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Seven Factors of Awakening

With Shaila Catherine,  Kim Allen, and Maria Straatmann

For the mind that values freedom.

February 11 – March 31, 2020

Seven qualities offer an effective framework for cultivating the mind, overcoming the hindrances, and balancing the energetic and calming forces that develop through meditation. When these seven factors are well developed, the mind is ripe for awakening. This series will explore each factor to reveal its importance, function, and role in the process of awakening.

  • February 11 – Mindfulness, with Shaila Catherine
  • February 18 – Investigation, with Kim Allen
  • February 25 – No meeting. Church needs room to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.
  • March 3 – Effort, Energy, with Shaila Catherine
  • March 10 – Joy, with Shaila Catherine
  • March 17 – Tranquility, with Shaila Catherine
  • March 24 – Concentration, with Shaila Catherine
  • March 31 – Equanimity, with Maria Straatmann

This series is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. Each evening includes silent or guided meditation, a break, and teachings.


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

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

Our Tuesday evening program usually includes a sitting meditation and Dhamma talk. 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.