were guided through individual interviews with Shaila and enjoyed community building by [...]