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Cultivating Happiness & Joy

A Memorial Weekend ONLINE Meditation Retreat

with Shaila Catherine

May 28 – 31, 2021

Registration is required. Scroll down to choose a ticket level. Registration will close about 3 days prior to the retreat, so don’t wait to the last minute!

This at-home online holiday weekend retreat will explore the place of profound happiness in Buddhist practice. Although Buddhism is reputed to emphasize teachings on suffering, the path is infused from beginning to end with contentment and joy. This program will highlight the essential role that happiness plays in the development of our practice, from the enhancement of daily ease and well-being, to the bliss that can saturate the mind during meditation, and finally to the unsurpassed peace that comes with awakening.

Please join us as we deepen our practice together through a program of live video conferences with Shaila Catherine. The online meetings will include guided meditations, Dharma talks, question and answer sessions, and small group discussions.

More information, an expanded schedule, and a link to join the video conferences will be emailed to registrants a few days prior to the retreat.

This retreat is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and experienced practitioners.

RETREAT SCHEDULE (Times are given in Pacific Time PDT)

5:30 – 7:00 pm – Opening Session – Buddhist Perspectives on Happiness & Joy

8:00 – 8:45 am – Morning Meditation – Cultivating Joy in Meditation
10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Morning Session – Gladness and the Bliss of Non-remorse
2:00 – 4:00 pm – Afternoon Session – Joy of Renunciation

8:00 – 8:45 am – Morning Meditation – Cultivating Joy in Meditation
10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Morning Session – Sympathetic Joy and Loving-kindness
2:00 – 4:00 pm – Afternoon Session – Joy of Seclusion

8:00 – 8:45 am – Morning Meditation – Cultivating Joy in Meditation
10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Morning Session – Joy of Liberation

Visit our Founding Teacher page for biography and photograph of the teacher.

Questions?: For more information contact meditate

Co-sponsored by Bodhi-Retreats and Insight Meditation South Bay

Registration: Registration is required for this course. Registration fees are non-refundable. To register, select an option under the Tickets heading at the bottom of this page.

Course Fee: The non-refundable registration fee is based on a sliding scale of $700 to $250. The lower end of the sliding scale is intended for those with limited financial means. If you pay at the mid to high range of the sliding scale, your generosity supports those with limited income to attend our programs, and also supports the teacher. Our teacher relies upon the generosity of students for her livelihood, so we encourage you to choose the highest level that is appropriate for your economic situation. Thank you for your generosity! The ticketing process will give you the option of paying by credit card, Pay Pal, or by mailing a check.

Teacher Dana: Donations to support the teacher are much appreciated. Opportunities to give are listed on our Donate page. The Base Rate and Scholarship Rate do not include Teacher Dana.

Scholarship Assistance: Two scholarship rate options are offered for those with financial need. Full scholarships are offered to monastics.

  • 30% discount = $175
  • 50% discount = $125

To request a scholarship discount, contact the registrar at meditate.

Tax Deductions: The basic registration fee (Base Rate of $250) and the scholarship rates do not include teacher dana and are not tax deductible. By selecting a ticket level above $250, you will be contributing to teacher dana and the amount above $250 will be considered a voluntary tax deductible Teacher Dana contribution. In January of the following year, the treasurer will mail a letter acknowledging all donations made in the preceding year for your tax records.

Cancellation Policy: All fees and payments are non-refundable. If it becomes necessary to cancel participation in a course, and the registrar is notified prior to the start of the first meeting, your registration fee will be converted into a voucher creditable towards the fee for either a future IMSB or Bodhi-Retreats program. Vouchers must be used within one year of the initial course start date, and may be transferred to only one future course. Cancellations that occur after the start of the first meeting are not eligible for the voucher credit.

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Happiness - Bodhi Base Rate
Base Rate - Administrative fee. Does not include support for teacher.
$ 250.00
Happiness - Bodhi Sustaining Level 1
Base Rate plus teacher dana
$ 350.00
Happiness - Bodhi Sustaining Level 2
Base Rate plus teacher dana
$ 450.00
Happiness - Bodhi Sustaining Level 3
Base Rate plus teacher dana
$ 550.00
Happiness - Bodhi Benefactor Rate
Base Rate plus teacher dana
$ 700.00