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.

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 (www.imsb.org). If you missed this special event, you can listen to her talk at: https://imsb.dharmaseed.org/teacher/573/talk/36155/.  

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|

Help local foster kids with our school supplies drive!

Each summer IMSB helps needy children get a good start in their school year by filling backpacks with useful school supplies. You may bring materials (or a check/cash made payable to IMSB) to any IMSB event in July and give to either Shaila or Sharon (teachers), Farzaneh (project coordinator), or Ed (treasurer). Deadline for collections is Tuesday [...]

2016-07-17T08:27:20-07:00July 17th, 2016|News|

An in-depth podcast interview with Shaila was just published.

Wisdom Publications just published an in-depth interview with Shaila Catherine that emphasizes the early period of her practice, and covers a wide range of topics. She discusses her experiences living in India with Poonjaji, and the significance of the deep absorption states of jhana. You will find the interview at: https://learn.wisdompubs.org/podcast/shaila-catherine/

2016-05-02T10:59:17-07:00May 2nd, 2016|News|

Mindfulness Class on Tuesday Mornings

IMSB’s first daytime Introduction to Mindfulness class is coming to Saratoga Tuesday mornings February 23 through March 22, 2016, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Registration is required. See IMSB's event calendar for details and registration information.

2016-01-03T23:26:48-08:00January 3rd, 2016|News|

Voices for a Contemplative Life heard in Saratoga

On September 24th, Shaila Catherine, principle teacher of IMSB, and Erik Swanson, pastor of Westhope Presbyterian Church, spoke about living a contemplative life in Silicon Valley. They guided the meditation together that included mindfulness and Lectio Divina, and then led an inspiring discussion. Study, reflection, and silence are practices common to both traditions. Shaila and [...]

2015-10-02T19:03:54-07:00October 2nd, 2015|News|

Mid-America Dharma hosts Shaila in Kansas

Shaila Catherine just returned from an annual retreat in Kansas City, co-lead with Philip Jones of Mid-America Dharma. Deep teachings were given on insight meditation and the commitment to awakening to a full house of meditators. People came from all levels of experience — some were nervously attending their first retreat and other participants welcomed [...]

2015-09-16T07:58:52-07:00September 16th, 2015|News|

Windmills, Rembrandt, Bicycles, and Meditation in the Netherlands

In August 2015 Shaila taught three retreats in Holland — all were filled to capacity with eager meditators. The meditation community is strong in the Netherlands, and Shaila's teachings were well received. Before and after the retreats she enjoyed visiting museums, bicycling on the dunes, and seeing windmills, castles, bridges, and dikes. She has been invited [...]

2015-09-16T07:49:50-07:00September 16th, 2015|News|


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