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Three core practices support growth in Buddhist practice

  • generosity (dana)
  • virtue (sila)
  • mental development (bhavana).

These Three Pillars are sometimes called sources of merit because they are actions that lead to beneficial results. Practicing generosity we nurture an open, kind heart; practicing virtue we live happily, free from remorse; and developing wise attention, mindfulness, and concentration we prepare the mind for liberating insight.

  • September 17 – Generosity with Shaila Catherine
  • September 24 – The Three Pillar’s series gives way to a very special event on the contemplative life in Silicon Valley with Pastor Erik Swanson and Shaila Catherine.
  • October 1 – Virtue with Shaila Catherine
  • October 8 – Mental Development with Margaret Gainer

Speaker biographies can be found on our Teacher Page.

Everyone is welcome. Chairs are provided. Bring a cushion and mat if you prefer to sit on the wood floor.

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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