Speaker Series: Living Wisely in the World

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Living Wisely in the World: Caring for mind, family, society, and planet

A famous verse in the Dhammapada states:

“All experience is preceded by mind, led by mind, made by mind. Speak or act with a corrupted mind, and suffering follows, as the wagon wheel follows the hoof of the ox … Speak or act with a peaceful mind, and happiness follows, like a never-departing shadow.”  

This guest speaker series will explore the ways in which care for our minds leads to care for our families, societies and our planet.

July 18 — Robert Cusick
Talk Title: Cultivating the Foundation & Framework of Buddhist Practice
July 25 — Nikki Mirghafori
Talk Title: Tending to our Minds & Hearts, Caring for Others
August 1 — Tonight’s Meditation Group is cancelled. Church needed the room for an event.
August 8 — Lisa Dale Miller
Talk Title: The Skillful Means of Recognizing Empty Appearance
August 15 — Tony Bernhard
Talk Title: Liberation In The Midst of The Culture Wars
August 22 — Jennifer Dungan
Talk Title: Climate Change and the Dharma
August 29 — Shaila Catherine
Talk Title: The Role of Feelings and Thoughts in Decision Making


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.