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A Life Affirming Path

An author event with Janetti Marotta, celebrating the publication of her new book A Fertile Path: Guiding the Journey with Mindfulness and Compassion

When basic life expectations are challenged—to become pregnant when we want; to parent our child into adulthood; to live a long and healthy life—our personal narrative can become one of victimhood. We may ask: “Why is this happening to me?” or even question our very worth. In a desperate attempt to “right” what feels “wrong”, we can lose touch with our life as it really is.

If you look through the lens of mindfulness, however, your Buddha nature rises to the surface, and you recognize that you are already whole and complete, as you are, regardless of what happens to you. With the wisdom of awareness and the warmth of compassion, obstacles become challenges and crises become opportunities. From this perspective, life doesn’t happen to you, but for you.

Please join us for a discussion of these precious teachings as Janetti so eloquently presents them!

Please visit our Teachers Page for biographies and photos of our speakers.

Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation programs. Tuesdays we meet in Mountain View for our drop-in weekly program of meditation and teachings. Thursdays we meet in Saratoga for our Dhamma Classroom, which offer a series of structured courses with registration, and periodic drop-in practice events.

Today’s group meets every Tuesday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk in Mountain View. The principal teacher is Shaila Catherine and guest speakers are featured regularly. Thematic series are periodically presented, but whether or not a topic has been advertised in advance, Shaila or a guest teacher will lead the sitting and offer teachings. See also weekly sitting.

Newcomers are always welcome. To help newcomers get acquainted with mindfulness meditation and IMSB, a senior member or teacher offers a beginner’s orientation beginning at 6:30 on the first Tuesday of each month.

IMSB relies upon the generosity of participants to support our teachers and cover organizational expenses. Dana is a word in the ancient Pali language that describes donations, offerings and generosity. Two bowls will be available at an event to practice dana for the teacher and IMSB; we encourage you to give joyfully and generously, according to your resources and means. IMSB is a 501(c) (3) organization. All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

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