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+00:00 April 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+00:00 February 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+00:00 February 15th, 2017|News|

Welcome Kristi, our new volunteer coordinator!

We are delighted to welcome Kristi Iverson to the board of directors and the special role of Volunteer Director! Kristi has practiced with IMSB since 2009, and volunteered as a set up team member, announcer, and guest speaker host. She looks forward to continuing to help the sangha, and getting to know more IMSB members. IMSB is currently [...]

2017-02-16T09:34:49+00:00 February 12th, 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+00:00 February 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+00:00 January 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+00:00 December 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+00:00 August 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+00:00 July 27th, 2016|News|

Jhana Factors – An online course – Registration has opened!

Registration has opened for the next online course with Shaila Catherine. Topic: Jhana Factors and the Focused Mind July 17 – September 20, 2016 – Registration period September 28 – December 7, 2016 – Course dates Visit Bodhi Courses for details and registration information.

2016-07-17T10:25:48+00:00 July 22nd, 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+00:00 July 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:

2016-05-02T10:59:17+00:00 May 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+00:00 January 3rd, 2016|News|