Guest talk: Egos Found and Lost with Lisa Benham

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Egos Found and Lost: The Role of Compassionate Interdependence in a Prison Garden Program with Lisa Benham This talk discusses recognizable patterns of Dharma found in new paths taken, as described through quotes from the inmate participants of the Insight Garden Program at San Quentin. The stories and details shared come directly from Lisa Benham’s recent Environmental Studies thesis research:  "From Utility to Significance: [...]

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Series: Construction Of Identity

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

The Construction Of Identity And The Five Clinging Aggregates. A Five Week Series with Shaila Catherine. January 13—Focus on Matter January 20—Focus on Feeling January 27—Focus on Perception February 3—Focus on Mental Formations February 10—Focus on Consciousness This Tuesday evening series will explore a classic Buddhist model of identity construction: the five aggregates affected by [...]

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Cultivating Mindfulness

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

THIS COURSE is an introduction to the meditative development of mindfulness through which we refine our ability to focus and bring clear attention to all aspects of experience. We will cultivate mindfulness of breath, sensations, emotions, thoughts and actions. This series includes exercises that enhance mindfulness, support the establishment of a daily meditation practice, and [...]

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A Benefit Evening with Ajahn Brahm

St. Timothy's Church, Sanctuary Building 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

An Evening with Ajahn Brahm a Benefit event for the Buddhist Women’s Monastic Community THIS EVENING will include sitting meditation and teachings by the Venerable Ajahn Brahm, author of several widely acclaimed books including Who Ordered That Truck Load of Dung, Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, and his newest book Don't Worry, Be Grumpy! According to [...]

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Effortless Mindfulness – author Lisa Dale Miller

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine Mental Health Through Awakened Presence by Lisa Dale Miller Published by Routledge April 2014 The event will include meditation and the author's talk. 7:30-9:00 Evening Program includes meditation and a talk. 9:00-9:30 Reception with tea and treats. Effortless Mindfulness promotes genuine mental health through the direct experience of awakened presence—an effortlessly embodied, fearless understanding [...]

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Developing a Kind Heart

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Developing a Kind Heart – A series that will open the heart and bring balance in relationships. This series will nurture the development of four profound qualities of heart: loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. These four qualities express a powerful and immeasurable intention of kindness toward ourselves and all beings. They are traditionally called the Divine [...]

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Speaker Series – Eight Great Thoughts

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Eight Great Thoughts: An 8-week speaker series based on Anuruddha Sutta. March 10 — Fewness of Wishes—with Misha Merrill March 17 — Seclusion—with Carla Brennan March 24 — Contentment—with Jason Murphy March 31 — No meeting this evening. St. Timothy's Church community will be having an event in our usual meeting space. We will resume meeting the following [...]

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Three Noble Qualities: A Daylong with Sharon Allen

Foothills Congregational Church 461 Orange Ave, Los Altos, CA

Three Noble Qualities: Wisdom, Ethical Conduct, Mental Discipline A Daylong Study, Reflection and Practice Retreat With Sharon Allen The Fourth Noble Truth describes The Noble Eightfold Path, giving us reliable guidelines for freeing ourselves of the causes of suffering. This daylong study, reflection and practice retreat will look through the lens of the three divisions [...]

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Speaker Series: Eight Great Thoughts

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Eight Great Thoughts: An 8-week speaker series based on Anuruddha Sutta. March 10 — Fewness of Wishes—with Misha Merrill March 17 — Contentment—with Jason Murphy March 24 — Seclusion—with  Carla Brennan March 31 — No meeting this evening. St. Timothy's Church community will be having an event in our usual meeting space. We will resume meeting the following [...]

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Strengthening Mindfulness

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Strengthening Mindfulness – A series dedicated to cultivating genuine insight. This series will expand on instructions offered in basic mindfulness courses, offering new depths of understanding, integrating the practice with life situations, and helping students establish a daily meditation practice. Mindfulness training is a practical tool that can support wisdom in any activity, and it [...]

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Overcoming Obstacles to Meditation

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Cultivating skills and insight that will transform habits of mind.  Meditation practice cultivates inner peace, clarity, concentration and joy. In order to experience these beautiful qualities, we must overcome the obstacles of agitation, dullness, distraction, obsessive thinking, and painful emotions, and we must learn to work skillfully with pain, illness, fear, and a wide range [...]

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Daylong: Loving Kindness – with Bhante U Jagara and Shaila Catherine

Foothills Congregational Church 461 Orange Ave, Los Altos, CA

with Bhante U Jagara and Shaila Catherine There will be a pot-luck community meal offering at 11:15; please bring a food dish to share. Loving kindness (metta) describes a feeling of warmth and acceptance towards oneself and others. Cultivating loving kindness creates a profoundly generous state of mind in which the self disappears. As divisions [...]

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Guest Speaker – Venerable U Jagara – Wise Attention 2

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Venerable U Jagara will be our guest speaker tonight. Topic: Wise Attention (part 2) Insight Meditation South Bay meets every Tuesday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk. The principal teacher is Shaila Catherine and guest speakers are featured regularly. See also weekly sitting. IMSB relies upon the generosity of participants to support our teachers and cover organizational expenses. Dana is [...]

Weekly Meditation – Guest Speaker – Misha Merrill

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Tonight's guest speaker is Misha Merrill. Insight Meditation South Bay meets every Tuesday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk. The principal teacher is Shaila Catherine and guest speakers are featured regularly. See also weekly sitting. IMSB relies upon the generosity of participants to support our teachers and cover organizational expenses. Dana is a word in the ancient Pali language [...]

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Fundamental Buddhist Principles

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A series for those curious about what the Buddha taught. Buddhist tradition offers a rich tradition of wisdom teachings, many of which are remembered as lists. This series will focus on the philosophy, principals, practices, and instructions that are fundamental to developing a meditative or Buddhist practice. It is intended as an introduction to Buddhism [...]

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Speaker Series: Ethics, Action, and the Five Precepts

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

This series will explore virtue as the indispensable foundation of Buddhist practice. The series is structured according to the five training precepts. These precepts are not rules to be obediently followed; they serve as guidelines for the intentional development of compassion, mindfulness, and wisdom. These five precepts offer us a joyful method to cultivate the [...]

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Fundamental Buddhist Principles with special guest Bob Stahl

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A series for those curious about what the Buddha taught. Buddhist tradition offers a rich tradition of wisdom teachings, many of which are remembered as lists. This series will focus on the philosophy, principals, practices, and instructions that are fundamental to developing a meditative or Buddhist practice. It is intended as an introduction to Buddhism [...]

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Day Long in Saratoga: Presence with Sense-Doors—Meditation and Poetry

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Presence with the Sense Doors: A day of meditation and poetry with Drew Oman and Jennifer Dungan This daylong will include meditation and poetry reading to support contemplation on the conditioned arising of consciousness with seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling and thinking. This day-long program is appropriate for new and experienced meditators. There will be a pot-luck [...]

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Speaker Series: Three Jewels

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

The Three Jewels and Refuges Where the mind rests with trust. What do you turn to when your enthusiasm for practice fades? Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha can focus our intentions and inspire our practice. The potential for awakening, a clear path of training, and ongoing support of the community are three [...]

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Author Event with Lama Surya Das

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

Don’t miss this inspirational event with Lama Surya Das, a best selling author and dharma teacher! Lama Surya Das will speak about his latest book Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation “If you’ve ever felt ‘at one’ with something—your beloved or your child, a forest trail or a favorite song,” [...]

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Speaker Series: Three Jewels with special guest Lama Surya Das

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

The Three Jewels and Refuges Where the mind rests with trust. What do you turn to when your enthusiasm for practice fades? Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha can focus our intentions and inspire our practice. The potential for awakening, a clear path of training, and ongoing support of the community are three [...]

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Refuge in the Three Jewels with Laura Lin

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

This evening Laura Lin will lead a Reflection and Discussion on the topic of Refuge in the Three Jewels of Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha. Insight Meditation South Bay meets every Tuesday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk. The principal teacher is Shaila Catherine and unless otherwise indicated the Tuesday evening program will be lead by Shaila. Guest speakers [...]

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Speaker Series: Pillars of Dhamma

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

What we can do to improve our lives... Three core practices support growth in Buddhist practice generosity (dana) virtue (sila) mental development (bhavana). These Three Pillars are sometimes called sources of merit because they are actions that lead to beneficial results. Practicing generosity we nurture an open, kind heart; practicing virtue we live happily, free from [...]

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Ways to Awaken – with Shaila Catherine

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

This mini two part series will explore the variety of ways that awakening occurred in the days of the Buddha. Reflecting on various approaches to awakening, and inspired by the example of early Buddhists who have awakened, we might value a wider range of practices. There are many ways to liberate the mind and heart! Insight Meditation South Bay meets [...]

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Special Event – Voices for a Contemplative Life in Silicon Valley

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Fostering the sacred in a busy life. with Pastor Erik Swanson  and Shaila Catherine How can we nurture a sacred and contemplative experience of our lives in the midst of the pressures and demands that are characteristic of Silicon Valley? This evening program will include mindfulness meditation and discussion with two local spiritual leaders who [...]

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Ways to Awaken – with Shaila Catherine

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

This mini two part series will explore the variety of ways that awakening occurred in the days of the Buddha. Reflecting on various approaches to awakening, and inspired by the example of early Buddhists who have awakened, we might value a wider range of practices. There are many ways to liberate the mind and heart! Insight Meditation South Bay meets [...]

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Guest speaker – Ron Purser – Exploring Nondual Mindfulness

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

This week's guest teacher is Ron Purser. His topic is: Exploring Nondual Mindfulness You can find his biography on our guest teacher page. Insight Meditation South Bay meets every Tuesday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk. See weekly sitting. Everyone is welcome. Chairs are provided. Bring a cushion and mat if you prefer to sit on the [...]

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Speaker Series: Eight-fold Path

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

The Eight-Fold Path of Awakening Living with clarity and peace This series will explore the Noble Eight-fold Path as a liberating practice. The Eight-fold Path is among the most practical and powerful core teachings of the Buddha. It offers practitioners a comprehensive approach for training the mind in the context of meditation, action, relationship, and [...]

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Guest Speaker: Ann Dillon – Protecting Oneself and Others

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Tonight's guest speaker is Ann Dillon. Topic: Protecting Oneself and Others Read teacher biographies on our Teacher's Page.   Insight Meditation South Bay meets every Tuesday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk. The principal teacher is Shaila Catherine and unless otherwise indicated the Tuesday evening program will be lead by Shaila. Guest speakers are featured regularly. See also [...]

Guest speaker – Daniel Bowling – Listening as Spiritual Practice

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Topic: Listening as Spiritual Practice Insight Meditation South Bay offers 2 weekly sitting groups. Every Tuesday evening we meet for a sitting and Dhamma talk in Mountain View, and every Thursday evening we meet for a sitting and Dhamma talk in Saratoga. The principal teacher is Shaila Catherine and unless otherwise indicated the Tuesday evening program will be lead [...]

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Series: Concentration

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

A six week series with Shaila Catherine This series will introduce five factors that intensify concentration and support the deeply blissful states of meditative absorption, called jhana. We will examine the powerful role that right concentration plays in the path of awakening, and discover ways to strengthen our capacity to focus attention. November 17 – Cultivating Five Factors that [...]

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Old Endings – New Beginnings with Sharon Allen

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Old Endings – New Beginnings with Sharon Allen As the end of the year draws near, we can use the last group practice night together as a way to intentionally let go of past events and experiences and open to the unknown that is yet to come. Through meditation, teachings from the suttas, and reflection, we [...]

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Doorways to Insight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Knowing liberation through the ordinary. You know everything changes, so why do you suffer when possessions are lost, relationships end, or friends die? Insight meditation is oriented toward seeing three characteristics—the impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and emptiness of experience. In some ways these are ordinary and obvious insights. Every day we experience changing sensory impressions; we cannot [...]

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Speaker Series – Recollective Meditations – in Mountain View

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

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: [...]

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Balanced Practice

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Developing a balanced practice. The art of Dhamma practice includes engaging skillfully with complementary aspects of practice. Sometimes we are called to actively cultivate qualities, while at other times, letting go is more appropriate. We use both our head and our heart; we engage both inwardly and in the outer world; we need both restraint [...]

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Paths of Skillful Action – special guest Jenny Wilks in Saratoga/San Jose

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Living an ethical life in the modern world. A three week series with special guest teacher Jenny Wilks. When we think of ethical practice in Buddhism, we often focus on the traditional five precepts. However a longer list of ten paths of skillful action (kusala-kamma-patha) occurs more frequently in the early texts. They overlap with [...]

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Weekly Meditation and Teachings in Saratoga – CANCELLED

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Tonight’s meditation group meeting is cancelled. The church requires use of our usual meeting room for their events. Our regular weekly meditation program will resume next week. Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups—Tuesdays in Mountain View, and Thursdays in Saratoga. This group meets every Thursday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk in [...]

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Special Guest Speaker – Jenny Wilks – Mindfulness

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Mindfulness, Insight, and Compassion ‘Mindfulness’ is becoming such a commonly used term that its depth and liberating potential may be underestimated or misunderstood. The Buddha’s teaching on establishing mindfulness (the Satipatthana Sutta) invites us to cultivate mindfulness both ‘internally’ – a deep awareness of our inner experience, in order to cultivate liberating insight – and [...]

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Daylong in Saratoga – Lovingkindness and Qi Gong with Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Loving Kindness and Qi Gong - Balance for the Heart, Body, and Mind A day of meditation with Sharon Allen When the emotional center is held with kindness, and the body energy is balanced, the mind is at ease. Today’s practice and teachings will emphasize Loving Kindness which comes from the Metta Sutta. Loving Kindness practice [...]

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Speaker Series: Lesser Known Teachings

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

Thus Have I Heard: Teachings Inspired by Lesser Known Discourses of the Buddha The Pali Canon includes over 5,000 discourses that document conversations and encounters that occurred during forty years of the Buddha's ministry. Over the centuries, certain teachings have risen to the surface with popularity and come to characterize our impression of what the [...]

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Seven Factors of Awakening – in Saratoga/San Jose

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

For the mind that values freedom. These seven qualities offer an effective framework for cultivating the mind, overcoming the hindrances, and balancing the energetic and calming forces that develop in meditation. When cultivated and balanced, the mind is ripe for awakening. This series will explore each factor to reveal its importance, function, and role in [...]

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Cultivating Mindfulness – in Saratoga/San Jose

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A training for living in the present. This course is an introduction to the meditative development of mindfulness through which we refine our ability to focus and bring clear attention to all aspects of experience. We will cultivate mindfulness of breath, sensations, emotions, thoughts and actions. This series includes exercises that enhance mindfulness, support the establishment [...]

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Guest Speaker: Phil Jones – Windows on the World: Self-View and the Four Noble Truths

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Guest Speaker: Philip Jones Topic: Windows on the World: Self-View and the Four Noble Truths. Read biographies of our guest speakers on our Teachers Page. 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 [...]

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Guest Teacher: Margaret Gainer

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Practice Is Like This: the Similes of Ajahn Chah with guest teacher Margaret Gainer For biographies and photos of our teachers, visit the Teacher Page. 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 [...]

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Ethics, Action, and the Five Precepts

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

For a life of harmony and clarity. This series will explore virtue as the indispensable foundation of Buddhist practice. The series will emphasize the five training precepts, and may explore action, ethics, kamma, and cause-effect dynamics. The precepts are not rules to be obediently followed; they serve as guidelines for the intentional development of compassion, [...]

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Guest: Jennifer Dungan – Right Action In The Face of Climate Change

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Right Action In The Face Of Climate Change: Can we practice non-harming? Before he went forth, Siddartha Gautama had a palace for the cold season, one for the hot season, and one for the four months of the rainy season. He lived over two and a half millennia ago during the Holocene epoch. We now [...]

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Beautiful Mind – Five Faculties

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Nurturing the best in ourselves. This series will explore the five spiritual faculties and their cultivation in meditation: faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom. The Buddha stressed the importance of these controlling faculties and powers, which offer a complete structure for meditative development and culminate with final liberation. They are necessary features of meditative progress [...]

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Guest Speaker – Robert Cusick

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

IMSB is privileged to welcome guest speaker Robert Cusick. He'll be speaking on: TBA Visit our Teachers Page for biographies and photos of our guest speakers. 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 [...]

Special Event in Saratoga with Chade-Meng Tan – Author of Joy on Demand

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Tonight's special author event will feature best selling author Chade-Meng Tan speaking about his newest book, Joy on Demand. Books will be available at the event and signing will occur after the talk. 7:00 Doors Open (please arrive before the meditation begins) 7:15  Meditation Begins 8:00 Meng Speaks 9:00 Book Signing Please notice that the [...]

Beautiful Mind – Five Faculties

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Nurturing the best in ourselves. This series will explore the five spiritual faculties and their cultivation in meditation: faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom. The Buddha stressed the importance of these controlling faculties and powers, which offer a complete structure for meditative development and culminate with final liberation. They are necessary features of meditative progress [...]

Guest Teacher in Mountain View: Thanissaro Bhikkhu

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

IMSB is privileged to host Thanissaro Bhikkhu as our guest teacher tonight. For biography of guest speakers, see our Teachers Page. 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 [...]

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Four Noble Truths

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Ways to realize the end of suffering. No one wants to suffer, and yet we do. The first sermon that the Buddha gave after his awakening addressed the issue of suffering. He articulated four basic tenants that have been remembered as the four noble truths. They include the full understanding of suffering, the abandoning of [...]

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Ten Perfections (paramis)

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A series for developing the best of mind and heart. Many powerful wholesome qualities are nurtured in the contemplative life. This series will explore the ten perfections (paramis) that support the path of awakening, and bring joy and harmony into our daily lives. These beautiful qualities are accessible to everyone, at every stage of our [...]

Weekly Meditation and Teachings in Saratoga – CANCELLED

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Tonight’s meditation group meeting is cancelled for holidays. Our regular weekly meditation program will resume next week. Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups—Tuesdays in Mountain View, and Thursdays in Saratoga. This group meets every Thursday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk in Saratoga. The program is structured into thematic series led by [...]

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Course: Mindfulness in the Buddhist Tradition

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Mindfulness in the Buddhist Tradition: A short course on the four modes of mindfulness called Satipatthana A practical and direct path. Presented by Shaila Catherine and Richard Shankman A series of new classes on meditation and Buddhism will be offered by Insight Meditation South Bay starting January 19, 2017. The classroom structure offers many advantages for continuity [...]

$35 – $370
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Speaker Series – Everyday Dhamma – in Mountain View

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Can busy lay practitioners realize the fruits of the Buddhist path? How can we bring mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion into our family, community, and workplace activities? This speaker series will explore the intersection of the Buddha's teachings with the complex demands of contemporary daily life. Each speaker will explore a theme that highlights social issues [...]

Course: Developing a Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Developing a Mindfulness Meditation Practice — A skill-building class This course is taught by Sharon Allen, Janetti Marotta, and Laura Lin. 6 Thursdays, February 23 - March 30, 2017 To live with mindful awareness in our world, we must become well grounded in a meditation practice. This course will focus on understanding, practicing, and developing mindful awareness, so [...]

$45 – $360

Exploring Energy in Practice with Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Exploring Energy in Practice A day of meditation with Sharon Allen. On the meditative path energy is a key element. Energy is one of the factors of awakening and one of the bases for spiritual powers. We experience energy in our physical body daily. This day long retreat will explore the significance of having a healthy [...]

Weekly Meditation Group Cancelled for Tonight

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Tonight’s meditation group meeting is cancelled. The church requires use of our usual meeting room for their events. Our regular weekly meditation program will resume next week.

Register Now! The Art of Happiness: Loving Kindness Course in San Jose/Saratoga

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Registration has opened for a 6 week course on cultivating Loving Kindness/Metta Meditation with Shaila Catherine and guest teachers. Course starts April 20. Register now! Visit the Events Page for more information and registration details: https://www.imsb.org/event/course-loving-kindness-metta/2017-04-20/

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Course: The Art of Happiness; The Power of Loving Kindness (Metta)

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

NOTE: This course began April 20, but late registrations will still be accepted.    A practical course on developing the profound benevolence that heals the heart. Presented by Shaila Catherine and 3 guest teachers: Sharon Allen, Berget Jelane, and Laura Lin. April 20 — Metta for category of self — with Shaila Catherine April 27 — Metta for category [...]

$60 – $375

Dynamic Awareness with Shaila Catherine and Lisa Tromovitch

Foothills Congregational Church 461 Orange Ave, Los Altos, CA

A day of meditation and movement with Shaila Catherine and Lisa Tromovitch. IMSB offers a day of meditation one Saturday each month. These monthly day long programs offer a consistent and easy opportunity for meditators to maintain a steady commitment to meditation, deepen their practice, explore various dhamma themes, and cultivate relationships with the community—and still be home in [...]

Guest speaker: Bill Kostura in Mountain View

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Tonight's guest speaker is Bill Kostura Topic: The Most Important Teaching This evening, we will explore why some teachings are most helpful at certain times in our lives.  We will also consider whether one or some teachings really are the most important. View guest teacher biographies and photographs on our Teachers Page. Insight Meditation South Bay offers [...]

Guest Speaker in Mountain View: Margaret Gainer: “Who Suffers, Who Cares?”

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Guest speaker: Margaret Gainer Topic: "Who Suffers, Who Cares?" View guest teacher biographies and photographs on our Teachers Page. Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation programs—Tuesday drop in meditation group in Mountain View, and Thursday Dhamma Classroom in San Jose - Saratoga. Tonight's meditation group meets every Tuesday evening for a sitting and Dhamma talk in Mountain View. The [...]

Guest Teacher: Venerable U Jagara

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Tonight IMSB is privileged to host a special guest speaker, Venerable U Jagara. Topic: Venerable U Jagara will offer teachings and lead a simple ceremony in recognition and celebration of Wesak, the Buddhist holiday that honors the Buddha's life and awakening. View guest teacher biographies and photographs on our Teachers Page. Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly [...]

Wesak Celebration – with special guest Venerable U Jagara

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

7:30 pm – 9:15 pm This evening IMSB will celebrate Wesak, the primary Buddhist holiday that commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment, birth, and death. The program will be led by special guest, Venerable U Jagara. Tonight’s program will include meditation, teachings, and a simple offering ceremony. The structured program will end around 9pm, but please plan to stay [...]

Course: Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts A course led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, Chris Clifford, and Diana Clark June 8 — Shaila Catherine June 15 — Diana Clark June 22 — Chris Clifford June 29 — Shaila Catherine July 6 — Shaila Catherine July 13 — Sharon Allen Visit our Teacher Page for teacher biographies and photographs. Mental restlessness is an insidious [...]

$45 – $360
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Course: Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts A course led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, Chris Clifford, and Diana Clark June 8 — Shaila Catherine June 15 — Diana Clark June 22 — Chris Clifford June 29 — Shaila Catherine July 6 — Shaila Catherine July 13 — Sharon Allen Visit our Teacher Page for teacher biographies and photographs. Mental restlessness is an insidious [...]

Guest speaker: Renee Burgard will speak on Mindful Self-Compassion

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Tonight's guest speaker is Renee Burgard Her topic is Mindful Self-Compassion 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 [...]

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Speaker Series: Living Wisely in the World

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

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 [...]

Deepening Practice and Community – Open Drop-In with Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Led by Sharon Allen. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice and Community” evenings, we will devote more time to   guided meditations and experiential mindfulness activities. Newcomers are [...]

Registration has opened for a Course on Wisdom with Kim Allen and Diana Clark

Registration has opened for a 6 week course on The Buddha's Teachings on Wisdom. with Kim Allen and Diana Clark Register now! Course starts July 27. Visit the Events Page for more information and registration details: https://www.imsb.org/event/course-the-buddhas-teachings-on-wisdom-with-kim-allen-and-diana-clark/2017-07-27/

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Course: The Buddha’s Teachings on Wisdom with Kim Allen and Diana Clark

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

See for Yourself: The Buddha’s Teachings on Wisdom A 6 week course led by Kimberly Allen and Diana Clark Visit our Teacher Page for teacher biographies and photographs. The Buddha had much to say about Wisdom, the natural quality of mind that sees things as they are and brings about liberation. In this 6-week class running from [...]

$45 – $360

Meditation Group is cancelled for tonight

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

Our usual weekly meditation group and Living Wisely in the World speaker series has been cancelled for tonight because the church needs the room for their Vacation Bible Course. Our program will resume next Tuesday evening. Living Wisely in the World: Caring for mind, family, society, and planet A famous verse in the Dhammapada states: "All experience is [...]

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Speaker Series: Great Disciples of the Buddha

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

Great Disciples: People and Personalities in the Buddha's Community A six-week lecture series The early Buddhist sangha included some accomplished and intriguing disciples—lay and monastic, male and female. By searching the literature of the Pali Canon, contemporary scholars have been able to compile biographical information, infer personality traits, and gain a vivid sense of the [...]

Register for the Dhamma of Aging. A 6-week course led by Robert Cusick.

Registration has opened for a 6 week course on The Dhamma of Aging. with Robert Cusick Registration is required! Course starts September 14. Visit the Events Page for more information and registration details: https://www.imsb.org/event/course-dhamma-of-aging-with-robert-cusick/

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Course: Dhamma of Aging with Robert Cusick

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

The Dhamma of Aging A 6 week course led by Robert Cusick Visit our Teacher Page for teacher biographies and photographs. Aging is a dynamic natural process. It not only includes the losses and heartbreak often associated with changing conditions but also the opportunity to cultivate deep insights and wisdom. Change, too, is a dynamic natural process. To [...]

$45 – $360
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Speaker Series: Preparing the Mind for Awakening

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

Preparing The Mind for Awakening: Cultivating The Seven Factors of Awakening For the mind that values freedom. 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 [...]

Drop-In Deepening Practice and Community Evening with Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Tonight’s session is led by Sharon Allen. For pictures and biographies of our teachers, visit our Teacher Page. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice and Community” evenings, [...]

Stepping Back: A Day of Meditation with Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of Mindfulness Meditation with Sharon Allen. Stepping back – so often when we are on the edge of impulsively saying or doing something that we later regret, taking a step back, pausing or remembering what that action leads to can make the difference between perpetuating distress or increasing well-being. This is a discipline that [...]

Drop-In Deepening Practice and Community Evening with Sharon Allen and Bill Kostura

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Tonight's session is led by Sharon Allen and Bill Kostura. For pictures and biographies of our teachers, visit our Teacher Page. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice [...]

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Course: Mindful Speech

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Mindful Speech Bringing clarity and peace to communication. A 6-week course led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, and Chris Clifford. March 15 — Defining Right And Wrong Speech, with Sharon Allen March 22 — Difficult Communications; Responding to Anger, with Shaila Catherine March 29 — No meeting this week. Church needs the room for their Easter events. [...]

$45 – $360

A Loving Kindness Tune-Up — Inspiration, Intention, Expression in Mountain View with Sharon Allen

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

A Loving Kindness Tune-Up — Inspiration, Intention, Expression with Sharon Allen In the rush of daily life, we often forget about the benefit of giving and receiving a kind act. Tonight, we will draw on some of the beautiful resources and expression of loving kindness that can inspire and remind us of the need we [...]

Author Event: Janetti Marotta speaks on A Life Affirming Path

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

A Life Affirming Path An author event with Janetti Marotta, celebrating the publication of her new book A Fertile Path: Guiding the Journey with Mindfulness and Compassion When basic life expectations are challenged—to become pregnant when we want; to parent our child into adulthood; to live a long and healthy life—our personal narrative can become [...]

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Speaker Series: Goals in Meditation

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

We invited several local teachers to share both the personal aims that guide their practice and their understanding of the goals of the Buddhist Path. We asked them the following questions: What is the goal of Buddhist practice? What do you personally hope to achieve through your practice? What is a reasonable way to assess [...]

Drop-In Deepening Practice and Community Evening with Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Tonight’s session is led by Sharon Allen. For pictures and biographies of our teachers, visit our Teacher Page. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice and Community” evenings, [...]

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Course: Mindful Self Esteem with Janetti Marotta

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Mindful Self-Esteem: Cultivating Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion Led by Janetti Marotta, Ph.D. A 6-week course based on the book 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem: Everyday Practices for Cultivating Self-Acceptance & Self-Compassion Low self-esteem is such a common issue because we’re conditioned to look for comfort and security in outside factors that are constantly changing. We struggle to [...]

$45 – $360

Aging, Dying and Awakening: A Day of Meditation with Anna Douglas

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

A day of meditation with special guest teacher Anna Douglas. “Aging, illness and death are treasures for those who understand them. They are Noble Truths, Noble Treasures. If they were people, I’d bow down to their feet every day.” — Ajahn Lee, Thai Forest Master This sentiment is not our culture’s usual attitude, so this statement [...]

Author Event with James Coleman: The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: Freedom, Emptiness, and Awakened Nature An evening author event with James William Coleman James William Coleman’s new book, The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: Freedom, Emptiness, and Awakened Nature, guides us through the profound wisdom of the classic sutras that lay the foundations for all of the different Buddhist traditions. In [...]

Drop-In Deepening Practice and Community Evening with Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Tonight’s session is led by Shaila Catherine. For pictures and biographies of our teachers, visit our Teacher Page. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice and Community” evenings, [...]

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Course: Untangling Self

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Untangling Self A practical inquiry into who we think we are. A course led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen Thursdays June 28 - August 9, 2018 There will be no meeting on July 5 due to Independence Day holidays. In this 6-week, teacher-led book group, we will contemplate Untangling Self by Andrew Olendzki—an intriguing [...]

$45 – $360

Drop-In Deepening Practice and Community Evening with Shaila Catherine

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Tonight’s session is led by Shaila Catherine For pictures and biographies of our teachers, visit our Teacher Page. Between many of our Thursday evening series courses in Saratoga, IMSB offers open drop-in practice sessions led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, or a local mindfulness teacher. For these “Deepening Practice and Community” evenings, [...]

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Course: Joy On Demand

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Joy on Demand A 6-week class on cultivating joy Led by Shaila Catherine and Sharon Allen, with a special question and answer session with the acclaimed author, Chade-Meng Tan.  Joy is a potent guide for spiritual development. Joy supports the development of many beautiful qualities including concentration, wisdom, and letting go. This course will follow the [...]

$55 – $400
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Mindfulness & Meditation – A Drop-In Class

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

An Evening for Meditation Practice Mindfulness Meditation: A drop-in evening for meditation practice. Drop-in practice evenings are an opportunity for meditators to practice under the guidance of experienced mindfulness instructors. These sessions allow curious newcomers to gain a first-hand experience of mindfulness meditation. Experienced practitioners will enjoy the opportunity to deepen their practice with an evening [...]

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The Heart of Meditation

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

The Heart of Meditation A 4-week series with Shaila Catherine Open your heart - bring balance to your relationships Tuesdays, November 13 - December 4, 2018 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm In this series, you'll learn to nurture four profound qualities of heart: loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. These qualities, traditionally called the Divine Abodes [...]

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Meditation, Power, and Success

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Meditation, Power, and Success A Meditative Path for Accomplishing Your Goals A Five-week series with Shaila Catherine Ways to leverage your mental strengths. Tuesdays, December 11, 2018 – January 22, 2019 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm This 5-week series will explore four qualities that the Buddha linked to success on the spiritual path. These qualities, [...]

Meditation & Landscape Photography – Rex Naden

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Landscape Photography An evening with Rex Naden Landscape photography is a powerful medium for exploring perception, attention, and spiritual perspectives. Rex Naden, an avid landscape photographer, will share slides of his photographs, and discuss his encounters with nature, the artistic image, and the subtle ways that he uses color and composition to communicate his vision. [...]

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The Engaged Buddhist

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

The Engaged Buddhist Surviving and thriving in an anxious world A Tuesday evening speaker series February 5 – 26, 2019 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Meditation instructions are sometimes misinterpreted to imply that one should disengage from activity and suspend all judgment. Buddhist advice on "letting go" can be misunderstood to suggest that problems in [...]

Meditation and Teachings with Guest Teacher: Kim Allen

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Tonight's guest dharma teacher is Kimberly Allen The Topic: Inner Ecology Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups—Tuesdays evenings we offer an open drop-in sitting group in Mountain View, and Thursdays we offer structured courses in Saratoga. The Tuesday sitting group meets every Tuesday evening for a meditation and Dhamma talk in Mountain [...]

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Breathe with Joy

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Breathe with Joy A 6-week series on mindfulness with breathing led by Shaila Catherine Tuesdays, March 19 - June 4, 2019 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm The Buddha described mindfulness with breathing as a practice of joy. His instructions to his disciples on this practice were preserved in the Anapanasati Sutta—a discourse that presents sixteen practical [...]

Meditation and Discussion: Generosity as a Spiritual Practice

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Ed Haertel will facilitate tonight's discussion on Generosity as a Spiritual Practice Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups—Tuesdays evenings we offer an open drop-in sitting group in Mountain View, and Thursdays we offer structured courses in Saratoga. The Tuesday sitting group meets every Tuesday evening for a meditation and Dhamma talk in [...]

Meditation and teachings. Non-self and Who Meditates – guest speaker Ted Gutfeldt

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Tonight's guest speaker is Ted Gutfeldt. Topic: If there is only non-self (anatta), who is it that meditates? Talk Description: One of the fundamental tenets of Buddhism is that "I-making" and "my-making" results in suffering. We can recognize that the common thread that runs through the suffering of attachments/greed; aversions/hatred; and delusions; is the "self" [...]

DEVELOP HAPPINESS! – A new Thursday evening course. Register Now!

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Register now for The Development Of Happiness, a new 6-week course in Saratoga. A practical approach to training in happiness. Led by Kimberly Allen. For more information and online registration: https://www.imsb.org/event/the-development-of-happiniess/2019-04-25/

Speaker: Stephen Fulder on Equanimity

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Equanimity: Dancing with the Unexpected A special event with Stephen Fulder Equanimity is a  key spiritual faculty which allows us to face the known and the unknown, the ecstasies and the despairs, with steadiness and lightness. Equanimity helps us engage with life from an unlimited and interconnected perspective. The Buddhist image is of an island [...]

Guest Speaker: Ross Buttner. Problems on the Path

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

Problems on the Path An evening with Ross Buttner In tonight's program, Ross Buttner will discuss his research into challenges faced by Western Buddhist practitioners, and how these problems can be overcome. Based on his analysis of 70 in-depth interviews with teachers and practitioners, Ross will focus on four general areas of difficulty: psychological challenges, issues [...]

Meditation and teachings with guest teacher Venerable U Jagara

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Tonight's Special Guest Teacher: Venerable U Jagara Topic: TBD Visit our Teacher Page for biographies and photos of our guest speakers. Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups—Tuesdays evenings we offer an open drop-in sitting group in Mountain View, and Thursdays we offer structured courses in Saratoga. The Tuesday sitting group meets every [...]

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Meditation in Hard Times

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Meditation in Hard Times Dealing with stress, life transitions, traumas, and tragedies A guest speaker series Tuesdays July 16 – August 20, 2019 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm No one's life is free from difficulties. We may experience chronic pain, lose loved ones, change jobs or homes, survive a natural disaster, or suffer a physical [...]

Monthly Day of Meditation led by Sharon Allen

Westhope Presbyterian Church 12850 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA

Breathing Space – Freedom from the personal A day of meditation with Sharon Allen. The mind can become so entangled with personal concerns that we get lost in the delusion of an independent self and forget about the possibility of freedom. The sitting and walking meditation practices for this retreat day will emphasize releasing our [...]

Deepening Compassion with Community

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Deepening Compassion with Community A night of practices to deepen our compassion for ourselves and our community. A guest lecture by Aishin Leonard Tuesday August 27, 2019 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Aishin Leonard is a passionate Buddhist practitioner, mindfulness facilitator and consultant. Her doorway to practice opened in 2009 when she developed a chronic [...]

The Joy that Leads to Enlightenment

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

The Joy that Leads to Enlightenment Exploring 6 Recollections Taught by the Buddha. A guest lecture by Ayya Santussika Tuesday September 3rd, 2019 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Ayya Santussika was a computer engineer and mother of two before becoming a Theravada Buddhist nun. She began teaching meditation in 1999 and entered monastic life in 2005, [...]

Listening as Spiritual Practice

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Listening as Spiritual Practice A guest lecture by Daniel Bowling Tuesday September 10th, 2019 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Daniel Bowling is a staff attorney, mediator, and trainer for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, US District Court for Northern California. He practiced law and was Public Defender in Charleston, SC following his graduation from Harvard Law [...]

Practicing with Physical Pain

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Practicing with Physical Pain How mindfulness works to helps alleviate suffering associated with chronic pain. A guest lecture by Aishin Leonard Tuesday September 17th, 2019 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Aishin Leonard is a passionate Buddhist practitioner, mindfulness facilitator and consultant. Her doorway to practice opened in 2009 when she developed a chronic pain condition [...]

Right View Comes Firsts. Guest speaker Thanissaro Bhikkhu

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Tonight's special guest speaker is Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Topic: Right View Comes First Insight Meditation South Bay offers two weekly meditation groups—Tuesdays evenings we offer an open drop-in sitting group in Mountain View, and Thursdays we offer structured courses in Saratoga. The Tuesday sitting group meets every Tuesday evening for a meditation and Dhamma talk in [...]

Guest Teacher: Ying Chen speaks on Devotion

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Topic: Devotion with Ying Chen The word "devotion" can evoke a wide range of reactions in people's mind. On the Buddha dhamma path, devotion is one of the key qualities to be cultivated. Devotion can evoke multi-dimensional heart, mind, and embodied qualities that are supportive on the path. In this talk, Ying will explore these [...]

Guest Teacher Jon Joseph on The Great Koan No!

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Tonight's guest speaker is Jon Joseph. Topic: The Great Koan No: An Invitation to Establish Intimacy With Our World Koans are ancient accounts of exchanges between teachers, students and their surroundings, which have some mysterious power to provide us with an invitation for freedom and transformation. In the Zen tradition, the most fundamental of the [...]

Meditation, Qi Gong, Crystal Singing Bowls

Foothills Congregational Church 461 Orange Ave, Los Altos, CA

A day of Mindfulness Meditation, Qi Gong, and Crystal Singing Bowls with Shaila Catherine and Tom Leichardt This day-long program will include sitting and walking meditations, guided Qi Gong sessions, and sound healing meditations with crystal singing bowls. By combining these meditative practices we will balance our energy through movement and meditation, and enhance relaxed, clear awareness. Medical Qigong [...]

Power of Patience with Dawn Scott

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall 2094 Grant Road , Mountain View , CA

Power of Patience with Dawn Scott Patience, one of the Ten Paramis (Perfections) has the potential to imbue our daily lives with meaning. It also is the steadying force that propels us along the path of liberation.  In this evening will explore  the power of patience to free us from reactivity so that we can [...]

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Speaker Series – Buddha’s Core Teachings

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

Buddha’s Core Teaching A 5-week speaker series exploring the Four Noble Truths. January 7 – February 4, 2020 Finding true happiness. No one wants to suffer, and yet stress is everywhere in our lives.  After the Buddha awakened under the Bodhi Tree, the first thing he talked about was how to find true happiness. He [...]

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Speaker Series – 7 Awakening Factors

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

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, [...]

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Speaker Series – 7 Awakening Factors – Cancelled

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church 2094 Grant Road Mountain View,

The remaining Tuesdays in March are cancelled. We will resume our programs as soon as possible. Please check this website for updates.  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 [...]

Tuesday Online: Dawn Neal—Nurturing Wisdom

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Tuesday Online: Nurturing Wisdom With Dawn Neal May 19, 2020 The arising of wisdom is both a condition for and result of balanced, mature, factors of awakening. In this talk, we will explore ways of recognizing and nurturing expressions of wisdom in practice and life. Please join us on Zoom. This event is appropriate for newcomers [...]

Tuesday Online: Shaila Catherine – Practicing Together

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Tuesday Online: Shaila Catherine – Let's Sit, Walk, and Meditate Together! An evening of guided meditation practice. With Shaila Catherine May 26, 2020 This event is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. The evening includes silent or guided meditation and teachings.   Takes place on Zoom! Join the Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/97868581936 Meeting ID: 978 [...]

Tuesday Online: Shaila Catherine – Mindfulness Protects Oneself & Others

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Tuesday Online: Shaila Catherine Theme: Mindfulness Protects Oneself and Others With Shaila Catherine June 9, 2020 Tonight's talk will explore a teaching found in the Samyutta Nikaya, SN 47:19 that illuminates mindfulness practice through the simile of an acrobatic team. Please have the discourse handy during the Zoom meeting. A free download is available here. This [...]

Tuesday Online: On the Wings of Dharma with Toni Bernhard and Tony Bernhard

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Tuesday Online: On the Wings of the Dharma With Toni Bernhard and Tony Bernhard June 16, 2020 Skillfully navigating our world today will take as much wisdom and compassion as we can bring to our experience. We will explore how these two wings of the dharma can ease our way and the way of others as [...]

Tuesday Online: Kim Allen—Training in Opposites

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Tuesday Online: Training in Opposites With Kim Allen June 23, 2020 The developed mind is flexible and responsive, able to adapt to changing conditions in a wise way. This quality can come about through many different styles of training; this talk focuses on one that could be called “training in opposites.” We deliberately engage contrasting [...]

Tuesday Online: Shaila Catherine—Cultivating Patience

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Tuesday Online: Cultivating Patience With Shaila Catherine June 30, 2020 Shaila Catherine will discuss the importance of patience in our practice. This talk explores benefits, opportunities, and challenges that we experience when cultivating this often under appreciated virtue of patience. This event is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. The evening includes silent [...]

Tuesday Online: Melissa McKay—The Four Great Efforts

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Tuesday Online:The Four Great Efforts With Melissa McKay July 7, 2020 The Buddha's path teaches wise use of energy in life. Wise meaning the energy that will lead to the greatest benefit for ourselves and others and the least amount of suffering. He taught the Four Great Efforts as practical tools and ways of practicing and [...]

Tuesday Online: Shaila Catherine—Wise Attention

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Tuesday Online: Shaila Catherine: Wise Attention With Shaila Catherine July 14, 2020 Wise Attention is a mental state that affects both what we choose to attend to and how we attend to it. We cultivate attention that is purposeful and not happenstance.  This event is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. The evening includes [...]

Tuesday Online: Bob Stahl—Healing the Heart

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Tuesday Online: Healing the Heart: Reconciliation & Metta With Bob Stahl July 21, 2020 As our meditation practice matures, we may see the importance of relinquishing grudges, judgments and resentments through honest reconciliation. Through these practices we may discover the liberating experience of authentic reconciliation that may lead to greater peace and forgiveness. We will [...]

Tuesday Online: Shaila Catherine – Practicing Together

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Tuesday Online: Shaila Catherine – Let's Sit, Walk, and Meditate Together! An evening of guided meditation practice. With Shaila Catherine July 28, 2020 This event is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners. The evening includes silent or guided meditation and teachings. Takes place on Zoom! Join the Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88266320362?pwd=QWZpb2svQk9xZCtvWTZraXF5WTFKZz09 Meeting ID: 882 6632 [...]

From Scarcity to Generosity with Kelli Schonher

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From Scarcity to Generosity: An Exploration of the “Comparing-mind” From Economic and Buddhist Perspectives with special guest speaker, Kelli Schonher August 25, 2020 In this talk, we will compare and contrast economic and Buddhist teachings regarding concepts of prosperity, poverty, wealth, and generosity. Practical steps toward applying these ideas to our relationships with money and [...]

Tuesday Online: Bridget Rolens—Receiving Unskillful Speech

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Tuesday Online: Receiving Unskillful Speech with Bridget Rolens September 1, 2020 The Buddha emphasized the importance of speaking wisely as part of the path to attaining liberation from suffering.  He also emphasized the importance of being able to be on the receiving end of speech that is false, harmful, poorly timed and harsh, without reacting with [...]

Tuesday Online: Jennifer Dungan—Equanimity in the Face of Global Climate Change

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Tuesday Online: Jennifer Dungan—Equanimity in the Face of Global Climate Change with Jennifer Dungan September 8, 2020 Equanimity (or upekkhā) is the fourth brahmavihārā and the tenth pāramī. What does equanimity look like when contemplating the rapid climate change we are experiencing in our lifetimes and for our descendents' lifetimes?   Please join us on [...]

Tuesday Online: Hugh Danville—A Gentle Investigation into Fear and Our Practice

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Tuesday Online: Hugh Danville—A Gentle Investigation into Fear and Our Practice with Hugh Danville September 15, 2020 Fear is ever present in our psyche. It is the emotion that protects us from the common dangers we face in everyday life; but it can also paralyze us. In our present day life we can find ourselves [...]

Tuesday Online: Kim Allen—Real Wealth

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Tuesday Online: Kim Allen—Real Wealth with Kim Allen October 20, 2020 What kinds of wealth are most sustainable in times of loss? The Buddha defined five kinds of wealth that are especially appropriate for lay practitioners to develop: Confidence, ethical conduct, learning, generosity, and wisdom. The inclusion of “learning” is interesting and not often emphasized. [...]

Tuesday Online: Maria Straatmann—Confidence, Uncertainty and the Five Aggregates

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Tuesday Online: Maria Straatmann—Confidence, Uncertainty and the Five Aggregates with Maria Straatmann October 27, 2020 In times of uncertainty we tend to reinforce those things that lend themselves to feeling safe and familiar, usually by reaffirming a sense of self that says, “This is right; this is who I am; this is how things should [...]

Tuesday Online — Shaila Catherine & Phil Jones — Relevance of Renunciation

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Tuesday Online Relevance of Renunciation for Practice Today A joint meditation group session bringing together practitioners from Insight Meditation South Bay and Show Me Dharma with Shaila Catherine and Philip Jones Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:00 – 7:30 PM Pacific Time 8:00 – 9:30 PM Central Time Note that we have changed our usual meeting time to [...]

NEW COURSE: Emptiness in Buddhist Practice

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Registration is now closed. Emptiness in Buddhist Practice An 8-week course led by Shaila Catherine Mondays Online via Zoom December 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11, February 1, 8, 15 4:30 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time Since the County of Santa Clara has been moved into the Purple Tier (Tier One), we will no longer [...]

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Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online

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Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online An 8-week course led by Shaila Catherine Mondays Online via Zoom December 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11, February 1, 8, 15 4:30 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time Teachings on emptiness point directly to the liberating potential of the Buddhist path. Although this topic may sometimes seem obscure in the context [...]

Tuesday Online—Allan Cooper—Householder’s Vinaya

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Tuesday Online: A Householder's Vinaya An evening with Allan Cooper, author of A Householder's Vinaya December 8, 2020 Author Allan Cooper will speak on making lay life one's practice instead of trying to fit practice into lay life. About the book: The Householder’s Vinaya is an accessible step by step ‘how to’ manual for anyone wishing to create [...]

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Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online

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Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online An 8-week course led by Shaila Catherine Mondays Online via Zoom December 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11, February 1, 8, 15 4:30 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time Teachings on emptiness point directly to the liberating potential of the Buddhist path. Although this topic may sometimes seem obscure in the context [...]

Tuesday Online—Rodger Kamenetz—The Medicine in Dreams: Healing “Afflictive States of Mind”

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Tuesday Online—Rodger Kamenetz—The Medicine in Dreams: Healing "Afflictive States of Mind" with Rodger Kamenetz December 15, 2020 This talk will address afflictive states of mind and how they present themselves in images in our dreams. In Natural Dreamwork we do not interpret dreams, we bring them to life. Instead of approaching dreams as riddles to [...]

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Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online

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Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online An 8-week course led by Shaila Catherine Mondays Online via Zoom December 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11, February 1, 8, 15 4:30 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time Teachings on emptiness point directly to the liberating potential of the Buddhist path. Although this topic may sometimes seem obscure in the context [...]

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Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online

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Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online An 8-week course led by Shaila Catherine Mondays Online via Zoom December 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11, February 1, 8, 15 4:30 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time Teachings on emptiness point directly to the liberating potential of the Buddhist path. Although this topic may sometimes seem obscure in the context [...]

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Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online

Online

Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online An 8-week course led by Shaila Catherine Mondays Online via Zoom December 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11, February 1, 8, 15 4:30 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time Teachings on emptiness point directly to the liberating potential of the Buddhist path. Although this topic may sometimes seem obscure in the context [...]

Tuesday Online—Kim Allen—Speech from the Heart

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Tuesday Online—Kim Allen—Speech from the Heart an evening of meditation and teaching with Kim Allen January 19, 2021 From where does speech originate? How does our speech feed back to affect our own heart (in addition to other people)? These are worthy investigations in Buddhist practice. Speech ties back to the three unwholesome roots of [...]

Tuesday Online—Cathy A. Small—Buddhist Insights from Encounters with Homelessness

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Tuesday Online—When We Meet Suffering: Buddhist Insights from Encounters with Homelessness an evening with Cathy A. Small author of The Man in the Dog Park January 26, 2021 This talk looks at the intersection of practice and life, through the issue of homelessness. Based on her book, The Man in the Dog Park, co-authored with [...]

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Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online

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Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online An 8-week course led by Shaila Catherine Mondays Online via Zoom December 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11, February 1, 8, 15 4:30 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time Teachings on emptiness point directly to the liberating potential of the Buddhist path. Although this topic may sometimes seem obscure in the context [...]

Tuesday Online—Robin Boudette—Finding Freedom from Habitual Patterns

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Tuesday Online—Robin Boudette—Finding Freedom from Habitual Patterns an evening of meditation and teaching with Robin Boudette February 2, 2021 In the chaos of our everyday lives, we often run on auto-pilot finding ourselves caught in unhealthy habit patterns. In our attempts to help ourselves, we might watch too much news, plan for every possible situation, [...]

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Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online

Online

Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online An 8-week course led by Shaila Catherine Mondays Online via Zoom December 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11, February 1, 8, 15 4:30 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time Teachings on emptiness point directly to the liberating potential of the Buddhist path. Although this topic may sometimes seem obscure in the context [...]

Recurring

Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online

Online

Emptiness in Buddhist Practice—Online An 8-week course led by Shaila Catherine Mondays Online via Zoom December 7, 14, 21, January 4, 11, February 1, 8, 15 4:30 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time Teachings on emptiness point directly to the liberating potential of the Buddhist path. Although this topic may sometimes seem obscure in the context [...]

Tuesday Online—Ying Chen—Living a Dharma Life

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Tuesday Online—Ying Chen—Living a Dharma Life an evening of meditation and teaching with Ying Chen February 16, 2021 How does your dharma life look like? Does it look like a fixed schedule where you meditate at a fixed time each day, or does it look like some retreat vacation where you get a temporary recharge [...]

Tuesday Online—Dawn Scott—Biological Imperatives for Freedom

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Tuesday Online—Dawn Scott—Biological Imperatives for Freedom an evening meditation and teaching with Dawn Scott March 2, 2021 At times, the aspirations of the biological imperative for freedom and the reactivity of the biological imperative to avoid pain can feel as if they are at cross-purposes. However, when we have an honest encounter with our reactivity [...]

Tuesday Online—Guy Armstrong—Deepening in Emptiness

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Tuesday Online—Guy Armstrong—Deepening in Emptiness an evening with Guy Armstrong author of Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators March 23, 2021 NOTE: This date has been changed! Emptiness has been one of the most important themes in Buddhist teachings since their very beginning. This evening we will explore how the realization of emptiness unfolds in [...]

Tuesday Online—Bhikkhu U Jagara—Life, Death, and the Process of Creation

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Tuesday Online—Bhikkhu U Jagara—Life, Death, and the Process of Creation an evening of meditation and teaching with Bhikkhu U Jagara April 13, 2021 Our practice is about understanding our life—and to understand life, we must also understand death. Life and death function together in a process of constant creation. How can we best know the [...]

Tuesday Online—Mark Nunberg—Relating Wisely to this Sensual World

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Tuesday Online—Mark Nunberg—Relating Wisely to this Sensual World an evening of meditation and teaching with Mark Nunberg April 20, 2021 The Buddha's teachings encourage us to cultivate an intimate ongoing mindful presence, a deep respect for cause and effect, and a profound equanimity as we live our sensual embodied lives. The Buddha asks us to [...]

Tuesday Online—Heather Sundberg—Emptiness & Suchness

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Tuesday Online—Heather Sundberg The Relationship Between Emptiness and Suchness in Practice an evening of meditation and teaching with Heather Sundberg May 4, 2021 When we understand that direct experience is not solid/not separate, we can embrace experience in its changing conditionality with the heart of compassion and inclusion born of non-clinging. This is the inter-weaving of [...]

Tuesday Online—Lila Kate Wheeler—Practical Dharma

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Tuesday Online—Lila Kate Wheeler—Practical Dharma an evening of meditation and teaching with Lila Kate Wheeler May 11, 2021 The Buddha’s teachings are often compared to a finger pointing to the moon. Without that finger, we might never lift our gaze and see for ourselves. Tonight’s talk offers encouragement to stay present and awake as a [...]

Tuesday Online—Diana Winston—The Spectrum of Awareness Practices

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Tuesday Online—Diana Winston—The Spectrum of Awareness Practices an evening of meditation and teaching with Diana Winston June 29, 2021 Many people practice mindfulness in a focused way—attending to their breathing, and returning to their breath when their attention has wandered. But there are actually many different ways to practice with awareness. In this retreat, we [...]