Online Course: Satipatthana. Mindfulness for Experienced Meditators

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Due to the coronavirus concerns, we have converted our Thursday evening Satipatthana Course into an online format starting March 19.


Mindfulness for Experienced Meditators

An ONLINE 8-week course led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen

A practical training leading to the final goal.

Thursdays, March 5 – April 30, 2020
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (PDT)

THE FOUR ESTABLISHMENTS OF MINDFULNESS (Satipatthana) offer practical methods for developing mindfulness of body, feelings, and mind. This 8-week course will explore each of the primary Satipatthana practices that are emphasized in early Buddhist sources. Our explorations will follow Bhikkhu Analayo’s book, Satipatthana Meditation: A Practice Guide. Supported by recorded guided meditations by Bhikkhu Analayo, and online discussions led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen, this class will help participants embody and explore this traditional path to liberation.

SHAILA CATHERINE brings a unique perspective to Satipatthana practice. She has explored Satipatthana for decades, and has co-taught four retreats with Bhikkhu Analayo since 2014. Her deep love of meditation, extensive experience with mindfulness practices, and familiarity with Analayo’s teachings will create a rare opportunity for experienced meditators to expand and deepen their mindfulness meditation practices.

  • March 5: Chapters 1-2 Mindfulness and Satipatthana, with Shaila Catherine
  • March 12: Chapter 3 Meditations on Anatomy, with Shaila Catherine

Due to the coronavirus we have moved our course online beginning March 19. We will use a conference call platform called Uberconference. Uberconference provides reliable and easy audio conferencing that you can access via computer or phone. There is no need to download software or create accounts. More information will be provided in the confirmation materials after registering. 

  • March 19: Chapter 4 Meditations on Elements, with Shaila Catherine
  • March 26: Chapter 5 Meditations on Death, with Shaila Catherine
  • April 2: Catch Up Discussion for those who joined the online course. The discussion will include an introduction to Satipatthana and all three exercises related to Mindfulness of Body (Anatomy, Elements, and Death).
  • April 9: Chapter 6 Meditations on Feeling, with Sharon Allen
  • April 16: Chapter 7 Meditations on Mind, with Shaila Catherine
  • April 23: Chapter 8 Meditations on Hindrances, with Shaila Catherine
  • April 30: Chapter 9 Meditations on Factors of Awakening, with Shaila Catherine

WHO SHOULD JOIN: This course is intended for experienced mindfulness meditation practitioners.

COURSE LEVELS: It is designed as a level 2-3 course. Click this link for a key to course level designations.

REQUIRED BOOK: Satipatthana Meditation: A Practice Guide, By Bhikkhu Analayo, published by Windhorse Publications. ISBN 978-1-911407-10-2

Visit our Teacher Page for teacher biographies and photographs.

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. (If you are viewing this page more than two months in advance of the course, the Tickets heading might not yet appear, so please check again later.) To register for a course, you purchase one ticket, which registers you for the entire class series. You only need to register once; you do not need to register separately for each class session.

Course Fee: The sliding scale fee range is from $440 to $150 and will be shared between IMSB and the teacher(s). The lower end of the sliding scale is intended for those with limited financial means. The low rate of $150 is estimated to cover the most basic costs such as rent and insurance for the specific class period. This base rate does not factor in compensation for teachers or ongoing administrative expenses for IMSB. If you pay at the mid to high range of the sliding scale, your generosity supports those with limited income in attending our programs and also 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.

Scholarship Assistance: A scholarship rate of $65 is offered for those with very limited financial means. If you need additional assistance, or if you would like to volunteer to help out, please inquire with the registrar by contacting ThursdayClass.

Tax Deductions: The basic registration fee is not tax deductible. Donations above the base rate will be considered voluntary contributions and are deductible for any amount that is over the base rate. Each January, the IMSB treasurer sends donors letters that acknowledge the amount given for the previous year that is above the basic rate; this serves as documentation for tax deduction purposes.

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 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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