Shaila Catherine

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.

Take an online course on Mindfulness of the Body.

Shaila Catherine will be offering an online course on Satipatthana: Mindfulness of the Body this fall. For people who live far away, or find it difficult to get to our local sitting group, this online course is an excellent opportunity for in-depth study, reflection, and practice. The course includes readings, lectures, guided meditations, reflective assignments [...]

2017-09-09T00:52:57-07:00September 9th, 2017|News|

Satipatthana — Retreats with Analayo Bhikkhu and Shaila

A number of IMSB members were delighted to have the experience of attending the recent retreat on Satipatthana and Mindfulness in the Early Discourses held at Spirit Rock. This retreat was led by the greatly admired Analayo Bhikkhu, along with Shaila Catherine, and Anandabodhi Bhikkhuni. Save the date for the next opportunity to practice with [...]

2017-09-09T01:49:59-07:00April 30th, 2017|News|

Shaila and Venerable U Jagara taught a month long retreat.

For the month of March, our principal teacher Shaila Catherine, and a much loved friend of this community, Venerable U Jagara, lead a month long retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. We were happy to have a couple of community members join the retreat — a deep and transformative practice opportunity!

2017-09-09T01:42:28-07:00April 15th, 2017|News|

Rummage Sale in Los Altos

Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos, where we hold many of our Saturday programs, will be having their spring rummage sale: Friday May 6, 9am - 4pm Saturday May 7, 9am - 2pm They welcome donations of stuff to sell from 9am-2pm the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday prior to the Rummage Sale. For more information visit [...]

2017-04-05T14:34:22-07:00April 5th, 2017|News|

Speakers address pragmatic aspects of living the dhamma in everyday life

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 [...]

2017-02-24T15:25:31-08:00February 24th, 2017|News|

A Journey of Awakening

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 [...]

2017-02-16T09:34:49-08:00February 15th, 2017|News|

A Teaching on Bright vs Verified Faith

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 [...]

2017-02-12T13:24:33-08:00February 8th, 2017|News|

IMSB’s Annual Fundraising Appeal raised almost $24,000

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 [...]

2017-02-16T09:34:49-08:00January 20th, 2017|News|

IMSB launches a new Dhamma Classroom in San Jose/Saratoga

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 [...]

2016-12-30T16:16:40-08:00December 29th, 2016|News|

Hear a talk on Right Action in the Face of Climate Change

Jennifer Dungan, a NASA climate scientist and meditation practitioner, gave a wonderful talk at Insight Meditation South Bay ( If you missed this special event, you can listen to her talk at:  

2016-08-26T15:15:24-07:00August 26th, 2016|News|

School Supplies Drive Success!

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 [...]

2016-07-27T12:23:26-07:00July 27th, 2016|News|
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