Shaila Catherine was the guest at Wisdom Dharma Chats, produced by Wisdom Publications. She engaged in an exciting conversation with Daniel Aitken and covered themes related to sutta study, concentration and jhana practices, and the theme of her forthcoming book, Beyond Distraction: Practical Ways to Free the Mind. This link will take you to a [...]
Shaila Catherine gave a talk for Sangha Live on the theme of How Conduct Bears Fruit. It is an exploration of the first precept, to refrain from killing. She explores the fruits of karma and the consequences of action through a detailed consideration of why and how we practice ethical precepts. The focus for today's talk [...]
Wisdom Publications has shared an article on "The Joy of Seclusion." This piece is based on a chapter from Shaila Catherine's book, Focused and Fearless. Enjoy it here: https://wisdomexperience.org/wisdom-article/joy-of-seclusion/
Shaila Catherine will be the guest teacher for an event over zoom organized by the Dhamma Center in the United Kingdom. Strengthening Concentration Saturday, May 6, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time For information about how to join and the zoom link visit: https://www.dhammacenter.uk/shaila
Shaila Catherine will offer Cultivating the Jhana Factors. It is a brilliant online course that nurtures the profound qualities and mental skills that support deep concentration. Registration ends April 27, 2021. Register Now at: https://bodhicourses.org/cultivating-jhana-factors/ This is what one student said: “Studying with Shaila has demystified Jhana practice and made deep concentration available to me.”
Heartfelt thanks to all who support the work of IMSB in so many ways, and especially to the 76 generous donors from near and far who helped us reach our fundraising goal of $35,000 for our 2019 year’s end appeal. Our final total was $35,009.30 which will cover almost half of our operations budget for [...]
Shaila Catherine was invited to join over a thousand spiritual leaders by contributing her answer to this perennial question: what is the meaning of life? Read her response at the Excellence Reporter, and see what other spiritual teachers say gives life meaning.
Shaila Catherine's dhamma talk on Mindfulness of Mind was chosen by Insight Timer as their Staff Pick for the day. We hope you also enjoy listening to it. https://insig.ht/gm_79272
The Deep States of Samadhi – Shaila and Ajahn Brahm discuss the role of jhanas in contemporary practice
The 11th Global Buddhist Conference in Berkeley concluded with a profound discussion of samadhi and jhana practices. Ajahn Brahm and Shaila Catherine had a riveting dialog, skillfully moderated by Daniel Aitken from Wisdom Publications. The event was filmed and later posted for the public. To watch, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpPz22DMRS8
We have added a new interview to our page on Written Teachings, Articles, and Interviews. In the newest interview, titled Understanding Deep Meditative States, Shaila Catherine explores profound aspects of the development of samadhi, jhana, vipassana, and awakening.
On January 29th IMSB enjoyed a very special presentation by Rex Naden on Landscape Photography that explored how his art of composition merges with a meditative perspective. Rex shared many examples of landscape compositions, both on-screen and printed, to illustrate how he carefully plans, executes and processes each shot. He described the art of discovering the [...]
Heartfelt thanks to all who support the work of IMSB in so many ways, and especially to the 65 generous donors who helped us reach our fundraising goal of $30,000 for our 2018 year's end appeal. Our final total was $32,330, which will cover almost half of our operations budget for the coming year.
Ian White Maher recently interviewed Shaila Catherine for his online Dharma podcast program. The conversation covers deep dhamma topics that include ethic, deep concentration states of jhana, and the aim of awakening. Enjoy listening at: https://ianwhitemaher.com/shaila-catherine/.
In a program called Joy of Giving, a number of IMSB members practiced mindful giving by donating to a charity of our choice. We thought hard about charities that touched our hearts, donated our own and/or IMSB funds, discussed our choices with other givers, and participated in two discussions exploring the role that generosity can [...]
Insight Meditation South Bay is in a valuable period of restructuring, as Shaila passes on several key leadership roles and administrative tasks to new volunteers. Last Sunday Shaila hosted a planning meeting with 15 members volunteers. The meeting brought together volunteers who serve IMSB programs in both Mountain View and Saratoga, and also our daylongs in [...]