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Recollective Meditations

The Buddha taught a broad range of meditation practices—far more extensive than simply observing sensations and breath. Practitioners can use six classic meditation subjects to nurture calmness, focus attention, inspire patient persistence, gain confidence in the efficacy of the path, and contemplate the nature of kamma, action, and mind. The six recollections are: Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, Virtue, Generosity, Heavens.

Each speaker in this series will focus on one of these recollections, which are presented in the Numerical Discourses of the Buddha (AN 6:9-10, AN 6:25-26, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi, published by Wisdom Publications). Together we will explore how these meditation practices can enrich and expand our contemplative practice, complementing and deepening our approach to mindfulness.

  • January 19 – Recollection of Buddha – with Shaila Catherine
  • January 26 –  Recollection of the Dhamma – with Tony Bernhard
  • February 2 –  Recollection of Generosity – with Dawn Neal
  • February 9 – Weekly meditation group cancelled. Church needs the room for their event tonight.
  • February 16 –  Recollection of Virtue  – with Sharon Allen
  • February 23 –  Recollection of Sangha – with Shaila Catherine
  • March 1 –  Recollection of Heavens – with Shaila Catherine
  • March 8 – Deepening Practice with Shaila Catherine

Read speaker biographies on our Teacher’s Page.

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


Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups—Tuesdays in Mountain View, and Thursdays in Saratoga.

This 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.