Shaila Catherine

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About Shaila Catherine

Shaila Catherine is the founder and principal teacher of both Insight Meditation South Bay, a meditation center in Silicon Valley, and Bodhi Courses, an online Dhamma classroom. 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, India, Israel, England, Europe, and New Zealand. Shaila has dedicated several years to studying with masters in India, Nepal and Thailand, 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, (Wisdom Publications, 2008). She has extensive experience with the practice of metta, including seven months exploring metta as the meditation subject in retreats. Since 2006, Shaila had continued her study of jhana and insight with the guidance of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw of Burma. She authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana (Wisdom Publications, 2011) to help make this traditional approach to meditative training accessible to western practitioners.

Volunteer Teams Meet

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 [...]

2018-10-11T17:19:00+00:00October 11th, 2018|News|

Volunteers meet and mingle over a Mediterranean meal

IMSB's former volunteer director Kristi organized a volunteer appreciation event at her home last weekend. There were about 30 volunteers who help out at both the Mountain View and Saratoga locations, and do many tasks behind the scenes. This was a great opportunity for volunteers to meet and mingle over Mediterranean food. Shaila offered a [...]

2018-10-08T20:05:48+00:00September 30th, 2018|News|

Guided Meditation – Noting What Has Gone

Sharon Allen offered a lovely guided meditation at the Thursday Class. Her instructions support the recognition of impermanence. She encourages students to notice how things pass away, maintain a balanced mode of mindful observation, and note them as "gone". Listen to the recording here.  

2018-10-09T12:14:12+00:00September 28th, 2018|News|

Retreat in the Redwoods

Shaila led a fabulous meditation retreat at Redwood Glen--a stunning and serene location in the redwoods, not far from Pescadero Beach. We are delighted to have found such a comfortable, and glorious site for our retreats. The site and the food was highly praised in our end of retreat evaluations. The teaching focus of this [...]

2018-09-22T12:58:42+00:00September 22nd, 2018|Loving Kindness and Compassion, News|

IMSB celebrated the Wesak holiday with flowers and inspirational reflections

On May 29, 2019 the IMSB community, guided by Sharon and Laura, celebrated the Buddhist holiday called Wesak. It was a joyous opportunity to celebrate the birth, Enlightenment, and death of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. The evening program included a guided reflection on the qualities of the Buddha, a meditation on virtue, reaffirming of our [...]

2018-06-01T08:55:34+00:00June 1st, 2018|News|

Recorded Talks are Available from Great Disciples Series

The talks from our inspiring autumn guest speaker series about the Great Disciples of the Buddha are now available at IMSB's portal to DharmaSeed. Enjoy stories about these great masters, and hear the teachings that characterize the legacies of some of the great names in Buddhism: Venerables Ananda, Kisa Gotami, Mahakaccana, Rahula, Angulimala, and the [...]

2018-05-30T07:58:31+00:00May 30th, 2018|News|

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+00:00May 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+00:00May 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 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+00:00March 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+00:00January 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+00:00January 4th, 2018|News|