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Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts

A 6-week series with Shaila Catherine

Changing the habit patterns of your mind.

Tuesdays, September 10 – October 29, 2019

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Mental restlessness is an insidious and pervasive hindrance that all practitioners struggle to overcome. We can refine our skills for working with all the various modes of thinking that distract us from being mindful: critical thoughts, planning, worrying, desires, memories, internal commentaries, to name just a few. This series focuses on a sequence of effective strategies that was taught by the Buddha and recorded in the Middle Length Discourses, Suttas 19 and 20. Each session will emphasize one of the Buddha’s practical instructions for dealing with obstructive mental patterns.

Each evening includes silent or guided meditation, a break, and teachings.

  • September 10 – Distinguishing
  • September 17­ – Replacing
  • September 24­ – Examining
  • October 15 – Ignoring
  • October 22 – Investigating*
  • October 29 – Resolving

Note: These weeks are not consecutive. October 8 we will have a guest speaker.

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.