Course: Joy On Demand

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Joy on Demand

A 6-week class on cultivating joy

Led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen, with a special question and answer session with the acclaimed author, Chade-Meng Tan. 

Joy is a potent guide for spiritual development. Joy supports the development of many beautiful qualities including concentration, wisdom, and letting go. This course will follow the teachings presented in Joy On Demand, by author Chade-Meng Tan. This pragmatic and delightfully simple curriculum will nurture joy and cultivate calmness, mindfulness, and ease in the midst of daily living.

Required Reading: Joy on Demand by Chade-Meng Tan. The books are available for purchase at any IMSB event (Tuesdays or Thursdays). We’ll also have books available for purchase at the first class session, or you can get it from any bookseller. Once you acquire the book, please read the Introduction and first chapter. We will be reading 1 to 2 chapters per week throughout the course period.

  • August 30 — Benefits of Mind Training with Shaila Catherine
  • September 6 — Joy with the Breath with Sharon Allen
  • September 13 — Relaxing, Anchoring and Sustaining Joy with Shaila Catherine
  • September 20 — Inclining the Mind Toward Joy with Sharon Allen
  • September 27 — Joy of the Heart Practices with Shaila Catherine and special guest Chade-Meng Tan
  • October 4 — Working with Emotional Pain with Shaila Catherine

Visit our Teacher Page for teacher biographies and photographs of our guest teachers.

WHO SHOULD JOIN: This course is open to all practitioners.

COURSE LEVELS: It is designed as a level 1-2 course. Click this link for a key to course level designations.

Registration is required for this course. Registration will open two-three months prior to the start date of each course. Registration fees are non-refundable. To register select an option under the Tickets heading at the bottom of this page. If you are viewing this page more than two months in advance of the course, the ticket feature may not have yet appeared, so please check back later to register.

The sliding scale fee range is from $400 to $55 and will be shared between IMSB and the teacher(s). The lower end of the sliding scale is intended for those with limited means. The basic rate of $1100 is estimated to cover the most basic costs such as rent and insurance for the specific class period. The base rate does not factor in compensation for teachers or ongoing administrative expenses for IMSB. The scholarship rate of $55 offers an even lower rate for those with very limited financial means.

By choosing to give at the mid to high range of the sliding scale your generosity supports those with limited income to attend our programs, and it supports IMSB and the teachers, enabling the dhamma to thrive in the South Bay Area. We encourage you to choose the highest level that is appropriate for your economic situation. If you need additional scholarship assistance and can volunteer to help, please inquire with the registrar about service scholarships by contacting ThursdayClassAddress_at_imsb.

Ticketing Tip: You may purchase series tickets on any day of the series. When you purchase a ticket you are registering for the entire class series. So you only need to register once.

The basic registration fee is not tax deductible and non-refundable. Donations above the base rate will be considered voluntary tax deductible contributions. Each January the IMSB treasurer sends donors letters that acknowledge the accumulated deductible donations from the previous year. This annual letter will acknowledge the amount given that is above the basic rate and serve as documentation for tax deduction purposes.

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 class meeting, your registration fee will be converted into a voucher creditable towards the fee for a future IMSB Thursday Class. 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 class are not eligible for the voucher credit.

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